Valley wrestlers dominate at state championships
Buchanan High wrapped up its third straight state boys wrestling team championship and Clovis’ Seth Nevills joined an elite group with his fourth individual title on Saturday night.
They led another outstanding showing by Fresno-area schools in the 46th annual state meet at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Three others won individual titles – Selma freshman Richard Figueroa at 106 pounds and Buchanan’s Anthony Montalvo (182) and Maximo Renteria (113).
Another Buchanan wrestler, Joel Romero (160) was a runner-up. So were two Clovis North wrestlers, Carlos Negrete (who lost 6-1 to Figueroa) and Ryan Franco, and Selma’s Tony Mendoza.
Buchanan had clinched the team title before the finals began and finished with 219 points. Gilroy had 180, Poway 171.5. Then came three more Fresno-area schools, Selma (168), Clovis (121.5) and Clovis North (119).
Nevills finished his career by pinning Jake Levengood of Vacaville in 1 minute 11 seconds. Nevills finished his prep career 166-1 including 39-1 this season and joined two others as four-time boys champions, including his teammate last year, Justin Mejia.