Max Aguirre looked to the rafters and just shook his head.
The Frontier junior had lost the 160-pound third-place match to Noah Blake of Loomis-Del Oro in a 4-3 decision despite having a chance at a takedown late in the third period.
The first-time state medalist realized that as the No. 12 seed, getting to the podium stand on Saturday at the CIF State Boys Wrestling Championships would be challenging. Still, he wasn’t pleased in the moment, knowing he had a chance to beat the No. 2 seed.
“I am finishing on a high note, but it’s not where it could have been,” Aguirre said. “I could have been one match higher. It doesn’t sound like much, but it means a lot.”
It's also nice ending the season with a win, which only happens to four wrestlers in each weight class — in either the finals, or the third-, fifth- and seventh-place medal matches.
For Aguirre, knowing that a positive ending was so close was hard to swallow right away.
Aguirre began the day in the semifinals against No. 1-seed Josh Kim of Corona-Santiago, losing 11-3.
“He’s a really good wrestler,” Aguirre said. “He is usually fast and strong on his feet and it was a good match. But he is the better wrestler.”
Aguirre came back and beat Oscar Diaz of Selma, 3-1, to advance to the third-place match.
Reyes meets his match again
The previous two weeks for Cole Reyes went smoothly until he went up against Clovis North sophomore Devin Murphy.
In the Yosemite Divisional finals two weeks ago in Lemoore, Murphy beat Reyes to take the title. A week ago at North High in the Central Section Masters semifinals, again, Murphy got the best of Reyes.
Then on Saturday afternoon, Reyes' last match of the season came in a loss, again, to Murphy.
That defeat put Reyes in the fifth place match where he was supposed to wrestle Luciano Arroyo of Santa Ana-Calvary Chapel. Arroyo injury defaulted, however, allowing Reyes to finish fifth in his weight class.
“I was still sad about my loss from (Friday),” Reyes said. “I wanted to come back and wrestle him again and do my best, but I didn’t get him.”
Reyes, a junior, is now a two-time state medalist after finishing in fourth place last season at 106.
“I am still happy with how I finished,” Reyes said.