“This was one of my goals at the beginning of the season,” Carlin said. “I am glad I made it this far. Now I have to do my best and whatever happens, happens.” Carlin, who will represent the Golden League, qualified to the state championships by placing fourth at last week’s Masters Meet at Carter High in Rialto. Nineteen area wrestlers will compete in the state championships today and Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Quartz Hill’s Russell Carlin hasn’t forgotten falling short of qualifying for the state meet last season. The Rebels’ 171-pound standout had a solid outing despite nursing an injured knee throughout the entire season. Carlin rehabbed from surgery in March of last year before returning to the football field and wrestling mat his senior season. “I’m going to go into state and win some matches,” the younger Reynolds said. “We need to show that we’re not always satisfied in getting to state and losing.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The top eight wrestlers in each weight division from the Southern Section qualify for the state meet. City Section champions in each of the 14 weight categories also qualify. Wrestlers coming through the Southern Section Masters Meet are considered to have an advantage over those from the City. That’s because City wrestlers sometimes don’t get a chance to face opponents from the better Southern Section teams during the regular season. “The City Section doesn’t get as much respect as the Southern Section because it’s a smaller section,” San Fernando coach Fernando Gonzalez said. “I understand it’s tough to go through the Masters, but just because we don’t doesn’t make us any less. We’re still a section like any other.” Raphael Reynolds, a four-time City champion, is the last City wrestler to place at state. The San Fernando standout took fourth in the 160-pound division in 2005. The Tigers’ Will German also placed in 2001. Reynolds’ younger brother Rashaad is hoping to help change the perception that City wrestlers can’t keep up with the rest in a state tournament.