Wrestler of the Year

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Navonte Demison, Bakersfield

Felix Adamo

Navonte Demison, Bakersfield

Senior • 145 pounds • 35-0

Cruised his way to a second straight state championship, despite a late start because of football and a weight class that included several returning state medalists. Demison, who has signed with Arizona State, wrestled only two matches closer than five points: His first of the season and the state final, a 5-2 victory against Jack Ramalia of Granite Bay.

 

First team

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Cole Reyes, Frontier

Felix Adamo

Cole Reyes, Frontier

Sophomore • 106 pounds • 47-6

Took a giant leap forward after a strong freshman season, winning the Central Section Masters title and finishing fourth at the state tournament for his first medal. Also was runner-up at the Doc Buchanan Invitational.

 
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Elijah Navarro, Bakersfield

Felix Adamo

Elijah Navarro, Bakersfield

Senior • 113 pounds • 21-16

Capped his career with a Southwest Yosemite League championship and a ninth-place finish in the Central Section to qualify for the CIF State Championships for the first time.

 
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Ryan Morphis, Frontier

Felix Adamo

Ryan Morphis, Frontier

Sophomore • 120 pounds • 38-16

After a strong third-place finish in the Central Section, qualified for state for the second straight year, going 2-2. The nephew of Frontier coach Kirk Moore, Morphis also won the El Dorado Invitational.

 
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Izzak Olejnik, Bakersfield

Felix Adamo

Izzak Olejnik, Bakersfield

Junior • 126 pounds • 27-13

Turned in a strong regular season, with a runner-up finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions, an SWYL championship and a third-place finish at perhaps the Central Section’s toughest weight. Olejnik qualified for state for the third consecutive year.

 
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Elijah Ozuna, Frontier

Felix Adamo

Elijah Ozuna, Frontier

Senior • 132 pounds • 42-7

Won titles at the El Dorado Invitational and the Temecula Valley Battle for the Belt, then beat state No. 1 Chris Deloza of Clovis North (for the fourth time in five tries) en route to a state finals appearance. His silver medal was his first hardware at state.

 
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J.J. Figueroa, Bakersfield

Felix Adamo

J.J. Figueroa, Bakersfield

Senior • 138 pounds • 41-11

Bounced back from an elbow injury that cost him his junior-year postseason to earn sixth place and his second medal at state. Figueroa was third at the Doc B, the SWYL champion and third in the Central Section.

 
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Jonathan Garcia, Frontier

Felix Adamo

Jonathan Garcia, Frontier

Senior • 152 pounds • 36-11

Earned a state medal in his third trip to the state championships, finishing seventh. Garcia also won the Yosemite Divisional and the Madera South Invitational and finished second in the Central Section.

 
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Ricky Gonzalez, Bakersfield

Felix Adamo

Ricky Gonzalez, Bakersfield

Senior • 160 pounds • 42-13

Another senior who capped his career with a third trip to state and his first state medal. Gonzalez took sixth in state after winning the Rumble for the Rig and SWYL title and finishing third in the Central Section.

 
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Jeremy Maas, Liberty

Felix Adamo

Jeremy Maas, Liberty

Senior • 170 pounds • 39-7

Spent most of the year in the state top 10 despite a concussion that cost him nearly a month of action in the middle of the season. Maas was the SWYL champion, runner-up at the Yosemite Divisional and third in the Central Section.

 
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Sam Loera, Bakersfield

Felix Adamo

Sam Loera, Bakersfield

Senior • 182 pounds • 45-11

Improved on last year’s seventh-place medal at state with a fourth-place finish as a senior. Loera won the SWYL and was the section’s runner-up; nearly half of his losses came to the wrestlers who battled for the state title in his weight class.

 
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Willem DeBoer,Frontier

Felix Adamo

Willem DeBoer, Frontier

Senior • 182 pounds • 30-10

Finished his career with a flourish, not only qualifying for state for the first time but earning an eighth-place state medal. DeBoer also was the Central Valley Invitational champion and finished fifth in the section.

 
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Adrian Godinez, Foothill

Felix Adamo

Adrian Godinez, Foothill

Senior • 195 pounds • 34-8

Had just two losses in the regular season and then, despite an ankle injury that had him wrestling in pain, finished eighth at state to earn his second straight medal. Godinez also won the CIT Morro Bay and the SEYL.

 
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Ricardo Garcia,Highland

Felix Adamo

Ricardo Garcia, Highland

Senior • 220 pounds • 32-13

Started wrestling as an inexperienced freshman and worked his way into the state championships as a senior, reversing a loss in the SEYL finals to reach the section Masters, where he finished 10th.

