Chance Rich becomes Valencia wrestling’s first state medalist

Valencia wrestler Chance Rich runs warm up drills at Peterson Grapplers in Valencia. Dan Watson/The Signal
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Valencia High wrestling’s Chance Rich placed sixth in the 120-pound weight class at the CIF state tournament on Saturday, making him the Vikings’ first medalist in program history.

Rich entered the match as the seventh-ranked wrestler in his weight class and won three of his four matches on Friday, the first day of the tournament.

He defeated Marco Kwan of Lowell High 21-6, Antonio Margiotta of Las Lomas High with a pin and Jacob Seto of Elk Grove High, 5-3, in overtime before losing to Cleveland Belton of Temescal Canyon High.

The junior locked up a medal in his first match on Saturday after defeating Aaron Perez of James Logan High 4-1.

He went on to pin Alex Nunez of Alta Loma High in the next match, but lost the final two matches of the day against Ethan Leake of Buchanan High and Greg Viloria of West High.

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