Loss puts Devin Rhodes in the state wrestling meet’s consolation bracket
By Bill Tamburrino
Last year Devin Rhodes competed in the State Wrestling Championships at Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena with four of his teammates. This year the senior 170-pounder was the only athlete representing Ramona High School at State.
Rhodes had a tough draw and lost his first bout to the number six seed, Peter Santos of Roseville High School in Oakmont by a technical fall. That loss put Rhodes in the consolation bracket.
To get to the championship finals at the state meet, one must win every bout. There are four rounds in the championship bracket on the first day, which ends in the quarterfinals. On day two in the championship bracket, there are the semifinal bout and the championship bout. Losers in the semifinals go into the consolation bracket for a chance at third place.
If an athlete loses in the championship bracket, he must enter the consolation. One loss in that bracket means elimination. One can wrestle his way to day two and have a shot at third place by winning out in the consolation bracket.
Rhodes pinned Julian Morrissette of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco in 4:40 in the second period to open the consolation bracket.
He recorded his second pin over Oshmar Hernandez of Washington Union High School of Fresno in 1:48 in the first period.
Rhodes was eliminated by Dylan Morris of Larkspur High School in Redwood City in his fourth bout of the day. Morris was the number three seed in the state.
Both wrestlers who beat Rhodes made it to day two of the meet. Rhodes was not awed by his second trip to Bakersfield.
“The first time you walk onto the floor at Rabobank you are immersed into the atmosphere,” he said. “The whistles, the crowd noise, the sound of coaches yelling is impossible to describe. You don’t know much about your opponent. He could be a top seed who is going to the nationals. There are no bad or average wrestlers at the state meet. They can all wrestle. They are all good. I am thankful that my teammates and coaches prepared me and helped me get to Rabobank.”
In his two trips to Bakersfield, Rhodes won five bouts and recorded three pins. He has memories that will last a lifetime. He represented Ramona High School and its wrestling program at the highest possible level in the state of California.
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