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3X State Champion and ASU bound Nikko Villarreal of Gilroy Wrestling post match interview

Posted March 10, 2014 by in – Nikko Villarreal is now a 3X CIF State Wrestling champion after winning his 54th match this year. He went undefeated but that is not the impressive part.
Nikko set out a goal in the beginning of the season not to give up any take down points. ALL his matches either ended in technical fall or a pin.
Nikko was a man possessed at the state tournament. He pinned three opponents and beat one via technical fall to get to the biggest stage in high school wrestling. His quickest match came in his third match of the tournament against Nathan Pimentel of Dos Palos. He pinned him in an official time of 13 seconds but our camera angle shows that Nikko had Pimentel on his back four seconds before the official even called the pin.
In the semifinals, Nikko schooled his foe Conner Francis from Buchanan with a 19-4 win and in the finals he showed the entire arena why he is the best in the State.
Although he gave up two take down points and ended an unbelievable streak of 53 matches with out giving up a take down, Nikko came right back to put Chris Garcia from Clovis West on his back. With the second period clock winding down to zero it looked as if Nikko had himself another pin but the official was out of position and missed it by a second. Garcia was saved by the clock and it was a 7-3 lead by Gilroy at the point.
Third period was all Nikko. He added two take down points and three more for near fall and when time ran out it was time to flash the three in the air.
Nikko Villarreal became the 18th wrestler in the history of the CIF to win three state title and he did in dramatic fashion.
After shaking his opponent’s coaches hand, Nikko made his way to his corner to pick up a poster he had made before his final high school match. The sign says: “PROM?” directed to his girlfriend in the stands. As she nodded her head with tears of joy, Nikko walked off the mat for one the last time as a high school wrestler.
What a great way to end a high school career: 3 state championship, a date to the senior prom and oh yeah, Nikko was voted by his fellow champions to receive the Champions of Champions award which he also received when he won his first state title.

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