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Bailey wins two matches at Masters

By: Matt Long
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The Masters Wrestling Tournament didn’t go as well as Vista del Lago’s Jordan Bailey and Chris Chovanec hoped, but it wasn’t without its highlights. While Chovanec lost both his matches, Bailey picked up two victories and both wrestlers will be back next year with a lot more experience under their belts as seniors. Bailey opened the tournament with an upset of Grant Higgins of River Valley. Bailey threw the returning state qualifier to his back in the first period and pinned him to advance to the second round. “As a first year junior, Jordan’s only been wrestling for three months,” Vista coach Frank Richmond said. “It was a big win over a returning state qualifier, but the way he did it with a throw was surprising too because Higgins got third in the state last year in Greco.” Bailey lost his next match to Nevada Union’s Trevor Painter, who went on to place seventh and advance to the state meet. Bailey then defeated Argonaut’s John Pent, 10-5, before being eliminated by pin by Tanner Sherrow. Chovanec lost both his matches, losing by technical fall to Folsom's Isaias Diaz, 15-0 and then by decision to Garrett Avant of Oakdale.