Nevada Union wrestlers reach state semifinals |

Nevada Union wrestlers reach state semifinals

Nevada Union’s Zach Callas and Luke Manuel are still in the gold medal hunt after advancing to the semfinals of their respective weight classes Friday at the CIF/Les Schwab Tires State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield.

And both did so in impressive style by winning three straight matches at Rabobank Arena.

Callas opened in the 160-pound weight class with a bang as he scored an 11-6 victory over No. 1-ranked and Central Section champion Matt Boger of Buchanan (Clovis). Callas, the No. 2 seed from the Sac-Joaquin Section, came back later in the day to pin Oakland High’s Brandon Swain in 3 minutes, 25 seconds. He followed that with a 6-2 triumph against North Coast Section champ Chris Hubbard of Ferndale in the quarterfinals.

Manuel, ranked No. 1 statewide in the 152-pound weight class, wasted no time in winning his first three matches. He pinned Jordan Abed of Alhambra (Martinez) in 1:39, pinned Brett Gurola of North Torrance in 4:27, and then pinned Danny Wilkin of Centennial (Bakersfield) in 3:52 of the quarterfinals.

The two Nevada Union seniors are now set for the semifinals at 9:30 a.m. Saturday:

” Manuel faces sophomore Anthony Meza of Vista, the San Diego Section champ. Jason Welch of Las Lomas, ranked No. 2 in the state, will oppose Ponderosa’s Evan Fox in the other semifinal.

” Callas faces Victor Carazo of Grace Davis (Modesto) in his semifinal. Greg Crane of Fremont (Sunnyvale) meets Nick Bardsley of Clovis West in the other semifinal.

See online for bracket updates.

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