Bakersfield (No.11) placed a meet-high seven wrestlers in the finals, winning four. The Drillers’ team total of 271.5 points was second to Clovis’ (No.9) 310.5, but the number Drillers coach Andy Varner was most concerned with was 10: That’s the number of BHS wrestlers who advanced to next Saturday’s section Grand Masters meet at Clovis-Buchanan.
“These kids have gone through the wars now; they know what to expect,” Varner said. “They understand, hey, we’ve got one more week and then we can go. We’re in a pretty good position.”
And though Clovis, deeper than Bakersfield but without quite as many state-title threats, had Masters qualifiers at all 14 weights, the Drillers are more concerned with how the team score will look at state, where Bakersfield, and not Clovis, will be the defending champion.
“It’s all about state,” BHS senior Adam Fierro said. “Congratulations to them, good for them, they come out with the victory, but our goal isn’t to win this tournament.”
For Article by Zach Ewing, Californian