SAN DIEGO — The road to the state wrestling championships goes to Bakersfield.
Things are a bit more complicated for Brawley’s Vincent Elizalde.
For the senior, the road to Bakersfield is for redemption.
Elizalde has been on a mission since he failed to win a championship at last year’s state meet. He has been pointing toward a return to Bakersfield to right last year’s wrong for 12 months.
This week, Elizalde’s quest to get a second shot at winning a state championship will be realized when he returns to Rabobank Arena starting Friday as the San Diego Section champion at 115 pounds after winning the masters meet title with a 9-4 tally in the finals Saturday night at Mission Hills High.
With 12 wrestlers in the finals, Brawley nabbed one individual championship, Vinny Elezalde at 115 pounds with Daxton Gordon taking 2nd place at 128 pounds.
Imperial’s Kenneth Caldera, 122 pounds, wrestled to 3rd place, Central’s Isaiah Castillo at 172 pounds finished in 2nd.
Holtville had Lance Angulo finish 2nd in the Heavyweight Division weighing in at 287 pounds.
Saturday marked the sixth tournament title this season for Elizalde, who would gladly trade them all and his 39-0 record and No. 2-ranking in the state for a state title.
“The hardest part of the season is this coming week,” Elizalde said. “A lot of hard work, coming back from that knee injury, has gone into getting this far.
“I’ve made a lot of sacrifices like eating and sleeping, everything.
San Diego Union contributed to this article