Last Season's CA State Champions Returning This Season

113: Ronnie Ramirez (Walnut) – Junior

120: Isaiah Cortez (Gilroy) – Junior

126: Elijah Cortez (Gilroy) – Junior

132: Daniel Zepeda (Gilroy) – Juior

145: Miguel Estrada (Frontier) – Senior

195: Robert Platt (Poway) – Senior

220: Nick Sahakian (St John Bosco) – Junior

285: Daniel Herrera (Ames) – Senior*

Out of 14 champions last season, 6 were seniors, which means 8 will be back this Fall and Winter. Among the list, there are a couple notable updates to make note of. First, Palm Desert’s stud heavyweight, national top 15, Daniel Herrera will be wrestling for Iowa State after he graduates. So it looks like he’s made an early acclimation move where he’ll be finishing his HS career in Iowa. So, technically he is returning, however it won’t be in the Golden State.

Robert Platt didn’t make as big a move, but the SD Section senior will be donning the green P for the Poway Titans to close out his career.

The remaining 6 will all be back for their respective teams. That means Gilroy will have 3 returning state champions. This might mean Gilroy is set to make a run at the state team title, which has been in the clutches of Buchanan for about a decade. That’s another article for a later date.

As for the 6 graduating champions, 5 of those weights the runner up returns. I think we’re in for some really quality battles throughout the season.

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