The Lassen College wrestling team hosted the Northern California Regional Championships for the first time in California Community College Athletic Association history Saturday, Dec. 2.
Hosting the teams from both the Big 8 Conference and the Cost Conference, the Lassen College gymnasium was full of wrestlers eager to make their opponents fall.
Despite only having four Cougar wrestlers competing on the mats for Regionals, Lassen’s team competed well to finish in ninth place while also qualifying three Cougars for the CCCAA State Championships.
Tevin Bailey dominated in the 184-pound division and ultimately finished as champion of the Regional Championships with three wins.
Bailey is the first Lassen College wrestler to earn the Regional Champion title in the past 10 years.
Competing in the 285-pound division, Cole Mair finished in third place with one loss and three wins.
Jonathon Campos finished in sixth place for the 174-pound division with one win out of four matches.
Also in the 285-pound division, Mathian Saldana finished without placing after two losses.
Bailey, Mair and Campos all qualified for the State Championships held at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9.
Bailey earned the Regional Championship title with two technical falls and a major decision.
In the quarterfinals, Bailey defeated a wrestler from Chabot College via technical fall 16-0.
He then took on and defeated a Fresno City Ram via major decision 11-2 in the semi-finals. During the match against the Ram, Bailey earned his first 10 points with two four-point near-falls and one two-point near-fall in the first round. While in round two, Bailey earned his final point with an escape and the opposing wrestler earned his only two points via a takedown.
In the finals, Bailey went on to defeat a San Joaquin Delta wrestler via technical fall 16-1.
Mair went 3-1 for the day with two wins via decision and one via fall. His only loss of the day was to eventual champion, Ramon Guzman, of Skyline College.
Mair started out well with a 7-1 win against a Sacramento City wrestler in the quarterfinals.
He then lost to Guzman in the semifinals via major decision 13-2 and was placed in the consolation bracket. His two points earned against Guzman were in the form of an escape in the first period and one in the third. Guzman earned his 13 points via two takedowns in the first round, a two-point near-fall in the first round and an escape in the second round.
Mair took on a Chabot Gladiator in the consolation semifinals and won via pin in less thanthree minutes. He then defeated a Modesto College wrestler with a 3-2 score to win the consolation finals and thus earn third place for the division overall.
Campos started the tournament with a 7-1 decision loss to a Santa Rosa Bear Cub, but he bounced back with a win against a Skyline wrestler via fall in 2:23 during the consolation quarterfinals.
While taking on the Skyline opponent, Campos earned two points with a takedown and other four points with a near-fall. Then, with 37 seconds remaining of the first round, Campos pinned the Skyline wrestler.
Campos then suffered two default losses due to an injury and thus earned sixth place for the 174-pound division overall.
Saldana lost both matches via falls; the pin occurred in 27 seconds during the first match against Fresno City opponent and in 3 minutes and 32 seconds during the later match against a Sierra Wolverine.