By Wes Woody
The Broncs wrestlers traveled to Desert on Jan. 18 for their third dual match of the season.
The dual ended in a 42-42 tie in team score so it had to go to criteria to decide the winner.
It went to the most first points where Desert had five and Kern Valley had two, so Desert was declared the winner of the dual.
Conrad Miller and Diego Tapia got pins and Rack Deming got a pin in an exhibition match.
Head coach Wes Woody said, “All 14 weights had at least one kid in it. We just didn’t match up; they have a lot of lower weights and we have a lot of upper weights. We still can be league champions, just have to take care of Rosamond in our last dual of the season on Feb 1.”
After the drive home the Broncs took a road trip that night out to Morro Bay High School for the California Invitational Tournament.
Jacob Lightner was the No. 4 seed in the tournament and was able to battle back after a tough loss to the five seed in the quarterfinals to take home fourth place going 5-1 in the tournament. After injuring his shoulder in consolation semifinals he didn’t wrestle for third so placed fourth.
Miller went 2-1 on day one, but injured his back and had to withdrawal from the tournament.
Jason Phillips and Adam Virto had a good tournament as both went 2-2.
Tapia, Devon Vittoria, Tyler Cazares and Logan Lytle went 1-2. Others to compete were Deming, Carter Adams, Dylan Stansbury and Jorge Lopez. They didn’t pick up any wins, but all showed improvement.
There were over 90 teams and 64-man brackets at the CIT. As a team Kern Valley finished 41st.
Woody said, “We were probably the smallest school there. We are proud of the kids. They battled hard and picked up some good wins for us. I’m looking forward to getting better and getting ready for the Highland Tournament and the HDL finals.