Creekside wrestlers attain medals
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From left to right: Auroa Vela, Coach Bobby, and Kylie Nickolson. ---Courtesy Photo
From left to right: Auroa Vela, Coach Bobby, and Kylie Nickolson. ---Courtesy Photo
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Bottom row from left to right: Brian McGee, Carson Stonebarger, Adrian Barrera, Kylie Nickolson, Ivan Pineda, Anthony Barrera, and Angel Halcon. Top row from left to right: Coach Bobby, David Valverde, Michael Miller, Nate Garcia, Francisco Duran, Auroa Vela
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Bottom row from left to right: Brian McGee, Carson Stonebarger, Adrian Barrera, Kylie Nickolson, Ivan Pineda, Anthony Barrera, and Angel Halcon. Top row from left to right: Coach Bobby, David Valverde, Michael Miller, Nate Garcia, Francisco Duran, Auroa Vela ---Courtesy Photo
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Creekside wrestlers finished the season strong at the Wildcat Classic held at Gregori High School on March 22. The local middle school brought 13 kids to the tournament where the team took home 12 medals. Fourth-place finishers include Brian McGee in the 80-pound class, Nate Garcia at the 125-pound class, Auroa Vela in the boys bracket at 145-pounds, and Kylie Nickolson in the Girls Bracket at 160-pounds. 

Third-place finishers include Ivan Pineda in the 90-pound class, Francisco Duran in the 130-pound class and Kylie Nickolson in the boys bracket at 160-pounds. 

The lone second-place finisher was Auroa Vela in the Girls Bracket at 145-pounds. 

Creekside brought four to the championship finals where they all battled tough close matches and left victorious. 

Tournament champions include Adrian Barrera at 70-pounds, Carson Stonebarger at 85-pounds, Michael Miller at 105-pounds, and David Valverde at 185-pounds. In the team standings, Creekside finished fifth, only 12 points behind tournament champions the Salida Wildcats. 

“Overall, this was a great season for these kids,” said Creekside Wrestling coach Bobby Pierce. “The team was made up of mostly rookies. They came out from day one working hard, striving to learn and eager to win. This showed more and more throughout the year as first time wrestlers began walking off the mat with their hand held high in victory. Even later on in the season, these kids began bringing home medals.” 

Pierce said it was sad the season came to a close, but is happy to have received such well-rounded individuals on his team.

“This was a great group of kids... They are well respected amongst the wrestling community,” added Pierce. “Numerous coaches have come up to me throughout the year, complimenting these kids on their work ethic, intensity and great sportsmanship. I am look forward to working with these kids next year.”

Unfortunately, some of these winning competitors will not be returning under Pierce’s upon graduation, including Girls State medalist Auroa Vela, and three year wrestlers Cameron Fredrickson, Angel Halcon and David Valverde. 

Pierce continues to wish them success in their future career.

Girls State

Creeksiders Auroa Vela at 145-pounds and Kylie Nickolson at 155-pounds extended their season to compete at Girls State held at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco on March 29. 

Auroa Vela had a tough battle making it to the semi-finals. In the semi-final match Auroa hyper-extended her right elbow and had to medically forfeit her remaining matches. Despite this setback, she was still able to place sixth among the competitors. 

Earlier that day, Auroa beat the girls who eventually took third place. 

“Not a bad day for Auroa at her first state tournament, but not exactly how she wanted to end her first day ever in San Francisco, leaving with her arm in a sling,” said Coach Pierce. 

Kylie’s first state appearance also garnered positive attention. She stayed focused and wrestled hard every match. Kylie pinned her first opponent in 1:52.  She later went on to the semi-finals where she lost to the eventual state champions. Kylie ended up in the consolation finals where she pinned her opponent in 2:57. 

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