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One Miner still alive

And then there was one.

Nevada Union senior Matt Manuel was the lone Miner among three that made the trip to Bakersfield Friday that emerged from the first day of competition at the California State Wrestling Championships.

Manuel won his first two matches in the 130-pound bracket at Rabobank Arena – a 10-2 victory over Red Bluff freshman Dillon Reed and a 4-3 win over Lemoore senior Julian Perez – before suffering a 9-3 setback to Irvine senior Scott Chene in round three.



After the loss, Manuel came back with a 2-0 win over La Costa Canyon senior David Wood, followed by a 9-5 victory over Vacaville senior Drew Hylton.

The match with Hylton was the third time Manuel met the Vacaville grappler in the past two weeks. The two split the first two meetings in last weekend’s section Masters tournament.




Manuel, a two-time state qualifier, will be back in action this morning as consolation bracket action resumes at 9 a.m. If he wins four more matches, he will place third in the state tournament, the highest placing possible through the consolation bracket.

Manuel’s teammates, senior Jake Cena and sophomore Jacob Purdy, each went 0-2 and were eliminated from competition Friday.

Cena lost by pin three minutes and 12 seconds into his match with the No. 1-ranked 135-pounder in the state, Clovis West senior Nick Fisher. He then was pinned in 1:48 by Orange Glen’s Danny Varela, the San Diego Section runner-up.

Purdy was defeated 11-2 by Liberty sophomore Paul Gomez in the first round, before being edged 1-0 by El Camino junior Michael Lim.


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