14 individual gold medals were up for grab Saturday inside Rabobank Arena for the state wrestling championships.
Two local wrestlers made it to the finals. Jaden Abas, a freshman at Frontier, matched against Clovis junior Justin Mejia. Abas was pinned in round two, a tough loss for the youngster but he walked out of Rabobank to huge cheers from the hometown crowd.
That set the stage for Navonte Demison. Demison, a junior at Bakersfield High School, finished in third place two years ago and was runner up last year. "Ever since last year's loss this is one of the only things I've ever thought about," he said. "Every day I woke, I went to bed, I just thought about being a state champion."
It didn't take long for that vision to become a reality. Demison went on the attack and pinned his opponent at exactly one minute.
"We have a board at school (with names of past winners). My coach is always telling us get on the big board and finally my name is on the big board."
Buchanan won the team title knocking off Clovis who had won the last five years.
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