CLOVIS - Sophomore Richard Figueroa stood on top of the podium on Jan. 5 after winning the 106-pound division at the Doc Buchanan Wrestling Tournament at Clovis High School.
Figueroa won his finals match over Buchanan’s Jack Gioffre after pinning him 2:20 into the match. He was one of five wrestlers from the Central Valley and the only representative of the Bears to compete in the finals.
The sophomore finished the tournament with an unblemished 5-0 record and three victories by pin fall.
Figueroa was one of four Bears to place at the tournament, which included Tristan Lujan (113), Jace Luchau (152), and Christian Rodriguez (170. Lujan, Luchau, and Rodriguez all placed third at the tournament.
Lujan and Luchau were semifinalist while Rodriguez wrestled his way through the consolation bracket to the third place match.
In Lujan’s semifinals match in the 113-bracket, the Fresno State verbal commit lost to eventual champion Carlos Negrete of Buchanan in a 3-1 decision. Lujan would bounce back in the third place match with a 3-0 decision over Nick Kayal of Bergen Catholic (New Jersey).
As for Luchau, the 152-pounder lost in the semifinals in a 3-2 decision to Utah wrestler Isaac Wilcox of Olympus High School. The Fresno State-bound wrestler bounced back with two straight wins over Tyler Badgett of Rancho Bernardo High School and Aaron Gandara of Poway.
Luchau defeated Badgett 4-3 in the consolation semifinals and won 4-3 over Gandara in the third place bout.
His future Bulldogs teammate Christian Rodriguez had a tougher road to third place in the 170-pound bracket. Rodriguez won his first two matches by pinfall, but fell 6-3 to Nevada wrestler Sean McCormick of Churchill County High School in the quarterfinals.
Rodriguez went 4-0 in the consolation bracket including defeated McCormick by pinfall in a rematch in the third place bout. Rodriguez’s pintime was 3:17.
Selma finished in sixth place overall in the tournament while Buchanan High won the tourney.