– BAKERSFIELD – Three days ago the Bakersfield Condors – that’s a minor-league hockey team – beat the Phoenix RoadRunners in a shootout. On Sunday, AFI – that’s a rock band – will blast through. In between, the best prep wrestlers in California will visit Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena for a two-day tournament beginning this morning to decide the CIF-State championships. Though it’s always tough to chase the Roadrunners and warm up AFI, San Bernardino County is sending a large contingent, including a few who could walk away with state titles. Hesperia heavyweight Ryan Hoover lost his No. 1 state ranking at last week’s CIF-Southern Section Masters meet, suffering a second-round pin to Rosemead’s Anthony Gonzalez in the final. The senior went 3-2 at last year’s state meet and is still a favorite to win it all. His first-round opponent, even more so than most heavyweights, is no pushover. John Thurston of Ferndale finished eighth at last year’s state meet and a deceptive fourth in the North Coast Section tournament last week both his losses at the double-elimination tourney came by one point. The city of Hesperia, population 84,645 according to a 2006 estimate, features a staggering 10 entries in the 532-man tournament. Hoover will be joined by teammates Daniel Gudino (a 130-pound junior), Andrew Collins (140, junior), Dominick Reyes (171, junior) and Justin Correa (189, senior). Crosstown rival Sultana, meanwhile, finished second as a team at the Masters meet. The Sultans were led by 145-pound junior Jarrod Brooksher, who beat Rim of the World’s Isaac Whisner 3-1 in overtime one week after losing to Whisner at the Masters qualifier. Sophomore Cody Bollinger (140) and senior Eli McWatters (160) both advanced to Masters title matches but came up short. “I can do better,” Bollinger said after the Masters meet Saturday. “Hopefully I can make the (state) finals.” Also competing today for Sultana will be Zac Sweeney, who took third at 215 and Erik Baker, who took fifth at 135. Sweeney, who won the CIF-Eastern Division championship, suffered his only loss at the Masters meet to Diamond Bar’s Marcus Johnson Jr., the Southern Division champion. Johnson suffered a slight shoulder separation in his 215-pound Masters title match with Oxnard Pacifica’s John Hernandez, an injury that forced him to forfeit the championship, but he will be on the mat today. “He had a pretty good workout with the Irvine kid (189-pounder Tyler Garcia) this evening,” Marcus Johnson Sr., the wrestler’s coach and father, said Thursday. “He said his shoulder is the best it’s felt all week. So it seems like he’s good to go.” The forfeit dropped Johnson to third in the wrestleusa.com state rankings; Sweeney is now fifth. Yucca Valley junior Vinny Maraj is prepared to improve upon his eighth-place finish at last year’s tournament. Maraj took second in the 152-pound bracket at Masters on an injury default but was dealt a favorable bracket position: He can’t face a higher-ranked opponent until the semifinals on Saturday. Rancho Cucamonga’s Ryan Eagleson (130), who lost his first match of the season last Saturday en route to a third-place Masters finish, faces a much tougher road. The senior drew Joey Boone, a senior from Poway who is ranked second in the state, in his first match today. Senior teammate Corey Castillo (125) faces Clovis Buchanan’s Justin Arredondo in his opener. Also representing local schools are Damien senior Aaron Kunihiro (125), Cajon junior Alfonso Hernandez (130) and senior Jesse Moreno (135), and Alta Loma senior Alton Clark (145). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!