BAKERSFIELD — In the C.I.F. State Championship Wrestling Tournament, the young Madera Coyotes’ team had two competitors place in the top six.
Madera junior Daniel Ruiz (120 pounds) and sophomore Alec Gamboa (170) each placed sixth in their respective weight class Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Ruiz finished 6-3 in the tournament, which included six straight wins while Gamboa went 5-3 and became only the third sophomore — not to mention the heaviest of those three — in the history of Madera’s storied program to place at the state tourney.
“Just qualifying for state is a big deal but anytime you can get two placers in there is really special,” Coyote head coach Joe Romine said. “There are a lot of schools that don’t even have a chance to go to the meet and some never place when they are there so for us to have two is real rewarding and gives us a lot of satisfaction for our program. The two placers we had were both underclassmen, so they’ll be coming back.”...