Windsor sends four to state wrestling championships

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More than 250 high school wrestlers from across California will take to the mats Friday morning at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, with hopes of being crowned one of the 14 weight division California Interscholastic Federation state boys wrestling champions.

Four of those wrestlers will represent Windsor High School as the Jaguars hope to ride the momentum of last weekend’s North Coast Section championship. The Windsor contingent is led by NCS 113-pound champion Perez Perez, whose sixth-place finish at last year’s CIF meet represented the best placement by a wrestler from the Redwood Empire.

Perez, ranked No. 6 in the state, is joined at this year’s meet by teammates Noah Au-Yeung at 120 pounds and Trevor Silva at 138 pounds — both a runner-up at the NCS meet — and 195-pounder Paris Henry, who was third at NCS.

Other Redwood Empire athletes wrestling in Bakersfield

Cardinal Newman senior 152-pounder P.J. Klee, a nationally ranked wrestler (No. 2 in the state) who won the NCS and has not lost a match to a California wrestler this season.

Healdsburg’s Ian Black, who finished as the 152-pound runner-up to Klee at the NCS meet. Black’s Ukiah teammate Dray Payne, who won the NCS championship at 160 pounds.

Rancho Cotate 120-pound Brian Guerrero, who finished third at NCS.

The third member of Ukiah’s qualifiers, 285-pounder Pablo Gonzalez, who won the NCS championship.

Lower Lake’s William Isaacs, who finished third at NCS at 285 pounds.

Championship rounds are set to begin at 9 a.m. today. Consolation rounds and continuation of the championship rounds start at 9 a.m. Saturday. The championship finals will begin at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Individual places will be awarded for the top each wrestlers in each weight class. Team awards will go the the champion, runner-up, third- and fourth-place team.

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