Jared Fernandez earned his spot in this weekend’s CIF State Wrestling Tournament the hard way.
Fernandez, a senior at Canyon, lost his first match this past Saturday, which dropped him to the ninth-place bracket of the Masters Meet.
It was a place he was familiar with. As a sophomore, Fernandez, who then wrestled at 160 pounds, dropped a 5-2 decision in the ninth-place final and failed to make the state tournament.
This time, Fernandez took care of business, winning by fall and then 7-0 in the ninth-place final at 170 pounds to earn a spot in the CIF State Wrestling Tournament.
“That match was very clear in my head,” Fernandez said of his attempt to qualify as a sophomore. “I remember getting taken down right at whistle, getting cradled and getting rode out. I knew I didn’t want that to happen.
“This match was the opposite. I got the early takedown, I rode him out. It was a satisfying last match.”
The victory afforded Fernandez “One More Monday.”
“That’s our motto when we get to the postseason,” Fernandez said. “Every tournament you get to determines if you’re going to continue wrestling. We’re always looking to fight that one more Monday in practice. One more week, one more tournament.”
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