The CIF State Wrestling Championships is in the books. Josiah Hill won the 285-pound boys title, becoming the first Driller state champion since Navonte Demison won back-to-back titles in 2016-17. Alyssa Valdivia of Frontier had a great run in finishing runner-up in 106-pound girls. Eight area wrestlers placed.
Here’s a look at how the Kern County wrestlers did on Saturday:
(7) Cade Lucio, Bakersfield, junior: Lost to No. 4 Joshua Medina, Anaheim-Servite, by fall, 2:10.
(9) Garrett Fletcher, Frontier, senior: Lost to No. 6 Ceasar Garza, Oakdale, by dec., 3-2.
Tye Monteiro, Garces, freshman: Placed eighth—Defeated No. 7 Rocky Raby, Hemet-West Valley, by fall, 3:37; Lost to No. 6 Noah Cortez, Dinuba, by dec. 9-2. Lost to No. 10 Seth Borba, Oakdale, by dec., 7-1.
(14) Jaden Sanchez, Bakersfield, senior: Lost to No. 8 Will Kloster, Lemoore, by dec., 5-0.
(4) Jarad Priest, Bakersfield, senior: Placed sixth—Defeated No. 7 Nicholas Zavala, Tulare-Mission Oak, by dec., 5-2; Defeated No. 9 Braden Smelser, Valencia, by fall, 4:04; Lost to No. 3 JJT Stinson, East Nicolaus, by dec. 2-1 TB; Lost to Valor Buck, Anaheim-Servite, by dec., 3-1.
(10) Christian Landin, Frontier, junior: Lost to No. 12 Sean Myles, Roseville-Oakmont, by dec., 6-3.
(14) Juan Alonso, Kennedy, junior: Lost to No. 8 Joaquin Garcia, Jr., Villa Park, by dec., 4-2.
Justin Darter, Bakersfield, junior: Placed sixth—Defeated No. 8 Jalen Peralta, Clovis-Buchanan, by dec., 9-5; Defeated No. 9 Zach Brooks, Davis, by dec. 3-2, OT; Lost to No. 2 Peter Ming, Elk Grove, by dec., 3-0; Lost to No. 6 Juan Mora, Modesto-Pitman, by dec., 3-2, UTB.
(1) Josiah Hill, Bakersfield, senior: Champion—Defeated No. 4 Malachi Lyles, Lakewood-Mayfair, by maj dec., 10-0; Defeated No. 2 Nicholas Villarreal, Gilroy, by fall, 2:38.
Girls CIF State Championship qualifiers
Jacqueline Hernandez, Frontier, sophomore: Lost to No. 7 Abbeygael Cabuag, Morgan Hill-Sobrato, by fall, 2:56.
(1) Alyssa Valdivia, Frontier, junior:Placed runner-up—Won semifinal match over No. 4 Emilie Gonzalez, El-Monte-Arroyo, by dec., 9-3. Lost to Nyla Valencia, Morgan Hill-Sobrato, 11-4.
Kirsten Banales, East, junior: Lost to No. 7 Tehya Ledesman, Riverside-Hillcrest, by fall, 4:58.
Yasmine Scherer, North, sophomore: Lost to No. 3 Alisha Narvaez, Union City, James Logan, by fall, 4:29
Aliana Lefotu, Golden Valley, junior: Placed fifth—Defeated Alana Ontiveros, Modesto-Pitman by dec., 2-0; Defeated No. 4 Beyonce Garcia, Union City-James Logan, by fall, 1:59; Lost to No. 3 Joanna Qiu, Albany, by dec., 9-0; Defeated Samantha Snow, Los Alamitos, by dec., 3-2.
(7) Orianna Morales, Bakersfield, junior: Placed eighth—Defeated Jocelyn Yepez, Paramount, by fall, 4:50; Lost to No. 6 Annie Hua, Sunnyvale-Fremont, by fall, 0:43; Lost to Megan Irwin, Fairfield-Armijo, bt dec. 7-6.
(6) Ehireme Ohens, Stockdale, junior: Lost to Cynthia Esquivel, Walnut, by dec., 2-0.
(5) Maliya Castillo, Ridgeview, sophomore: Placed fifth—Defeated Lily El-Masri, Novato-San Marin, by dec., 4-0; Defeated No. 6 Viviana Romo, San Fernando, by dec., 2-1; Lost to No. 2 BaoAhn Duncan-Perez, Clovis, by fall, 1:11; Defeated Cianna Riley, San Dimas, by dec., 2-1, TB.
Gracie Lane, Centennial, sophomore: Lost to Kailee Rivera, Vacaville-Will C Wood, by dec., 6-0.
Monique Bravo, Ridgeview, sophomore: Lost to No. 2 Annika Miles, Elk Grove, by decision, 4-0.