Two La Quinta wrestlers continued to put their stamp on school history, earning a trip to the National tournament after their strong finishes Saturday in the CIF State Championship.
Roy Galvan (113 pounds) finished seventh and Jesse Calderon (126) placed eighth in California, a state that features 1,200 high schools that compete in wrestling. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class advance to Nationals.
“California by far is the toughest state as far as competition goes and to have two of our guys place in the top eight is very exciting,” Blackhawks head coach Tom Jenkins said.
Galvan won his first three matches and went 5-2 overall, solidifying the seventh-place finish with a 5-4 victory over Joey Vigil. Meanwhile, Calderon went 4-3, falling by pin (2:57) in a battle for seventh.
“I felt like I did really good and I’m very happy we made Nationals,” Galvan said.
Calderon, who lost in the final match last year that would have advanced him to the National tournament, was excited to get over the hump even though he said he made a few technical mistakes.
“State is really tough, and a lot of the matches are won by one or two points, so a couple of my mistakes cost me,” Calderon said. “However, I did a good job of pushing the pace and going toward my opponent, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to compete at the highest level.”
Galvan and Calderon will follow in the footsteps of former Blackhawk George Torres, who finished in the top 12 in Nationals last year.
“They wrestle year-round and have been on state level teams and competed nationally so that says a lot about their dedication,” Jenkins said.
The Nationals are in Virginia Beach, Va., in three weeks.