Two state champs and 11 top eight finishes in all. It doesn’t get much better than that.
It was a banner wrestling season for the North Coast Section over the weekend, as it placed 16 wrestlers overall, more than in any other year. In particular, it was a best for wrestlers in the Times region. Eleven locals medaled.
Campolindo’s Nikko Triggas (112 pounds) and Las Lomas’s Jason Welch (154) were the recipients of those state titles. San Ramon Valley’s David Christian (140) took home a CIF championship last year, the first in the Times region to do so in 10 years. Welch, a sophomore, placed second at 145 last year. He still has a chance to be the fifth ever to reach the finals all four years. Stay tuned.
Las Lomas’s Jason Swisher (215) placed third, Freedom’s David Prado (119) and De La Salle’s Nate Spangler (135) fourth, Foothill’s Phil Boyer (125) fifth, Foothill’s Kellen Aura (103), California’s Jason Welsh (140) and Clayton Valley’s Ronnie McCoy (171) seventh and Liberty’s David Klingsheim (103) and Northgate’s Ryan Stirm (130) finished eighth.
Las Lomas was the top local team in the state, placing 10th, despite having just two wrestlers in the tournament.
A total of 19,499 saw the championships at Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena. Friday, the attendance was 5,871, jumped to 6,394 on Saturday, and Saturday’s championship round increased to 7,234. The tournament will continue in that venue for at least three more years.