For the second year in a row, Los Banos High’s Tyler Felix is headed to the CIF State Wrestling Championships. This year, though, he’s the only one from the city of Los Banos who will go after three teammates and one from Pacheco fell short of qualifying.
Felix placed fourth in the 113-pound bracket of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters after going 3-0 the first day to guarantee a trip to state. He fell to Dixon’s Devan Turner in the first match of the second day, the semifinal match. He then defeated Golden Valley’s Tanner Browning in the consolation semifinals and fell to Del Oro’s Landon McBride in the third-place match. Felix defeated McBride the day before.
Felix went to the state championships last year along with his brother, Jimmy Felix. Both went 2-and-out at the state tournament.
Other Tigers at the SJS Masters included Josh Bustamante, who fell out of the 120-pound championship bracket in the second round and lost 3-1 to Vista Del Lago’s Antonio Mulqueeney in his first consolation match; Jesus Valdez, who went 2-1 in the 138-pound bracket on the first day, falling to Oak Ridge’s Brandon Claiborne in the semifinals, then fell to Ponderosa’s Colin Hustrid in his first consolation match; and Bailey Rodriguez, who fell out of the 220-pound championship bracket in the second round, then lost his first consolation match to Pioneer’s Garrett Monroe.
Pacheco’s Nick Vermillion also fell out of the 220-pound championship bracket in the second round with a 13-5 loss to Escalon’s Dominic Freeseha. He defeated Tokay’s Austin Mitchell in the consolation bracket, then lost to Rio Linda’s Vaughn Hingano two matches short of placing in the top eight.
Down in the Central Section Masters Tournament, Dos Palos put three wrestlers through to the state championships in Adrian Marrufo (120 pounds), Nathan Pimentel at 145 and Izzac Suarez at 152.
Marrufo lost in the quarterfinals to Clovis’ Julian Gaytan and wrestled back to seventh place, Pimentel fell to Clovis West’s Chris Garcia in the semifinals and placed sixth, and Suarez fell to Clovis West’s Tyler Zimmer in the quarterfinals and placed sixth.
Felix is scheduled to kick off the state meet against Poway’s Scotty Kiyono, the second-place finisher in the San Diego Section. Marrufo will face Windsor’s Noah Au-Yeung (North Coast Section No. 2), Pimentel will face La Costa Canyon’s Alex McIntyre (San Diego Section No. 2) and Suarez kicks off against Hoover’s Kenneth Moore (San Diego Section No. 2).