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Kenji Makes it to State, Pinning the Competition

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Junior Allen-Kenji Beato, had a strong wrestling season this year, and was the only MC wrestler to make it to the State competition in Bakersfield. Overall, Beato had 30 wins and 4 losses for the season. This was Beato’s second time at the State competition as a wrestler for MC, but not the first time he has competed in these top level competitions.

“It’s nothing new to me because I’ve been to these competitions before,” Beato said. “It’s just another tournament, just with all the best guys in the state.”

Only the top 40 wrestlers make it onto the State competition, Beato ranks within the top 20. At the meet, Beato had 2 wins and 2 losses.

“I’ve been pretty much training all year long [with]  my brothers and some of my teammates,” Beato said. “Even though it was a long path to train it paid off in the end.”

Even though high school season is over, Beato isn’t finished as he looks towards the National competition held in Nevada in under a month.

“The highest level [competition] would be Internationals but I haven’t been there yet so right now I’m just looking to Nationals,” Beato said.

Beato has been wrestling since he was five years old, and over all these years his wrestling has improved, becoming a huge part of his life. As one season closes, Beato keeps his eyes looking to next year.

“I’m looking forward to a new season where I can improve overall and I want to accomplish my goal of being a State Champion,” Beato said.

While the MC wrestling department has been improving, placing third at CIF, next year Beato will be a senior and already has plans to help lead his team to improve even more so.

“I just want to keep the guys motivated and try to help them realize their goals” Beato said.

About Lindy Verhage

Lindy Verhage
Lindy is a Junior at MC and the Sun's Features Editor. She is chronically indecisive, obsessed with big dogs and a pro-napper. She hopes to achieve the soul of Hughes, the style of Hepburn, the intellect of Franklin, and the joy of a dog.

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