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West Valley’s Raby, 2 other NSCIF wrestlers contending at State Championships, Edwards wins three matches

West Valley's Conner Edwards (top), pictured at the NSCIF Masters Championships Saturday, won three matches Friday at the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield before being eliminated in the 126-pound bracket. (Dan Reidel/Chico Enterprise-Record)

Three Northern Section wrestlers made it through the second day of the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield Friday, one of which is West Valley senior Rocky Raby at 152 pounds.

Raby, a three-time Northern Section Masters champion and seeded seventh in the state tournament, lost his only match of the day — a 3-2 decision in his quarterfinal match to #2 Sonny Santiago of St. John Bosco (Southern Section #1). The loss drops him to the consolation bracket but the winner of his first match Saturday against freshman Tye Monteiro of Garces (Central Section #5) is guaranteed a medal.

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A total of 25 of the 28 Northern Section wrestlers were eliminated Friday, including the other five Shasta County grapplers. Only East Nicolaus’ JT Stinson — a state placer last year — reached the semifinals as the No. 3 seed and Durham’s Jacob Christensen, the top seed in the 220-pound bracket.

As it stands, Northern Section wrestlers went 13-26 on Friday and are 23-51 overall in the state tournament.

Making the most noise for locals on the day was West Valley’s Conner Edwards at 126 pounds, who won his first three consolation matches after falling in his state tournament debut Thursday. He won an 11-9 decision over Matthew Nelson of Vista (San Diego Section #4), defeated Santino Topete of Silver Creek (Central Coast Section #3) 2-1 and won a 6-5 decision over Carson Prim of Grace Davis (Sac-Joaquin Section #6). He lost the next match, a 4-2 decision, to #13 Clayton Bashor of Oakdale (Sac-Joaquin Section #3) to finish the tournament 3-2 overall.

All other Shasta County wrestlers lost their state matches to fall to 0-2 in the tournament. Foothill’s Earnest J. Wilson II (160) lost a major decision 13-2 to Erik Johnson of Vista Del Lago (Sac-Joaquin Section #3), Foothill’s Jodeah Wilson (182) lost a 9-7 decision to Jakob Edwards of Cypress (Southern Section #4), West Valley’s Cade Lambert (182) lost by fall in 2:31 to Luke Meyer of Bakersfield (Central Section #8) and Anderson Cody Crawford lost a 4-0 decision to Carson Hatch of Hughson (Sac-Joaquin Section #6).

Three wrestlers remain in contention for a medal. Saturday’s consolation begins at 9 a.m. with the semifinals scheduled for 11 a.m. and the championship bouts start at 6 p.m.

Here’s a breakdown of each weight class for Northern Section wrestlers:

106 pounds

Sutter’s Hunter Ludwig (0-1) won his first consolation match Friday, pinning Justin Chiang of Lowell (San Francisco Section #1) in 2:34. But Ludwig lost by fall in 1:37 in the next match to Mark Ramirez of Fremont (Central Coast Section #3) to finish 1-2 overall at the state tournament.

Chico’s Gavin Smith (0-1) lost by fall in 40 seconds to Artie Carranza of Arlington (Southern Section #9) in his first consolation match. Smith finishes the tournament 0-2 overall.

113 pounds

Orland’s Jonathan Garcia (0-1) lost a 6-0 decision in his lone consolation match to Abraham Cerda of Hoover (Central Section #5). Garcia finishes the tournament 0-2.

Chico’s David Rudkin (0-1) lost a 7-4 decision in the consolation bracket to Alexander Subias of Orange Lutheran (Southern Section #7). Rudkin finishes 0-2 at state.

120 pounds

Sutter’s Brody Dollins (0-1) lost by fall in 2:48 to Abel Gaitan of Yucaipa (Southern Section #8) in his consolation match to finish the tournament 0-2.

Quincy’s Russell Nickerson (0-1) won two consolation matches Friday before being eliminated to finish the tournament 2-2 overall. Nickerson won a 6-4 decision over Jonathan Hernandez of Oakdale (Sac-Joaquin Section #1) and then pinned Caleb Waller of Heritage (North Coast Section #2) in 3:30 before losing a 6-0 decision to #12 seed Johnny Lopez of Poway (San Diego Section #1).

126 pounds

Chico’s Reiker Pineda (0-1) lost his consolation match by fall 3:24 to Anthony Bernardo of James Logan (North Coast Section #2). Pineda finishes the tourney 0-2.

West Valley’s Conner Edwards (0-1) followed his first day loss with three straight wins before suffering his tournament-eliminating defeat. He won an 11-9 decision over Matthew Nelson of Vista (San Diego Section #4), defeated Santino Topete of Silver Creek (Central Coast Section #3) 2-1 and won a 6-5 decision over Carson Prim of Grace Davis (Sac-Joaquin Section #6). He lost the next match, a 4-2 decision, to #13 Clayton Bashor of Oakdale (Sac-Joaquin Section #3) to finish the tournament 3-2 overall.

