BAKERSFIELD — Bradley Beaudette's season ended with a tight, tough loss, but the Newport Harbor High senior wrestler still felt a sense of contentment in Bakersfield Saturday.
The 189-pounder went 1-2 and was eliminated on the first day of the CIF State Championship Meet at Rabobank Arena.
Beaudette (35-13) ended with a 1-0 loss to junior Jariah Booker from Las Plumas High of Oroville.
"It was fun," Beaudette, during a phone interview, said of his experience at state. "It was my goal to get here so I'm happy. That [loss to Booker] was a heartbreaker, but that happens."
Beaudette said the match against Booker was one of his closest of a breakthrough season. Along with a spot at state, Beaudette also earned a CIF Southern Section Inland Division championship and a Sunset League title. He also placed eighth at the CIF Masters Meet to advance to state.
He was the first CIF champ in the 12 years Dominic Bulone has been coach at Newport Harbor. Beaudette was also the third wrestler for Bulone to compete at state.