106 – Richard Figueroa, III (Selma, CS) Fr.
Figueroa was a well-known grappler before attending high school and one of the favorites to acquire a CIF state title during his freshman campaign. Figueroa didn’t disappoint his peers as he was triumphant throughout the season without dropping a single bout to a California wrestler. His accomplishments go beyond the state as he traveled to Pennsylvania and won Flo Nationals over another highly touted California wrestler in Joey Cruz of Dethrone.
113 – Maximo Renteria (Buchanan, CS) Fr.
The freshman pulled off a rare feat at 113 pounds, winning a CIF state championship, and becoming the first freshman for the Bears to do so. He dominated the competition during the postseason as he won titles at the Yosemite Valley and Central Section tournaments. Two of his three losses on the season were to none California opponents.
120 – Nic Aguilar (Gilroy, CC) Sr.
The definition – third time’s a charm – can be applied to Nic Aguilar as after finishing second at the state tournament in two consecutive years, he was successful in becoming a CIF state champion during the 2017-18 season. A former Fargo Junior Freestyle Champion, Aguilar will be taking his talents this fall to the University of Rutgers and compete in the Big 10 Conference.
126 – Ryan Franco (Clovis North, CS) Fr.
Everyone should know this name by now. The Clovis North freshman heartbreaking loss to Cleveland Belton of St. John Bosco in the early rounds at Doc Buchanan during January, left him with a third-place medal at the tournament and even more focus. Franco racked up titles in the Yosemite Valley and Central Section during the postseason and the best prize; a silver medal at state, the first of many to come for this young wrestling stud.
132 – Alex Felix (Gilroy, CC) Sr.
If you need a consistent wrestler, Felix is your man. The young Mustang completed the season with his fourth Central Coast Section title, as well as his fourth state medal, a rare feat in one of the top states in the country. Felix nabbed himself a silver medal at the CIF state tournament in March after previously finishing third as a junior, fourth as a sophomore, and third as a freshman. He will continue his wrestling career at Ohio State.
138 – Matthew Olguin (Buchanan HS, CS) Jr.
Something you’ll most likely not hear Olguin say a lot is “me.” One of the most unselfish wrestlers you’ll meet, Olguin cared more about the team, and that showed at state when he generously complimented his teammates Renteria and Montalvo after winning individual state titles. Olguin was willing to go any weight class to better the Buchanan wrestling squad at the state tournament. As for the “me” side of Olguin, he gathered his third state medal as he won the silver medal at the state tournament. The junior recently committed to wrestle for Fresno State.
145 – Tony Mendoza (Selma, CS) Sr.
Senior Tony Mendoza followed the footsteps of his elder brother (Pepe) as he too concluded his scholastic career by finishing second in the state after having placed third and eighth the previous two seasons. Tony was solid throughout the year for the Bears as he medaled or won such events as Doc Buchanan, Bakersfield Rumble, Zinkin Classic, and the Battle for the Belt tournament. Mendoza will continue his collegiate career at North Iowa Area Community College for a year and then transfer to Iowa State.
152 – Jace Luchau (Selma, CS) Jr.
After a less-than-stellar season a year ago that did not result in a state medal, Luchau turned things around in 2017-18. The Junior was triumphant in claiming his second Central Section title and making his second state appearance that resulted in him placing fourth and helping the Bears placed fourth in the team standings. The junior phenom is coming off from placing in Greco-Roman and Freestyle at the 2018 Marines Wester Regionals competing up a weight class.
160 – Joel Romero (Buchanan, CS) Sr.
Romero was a key component for the Bears success as a team at the CIF state tournament. He twice finished in second place at state and was third as a sophomore. After returning from the Who’s # 1 duals in New Jersey, Romero went undefeated for 48-days until the streak ended in the finals of CIF state.
170 – Trent Tracy (Frontier, CS) Jr.
