The very young Sierra college wrestling team entered the California State Championships on Saturday with two sophomores and six freshman. The Wolverines are competing to bring home one of the eight medals being awarded on Saturday. Friday the Wolverines had a very rough start of the tournament with several Wolverines losing hard fought matches in the early rounds. 125 freshman Joey Vigil went 1-1 and made it to the next round and then into the medal rounds. Other freshmen one match from placing were 174 Oscar Flores, 197 Jordan Davis and 285 Chris Vasquez. Sophomore Robin Callas finished his last year at Sierra College with a 3rd place finish at 165 and earning his first All American award.
The other sophomore making a big statement at the state championship is Jairo Chavez who had a 1st round pin in the semi final match to qualify for tonight's final where he will face the number one ranked wrestler in the state. Jairo is has already earned All American Honors but is looking to become the 16th individual state champion wrestler in the last 12 years since coach Wharry and Martinez took over the program.
Sierra College finished this years California State Championship in great fashion when Jairo Chavez became the 16th Individual State Champion for Sierra. That gives Coach Wharry and Martinez 12 years with an Individual State Champion which is one of the longest streaks in community college wrestling. Jairo had an outstanding tournament winning the first match by decision and followed that up with a pin to advance to the finals.
In order for Chavez to win a state title he would have to beat the number one ranked wrestler in the state at 197 pounds. Jairo had lost the last to matches to this wrestler—the last one was a hard fought overtime loss. From the very start of this match Chavez took advantage of his incredible speed and power to dominate his final match. Chavez won the match with a 7-3 score and avenged the only two losses that he had all season at the JC Level.December 7, 2013
The Wolverines competed very well at the Northern California Regional Tournament. Sierra had four wrestlers make the semi-final round and Jairo Chavez led the way making the finals. Sierra finished the day with seven wrestlers qualifying for the California State Championship.
The Wolverines will compete December 13th-14th at the California State Championships at Delta College in Stockton. Friday the tournament will start at 10:00 a.m.
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