Los Banos wrestlers stymied at state

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comMarch 8, 2013 

Los Banos sent two wrestlers to the CIF State Wrestling Tournament, but both were out of the meet in two matches.

Senior Jimmy Felix and his brother, sophomore Tyler Felix, both exited the tournament after two losses.

"It's a little bittersweet -- Jimmy more so than Tyler, being a senior," Los Banos coach Josh Adams said. "They knew they would have a tough draw going in, with a tough first match but a winnable second match."

Jimmy Felix, competing at 132 pounds, dropped his opener to Javier Gasca of Kingsburg with a first-round pin, then dropped to the consolation bracket, where he lost 6-3 to Thomas Tello of Glendora.

Tyler Felix, competing at 106 pounds, lost by a second-round pin to Santiago-Corona's Chris Lacayo, then fell by first-round pin to Michael Briscoe of Pleasant Valley.

"Both of them came out a little flat that second match," Adams said. "And both the guys who beat them went on to win their next match. They would have had hopes to stay alive."

Tyler can look at the tournament as a learning experience and try to get back next year, and Jimmy used the tournament as an opportunity to talk to the coach of San Francisco State's wrestling team. He has already been accepted to the school.

"Tyler, being a sophomore, it was a learning experience for him, and an eye-opener," Adams said. "I talked to him about qualifying as a sophomore, placing as a junior and winning it as a senior. I think he has a shot."

Dos Palos' three wrestlers were similarly flummoxed at the state meet, with Nathan Pimentel going 0-2 at 138 pounds, Izzac Suarez going winless at 145 pounds, and Juan Jimenez going 0-2 at 182 pounds, with one win in the consolation bracket due to an injury forfeit.

Other LBHS wrestlers looking to continue the sport include Riko Quintana, who is hoping to catch on with Sacramento City College, and Adams said Marcus Carrillo, the Dale Lackey Scholarship Award winner from the Western Athletic Conference, is looking at NCAA Division 3 University of Chicago.

The Felix brothers, along with about a dozen other LBHS wrestlers, roll straight into the freestyle club wrestling season with a tournament this weekend in Fresno.

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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