BAKERSFIELD -- When the James Logan High wrestling team looks back at the 2014 California Interscholastic Federation state tournament, the satisfaction gained from having earned three medals will come with a nagging ache.
The Colts' senior trio of Clayton Hartwell, Jacob Macalolooy and Jacob Donato each stood on the medal stand Saturday at Rabobank Arena. But Hartwell and Donato dropped close semifinal matches in the morning, and Macalolooy lost a heartbreaker in the quarterfinals Friday night.
Thus, the Colts wanted a little more, even through they thrived on a big stage.
"We haven't done that in a long time -- three medals in a year," Hartwell said. "Last year we got two medals, which was impressive. Now we've got three. We did really well overall."
Hartwell, who placed sixth last year, fell 11-5 to Richard Ybarra-Brandt of Liberty-Madera Ranchos in the 195-pound semifinals. He wound up in fourth place, pinning Matt Weiss of Clovis in consolation action Saturday before losing to Chandler Ramirez of Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 6-4 in overtime in the third place match.
The state championship rounds were held Saturday night without an East Bay participant.
Donato, a three-time state qualifier, seemed poised for an upset against Vacaville's Gionn Peralta in the 120 semifinals. They entered overtime tied 1-1 before Torres caught Donato with a throw and pinned him at 6 minutes, 37 seconds.
Donato earned his first state medal by finishing fourth, dropping the third-place match 5-4 to Yoshito Funakoshi of West Torrance.
Macalolooy (138) secured his medal with a 12-0 rout of Matthew Minton of Sutter in the fifth consolation round. He also beat Tanner Robison of Del Oro-Loomis 10-2 in the seventh place match.
Amador Valley's Tommy Yozzo (132), who is headed to Virginia, and Alhambra upstart Quentin Wright (220) both clinched state medals with wins in the fifth consolation round.
For Yozzo, the East Bay Athletic League champion, it marked the first state medal in school history. He also won the seventh place match by technical fall over Joshy Cortez of Temecula Valley.
Yozzo clinched his medal with a 5-1 win over Victor Olmos of Gilroy.
"I thought I could have won it," Yozzo said of the state title. "On our wrestling wall it has NCS placers and EBAL champs, and we have a section that says 'State Placers ... Who will be the first?' I didn't wrestle well at the beginning of the tournament because I felt a lot of pressure, but it feels good to make history."
Wright received hugs and high-fives from coaches and friends after pinning Cornelio Sanchez of Sanger in 2:55 in the fifth round. How far has the senior come in a year? He didn't even place at NCS in 2013, when he was a raw talent.
Today, Wright is a seventh-place finisher at the state meet. He beat Daniel Pena of Birmingham, the two-time Los Angeles Section champ, 13-7 in the seventh place final.
Alhambra coach Sam Vinglienzone saw potential and great training partner in Wright, who at 6-foot-6 stands nearly a foot taller than Vinglienzone.
"This is my third year of coaching him," Vinglienzone said. "I came in realizing when didn't have any upper weight coaches, and so I was pretty much his workout partner every single practice."
Hartwell said he made too many mistakes in the semifinals. He got down 3-0 early and cut it to 3-2 with a takedown. But Ybarra-Brandt upped the lead to 6-2 with a controversial takedown at the end of the second period. The two referees conferred and awarded him the two points, even though the clock had run out during the sequence. Hartwell, in typical style, battled back, but got caught for another late takedown, sealing his fate.
"I didn't wrestle to the best of my potential," said Hartwell, who hoped to claim Logan's first state title in 18 years. "I made a lot of mistakes that I really shouldn't have made, not at the state level. It's not something that you should do this late in the season. It cost me the match. If I'd wrestled solid and smarter, I could have won the match and made the finals."
Logan coach Eli Bagaoisan thought Hartwell's execution was a little off.
"We game-planned before the match, and he kind of steered away from it a little bit," Bagaoisan said.