 
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All area Brett Schuler, BCHS, wrestling.

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Brett Schuler, Bakersfield Christian

Senior • Heavyweight • 26-7

Repeated as a state qualifier after becoming the first for BCHS a year ago. Schuler notched championships at the Kern County Invitational, the SSL and the Sierra-Sequoia Divisional.

 

Second team

106: Ruben Jimenez, Foothill • senior • 24-14

113: Jose Landin, Wasco • freshman • 24-12

120: Marcus Hutcherson, West • senior • 41-8

126: Garrett Fletcher, Frontier • freshman • 34-16

132: Adrian Gonzalez, Bakersfield • sophomore • 27-16

138: Marco Hernandez, Frontier • senior • 23-16

145: Trent Tracy, Frontier • sophomore • 33-16

152: Dillon Cravens, Bakersfield • senior • 36-10

160: Max Aguirre, Frontier • sophomore • 24-16

170: Eric Ponce, Golden Valley • senior • 20-12

182: Nick Maiden, Stockdale • junior • 34-16

182: Isaiah Martin, Garces • junior • 34-11

195: Chris Velez, Kennedy • senior • 35-14

220: Dakota Graham, North • senior

HWT: Walter Ramirez, Stockdale • senior

Honorable mention

Arvin: Wilfredo Arriaza

Bakersfield: Andrew Bloemhof, Jake Vasquez

Centennial: James Clark, Anthony Ortega, Antonio Valle, Matt Weir

Chavez: Manuel Gamboa

Delano: Xzavier Chavez, Angel Nava

East: Masiai Shaw

Foothill: R.J. De La Rosa

Garces: Antonio Moreno, Brian Pantoja

Golden Valley: Jayven Rojas, Bobby Salazar, Irving Silva

Highland: Emmett Kuntz

Independence: Tyler Bell, Aldo Cisneros

Kennedy: Adam Ortiz

Kern Valley: Jacob Lightner, Luis Mendoza

Liberty: Chance Wirowek

McFarland: Gerardo Aispuro, Nathan Estrella

North: Billy Oliver, Connor Whitby

Ridgeview: Pedro Ramirez, Albert Urias

Shafter: Edwin Ayala, Anthonie Banuelos, Tony Perez, Rafael Zamudio

South: Levi Garcia, Bryan Worsham

Stockdale: Brian Abbott

Wasco: Anselmo Arellano

West: Jacob Chairez

(3) comments

TitanPride

Zach, I agree with Bigred on doing a story about the ages of these athletes..... What it will show Bigred and everyone else is that every Titan athlete that made this All-Area team will graduate at either 17 or 18 years of age. ZERO will be 19 at the time of graduation. But Zach, I'll save you the effort on the Titan kids..... Cole Reyes and Ryan Morphis will both compete at CIF State their Senior years as 17 year olds! Jonathan Garcia and Willem DeBoer just turned 18 prior to CIF State this year (their Senior years), and Elijah Ozuna is 18 and won't turn 19 until next school year when he's in college..... Where's the unsportsmanlike behavior in that Bigred??? Therefore, Bigred should get his facts straight before trying to blast these athletes that have worked their tails off to earn their spots! That's more disappointing than what you are trying to throw these kids under the bus for..... Despicable!!!

Bigred43

I couldn't but notice most of the men you have picked for your all area wrestling 🤼‍♀️ team should be entering there second year of college based on there age. Year in Year out you rave about how good and great these Titan and Driller Men are, because that's what they are 19 year old men who turns 20 soon after wrestling season ends. Hum you tell me where is the fairness and sportsmanship in that. If you want to write about something do a pice on wrestlers true age and watch how bad it is Zack.

TitanPride

Zach, I agree with Bigred on doing a story about the ages of these athletes..... What it will show Bigred and everyone else is that every Titan athlete that made this All-Area team will graduate at either 17 or 18 years of age. ZERO will be 19 at the time of graduation.

But Zach, I'll save you the effort on the Titan kids..... Cole Reyes and Ryan Morphis will both compete at CIF State their Senior years as 17 year olds! Jonathan Garcia and Willem DeBoer just turned 18 prior to CIF State this year (their Senior years), and Elijah Ozuna is 18 and won't turn 19 until next school year when he's in college..... Where's the unsportsmanlike behavior in that Bigred??? Therefore, Bigred should get his facts straight before trying to blast these athletes that have worked their tails off to earn their spots! That's more disappointing than what you are trying to throw these kids under the bus for..... Despicable!!!

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