Bakersfield bound: Felix brothers headed to State Meet

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comMarch 1, 2013 

After the dust settled at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters wrestling tournament, two Los Banos High wrestlers qualified for the State wrestling championships -- brothers Jimmy Felix, a senior who wrestles at 132 pounds, and Tyler Felix, a 106-pounder.

"Pretty cool, man. We always wrestled together and stuff," Jimmy Felix said. "It's the first time I think. You look up there (a list in LBHS's wrestling room lists the school's state qualifiers) and no one else has been brothers going at the same time, so it's kind of a cool and fun fact."

Jimmy placed fifth in the 132-pound bracket, making the championship semifinals with an 8-6 overtime victory over Escalon's Tyler Lawrence, the top-ranked 132-pounder in the section.

"I don't know, man, I guess I was in the zone. I just wrestled, man. It was weird," he said. "I just beat him. Kind of broke him a little bit. He got tired. I don't really get tired anymore. I just keep going."

Added LB coach Josh Adams, "That was probably one of my top three coaching moments right there."

Tyler also made the semifinals in the 106-pound bracket, pinning his first three opponents before falling to Vacaville's Gionn Peralta. He finished sixth in the bracket that sends the top seven to the state tournament.

"I think it really validates all the work they put in since they started wrestling three or four months ago, to see them develop over that time," Adams said. "It's a tremendous accomplishment."

Tyler wrestles against his brother, nearly 20 pounds heavier, every day, which makes it easier going against other 106-pounders.

"It sucks," Tyler said. "He beats up on me, but it makes me better."

A few LB wrestlers fell short of the state tournament, as did Pacheco's Robert Burkart. LB's Riko Quintana drew the section's top-ranked 120-pounder, Vacaville's Kasey Klaus, in the quarterfinals, then dropped into the consolation bracket to face the third-ranked James Gomez of Woodcreek.

"Anywhere else he would have dropped in the consolation bracket, he's probably coming with us to Bakersfield," Adams said.

Dos Palos, meanwhile, qualified three wrestlers through the Central Section tournament, which sends the top nine to state. Nathan Pimentel finished sixth at 138 pounds, Izzac Suarez was eighth at 145 and Juan Jimenez was seventh at 182.

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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