132 pounds

Chester’s Callum Kremer (0-1) won his first consolation match with a 5-2 decision over Gavin Fernandez of De La Salle (North Coast Section #1). Kremer lost by fall in 0:29 to Anthony Urrea of Lincoln (Sac-Joaquin Section #6). Kremer finishes the tournament 1-2.

Gridley’s Dallas Stevens (0-1) won his first consolation match, taking a 6-5 decision over Jose Navarro of Pacheco (Sac-Joaquin Section #4) before losing by fall in 3:57 to #13 Jose Landin of Frontier (Central Section #5). Stevens finishes the state tourney 1-2 overall.

138 pounds

Chester’s Bonner Montgomery (0-1) won two matches Friday before being eliminated to finish state 2-2 overall. Montgomery won by injury default 1:06 over Willie Ward-Williams Golden Valley (Sac-Joaquin Section #5) and won a 4-2 decision over Kyle Botelho. He lost by fall in 4:18 to #14 seed Beringer to end the tournament.

Durham’s Zane Kowalkowski (0-1) lost by fall in 4:41 to Tyler Diaz of East Union (Sac-Joaquin Section #6). Kowalkowski finished the tournament 0-2.

145 pounds

Chico’s Alex Rudkin (0-1) lost his consolation match by major decision 11-2 to Skyler Moore of Del Norte (North Coast Section #2) to be eliminated from the tournament at 0-2.

Orland’s Brayden Schumann (0-1) lost a 5-2 decision to Austin Morgan of Vacaville (Sac-Joaquin Section #5) in his consolation match to be eliminated from the tournament.

152 pounds

West Valley’s Rocky Raby (3-0), the #7 seed, lost a 3-2 decision in his quarterfinal match to #2 Sonny Santiago of St. John Bosco (Southern Section #1). Raby is 3-1 overall and faces freshman Tye Monteiro of Garces (Central Section #5) in the consolation bracket. The winner of the match is guaranteed to medal at the state tourney.

Corning’s Tristan Bailey (0-1) lost by fall in 3:56 in his consolation match to Juan Chiquito of Hesperia (Southern Section #6) to finish the tournament 0-2 overall.

160 pounds

Earnest J. Wilson II (0-1) lost a major decision 13-2 to Erik Johnson of Vista Del Lago (Sac-Joaquin Section #3) to finish the state tournament 0-2.

Durham’s Aaron Hernandez (0-1) lost a 1-0 decision to Doninick Leon of Golden Valley (Central Section #9) to finish the state tourney 0-2.

170 pounds

East Nicolaus’ JT Stinson (3-0), seeded #3, won his quarterfinal match 5-3 over #6 seed V Buck to reach the semifinals and guarantee a medal. He faces #2 Joseph Martin of Buchanan next.

Orland’s Benico Martinez (0-1) lost a 2-1 decision to Shane Christie of Granite Hills (Central Section #8) to finish the tournament 0-2.

182 pounds

Foothill’s Jodeah Wilson (0-1) lost a 9-7 decision to Jakob Edwards of Cypress (Southern Section #4) to be eliminated from the tournament at 0-2.

West Valley’s Cade Lambert (0-1) lost by fall in 2:31 to Luke Meyer of Bakersfield (Central Section #8) to finish the state tournament 0-2 overall.

195 pounds

Sutter’s Max Gipson (1-1) lost a 4-2 decision to Artem Loginov of Ribet Academy (Southern Section #5) to be eliminated and finish the tourney 1-2.

Orland’s Joel Lopez (0-1) won his first consolation match with a 5-3 decision over Aguirre of Bell (Los Angeles Section #1). Lopez lost a 3-1 decision to Mannion to be eliminated at 1-2 overall.

220 pounds

Anderson’s Cody Crawford (0-1) lost a 4-0 decision to Carson Hatch of Hughson (Sac-Joaquin Section #6) to finish the tournament 0-2 overall.

Durham’s Jacob Christensen (4-0), the top seed, won his quarterfinal match 4-2 over #9 seed Zach Brooks of Davis (Sac-Joaquin Section #3) to reach the semifinals. His next opponent is #5 Gabriel Carranza of Victor Valley (Southern Section #2).

285 pounds

Corning’s Dillon Bailey (0-1) lost by fall in 3:57 to Jake Andrews of Frontier (Central Section #9) to be eliminated a 0-2 in the tourney.

Live Oak’s Jon Widener (0-1) lost his consolation match by fall in 3:27 to Aristeo Prado of Golden Valley (Sac-Joaquin Section #6) to finish the tournament 0-2.

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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