High School Wrestling: WYL Dynasty Overthrow

High School Wrestling: WYL Dynasty Overthrow


High School Wrestling: WYL Dynasty Overthrow


Time to put away the coachspeak and clichés.

Redwood has waited long enough for this day – and waited, and waited. Now it’s finally here.

The Rangers have waited since 1993 to win a West Yosemite League wrestling title. They have waited 19 years for Lemoore’s reign as league champions to end.

Knowing they finally had the roster to end all that waiting this year, the Rangers were forced to wait some more.

When they beat Lemoore to open the dual season on Jan. 8, the line out of Redwood was that they had to wait until completing their schedule undefeated to celebrate.

When Redwood won the dual season, the line was that they had to wait to win the league tournament to celebrate.

No more lines and no more waiting. The WYL tournament is here. Redwood’s time in now.

Wrestling starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at El Diamante. The estimated start time for the finals is 4 p.m.

Here’s a look at what to expect from each weight class.

108 Pounds

Joey Cisneros may have lost pole position for the No. 1 seed at the state tournament when he was upset by then No. 4 Justin Mejia from Clovis at the Mission San Jose Invitational finals, but he remains the runaway favorite to win another WYL title. Now at No. 4 in the state rankings, Cisneros will be on a mission to get back into that top spot so look for a series of lopsided contests.

115 Pounds

Redwood’s Sammy Pena is another heavy favorite here. Golden West’s Ivan Aguirre drew the No. 2 seed in this bracket, but Lemoore’s Sam Lopez and Mt. Whitney’s Reyes Diaz each have a strong shot at the finals as well.

122 Pounds

Redwood’s Isaiah Torres is cutting down to this weight for the first time this season, so the change is not yet reflected in the state rankings. That’s how both he and El Diamante’s Jacob Delgado can carry a No. 26 state ranking into the weekend, making for an intriguing final if the chalk holds form.

128 Pounds

Lemoore’s Jaylen Hill holds the top seed here. He defeated Redwood’s No. 2 seeded Jon Fisher 7-4 in their dual, but Hanford West’s Michael Guevara and Golden West’s Fernando Saldana remain at large too.

134 Pounds

Redwood’s No. 16 Darrion Harris would have been a big favorite if he cut down or held weight, so the fact that he didn’t cut as expected doesn’t change much. Don’t see him being challenged as he comfortable beat No. 2 seeded Axle Huml 6-1 in their dual. Mt. Whitney’s Will Torres is seeded No. 3 and has the best chance of the Visalia crew to meet Harris in the finals.

140 Pounds

Redwood’s Aaron Watts holds the top seed here and needed only 1:15 to pin No. 2 seeded Patrick Gonzalez (Lemoore) in their dual. Golden West’s Chris Williams and El Diamante’s Willie McDarment check in at No. 3 and 4 respectively.

147 Pounds

El Diamante’s Ashton Demaree is an honorable mention in the state rankings and will be a considerable favorite to win this weight. Redwood’s Ishmael Munoz and Golden West’s Page Pippen were both seeded behind Lemoore’s Jose Romero.

154 Pounds

Lemoore’s No. 24 ranked Dominic Lopez cuts into a weight where he will be a heavy favorite. Golden West’s Paul Hansen, Redwood’s Daniel Villafana and Mt. Whitney’s Johnny Flores are a trio of Visalia wrestlers who all have a shot at meeting him in the finals.

162 Pounds

El Diamante’s Josh Sanchez is the primary beneficiary from Lopez’s cut down. He takes over the top seed here, but could be pushed by Hanford’s Reese Booth or Redwood’s Josh Castro.

172 Pounds

This strikes me as one of the most compelling weight classes, as Mt. Whitney’s No. 38 ranked Jaime Galvan, Redwood’s Blake Marple (honorable mention) and El Diamante’s Enrique Padilla all have a shot to top the podium. Don’t count out Lemoore’s No. 4 seeded Don Piper, either, as he only lost to top seeded Marple by one point in a close 6-5 decision after nearly pinning him late.

184 Pounds

Redwood’s Jose Bautista holds the top seed here, but watch out for Mt. Whitney’s No. 2 seeded Grant Morris, who finished two spots higher than Bautista at the Redwood Invitational and upset Marple in their dual.

197 Pounds

Lemoore’s Brett Lowe looks like the strong favorite here. El Diamante’s No. 2 seeded Roque Ortiz will likely battle Hanford’s No. 3 seeded Derek Meek for the right to face him in the finals. Redwood’s Jeffery Kelley slides in as the No. 4 seed.

222 Pounds

Mt. Whitney’s Martin Olivera heads a wide open class that also includes Lemoore’s Nickolas Betancourt, Golden West’s Chris Lewis and Redwood’s Vincent Flores as contenders, seeded in order that I just listed them. Anyone’s guess here.

287 Pounds

Lemoore’s Nate Ibarra and Golden West’s Cesar Delgado look like a lock to meet in the heavyweight finals. Redwood’s Joe Rangel and Mt. Whitney’s Iziah Sanchez round out seeds No. 3 and 4.


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