Live Blog: CIF State Meet Wrestling, Day 1

March 6, 2014 

8:28 p.m.And that's the end of 11 hours and 55 minutes of wrestling today on 10 mats. We'll be down to five mats tomorrow. Ron and I are going to start writing. Good night.

8:28 p.m.In 220-pound quarterfinal action, Escalon's Dominic Freeseha loses 6-3 to Central Section champion Gabriel Gonzalez of Washington Union. ...In 220-pound consolations, Atwater's JoJo Ochoa defeats Leland's Jack Loumena in double-overtime, earning an escape during the second 30-second period of the second overtime to win 2-1. ...In heavyweight consolation action, Merced's Tony Lopez loses 1-0. It's been a long day for the senior.

8:28 p.m.Turlock's Albino Orozco loses in the 170-pound quarterfinals to Southern Section champion Anthony Valencia of St. John Bosco. ...Pitman's Logan Wolfley loses 9-1 to Santiago-Corona's Freddie Garcia in the 160-pound consolations. ...Kimball's Trent Nicholson is pinned by Clovis West's Tyler Zimmer in the 152-pound consolation.

8:03 p.m.In quarterfinal action, Enochs' McCoy Kent goes for one last shot, but can't get points in a 7-6 loss to Southern Section champion Mike Longo of Santiago-Corona. ...Modesto's Emilio Saavedra defeats Joseph Dominguez of St. John Bosco 9-2. ...In consolation action, Escalon's Tyler Lawrence pins Kimball's Reese Chew in the second period after leading 5-0.

7:47 p.m.Turlock's Rafael Herrera exits the consolation via a second-period pin. ... Modesto's Angel Velasquez gave up an escape with 7 seconds remaining, and almost gave up the takedown, but held on for a 3-2 decision over Buchanan's Greg Gaxiola.

7:35 p.m.JoJo Ochoa of Atwater (220) stays in meet with a decision. ...Underway is combo consolation round with the quarterfinal matches held on the inner 6 mats. ...Tony Lopez of Merced (285) advances with pin at 2:44. ...Logan Eaton of Oakdale (106) opens next consolation round and is beaten 5-2. ...Nico Colunga of Oakdale (113) was locked into a difficult consolation match against Vincent Parra of Northview. Both are 3-time state qualifiers. Colunga wins big with a quick pin. ...Modesto sophomore Israel Saavedra is serious about winning state title No. 2. He leads Carlos Herrera of Bakersfield 10-0 before he pins him in 3rd period. Marches into the semifinals.

7:04 p.m.Correction from last blog: Pitman junior Nick Valadez (132) lost that match 7-1 and is out.

7:04 p.m.Pitman junior Nick Valadez (132) stays in the fight with 7-1 in consolation. ...So does Kimball's Trent Nicholson (152) with a pin in :57.

6:55 p.m.--Two of three local wrestlers at 126 advance in consolation: Angel Velasquez of Modesto 11-0 major, Rafael Herrera 12-1 major. Devon Sookhoo of Enochs exits with 5-4 loss. Sookhoo went 2-2. ...Good consolation win by Tyler Lawrence of Escalon (138). Takedown as time expires in OT 8-6. ...Reese Chew of Kimball (138) wins 5-4. Chew vs. Lawrence in next round. ...Logan Wolfley of Pitman (160) wins 7-4. ...Frankie Trent of Oakdale (170) falls by decision. ...Quarterfinals will start earlier than sked, probably around 7:10.

6:05 p.m.Albino Orozco of Turlock (170) made fast work of Dillain Potter of Caruthers. Pinned him in 34 seconds. Orozco is 2-0. ...Dominic Freeseha of Escalon (220) racks up a dominant win, 5-0 over David Padilla of Dinuba to reach quarterfinals. Freeseha was Masters finalist last week. ...We're not yet 9 hours in, but the meet is ahead of schedule. The quarterfinals are scheduled for 7:30. Might start earlier. ...Heavyweight Tony Lopez of Merced advances in consolation with 2nd-round pin. ...Antonio Melo of Hilmar (182) defaulted out of consolation match. His shoulder just wasn't right. ...Logan Eaton of Oakdale (106) opens the next consolation round with a late takedown and 5-4 win. Had to have it. ...Tyler Felix of Los Banos (113) holds his head in his hands as he walks away. He nearly got the tying takedown to finish a wild third period. Loses 9-7 and is out. ...Nico Colunga (113) of Oakdale shakes the after-effects of a tough 1st-round loss. Wins his 2nd match in consolation 11-4.

