PASO ROBLES — All of the schools in the PAC 7 converged on Paso Robles High School Saturday morning for the conclusion of the regular season of wrestling. Both the JV and varsity squads for each school made the trip and wrestled simultaneously in different gyms.
The Righetti Warriors ran away with the PAC 7, title scoring 249.5 points in the tournament with the Bearcats coming in second place with 221 points. In fact, the Bearcats were closer in points to Pioneer Valley, the fourth-place team, than they were to the Warriors.
As a team, the Bearcats wrestled very well. Of the 13 weight classes that were competing, Paso Robles placed a wrestler in the top three in ten of them, winning two. At the PAC 8 league tournament, the top four finishers from each weight class move on to CIF with the fifth-place finisher being an alternate.
Paso will be sending 12 guaranteed wrestlers to CIF this weekend: Austin Brenneman (108 lb), Levi Lynch (115 lb), Dylan Maduena (122), Porter Tanner (128),
The senior Madrigal and sophomore Maduena are the two Bearcats who took first in their respective weight classes. Madrigal started off in the tournament with a tremendous match where he was in control the entire time. He had his opponent just inches away from a pin several times but could not get his shoulders down. Madrigal tried a couple different ways to pin him, switching from one side of his body to the other before finally wrangling him in.
“That kid was tough, but I don't know there was something weird about his body I just couldn't get his shoulders down,” Madrigal said. “He fought hard though.”
Madrigal would go on to win the 154-pound division after defeating Pioneer Valley’s Eric Vera 8-6 in the final. Maduena also wrestled well, defeating Mario Kwon of Righetti in the final via a tech fall. Paso faced Righetti in the final four times, but only Maduena would be able to come away with a victory. Murphy, Miller, and Dominguez each made it to the championship match but lost to a Righetti Warrior.
Hunter Deverick has been one the Bearcats’ top wrestlers throughout the season and went down a weight class for the Bearcats on Saturday, dropping from the 180s down to the 170s.
“It just benefitted the team the most and I’ve got to be a team player,” Deverick said of the move.
The senior took home third in his weight class without having to wrestle in the third-place match because his opponent from St Joseph forfeited.