Lacy goes impressive 2-2 at state
SENIOR AIDAN LACY wins the recent NCS tournament 220-pound match at Newark Memorial High School that sent him to the state championships in Bakersfield.
Having reached California prep wrestling’s biggest stage and its brightest stars, the CIF state championships, which took place over the weekend in Bakersfield, senior Aidan Lacy was hoping just to win one match in the double-elimination tournament to cap his outstanding career at Sonoma Valley High School.
Facing the state’s 220-pound second-ranked, junior Derrick Jones, a Southern Section champion from Bloomington, in Friday’s first round, Lacy, who entered the event having won a Sonoma County League weight-class title and a North Coast Section second-place medal, knew his back would be against the wall with a loss.
Though Lacy lost the opener – by an 8-0 decision, and not by an early pin, which his opponent, Jones, thought he was going to use for an easy victory – he bounced back in a big way, staving off elimination by posting back-to-back wins, including one over the seventh-ranked foe, before being eliminated by the fourth-ranked grappler.
Despite falling one win short of reaching Saturday’s medal round, Lacy, directed by Sonoma coaches Kyle Baird and Deets Winslow, returned home to the Valley with an impressive 2-2 record at the prestigious state tourney and an overall 49-8 mark.
Lacy’s two wins were by 7-1 and 7-1 scores over Palma senior Tyler Escoto and Foothill senior Evan Dahlquist, while his 4-0 loss was to Poway senior Timothy Chassen.