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Rim Wrestler’s CIF Achievement

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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:46 am

Rim of the World High School sophomore wrestler Brock Chapman set lofty goals this year, as he was determined to be league champ, make it to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and place. At the CIF tournament, where the best of the best go head-to-head, wrestlers must earn their spots to walk in the top-eight parade of champions. This goal would turn into reality after Brock completed a strong showing at CIF.

Brock began the 2017-18 wrestling season taking fifth place at Los Osos, sixth at Los Angeles Costa Canyon, sixth at Brea Olinda, second at Ontario, and third at Troy High School. He kept the momentum going and the pressure on during league where he went on to become the league champion at 113 pounds, qualifying for CIF.

A total of 52 teams represented 10 leagues in the CIF central division at Oak Hill High School in Hesperia on Feb. 16 and 17. Only the top eight placed and only the top five moved on to masters.

Going into the CIF 32-man bracket, Brock seeded eighth, and wrestled day one with dominating performances.

He won his first two matches by tech fall and pin, making it to the quarter final round where he met the number one seed. After a tough loss to that seed, Brock dropped down to the consolation bracket to battle back.

Day two proved to be formidable as he won one more match, lost his next match, and narrowly missed a top-five finish when he couldn’t get a much-needed take-down, with seconds to go, in the round of eight. He ultimately earned All-CIF recognition by placing eighth for the day, ending his post-season run.

When asked about his performance at CIF, Brock stated, “I felt good going into CIF; we worked hard at practice. I know what I need to work on to make it further next year.” When asked what it is that he needs to work on, he said, “finish my take downs.”

Head Coach Pete Ferrara had good comments about the weekend. “Being a part of the toughest CIF tournament in the Southern Section, Brock finished it off with a hard-earned medal.”

The other Rim wrestlers also had good showings. Ethan Power, the 138-pounder, was close in placing; he went 2 and 1 on day one to advance to day two, but lost a critical first match in the morning, ending his season in the round of 12, finishing 2 and 2 at CIF. Antonio Holliday, 138 pounds, won his first match on day one but dropped the next two matches, to end his CIF run. Nathan Hidajat, 106 pounds, the last of the Rim wrestlers, wrestled tough but ended up 0 and 2.

When asked about the future of Rim wrestling, Head Coach Ferrara concluded, “With the leadership and winning examples set by the team’s two captains, Brock and Ethan, next year should be an exciting one.”

With his whole team returning – some 25+ wrestlers, with the exception of two graduating seniors – the future looks good and building [as a team] for Rim Wrestling.

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