Clovis wrestlers Mejia, Nevills chase history
Since California introduced the state tournament in 1973, only one high school wrestler has ever won four gold medals. But that could change this year, and in fact, we could be on the verge of seeing two wrestlers from the same school accomplish that amazing feat.
Clovis senior Justin Mejia has already won state three times, and is top ranked in the state at 126 lbs. Mejia's also third in the country at that weight, and sports a 137-1 career high school record. Mejia said he first told a coach in fourth grade that he would be the second ever to win at state four times.
Mejia's junior teammate Seth Nevills is a good bet to four-peat as well. Nevills has never lost as a Cougar (114-0), and he's really never even had a close match. After winning state as a freshman and sophomore, Nevills is again top ranked in California for the heavyweight division, as well as second in the country.
For additional perspective of how impressive this would be, after all these years, for two wrestlers from the same school to accomplish the feat back-to-back - there's also the fact that wrestling competes as one division. Football, for example, had 13 different divisions for state playoffs in 2016. In wrestling, all 900+ schools are under the same umbrella.