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Bakersfield High's Andrew Bloemhof, left, will be one of the top competitors this at this weekend's competition. 

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One of the best one-day, early-season boys wrestling tournaments in California will take place at Bakersfield High on Saturday.

The fifth annual Rumble for the Rig is billed as the “Toughest One-Day Tournament in California," and rightfully so.

Three teams ranked in the California Wrestler state top-12 are in attendance, along with nearly two-dozen wrestlers ranked in the top-10 in the weight class. That includes Oakdale senior Colbey Harlan, who took second at 182 pounds at the CIF State Championships at Rabobank Arena in March.

Along with No. 7-ranked Oakdale in competition on Saturday is No. 3 Selma, along No. 12 Concord-De La Salle. They'll be joined by local programs including Frontier, Bakersfield, Highland, North, Independence and Centennial.

“This year’s Rumble for the Rig is gearing up to be one of the toughest in the state for the opening weekend,” BHS coach Andy Varner said. “It will be a good measuring stick to see where teams are at for the start of the season.”

Competition begins at 9 a.m. with the finals slated for 5 p.m.

Here is a look at the top local wrestlers, as they are ranked in the top-40 in their weight in the state, according to The California Wrestler. 

State boys wrestling rankings

Locals in top-40 per weight class

Courtesy of The California Wrestler

126

18. Andrew Bloemhof, junior, Bakersfield - The state qualifier finished fifth at Masters after winning the Southwest Yosemite League title at 120.

33. Anthony Perez, senior, Shafter - A state qualifier at 120, took 10th at Masters and second in the South Sequoia League.

34. Jose Landin, sophomore, Frontier - A transfer from Wasco, finished 10th in at Masters at 113 and went 1-2 at the state championships.

35. Johnny Maldonado, senior, Liberty - Took home gold medals at Golden Legends and Highland Invitational last season at 120 and 126.

132

20. Garrett Fletcher, sophomore, Frontier - A state qualifier as a sophomore at 162, finished 10th at Masters and second in the SWYL.

138

20. Ryan Morphis, junior, Frontier - Finished third in at Masters before going 2-2 at the state meet at 120.

24. Adrian Gonzalez, senior, BHS - A state-qualifier at 132 pounds last season while finished seventh at Masters.

145

17. Izzak Olejnik, senior, BHS - A state qualifier last season at 126, finished third at Masters after winning the SWYL title.

152

17. Albert Urias, senior, Ridgeview - As a junior at 152, won titles at Kern County Invite won the South Yosemite League title.

160

13. Max Aguirre, junior, Frontier - A state qualifier as a sophomore, finished seventh at Masters at 160.

170

35. Brian Pantoja, senior, Garces - The standout linebacker for the Rams looks for a breakout season on the mat.

182

6. Nick Maiden, senior, Stockdale - Finished in the top-12 at state, going 4-2, after a seventh place finish at Masters at 182.

9. Trent Tracy, junior, Frontier - Went 3-2 at the state championships after taking sixth at Masters at 145.

13. Isaiah Martin, senior, Garces - Maiden’s cousin finished sixth at Masters before going 2-2 at the state championships.

38. Anthonie Banuelos, senior, Shafter - The Masters qualifier finished fifth at the SSL championships.

195

16. Chris Velez, senior, Kennedy - A state qualifier last season at 195, took eighth at Masters.

220

24. Jacob Lightner, junior, Kern Valley - A Masters qualifier last season at 220, finished sixth at the Sierra-Sequoia championships.

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