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Subjeck places eighth at 145 pounds

By: Matt Long
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Keaton Subjeck couldn’t be much happier with how he performed at the state wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday in Bakersfield. The Oak Ridge sophomore had set a goal to earn a medal and he achieved that goal by placing eighth in the 145-pound weight class. It was a coming out party of sorts for Subjeck, who defeated two state-ranked wrestlers on his way to earning the medal. Subjeck opened with a first-period pin over Wilber Solares of Granada Hills before a 7-4 win over eighth-ranked Andrew Gonzalez of Oxnard. He then suffered a 5-2 loss to Damien Arredondo of Buchanan, who went on to place third in the tournament. Subjeck rebounded from his first loss in a big way, defeating Coleman Hammond of Bakersfield 6-4, who was ranked third in the state. “He was ranked first for most of the season,” Subjeck said. “It was definitely my biggest win. I threw him to his back and got a 5-0 lead. As time was ticking down he tried to turn me and I saw there was only three seconds left and I looked at my coaches and just smiled because I knew that match meant I would get a medal. After the match I was so excited and just jumped up.” As thrilling as the win was, Subjeck was equally disappointed following his next match against Brenton Visnoski of Edison. Subjeck trailed Visnoski late in the match 1-0, but threw his opponent to his back. “I got the takedown but he re-rolled me and got a reversal and won the match,” Subjeck said. “I felt that I definitely should have gotten two near-fall points and if I had I would have won the match, but I didn’t get them.” In his final match, Subjeck lost to Clovis North’s Devin Poindexter, 6-2. All total, Subjeck split his six matches at the state tournament. “I thought it’s the best tournament I’ve wrestled all season,” Subjeck said. “I was in some close matches and was able to pull off some upsets. I wrestled confidently and aggressively and I didn’t care if my opponent was ranked higher than me or not.” Subjeck said because of his strong performance, he said next year his goal would probably be to win a state title. “I want that state title,” Subjeck said. ‘I know I can wrestle with these guys.”