BAKERSFIELD — It wasn’t the day that Atascadero High wrestling coach Jeff Spiller had hoped for, but for seniors Michael Clemmensen and Elijah Jackson at least there’s another day.
Clemmensen and Jackson are the last remaining San Luis Obispo County wrestlers to survive the first day of the State Wrestling Championships on Friday at Rabobank Arena.
Clemmensen made quick work of his first-round opponent with a 15-0 technical fall victory over Lathan Liles of Rodriguez High in the 103-pound class.
The senior then escaped with an 8-6 win over Clovis-Buchanan’s Manny Marin in the second round, setting up a matchup with Live Oak freshman Isaiah Locsin in the quarterfinals.
After a slow first period, Locsin struck first with a two takedowns and a reverse to grab a 5-0 lead in the second period. Clemmensen never recovered and lost 9-0. He will now have to work his way through today’s consolation bracket for a state medal. Clemmensen will start his quest for a spot on the podium today in the consolation bracket against Brawley’s Vincent Elizalde.
While Clemmensen stayed in the championship bracket for the entire night, Jackson fought his way through the consolation bracket.
Jackson earned an easy 11-1 win in his first-round match of 160-pound division but lost to Anderson’s Donnie Wonder 10-1 in the second round. The senior then ripped off three consecutive wins in the consolation round, finishing with a pin over De La Salle’s Curtis Siegfried in 59 seconds. Jackson will face Poway’s Henry Donahue in the consolation bracket for a spot on the medal ceremony.
Atascadero’s Steve Trockman lost his opening-round match at 171 pounds but won two straight in the consolation bracket before falling to Sultana’s Ryan McWatters. Atascadero teammate Matt Ducasse won his first match at 189 before dropping the next two.
At 135 pounds, Morro Bay’s Dolin Mininni opened with a 14-1 win over Victor Tiscareno of Pittsburg and then lost to Shane Tate of Oakdale 7-2. In consolation, Mininni pinned Wilson Qui of Washington of San Francisco in 3:50 and then lost 6-4 to Nick Morelli of Paradise.
At 140 pounds, Arroyo Grande’s Raul Uc opened with a 10-4 win over Nolen Kajiwara of James Logan, then lost by technical fall (17-0) to Isaiah Martinez of Lemoore and was then pinned in a consolation match in 2:05 by Rico Aguilar of Selma.
At 171 pounds, Paso Robles’ Cesar Delgado lost 12-0 to Cody Linton of Winters in his first match and then lost 6-3 in a consolation bout to Mike Tenorio of Firebaugh.