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Ripons Smith two wins from State title
Ripon High standout Trevor Smith is right where he wants to be entering the second day of the CIF Boys State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield. - photo by Bulletin file photo

Trevor Smith has had his sight set on a CIF Boys State Wrestling Championship for a long time.

Now, that wait has come down to two matches.

Smith represented Ripon High with brilliance, opening the first day of the state tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, including a victory over Gabriel Gonzalez on Washington Union in the quarterfinals to put him one win from a championship shot.

“He looks great,” Ripon head coach Glen White said. “I think he’s wrestled the best he’s wrestled all year which is obviously the right time for that. We’re just hoping to continue it into tomorrow.”

Smith got off to a fast start, beating Dylan Bollinger (Sultana High) in the first round via pin. He  would continue with a second round pin and then a 9-0 major decision to set up the Gonzalez victory. Smith has advanced step-for-step with No. 1 ranked Jeramy Sweany of Vacaville to the semi’s. Sweany advanced with a win over Clayton Hartwell of James Logan.

“We haven’t seen much of him, it’s hard to be able to see what they’re doing,” White said. “We have been focused  mostly on our half of the bracket, trying to watch the guys that Trevor is going to meet up with.

“He’s going to be tough no matter what and hopefully that is problem that we’ll have.”

Smith will kick off day two with a semifinal against Scott Votino of Elk Grove, while Sweany will meet up with Nick Johnson of Marietta Valley.