Apr 6, 2013 8:20 PM by Bill Halter

Wilson and Garcia lose in quest for national title

Righetti senior Luke Wilson and Paso Robles senior Kevan Garcia lost matches on Saturday at the National High School Wrestling Championships in Virginia. Both wrestlers advanced to the round of 16 on Friday.

Wilson won two matches on Saturday in the 152 pound weight class but lost in the semifinals. The California State Champion beat Cody Lane of Alabama, 9-2 and then defeated Christopher Koo of New York, 10-7. In the semifinals, Wilson lost to Joey Lavallee of Nevada, 7-3. Wilson is now 3-1 at the national championships, if he can win two matches on Sunday he'll finish in third place.

Garcia was pinned by Luke Blanton from Texas in a round of 16 match. Garcia then lost 6-2 in the consolation round to Anthoney Colon from Florida. Garcia finishes 2-2 at the national meet after winning two matches on Friday. He finished seventh at the California State Meet in the 145 pound weight class.

This is the 24th annual National High School Wrestling Championships. To qualify for the tournament you must be a State Champion or State Runner-up at some point throughout your high school wrestling career. However in New Jersey and New York top four place finishers qualify and in California, finishing in the top eight at state qualifies you.



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