Atascadero High earned a top-10 team finish and qualified four wrestlers to next week’s CIF state championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield with their finishes Saturday at the Southern Section masters meet in Temecula.
Atascadero, which finished in sixth place overall with 721⁄2 points, had all four of its wrestlers who competed Saturday clinch spots in the state championships.
Both Michael Clemmensen (at 103 pounds) and Elijah Jackson (160) finished third in their respective weight classes, going 4-0 on the day. Stephen Trockman (171) and Matt Ducasse (189) wrestled to 2-1 records on the day getting sixth and ninth, respectively.
The top nine finishers in each weight class qualify for state.
“The boys had tough draws (Friday) and had especially tough matchups in the quarters,” Atascadero coach Jeff Spiller said. “But they wrestled really well today and I am proud to have four boys going to state. It’s not all that often that this kind of thing happens.”
After years with a relatively small number of state meet qualifiers, Atascadero has blossomed recently. In the past three years, the Greyhounds have had 11 wrestlers earn trips to the state championships.
Spiller said the Greyhounds have focused more on individual postseason matches lately than on team postseason competitions.
“As a coaching staff here, we have decided to not always participate in dual meets,” he said. “I will if I think we can win, and even then, I err on the side of caution so that the guys don’t come out roughed up and beat up a week or so before individual meets like Masters. There is more focus on state qualifiers here.”
Paso Robles had two wrestlers competing for state berths with one making it through. Cesar Delgado (171) won his first match of the day, guaranteeing him eighth place, and then forfeited the rest of his potential bouts because of injury and sickness. Robby Standley (112) made the top 12 for Paso Robles but did not qualify for state.
Arroyo Grande’s lone competitor, Raul Uc (140), wrestled to a fourth-place finish to earn a trip to Bakersfield.
No information was available on Morro Bay’s competitors.
Track and Field
California State Indoor Championships
Paso Robles’ Tess Rountree cleared 5 feet, 4 inches in the girls high jump to earn second place at the meet at Fresno State.