Alex Cisneros (No. 5 @ 125) has put himself in position to join former Bakersfield High standout Darrell Vasquez (1999-2002) as only the second four-time California state champion out of the thousands of wrestlers who have competed in the one-title-per-weight-class event since its inception in 1973.
“His freshman year [winning the title] at 103 was understandable because he was just better than most everyone at that weight,” Selma coach Sam Lopez said. “But this year, when you go up to 125s, you are dealing with a lot bigger kids. He had a lot of close matches.
“A true champion will always find a way to win, no matter if it’s not pretty. And this guy always finds a way to win.”
All Cisneros has wanted to do since donning Selma’s black and orange singlet is win. And that’s virtually all The Bee’s Wrestler of the Year has done.
Cisneros is 130-2 in three varsity seasons – never losing to a wrestler from California – while gaining confidence from his past success and the work he’s put in to get to the top.
“I know I can repeat every year,” Cisneros said. “I just have to come back a lot stronger than the year before.”
And next season, he will balance the demands of what’s sure to be an intense recruiting battle for his college services with the challenge of doing what many in the wrestling community don’t want to see happen – Cisneros joining Vasquez as a four-time state champ.
“I know a lot of people are watching me to see if I’ll fail. I try to focus on not letting that happen,” Cisneros said. “Whether they are rooting for me, or not, they are there to watch me and I feed off that. I try to put on a show.”