History Made on the Wrestling Mat


A historic first, Fillmore High School wrestler Adrian Bonilla, has advanced to the State Wrestling Tournament in Bakersfield this Thursday. Adrian is a Fillmore High School senior, 195 pound wrestler, who was also the Citrus Coastal League Champion in his weight class. He placed 5th in the Southern Section California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Finals two weeks ago which earned him a trip to the CIF Masters Wrestling Tournament last weekend. At the Masters Tournament Adrian was 3-2 after two days of wrestling which was good for an 8th place, qualifying him for the State Tournament. Adrian is the first Fillmore High wrestler to advance to the State Tournament since the wrestling program started at Fillmore High School in 1987.

Fillmore High School Coach, Manual Ponce shared that Adrian exemplifies the ideal wrestler because he is very coachable, a very smart wrestler and he is all about work ethic. Adrian has had to overcome a knee injury his junior year on his path to success this year. Adrian is the third wrestling son of Jorge and Lurdes Bonilla. Mr. Bonilla mentioned that Adrian has been around wrestling since he was seven years old, when he would hang around the wrestling practices of his older brothers Robert and Andres. His years of hard work and commitment have definitely paid.

Adrian is very excited about his opportunity to wrestle at the State level and to represent Fillmore High School and the Fillmore Community. He stated, “I have been motivated to do well since I had no wins my sophomore year.” “I am in great shape and I have the desire to compete.” We wish Adrian the best of luck in Bakersfield.