Joshua Ofisa put on a Bulldog singlet for the final time this past week.
The 195-pound senior represented Ceres High’s varsity boys wrestling program at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Friday at Stockton Arena.
“It’s another chapter of my life that is gone,” said Ofisa, who plans to focus on academics at Sacramento State or Fresno State this fall. “I’ll never wrestle again.”
Ofisa compiled an 0-2 record at Masters.
He lost by pin to Yuba City’s Nathaniel George (2:30) and Sheldon’s Patrick Hernandez (4:53).
“I put up a good fight. It was a fun experience wrestling in the arena. I knew it was going to be tough competition. I tried my hardest.”Joshua Ofisa
“I felt like I competed very well even though I lost twice,” Ofisa said. “I put up a good fight. It was a fun experience wrestling in the arena. I knew it was going to be tough competition. I tried my hardest.”
Ofisa had a memorable final season with the Bulldogs.
He advanced to Masters.
He placed fourth with a 5-2 record at the Division-IV Tournament.
He also took fourth at the Western Athletic Conference Championships (2-2).
Ofisa failed to make it past Divisonals as a junior.
“The experience helped a lot,” he said. “I got a lot stronger. I worked harder. I watched my diet. Knowing it was my senior year, I wanted to leave it all on the mat.”
Ofisa managed to qualify for Masters this winter despite missing the majority of the season with a left knee sprain, originally sustained while playing football.
“I’m very proud of myself,” he said. “I learned just because you get hurt doesn’t mean you can’t come back. You can even prove yourself wrong sometimes.”