Though still missing plenty of team members – continuing with their football season – the Oakdale High School wrestling team packed its gym bags and headed down south to Bakersfield for the weekend’s annual Rumble for the Rig tournament. OHS claimed second place out of 20 top wrestling schools from throughout the state. Oakdale had many standouts including four first place finishers, a pair of second place finishers and three others finishing in the top five.
Freshman Colbey Harlan finished in first place for the 138 pound weight class, and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament. Also bringing home top honors in their respective weight classes were Logan Eaton in the 120 pound class, 132-pounder Max Stevens and Jake Ryan in the 145 pound weight class.
National champion Nico Colunga claimed second in the 126-pound weight class, along with 113-pounder Cody Williams, who also claimed second for his weight class. Other notable performances went to Carlos Lopez, who finished third against other 106 pounders, Jacob Abeyta battled his way to fourth in the 113 pound weight class, Trevor Williams also finished fourth representing the 132 pound class. Rounding off the notable efforts were Hunter Burford, finishing seventh at 160 and Bronson Harmon claiming eighth against fellow 138-pound grapplers.
Coming up, Oakdale will hit the home mats and host the 39th annual James Riddle Classic. Officials report that 21 schools from throughout California will make the trip to be a part of the event.
Action begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 and will feature both state ranked individuals and teams including Bakersfield, which is ranked seventh in the state while Oakdale is currently ranked eighth.