Lawrence Saenz participation in the CIF state wrestling finals three years ago was a learning experience for him. The 2015 state tournament was the Vacaville High senior’s first appearance in California premier high school wrestling meet. But it was a short outing for Saenz, a freshman at the time, as he lost to the eventual state champion and current Division I wrestler D.J. Lloren of Buchanan High in the first round of the 120-pound division by a 4-1 decision.
Saenz has accomplished a lot since then and has worked his way to gaining All-State honors last year at 138-pounds and advancing two more times to the state tournament.
This past weekend along with fellow senior and state medalist Jake Levengood (285), Saenz helped the Bulldogs to place 11th at the Clash tournament, a prestigious two-day national dual tournament held over the weekend at Rochester Regional Sports Center in freezing Minnesota.
Saenz, competing at 145-pounds, gathered All-Team tournament honors by defeating wrestlers from Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois, to finish with a 6-0 record. One of the highlights of the tournament was beating two-time Ohio state medalist Sam Dover of St. Edward High, a wrestler, ranked as high as No. 10 in the country, 5-2.
His love for the sport has helped him gained a wrestling scholarship at newly reinstated program Fresno State, where he is scheduled to partake with the team next fall.
This season so far, he was third at Reno Tournament of Champions, and All-First team at the Vacaville Larry Nelson Duals and the Clash National Duals.
Up next for Saenz and his teammates is the Joe Rios Memorial tournament in Chico, California. He hopes to maintain his wrestling form and take what’s his…a CIF individual state championship.