Frontier's Trent Tracy (right) is the lone Kern County wrestler seeded in the Top 3 at the CIF State Championships this weekend at Rabobank Arena. 

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The Top-3 seeds in each weight class heading into Friday's CIF State Wrestling Championships:

106 pounds

1. Richard Figueroa, fr, Selma; 2. Blake Fredrickson, jr, Windsor; 3. Carlos Negrete, fr, Clovis North.

Figueroa was a decorated wrestler long before entering high school. At this weight class, it’s not uncommon to see a freshman on top, but Figueroa has the pedigree to be a fixture on top of the podium for years to come.

113 pounds

1. Antonio Lorenzo, jr, Bellflower-St. John Bosco; 2. Jason Miranda, San Diego-Poway; 3. Aaron Nagao, Anaheim-Esperanza.

Lorenzo comes in as the favorite as a two-time state medalist after a third-place finish in 2017 and is nationally ranked across the board. The Central Section has three finalist hopefuls led by Clovis-Buchanan freshman Maximo Renteria.

120 pounds

1. Nico Aguliar, sr, Gilroy; 2. Eddie Flores, Covina-Northview; 3. Luciano Arroyo, jr, Santa Ana-Calvary Chapel.

Likely the deepest weight class. Aguilar is ranked No. 8 nationally while two guys — Devin Murphy (Clovis North) and Jacob Allen (Poway) — are also nationally-ranked but not seeded Top 3. Aguilar is a two-time finalist seeking his first state title.

126 pounds

1. Cleveland Belton, jr, St. John Bosco; 2. Ryan Franco, fr, Clovis North; 3. Ethan Leake, sr, Clovis-Buchanan.

Cleveland Belton is a defending state champion at 120 last season and has not lost to state competition this season. His biggest competition will come from two Clovis-area wrestlers in Franco, just a freshman, and Leake.

132 pounds

1. Jesse Vasquez, so, Corona-Santiago; 2. Chase Zollmann, sr, Poway; 3. Alex Felix, sr, Gilroy.

Intermat Wrestling has Vasquez ranked No. 4 nationally after he won the 113-pound title as a freshman in 2017. Bumping up three weight classes is huge, but the Santiago sophomore has displayed strength and championship pedigree.

138 pounds

1. Jaden Abas, jr, San Diego-Rancho Bernardo; 2. Lawrence Sanez, sr, Vacaville; 3. Matthew Olguin, jr, Buchanan.

Remember this guy, Kern County? Abas left Frontier after his freshman year and is currently ranked No. 4 nationally. Abas is the favorite, but there is seven returning medalists in this deep and talented field.

145 pounds

1. Peyton Omania, sr, Concord-De La Salle; 2. Tony Mendoza, sr, Selma; 3. Jake Ryan, sr, Oakdale.

Gone is Navonte Demison, the two-time state champ from Bakersfield now at Arizona State. There are five returning medalists in the field, including Omania, who was a finalist last season. Selma’s Mendoza was spectacular at Masters and is one of four Bears seeking titles.

152 pounds

1. Domic Mata, so, Poway; 2. Trey Munoz, jr, Mission Viejo-Trabuco Hills; 3. Johnny Felix, jr, Gilroy.

This weight class may be the most wide-open as any this weekend. A wildcard here is Selma junior Jace Luchau, who has been on a tear in the postseason.

160 pounds

1. Josh Kim, sr, Santiago; 2. Noah Blake, jr, Loomis-Del Oro; 3. Joel Romero, sr, Buchanan.

Kim is the clear favorite here. The Santiago senior, headed to Harvard, was a finalist last season, but will be pushed hard by Blake, the Sac-Joaquin Section champion after medaling his first two years in high school.

170 pounds

1. Christian Rodriguez, jr, Selma; 2. Mark Cardwell, jr, Porterville-Monache; 3. Trent Tracy, jr, Frontier.

The top-four wrestlers in the weight class are all from the Central Section. Rodriguez is the favorite after beating Tracy, Cardwell and Madera South senior Dylan Miracle (No. 4) at Masters. But watch for Tracy, who had a late lead on Rodriguez in the quarterfinals last week.

182 pounds

1. Christian Montalvo, sr, Buchanan; 2. Nathan Tausch, sr, Poway; 3. Guillermo Escobedo, so, La Puente-Bishop Amat.

Montalvo is the defending state champion and finished second at 182 as a freshman. Ranked No. 7 nationally, the Buchanan senior headed to Oklahoma State is the odds-on favorite to win a second state title.

195 pounds

1. Colbey Harlan, sr, Oakdale; 2. Tony Andrade, sr, Gilroy; 3. Ryan Reyes, jr, Clovis West.

Harlan finished second in the state to Christian Montalvo at 182 a year ago and is seeking his first state title. All three of the above-mentioned competitors have made deep state runs before in their career.

220 pounds

1. Victor Jaquez, jr, San Jose-Bellarmine Prep; 2. Trevor Ervin, sr, Buchanan; 3. Isaiah Perez, sr, Turlock-Pitman.

Jacquez and Perez are both nationally-ranked while Jaquez is attempting to go undefeated this season and become Bellarmine’s first state champion. Another favorite is Buchanan senior Trevor Ervin, the Central Section Masters champion.


1. Seth Nevills, sr, Clovis; 2. Jake Levengood, sr, Vacaville; 3. Tony Dacosta, sr, Torrance.

The Clovis High senior is attempting to become just the third four-time state champion after Bakersfield’s Jake Vasquez (1999-2002) and Nevills’ former teammate Justin Mejia (2014-17). Nevills is 134-1 in his career and has never lost to state competition.

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