The Fresno City College wrestling team fell short of a state title.
The Rams trailed Sacramento City by 23 points heading into Saturday’s final matches at the Fresno City main gymnasium.
Rams coach Paul Keysaw had hopes of catching the Panthers, but that wasn’t the case. The Panthers took home the team title with 158 points, followed by Fresno City (137) and Cerritos (116). The Rams finished runner-up for a third straight season.
“We couldn’t catch them,” Keysaw said. “We fought hard, and I am very proud of the men that competed for the Rams this weekend. They dealt with a lot of adversity.”
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The Rams had to compete without their state third-ranked wrestler. Sebastian Suikowsky, who wrestles at 165, didn’t show up at Thursday’s weigh-in.
However, two Fresno City wrestlers became state champions.
At 133, Jonas Gaytan won by an 8-1 decision over Anthony Vargas of Cerritos.
At 174, Mo Naser won by a 16-6 major decision over Trevor Wright of Sacramento City. It was Naser’s second straight state title.