To a man, the Drillers agreed: Bakersfield (CA) (No. 11 in Nation) wrestling team is no less hungry, no less motivated and no less focused that it was a year ago, when it was chasing a state title instead of defending one.
It showed Saturday, when Drillers won 10 of the 14 finals matches in the Southwest Yosemite League Championships at Frontier.
“It hasn’t changed. Even though we won last year, people might say that it wasn’t legit. We’re not cocky; we’re just here to wrestle. And we’re going to do whatever we can to win.”
Ian Nickell, Bakersfield Senior
Nickell, ranked No. 6 in the state at 112 pounds, had perhaps the night’s biggest win when he downed Frontier’s Vincent Gomez, who’s No. 5, 11-4. It was Nickell’s first victory over the Titans sophomore.