Two words, two little words.
Mention those words to a high school wrestler and watch his eyes light up.
It's the ultimate goal — other than winning it, of course — of every high school wrestler. But the road to the CIF State Championship Meet is long and bumpy, treacherous and winding. And for most, that road ends with a dead end before reaching that final destination.
Irvine High's 103-pounder Nam Tran got there, wrestling Friday in Bakersfield at Rabobank Arena. He finished the meet with one win and two losses, and he was eliminated on the first day.
Getting there, though, was a major victory all by itself. He was the only Irvine area wrestler among the city's five high schools to qualify, placing ninth at the CIF Masters Meet Feb. 26 in Temecula.
The top nine at Masters qualify, meaning Tran needed every last ounce of effort to make it.