Sports

Rohlfing, Kawaguchi battle in state tourney

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal

Senior Russell Rohlfing became Sonora’s first wrestler to medal twice at the state tournament.

Two-time medalist: Sonora’s Russell Rohlfing stands to accept his sixth-place medal at the state tournament last Saturday in Bakersfield.  This is Rohlfing’s second consecutive year state medal.
Two-time medalist: Sonora’s Russell Rohlfing stands to accept his sixth-place medal at the state tournament last Saturday in Bakersfield. This is Rohlfing’s second consecutive year state medal.

Rohlfing, wrestling in the 126 pound weight class,  placed sixth in the state tournament held at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield last weekend.
Junior Joshua Kawaguchi also made it to the state tournament for Sonora in the 132 pound division, but lost a consolation match against Citrus Hill High School.
Both wrestlers advanced to the state tournament after placing high at the CIF Masters Tournament February 28 in Ontario,  Rohlfing placed third and Kawaguchi took second place.
Senior Chance Lyster also competed (220 pound division) at the Masters Tournament, and reached Top 32 for the southern section.

“Words cannot explain how proud I am about both boys,” said David Carrizosa, Sonora head coach. “As a coach you ask for a lot to prepare for such a tough sport.  No complaining, No hesitation out of either one. It’s that selfless attitude that makes me proud to coach both these young men.”

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