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Buchanan boys roar to section wrestling title, aim for third straight state crown

Clovis High’s Seth Nevills, right, in action earlier this season, won the Central Section Masters 285-pound division Saturday, Feb. 24 and is aiming to become just the third boy to win four state championships in the 45-year history of the meet.
Clovis High’s Seth Nevills, right, in action earlier this season, won the Central Section Masters 285-pound division Saturday, Feb. 24 and is aiming to become just the third boy to win four state championships in the 45-year history of the meet. ezamora@fresnobee.com

Buchanan High positioned itself for a third straight state boys wrestling championship while cruising to the Central Section Masters team title Saturday.

The Bears totaled 290.5 points in the two-day section meet at North High in Bakersfield, easily outdistancing runner-up Selma (229.5) and third-place Clovis (143).

Notably for Clovis, Seth Nevills pinned Xavier Moran of Selma in 38 seconds to win the 285-pound class. Nevills, ranked No. 1 in the state, is aiming to become just the third boy to win four state championships in the 45-year history of the meet.

Buchanan takes all 14 wrestlers back to Bakersfield next weekend for the state meet March 2-3 at Rabobank Arena. Highlighting the Bears’ qualifiers were eight finalists and five champions. Notably for Buchanan, state No. 1 Anthony Montalvo pinned No. 14 David Vardanyan of Bullard at 182 pound, state No. 3 Matthew Olguin decisioned No. 4 Dawson Sihavong of Bullard 8-4 and state No. 4 Maximo Renteria beat Tristan Lujan of Selma in overtime.

In other finals highlights, state No. 1 170-pounder Christian Rodriguez of Selma scored a major decision over No. 2 Mark Cardwell of Monache (Nos. 3 and 4 also hail from the section); Clovis West’s Ryan Reyes, ranked No. 3 in the state at 195 pounds, decisioned No. 5 Jacob Good of Clovis 6-4; and Selma freshman Richard Figueroa scored a major decision over Clovis North’s Carlos Negrete. Figueroa is No. 1 in the state, Negrete No. 3.

Central Section Masters

CHAMPIONSHIPS

106 pounds: Richard Figueroa, Selma, dec. Carlos Negrete, Clovis North, 8-0.

113: Maximo Renteria, Buchanan, dec. Tristan Lujan, Selma, 4-2 (OT).

120: Devin Murphy, Clovis North, dec. Cole Reyes, Frontier, 5-2.

126: Ryan Franco, Clovis North, dec. Ethan Leake, Buchanan, 6-1.

132: Robert Areyano, Selma, p. Tyler Deen, Buchanan, 5:19.

138: Matthew Olguin, Buchanan, dec. Dawson Sihavong, Bullard, 8-4.

145: Tony Mendoza, Selma, d. Chris Gaxiola, Buchanan, injury default.

152: Jace Luchau, Selma, dec. Beau Bradley, Monache, 7-4.

160: Joel Romero, Buchanan, p. Albert Urias, Ridgeview, 0:32.

170: Christian Rodriguez, Selma, maj. dec. Mark Cardwell, Monache, 9-1.

182: Anthony Montalvo, Buchanan, p. David Vardanyan, Bullard, 1:30.

195: Ryan Reyes, Clovis West, dec. Jacob Good, Clovis, 6-4.

220: Trevor Ervin, Buchanan, dec. Justin Darter, Bakersfield, 6-0.

285: Seth Nevills, Clovis, p. Xavier Moran, Selma, 0:38.

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