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Wrestlers Advanced to State Championships

By: Jessica Rosas

The numbers are impressive for the College Park High School wrestling team with four North Coast Section medalists: junior Gus Petruske placed 1st at 113 lbs, senior Joey Rodondi placed 2nd at 182 lbs, junior Eric Karas placed 6th at 220 lbs, and senior Steven Garcia placed 7th at 195 lbs. The NCS tournament was held at James Logan High School on Feb. 23-24.

The wrestlers had a lot to say about the NCS competition.

According to Garcia, “I felt nervous and excited at same time. NCS is my favorite tournament because it shows where you are in rank.”

Garcia believes this season is the best season that the College Park High School wrestling team has had.

“Best season we had for sure. We became league champs. That hasn’t happened in 4 years,” Garcia said.

Gus Petruske was very happy about placing first in NCS and showed excitement about his wrestling match at  the State Championships.

“I felt really good. It was a personal victory for me because I lost to the person I was wrestling against 3 weeks ago and I beat him to get 1st place,” Petruske said.

The Falcons sent two wrestlers, Petruske and Rodondi, to the 46th annual CIF Boys Wrestling State Championships in Bakersfield, California on March 2-3. Buchanan High School won its third consecutive title and fourth overall.

Petruske and Rodondi had one week to prepare for State.

As he geared up for the State meet Petruske said, “The way I’m preparing for  State is just keeping conditioning high and making weight and working on things I’m not good at.”

This is also Petruske third time making it to the State Championships.

“State is my favorite tournament because it’s the hardest tournament to get in because you need to qualify. And it’s also in a big arena and I get to meet other people from California,” Petruske said.  

Petruske and Rodondi did not medal at the State Championships, but Petruske advanced to the second day of competition.

“It was a lot of fun, I did better than the last past years by making it to the second day, something I haven’t done, now I will work harder and train harder to hopefully place next year at State,” Petruske said.

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