When Golden Valley wrestling coach Aaron Wherry was able to put together the first girls-only wrestling dual match against Shafter this season, he was ecstatic because of the boom the sport has enjoyed locally during the last two years.
Then, during the first girls Kern County Championships, he was pumped that there was a postseason tournament to showcase the region’s best girls wrestlers.
Then Wherry passed the torch to assistant Juan David Gamino, who took four Bulldog wrestlers to the CIF State Wrestling Championships.
All three of those moments were incredible for Wherry and Gamino, leaving it too hard for them to choose which was the best in a season full of them.
“You can’t pick one,” Wherry said. “It’s incredible to see all the things we have accomplished this year. We had a girl place at state, the first dual, the first county championship. All of those are stepping stones to where we are going.”
Wherry and Gamino are the 2016-17 BVarsity Girls Wrestling Co-Coaches of the Year.
“This is a huge deal and immeasurable to wrestling and girls wrestling,” Wherry said. “Giving them this opportunity to do all the things we’ve done this season to put shine on these girls and recognize them for all of their hard work is the best thing we could be doing right now.”
Golden Valley leads the list with five All-Area wrestlers and as the sport grows, Gamino sees even more in store locally.
“Going to all of these tournaments around California, I notice the caliber that the state is growing to,” Gamino said. “Seeing that Kern County is growing as much as it is in our sport, it’s great to see.”
— TREVOR HORN