Bobcats bring home wrestling championship

Senior Nolan Grant celebrates his championship at the 2018 Arrowhead League Wrestling Finals hosted by Hamilton High School, Feb. 7. Susan Gray photo

The 2018 Arrowhead League Wrestling Finals hosted by Hamilton High School delivered nonstop excitement and thrills on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 7. The Hamilton Bobcats became team champions for the third consecutive year.

Hamilton had nine wrestlers out of 10 competing to qualify for a spot to move on to the CIF championships. Eight of the wrestlers competed in the finals with four coming out as champions – seniors Juan Lopez, Nolan Grant and Owen Vargas and junior Isaac Lanik were all successful in their matches. Runners-up include seniors Daniel Raymond and Jose Perez and juniors Michael Rozzo and Jesse Lewis. The last qualifier with a third place finish was freshman Gavin Davies.

The nine wrestlers qualify for the CIF Southern section individual tournament, Feb. 16-17, at Oak Hills High School in Hesperia.

“Most of our boys wrestled as expected, but one of them really shined in our eyes,” Coach Juan Lopez said. “That would be Gavin Davies who won more matches this evening than he did all season. He has faced varsity level competition all year and taken a lot of beatings but still worked hard every single day. Talk about perseverance, wow! We coaches are so proud of him.”

The team and coaches acknowledged all the sponsors for their generous contributions so the team could make the Arrowhead League Finals tournament.

“We would like to thank Northstar sports from Lake Riverside and Heritage Well Services for the kind donations that went toward our new time clocks,” Lopez said. “We would also like to recognize the Salazar family for building our new podiums, the Canchola family for their thoughtful donation and our amazing anonymous donations that were dropped off in the collection box at the Circle K. Thank you. We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors.”

For more information on supporting the Hamilton Bobcats Wrestling team, visit the Hamilton Booster Club at

To obtain the Hamilton High School wrestling schedule, visit

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