La Cañada High knew the road was going to be long and hard in the CIF Southern Section Division VI Dual Meet Wresting Championships. The Spartans were seeded eighth for Saturday's event, hosted at Monrovia High.
La Cañada sped through the first round, defeating Santa Paula, 54-23.
However, the Spartans hit a roadblock in the form of Downey in the second round. The match went back and forth, but Downey — the top seed in the bracket — came out on top, 39-30. The Vikings then went on to claim the Division VI championship.
Three Spartans, Chris Bache, Chris Soo Hoo and Daniel Wyatt, had big days on Saturday, each of them winning both of their matches to keep hope alive against Downey. It wasn't enough to defeat the Vikings, though, who won six of their matches on pins.