5:25 p.m.Tanner Reeves of Oakdale (160) scores takedowns in the 2nd and 3rd rounds to move on in consolation 7-2. ...Pitman senior Logan Wolfley (160) won 2 matches, then was pinned quickly by Michael Lopez of Victor Valley. ..Frankie Trent of Oakdale (170) takes down his man with about 30 seconds left and advances in consolation with 3-1 win. ...

4:37 p.m.: Ethan Morse of Golden Valley (145) lost by 5-3 decision in consolation. ...Romeo Ontiveros of Merced (152), the Masters champion, bows out with 6-5 loss in consolation. Gave up a takedown in the final seconds. ...Trent Nicholson of Kimball (152) was cuffed around by Cardinal Newman's P.J. Klee in 21-5 tech. Klee is one of the best here. Ultra-quick. ...Nick Valadez of Pitman (132) was teched 15-0 by Wyatt Wyckoff of Paradise. ...Reese Chew of Kimball (138) was pinned in 2:47 by Abel Contreras of Porterville.

3:54 p.m.: McCoy Kent of Enochs (138) moves into quarterfinals with 11-4 win over Dean Esquibel of Buchanan. Kent's strength is impressive. ...Tyler Lawrence of Escalon (138) advanced in consolation with a win by injury default at 4:05. ....Devon Sookhoo of Enochs (126) won 2 matches before he was pinned at 1:53 by Zander Wick of San Marino. ...Emilio Saavedra of Modesto (138) marches into quarterfinals with 3-1 win over promising freshman Luke Troy of Calvary Chapel. Emilio slapped his hands in joy after this one. Troy reached the Southern Section semifinals. Emilio was extended here. ...Trevor Williams of Oakdale (120) was pinned by returning medalist Roy Galvan of La Quinta in 4:26..

3:54 p.m.: Modesto sophomore Israel Saavedra (120) continues onward with a 1st-round pin over Carlos Morales of Victor Valley. ...Nico Colunga of Oakdale (113) stayed alive with 7-0 win in consolation bracket. We have simultaneous championship and consolation rounds right now on the floor. ...Very tough loss for Modesto junior Angel Velasquez (126), 3-2 in 2 OT vs. Khristian Olivas of Clovis. Olivas was 4th in the state last year. Velasquez tied it 2-2 with 1 minute left in 3rd round. Crowd got into the overtimes. Both wrestlers came close to winning until Olivas pulled himself from Velasquez's grasp. Very good match. ...Rafael Herrera of Turlock (126), a state medalist last year, won in consolation 6-3. ...Tanner Browning of Golden Valley (113) kept himself in town with 6-5 win in consolation.

2:54 p.m.: Starting the third championship round, Oakdale's Logan Eaton lost by a second-round pin to Justin Mejia of the powerhouse Clovis team, one of the state's best lightweight wrestlers. Eaton is the only Stanislaus District wrestler still alive at 106.

2:45 p.m.: Caleb Patrick of Argonaut lost by decision at 132 and is out. Also out is Paul Fagbamlia of Beyer, who lost by decision at 132. ... Josh Peterson of Beyer, at 145, also lost by decision and is out.

2:40 p.m.: At 152 pounds, Merced's Romeo Ontiveros advanced with a third-period pin. ...Modesto High's Adam Velasquez (106) suffered an injury to his hand reportedly during a PE class Thursday. Injured tendons in his hand, according to his brother Angel. That's why he forfeited in the first round and is out. As in Ouch. ...

2:00 p.m.: In the 126-pound first consolation round, Turlock's Rafael Herrera is victorious by a 5-3 score. He'll face Colony's Gabriel Chavez, the Southern Section's sixth seed, in the next round. 132 pounds, Hughson's Chase Herrin lost his first consolation match and is out.

1:40 p.m.: In the first round of consolation matches, Los Banos' Tyler Felix pinned Central Catholic's Steven Abbate at 2:38. ... Also in the 113-pound consolation bracket, Golden Valley's Tanner Browning won his match 11-2. He'll face Sutter's Gage Kim in the next round.

1:21 p.m.: Hilmar senior Antonio Melo (182) was beaten by 1st-round fall. He went through constant therapy this week after he injured his shoulder at Masters semifinals. ...Jay Johnson of Buhach Colony (195) lost by pin early in 3rd round. Was trailing 5-1. ....JoJo Ochoa of Atwater (220) is 2-0 after his 5-3 win. Won in 1st round in 2 OT. ....Escalon senior Dominic Freeseha (220) holds on for 3-2 win over San Diego Section champion Miracle Tausaga of Mt. Miguel. Cougars coach Derek Scott nearly jumped onto the mat in the final seconds. Intense guy. Good coach. ...Nearly done with 2nd round. Consolation round coming up.