His sophomore season was the tipping point, as Tracy finally got the shot to represent the Titans on the varsity level and finishing as a state qualifier. As a junior, Tracy finished second at Yosemite Valley and third at the Central Section, nevertheless, his most significant accomplishment thus far, was finishing on top at the CIF state tournament. He got to the finals by defeating No. 2 Mark Cardwell (Monache) 7-0, an opponent who had beaten him twice during the season.
182 – Anthony Montalvo (Buchanan, CS) Sr.
The senior concluded the 2017-18 season with one loss that occurred to an out of state opponent in the finals of Reno Tournament of Champions. Montalvo completed a clean sweep in the postseason in route to his second CIF state championship and helped the Bears acquired their third straight team state title. A top 100 recruit on the mat, Montalvo will attend Oklahoma State.
195 – Tony Andrade (Gilroy, CC) Sr.
What a problematic bracket 195 turned out to be at the CIF state tournament, especially when you face off with your rival more than a couple of times. Andrade’s up and down season led him to a final meeting with Oakdale’s Colbey Harlan in the state finals. After defeating Ryan Reyes (Clovis West) 7-2 in the rubber-match in the semifinal round, Andrade rebounded to get the win on the big stage over Harlan to claim a second individual state title for the Mustangs.
220 – Victor Jaquez (Bellarmine Prep, CC) Jr.
The Rabobank Arena stage was a wild one for Jaquez. After finishing fifth at state last season, Jaquez was rearing to get back on the mat for another shot at gold. After a wild scramble that resulted in him getting pinned, it knocked Jaquez into the consolation rounds — setting off a wild Rabobank Bank crown — Jaquez sped through the consolation rounds with six straight victories on his way to a bronze medal. After the season was over, Jaquez put his wrestling shoes back on and placed third at the rugged Flo Nationals tournament.
285 – Seth Nevills (Clovis, CS) Sr.
Nevills won his fourth straight individual title and became the lone wrestler in the state of California to finish his prep career without a single loss to a golden state grappler. He completed his scholastic career with a 169-1 mark; his only blemished occurring in the finals of the Doc Buchanan tournament to two-time World Cadet Greco-Roman champion Colton Schultz of Colorado. Seth will be joining older brother, Nick, at Penn State and challenge for a national championship during his freshman campaign in 2020.
106 – Carlos Negrete (Clovis North, CS) Fr.
113 – Tristan Lujan (Selma, CS) So.
120 – Devin Murphy (Clovis North, CS) So.
126 – Ethan Leake (Buchanan, CS) Sr.
132 – Lajon Grier (Clovis North, CS) Sr.
138 – Dawson Sihavong (Bullard, CS) Jr.
145 – Izzak Olejnik (Bakersfield, CS) Sr.
152 – Beau Bradley (Monache, CS) Sr.
160 – Max Aguirre (Frontier, CS) Jr.
170 – Christian Rodriguez (Selma, CS) Jr.
182 – Matthew Martinez (Alvarez, CC) Sr.
195 – Ryan Reyes (Clovis West, CS) Jr.
220 – Justin Darter (Bakersfield, CS) Fr.
285 – Nick Villareal (Gilroy, CC) So.
106 – Justin Mouritsen (Clovis, CS) So.
113 – Giano Petrucelli (Clovis, CS) So.
120 – Cole Reyes (Frontier, CS) Jr.
126 – Chase Saldate (Gilroy, CC) So.
132 – Robert Areyano (Selma, CS) Sr.
138 – Luis Ramos (Selma, CS) Sr.
145 – Chris Gaxiola (Buchanan, CS) Sr.
152 – Tristan Zamilpa (Buchanan, CS) Sr.
160 – Oscar Diaz (Selma, CS) Sr.
170 – Mark Cardwell (Monache, CS) Jr.
182 – David Vardanyan (Bullard, CS) Sr.
195 – Jacob Good (Clovis, CS) Jr.
220 – Trevor Ervin (Buchanan, CS) Sr.
285 – Anthony Gomez (Christopher, CC) Sr.
*These teams were chosen based on each wrestler’s performance at the CIF state tournament.