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Bakersfield High senior Bryce Hammond (No. 1 @ 160) finished his career in style Sunday, winning a senior national championship at the NHSCA class national wrestling tournament in Virginia Beach, Va.

Hammond beat Austin Wilson from Hastings (Neb.)-St. Cecilia 7-4 in the 160-pound Senior Nationals championship, capping a 5-0 weekend. Wilson is a three-time Nebraska state champion and will wrestle for the University of Nebraska.

For Hammond, a Cal State Bakersfield signee and the nation?s top-ranked recruit at 165 pounds, the victory was the culmination of a prep winning streak that has lasted more than two years. He was a sophomore national champion in 2009, then won back-to-back CIF state championships. He didn?t wrestle at Junior Nationals last year because of injury.

And that wasn?t the only good news for Bakersfield: Team scores for individual scores aren?t kept at Senior Nationals, but if they had been, the Drillers? senior class would have been won a national title. That came on the strength of Hammond and three other All-Americans: Ian Nickell (fourth at 112), Timmy Box (H.M. @ 135) (fourth at 135) and Adam Fierro (third at 152, with eight straight wins after a loss in his first match).

California, which also had championships from Chico?s Nashon Garrett (No. 5 @ 112), Turlock?s Fabian Garcia (H.M. @ 125) and Clovis North?s Vince Rodriguez (No. 15 @ 125), easily won the team standings with 240.5 points. Second-place New Jersey had 156.5.

For Complete Article by The Bakersfield Californian