NU wrestler places at state tournament |

NU wrestler places at state tournament

The Nevada Union wrestling team did not return home from Bakersfield and the California State Wrestling Championships this weekend with a state champion, but it did return with two juniors making their presence felt with one placing in the top eight and the other falling one match short of placing.

Luke Manuel (135) came away from the state meet with a sixth-place finish and a 5-3 record wPhoto:1446697,left;hile Zach Callas (160) lost in his first match Saturday morning. A win would had allowed him a chance to place in the top eight.

To begin Saturday’s wrestling, Manuel faced Cody Gibson of Mount Whitney for a tight match ending in Manuel’s favor by a score of 1-0. Manuel was awarded a point after Gibson was caught stalling in the second period.

He then moved on to beat Brian Alves of Willows 1-0, tallying an

escape point in the second period.

Manuel’s next match against Armando Gonzalez of Gilroy was to determine who wrestled in the third place match, with the loser wrestling in the fifth place match. Gonzalez got the best of Manuel, winning another thriller 3-1, earning points on a takedown and an escape. Gonzalez went on to place third.

In the fifth place match, Manuel once again faced Jonathan Ronny from James Logan, an opponent he lost to Friday by a score of 6-0. The new match proved to be nearly identical to the first match point-wise as Ronny won 7-1 to take fifth place.

“I’m really happy I placed, but I wanted to place higher,” Manuel said. “I was the most proud of my match against Gibson because it was the toughest one mentally; either I was going to place or lose depending on that match.”

At the state meet last season, Manuel wrestled in the 119-pound weight class and went 0-2. He finished the season with a 28-10 record.

Callas began and ended his second day of wrestling with his first match against Dustin Monte of Righetti, losing by a score of 7-1.

“I couldn’t defend his single leg takedown and he kept taking me down with it,” Callas said. “I felt like I could stay with him until he got a single leg.

“Overall, I felt like I wrestled well and had lots of fun wrestling in front of all of those people in the such a big atmosphere.”

This was the first time Callas, who ended the season with a 28-10 record, made it to the state tournament.

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