When Brawley Union High School's Hector Carrillo and Imperial High's A.J. Smith set out to compete in the national high school wrestling tournament at the University of Delaware in Newark, expectations were high.
Both seniors hoped on possibly placing in the top seven in their weight classes.
Things didn't turn out as hoped.
Going into the event relatively blind and having not competed in the national tournament previously, both finished below expectations at 0-2.
While the final outcome wasn't what they wanted, the entire experience of competing was one they won't soon forget.
"The nationals was a very tough tournament," said the 17-year-old Carrillo, who competed in the 142-pound division. "But it was a good experience just going. Not just the wrestling, the whole thing was a good overall experience."
Part of that experience was a trip to Philadelphia, where they visited Independence Hall and saw the Liberty Bell.
On the wrestling end, Carrillo lost his first match to a top-ranked wrestler from Montana by majority decision. He then narrowly fell to a Florida wrestler 8-6 in his second match.