BAKERSFIELD -- Greg Hartman didn't bring home a medal from the CIF State Championships on Saturday, but he did finish the season among the state's best.
"I really wanted to place top-eight, but I got away with top-12 and that's alright," Hartman said. "I'm a little disappointed. I feel like I worked really hard and wanted to (medal), but it didn't happen."
Los Banos' 145-pound senior was the only area wrestler to make it to the second day of the state tournament.
Hartman finished his season with a 3-2 showing and was eliminated one match shy of the medal rounds.
"Greg is not a real emotional guy to the public," LB head coach Josh Adams said. "He might look back later and reflect, and there might be some disappointment. But he exceeded all of our expectations.
"Pinning two guys at a state meet is pretty big. Going 3-2 with a winning record is pretty good."
Hartman went 3-1 on the first day, which included two pins (one in 60 seconds to finish Friday).
On the second day he lost to Bakersfield freshman Cole Hammond by way of decision.
"(Hammond) is 16 years old," Hartman said. "He drives to school. He was old (for a freshman). He's a strong dude."
Hammond went on to lose in the consolation championship against the wrestler who handed Hartman his only loss on Friday -- Derrik Rizo from Foothill of the Central Section.
"The two guys I lost to took third and fourth," Hartman said.
Hammond beat Hartman earlier in the season at the Zinkin Classic in Fresno as well.
Two of Hartman's previous losses before state were against Tyler Johnson of Vacaville, who went on to capture the 145-pound state championship. Johnson beat Hartman for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters title the previous Saturday.
"The only guys Greg lost to this year we're top-four in the state," Adams concluded. "He wrestled tough all year. He made it to the round of 12 -- the heart-breaker round. If you can win that, you medal. If you don't, you're done."