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To a man, the Drillers agreed: Bakersfield (CA) (No. 11 in Nation) wrestling team is no less hungry, no less motivated and no less focused that it was a year ago, when it was chasing a state title instead of defending one.

It showed Saturday, when Drillers won 10 of the 14 finals matches in the Southwest Yosemite League Championships at Frontier.

?It hasn?t changed.* Even though we won last year, people might say that it wasn?t legit.* We?re not cocky; we?re just here to wrestle.* And we?re going to do whatever we can to win.?

Ian Nickell, Bakersfield Senior
Nickell, ranked No. 6 in the state at 112 pounds, had perhaps the night?s biggest win when he downed Frontier?s Vincent Gomez, who?s No. 5, 11-4. It was Nickell?s first victory over the Titans sophomore.

Bakersfield scored 276 points to easily out-distance Frontier (193) and Centennial (158) and win the re-configured SWYL.

In all, Bakersfield will send 13 of a possible 14 wrestlers to next week?s Central Section Yosemite Divisional at East High; the top four in each SWYL weight class advanced.

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