12:39 p.m.: Masters champion Romeo Ontiveros of Merced (152) never leads and is pinned in the 3rd round. ...Trent Nicholson of Kimball (152) wins by 1st-round pin. ...The first 3 hours here felt like about 15 minutes. Amazing pace to these meets. ...Logan Wolfley of Pitman (160) is 2-0 after 4-2 win. Did not trail. Points to crowd as his hand is raised. Nice start to his day. ...Ethan Morse of Golden Valley (145) lost via 1st-round pin. ...Tanner Reeves of Oakdale (160) is beaten 8-4. ...Albino Orozco of Turlock (170) starts fast with a tech. ...Frankie Trent of Oakdale (170) loses 7-3. Led 3-2 until he was taken down with 40 seconds left and nearly was pinned at the end.

Noon: Caleb Patrick of Argonaut (132) was beaten. ...Chase Herrin of Hughson (132) was beaten by pin. N ...Nick Valadez of Pitman (132) made a late 2nd-round takedown stand up for 2-1 win. ...McCoy Kent of Enochs (138) starts with a very fast win by pin. ...Tyler Lawrence of Escalon (138) was shut out. ...Reese Chew of Kimball (138) opened with 7-3 win. ...Modesto senior Emilio Saavedra (138) is 2-0 after 2nd-round pin. Emilio opens with a tech and a pin.

11:23 a.m.: Modesto sophomore Israel Saavedra (120), a reigning state champion, rolls to easy win 10-0. ...Tough loss for Oakdale junior Nico Colunga (113), also a Masters champion, who conceded an escape point late in the match and was beaten 3-2 by Jared Luty of American. Colunga's takedown tied it 2-2 with 48 seconds left. Luty beat Colunga 10-7 earlier this season at Doc B. That was a high-level match. ...Tanner Browning of Oakdale (113) was beaten. ...Central Catholic freshman Steven Abbate (113) fell 19-9. ...Nice 12-7 win by Oakdale sophomore Trevor Williams (120). ...Modesto junior Angel Velasquez (126) very impressive in 1st-round win. ...Devon Sookhoo of Enochs (126) wins again 7-2 and is a quick 2-0. ...Rafael Herrera of Turlock (126) falls 6-4.

10:13 a.m.: Logan Wolfley of Pitman (171) jumped to a 5-1 lead and held on to win 5-4. Scored his first takedown late in the second period after he shook off an injury. ...Adrain Vizcaino of Central Valley (182) was teched 15-0. ...Nice early-morning crowd at Rabobank. Already about 3,000. ...JoJo Ochoa of Atwater (220) uses an escape in second OT to win 5-4. Throws his headgear aside in joy. ...On the next mat, Nick Roditis of Pitman (220) was beaten in 2 OT. We have some early drama. ...Eric Bejaran of Pitman (285) was beaten. ...Tony Lopez of Merced (285) was pinned by heavily favored Nick Nevills of Clovis. No surprise. The outbracket matches are done.

9:48 a.m.: Modesto's Emilio Saavedra starts the tournament with a 17-0 tech at 138 pounds. ...Devon Sookhoo of Enochs opens with a dominating 16-4 win at 126. He almost had the tech, but ran out of steam at the end. ... Paul Fagbamila of Beyer dropped his first match at 132. Josh Peterson of Beyer tied his 145-pound match in the third period, 3-3, then gave up a takedown with 30 seconds remaining and was pinned with 7 seconds left.

9:32 a.m.: Logan Eaton of Oakdale (106), the official first match of the State Championships on Mat 1, wins by pin in 5:02. ...Adam Velasquez of Modesto (106) forfeited. Trying to reach the Modesto team for reason. ...Tyler Felix of Los Banos (113) lost 6-3....Devon Sookhoo of Enochs (126) dominated for the first 2 1/2 rounds and won 16-5.

8:51 a.m. Good morning wrestling fans from Bakersfield. We'll have Logan Eaton of Oakdale and Adam Velasquez of Modesto will kick off the outbracket matches at 106 pounds, followed by Los Banos' Tyler Felix at 113.

Good morning and welcome to our live blog from the CIF State Wrestling Meet at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. More than 500 wrestlers, including 35 from the Stanislaus District are vying for the a coveted state title. The Bee's Ron Agostini and David Witte of the Los Banos Enterprise will be updating the blog with the latest from Bakersfield starting at 9 p.m.

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