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.
The Greyhounds finished in fifth place scoring 117 total points finishing ahead of San Luis Obispo and St. Joseph, the two teams they beat in dual matches this season. 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.
The Hounds will be sending five wrestlers to CIF this season, but did not have a wrestler win his division in PAC 7. Kimball Brown, who went undefeated through league in duals this season, had the best shot but fell in the championship match 5-0.
The Greyhounds that will be advancing are Brown (108), Trent Straeck (122), Matt Macias (134), Cullen Cooper (140), and Paul Garcia (heavies). Garcia and Macias each finished third for the Hounds while Cooper and Straeck finished in fourth.
Garcia wrestled the eventual champion in his semi-final match only a few weeks after losing to him in the Greyhounds final dual.
“I am going to try to stay more composed and keep my stance a little more and try and be a little bit more confident on my shots and not make any risky moves,” Garcia said before the match.
Garcia wrestled hard and wrestled smart, but Jakob Hernandez was too skilled and registered an early takedown and began wrestling defensively the rest of the match-winning 4-0.
Garcia is one of the lone seniors on the team this year and one of the vocal leaders in the locker room for the young team.
“I just tell them to be confident in their matches,” Garcia said of his advice to the underclassmen that haven’t wrestled in the PAC 7 tournament before. “They are the only one that determines if you win or if you lose — so go out there and get it.”
On the women’s side, junior Anna Resco placed 8th at CIF Masters this weekend and in doing so qualified for the girls state wrestling meet which will take place Feb. 22 and 23 in Visalia.