Capo again performed well at Master’s and state.

Master’s was held at Ontario’s Citizen’s Bank Arena, giving it a “big arena” feel.  This added to the drama and excitement.

Sophomore Brandon Hernandez, fresh off his runner up performance at CIF, came one match and one point away from qualifying for state.  He wrestled incredibly tough, winning his first two matches, before dropping his quarterfinal match to the eventual master’s winner, and dropping his blood round match by 1 point.  He then lost his 9th place bracket match 2-0 to a returning state qualifier, eliminating him from the tournament.

Brandon has a bright future ahead, and the experience has motivated him to set his sights high and train hard to accomplish great things in this program.

Brandon during his second round match.

Brandon during his second round match.

Senior Phillip O’shea placed fourth.  He made it to the semis before losing his semi’s match in triple overtime to the #2 seed.  He ended up the tournament finishing fourth, winning his consol semis match, then losing his third place match by a 4-3 score.

Senior Mike Davis concluded his career at the Master’s tournament.  He had a bit of a tough draw, wrestling against very accomplished grapplers in his two matches.  Mikey has been a pillar of our program for four years now.  It will feel odd not having him on the squad next year.  He has accomplished much in his tenure: 3x letterman, 2x cif qualifier, CIF fourth place, team captain.  We wish him blessing as he pursues other adventures after high school!

Phillip’s turned in an inspiring performance at state, making it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated from the tournament.  He won his first match by technical fall, his next match by fall, then upset the #4 ranked wrestler from Clovis, winning by fall, in the third round.  This set him up against #3 Clayton Hartwell from James Logan in the quarters.  The match was close and intense–3-1.  Phillip definitely put up a great fight.  He lost his blood round match by a score of 7-3.  Phillip’s losses came at the hands of the eventual third and fourth place finishers, and he pinned the eventual 5th place finisher, so he has lots to be proud of.

Phillip pinning #4 ranked Matt Weiss of Clovis in the third round of state.

Phillip pinning #4 ranked Matt Weiss of Clovis in the third round of state.

He is the first Capo wrestler to make it to the second day of state in at least 10 years.  He has made an incredible impact on the program and is one of this school’s most successful wrestlers: 101-30 career record, 47-5 senior year, state top 12, CIF champ, 3x CIF placer (one of only six Capo wrestlers to achieve that feat), 3x South Coast League Champion.  His name is all over our record board.  Phillip will definitely be missed!

You can watch Phillip upset Weiss of Clovis on youtube here.

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