Gary Bowden, wrestling coach at Anaheim Canyon for the last 19 seasons, has long since given up trying to teach restraint to Matt Padgett.
Bowden simply watches Padgett, a 160-pound senior, go for broke. Saturday, Padgett pushed his career pin total to 109 when he stopped Julius Reyes of Hemet 2:53 into their Masters Meet championship match at Fountain Valley.
Padgett, 47-0 with 40 pins this season, advanced to the CIF State championships Friday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. The top seven finishers in 13 weight divisions qualified for State berths. Few were as impressive as Padgett, however.
In addition to Padgett, David Cha (at 135 pounds), Dave Gayer (130), Truc Tran (125) and Justin Young (171) will wrestle in Stockton. They led Canyon to the 4-A individual tournament title last Saturday, three days after having their dual meet win streak ended at 87 by Fontana in the Southern Section dual meet tournament.