Heading into the championship day at the Central Section Division IV boys wrestling divisional tournament at Golden West High in Visalia, Garces is in ninth with both top seeds in the semifinals.
Freshman Tye Monteiro (152 pounds) and junior DeAndre Beldo (220) are two of the seven Rams still in competition beginning at 10 a.m.
Out of the field of 20 teams, the Rams have 58 team points with a chance to move up higher in the standings on Saturday.
Monteiro, ranked No. 24 in the state, opened up with a first round bye, then beat Will Santos of Delano by fall 40 seconds into the first period in the quarterfinals.
Monteiro faces Fowler’s Daniel Marquez in the semifinals.
Like Monteiro, Beldo is the top seed in his weight class and received a first round bye before earning a first period pin (1:20) over Michael Holiday from Visalia-Mt. Whitney.
Beldo will face Benny Gonzales from Highland in the semifinals.
Five Rams in consolation brackets
The first Garces wrestler on the mat Saturday will be Darius Picar in the consolation bracket at 106. Picar won his first match by fall over Jose Guzman from Highland but fell into the consolation bracket in the quarterfinals.
Picar will face Spencer Gladders from Liberty-Madera Ranchos, the top scoring team after Day 1.
Felix Vargas in also in the consolation bracket at 126.
Vargas will face Lee Kuntz from Highland after surviving with a first round pin over Nick Milton from Nipomo in the Vargas’ first consolation match.
Milo Mastrucci was victorious in his first champion match, but fell in the quarterfinals before surviving in the consolation bracket with a third round pin over Joseph Velasquez from Farmersville.
Mastrucci will face Gabriel Tejada from Tulare Western in his first match on Saturday.
J.J. Ward is also in the consolation bracket, pinning Tristan Bouvet from Hanford-Sierra Pacific 32 seconds into the match. Ward faces Joey Reyes from Highland in his next match Saturday morning at 182.
Aidan Meek lost a tough 2-1 decision to Marco Garcia from Stockdale in the quarterfinals, but responded with a first round pin over William Jimenez from Mendota.
Meek faces Alex Valdez from Mt. Whitney in his first match of the day at 285.
All five in the consolation bracket have a shot at placing as high and third place.
Machado still alive at girls Masters
Garces junior Sarah Machado is in the consolation bracket at the Central Section Southeast Area championships at Tulare-Mission Oak.
Machado (172 pounds) was pinned in the first period in the championship quarterfinals by Golden West’s Jacklyn Green. Machado will face Alma Saldana from Porterville at 10 a.m.