BAKERSFIELD -- James Logan High's big three was a triple treat at the state wrestling meet Friday at Rabobank Arena.
The Colts' Clayton Hartwell and Jacob Donato advanced to the semifinals with dramatic quarterfinal wins, and Jacob Macalolooy remained alive for a medal despite his 2-1 loss in two overtimes in the 138-pound division to Uzo Owuama of Bloomington.
Donato, a three-time state qualifier, clinched his first berth in the semifinals, along with his first state medal, with a 2-1 win over gangly sophomore Evan Wick of San Marino at 120 pounds.
"I knew that if I stayed solid and didn't make any mistakes, then I'd come out with a win," Donato said. "He was kind of funky. I had to make sure on my takedowns I stayed tight."
Hartwell, who finished sixth last year, got a takedown with 26 seconds left in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and earn a 3-1 win over Phillip O'Shea of Capistrano Valley in the 195-pound quarterfinals.
"Overall, the team had a great Day One of the tournament," Logan coach Eli Bagaoisan said.
The championship-round semifinals begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, with finals at 7:15 p.m.
Logan could have three medals with one more win from Macalolooy, a significant accomplishment considering with 560 competitors in 14 weight classes, California's state meet is generally considered the country's toughest.
In the third round, Donato's win came with an exclamation point. The Logan coaches sprang from their chairs and clapped hands after he stunned Anthony Wesley of Jesuit-Carmichael by pinning him in 59 seconds. Macalolooy beat Sean O'Rourke of Mater Dei-San Diego 7-1 in the third round.
The other East Bay competitors found the going tougher in the third round after promising starts.
American's Jared Luty, ranked seventh in the state at 113 pounds by The California Wrestler, dropped a 4-2 decision to Tristan Gilliland of Clovis in the third round of double-elimination event. Luty had defeated Gilliland 10-5 in the Mission San Jose Invitational.
Granada's Angel Beltran and Mission San Jose's Enrique Green dropped their third-round matches at 145 pounds after winning twice apiece.
In a second-round surprise, Liberty junior Jesse Gregerson, who finished third in the tough North Coast Section 152-pound division, upended Ricky Padilla of Northview, the Southern Section champion and two-time state qualifier, 5-4. Gregerson jumped to a 5-0 lead and held on in the final seconds. But Gregerson lost in the third round 6-3 against Kenneth Moore of Hoover from the San Diego Section.
Alhambra's Max Licht, after beating Michael Macias of Wasco 9-7 in the second round, fell to Carter Armendarez of Temecula Valley 13-3. Willie Amen of Las Lomas, the runner-up to Hartwell at NCS, lost to Joe Banks of Franklin-Elk Grove 16-6.
De La Salle's Nathan Cervantes and Amador Valley's Virginia-bound Tommy Yozzo both three-time state qualifiers, fell in the third round. Cervantes, a junior, dropped a heartbreaker 5-4 to Julian Flores of San Marino, a sophomore who is ranked fourth in the state after placing fifth last year. The senior Yozzo fell 11-3 to Selma sophomore Ruben Garcia, ranked fifth in the state.