The streak continues.
And so do the hopes for those who have stumped for the return of wrestling at Fresno State.
Here were the major developments from a night where an estimated 2,200 fans packed the Clovis High gym to watch a pair of nationally ranked wrestling programs.
Clovis, No. 1 in the state and ranked as high as No. 3 nationally in two polls, extended its seven-year dual-match winning streak against California opposition to 82 with a 39-14 Tri-River Athletic Conference victory over state No. 3 and national No. 33 Buchanan.
The nation's top-ranked 285-pounder, Clovis' Nick Nevills, improved to 29-0 on the season with a 42-second pin of Tony Robles as he pursues a third CIF State Championship before departing for NCAA national champion Penn State.
Clovis' No. 2 Julian Gaytan beat No. 1 Jason Delacruz for the first time in three meetings this season, 4-2 in sudden victory overtime during a matchup of the Central Section's top two 120-pounders.
Buchanan's state No. 9 Peter An edged No. 8 AJ Nevills 4-3 with a stunning last-second reversal at 182 pounds.
But the most important development of all might have come before the action started when Fresno State President Joseph Castro — after appearing at the center of a pulled-out-of-retirement Bulldogs mat with former Clovis Superintendent Doc Buchanan for the opening coin flip — again went on record about his desire to relaunch the university's wrestling program.
"I'm really intent on reinstating it," Castro said. "There are a number of issues to work on internally and with the community to make it happen."
Castro added that he will have more specifics about wrestling's possible reinstatement "in a couple weeks."
On the mat, Clovis took control of the dual when Nick Nevills and freshman sensation 106-pounder Justin Mejia scored back-to-back pins to open a 25-6 lead.
"This was an awesome dual," Nick Nevills said. "I wish it could have been more entertaining, but we came out and dominated. I was proud of how our guys wrestled."
Gaytan helped secure the final outcome by rallying to defeat Delacruz, who led 2-0 after the first period and 2-1 after the second. But Delacruz was called for stalling with 42 seconds left in the third to force the tie, and Gaytan got the winning takedown with 23 seconds left in sudden victory to put the Cougars up 28-9.
Clovis also received wins from Khristian Olivas (126), Isaiah Hokit (132), Dominic Kincaid (152), Josh Hokit (160), Brody Brand (170) and Matt Weiss (195) as it tunes up for a postseason that begins Feb. 15 with the league tournament.
Divisionals are Feb. 21-22, Masters on March 1 and the state meet March 7-8.
"Our team has lots of confidence," Gaytan said. "We trust in our training. We're going for state again."
Buchanan, reemerging as a state wrestling power under coach Troy Tirapelle, had DJ Lloren (113), Kyler Hansen (138), Dean Esquibel (145) and Kai Dill (220) post wins.
"It was really nice to perform in front of people who appreciate wrestling," said Tirapelle, the son of Clovis co-coach Steve Tirapelle. "I think we're right there (with Clovis). It will be a little different story at the league tournament."
The Bee's Marek Warszawski contributed to this report. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6103, firstname.lastname@example.org or @NickG_FB on Twitter.