Wrestling looks ahead to Regional

Marcus Castro, Editor in Chief

The Bakersfield College wrestling team competed in one last tournament before they move on to the postseason.

The team traveled to East LA College on Nov. 21 to compete in The Brawl. BC finished the tournament in third place out of 11 teams.

“We had some ups and downs. You know, The Brawl is actually a good testing ground for us. We had some guys wrestle real well. Jose Robledo being one of them; he won the tournament,” said co-head coach Marcos Austin.

Robledo (197-pounder) took first place in his weight class.

Torrey Casper (125), Norman Abas (133), Zach Mitchell (184) and Jason Dibble (Heavyweight) all placed third in their weight classes.

Armando Saldana (157), Jacob Maas (165) and Christian Espinoza (184) placed fourth in their weight classes.

Next up for the team is the Southern Regional Championships at Mt. San Antonio College on Dec. 5 where BC wrestlers look to qualify for state.

Head coach Brett Clark explained that the 12 wrestlers to move on to compete have already been chosen. Each weight class has one wrestler from the team except for 125 pounds and heavyweight as they each have two wrestlers moving on.

Coach Austin said, “All 12 guys have a good shot. I mean, that’s easier said than done. But they are peaking at the right time.”

After the Regional meet, the qualifying wrestlers will compete in the CCCAA Championships. The State competition will be held in Fresno on Dec. 11-13.