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Orozco advances to State quarterfinals
Local wrestlers meet with tough competition
Turlock's Albino Orozco on the way to a 17-2 technical fall over Kolton Osborn of Trabucco Hills in second-round action of the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL / The Journal

Turlock’s Albino Orozco (170 pounds) is the last man standing for area wrestlers in the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Orozco advanced to the quarterfinals with a 17-2 technical fall over Kolton Osborn of Trabuco Hills followed by a 34-second pin over Dillain Potter of Caruthers. St. John Bosco’s Anthony Valencia sent Orozco to the consolation bracket with a pin in the third period.

“I thought we had a really good shot of getting two medals,” Turlock coach Mike Contreras said. “Albino did a super job and had a good draw, taking care of business in his first two matches until we met the No. 1 guy in the state (Valencia).”

Orozco faces Anthony Hernandez of Vacaville this morning in an elimination match with the winner guaranteed a top-8 finish.

 Turlock’s Rafael Herrera (126) dropped his first match 6-4 to San Fernando’s Johnny Parado before winning three in a row with default over Braxton Gordon of Brawley, a 16-3 major decision over Gilroy’s Jesse Vasquez, and a 10-1 major decision over Bakersfield’s Sean Nickell. Sultana’s Trent Smith ended Herrera’s season with a second-round pin.

Pitman’s Logan Wolfley (160) finished one match away from competing today. Wolfley had to wrestle an outbracket match and defeated Liberty’s Jake Maas 5-4. He followed that with a 4-2 decision over Anthony Mesa of Sultana before getting pinned by Victor Valley’s Victor Lopez.

Wolfley then defeated Sutter’s Chase Miles 7-4 before losing to Freddie Garcia of Santiago 12-1

Wolfley’s teammate  Nick Valadez (132) eked out a 2-1 decision over Poway’s Adrain Tomar, before getting pinned by Victor Olmos of Gilroy and beat via a 7-1 decision by Temecula Valley’s Joshy Cortez.

“The kids (Wolfley and Valadez) wrestled an outstanding season,” Pitman coach Adam Vasconcellos said. “Wolfley went 3-2 on the day and wrestled his butt off with his last loss to the No. 2 guy in the state.

“Valadez hit two tough kids – sometimes it’s just where you get put in the brackets.”

Also from Pitman, Nick Roditis (220) dropped his first match 8-4 to Centennial’s David Vanweems. Roditis then lost to Brian Book of Durham, 6-1. Pride teammate Eric Bejaran was 0-2, starting with a pin by Carlsbad’s Chance Eskam in the first round followed by a third-round pin by Deer Valley’s Rangel Lowry.

Hilmar’s Antonio Melo (182) was pinned in his lone match and was forced to default his second.

Competition begins this morning at 9 at the Rabobank Arena.