23 Feb 19
The second day of the CIF-State Wrestling championships was completed on Friday and for area wrestling fans, it has a blue and gold look to it.
Bishop Amat’s Christian Nunez and Marcos Polanco are the only two wrestlers that have advanced to the Saturday morning’s semifinals. Many of the area’s grapplers that were eliminated from the championship bracket have clinched a state medal.
Nunez scored six points in the second period that proved to be more than enough to defeat sixth-seeded Cole Reyes from Frontier High, a school from the CIF-Central Section. Nunez will take on Gilroy’s Victor Jacinto, who upset third-seeded Jason Miranda from Poway, 5-2.
Polanco scored all of his points in the first-period to dispatch Buchanan’s Logan Gioffre, 6-1 in their 132-pound quarterfinal. Polanco, a University of Minnesota-signee, will have a much-anticipated semifinal matchup against second-seeded Ryan Franco from Clovis North. Franco advanced to the semifinals with a 5-2 win over Northview’s Collin Hayes.
“They’re both really focused on winning a state title,” Bishop Amat coach Tom Pierre said. “Both of those guys are just tough kids. They have definitely brought their “A” game to this meet and it shows. We hope that they can continue the momentum that have right now.”
Rowland’s Fernando Barreto lost a tough 3-2 decision to Poway’s Andre Gonzales in overtime. He won his two matches in the consolation round and will be assured of a medal Saturday night. San Marino’s Beau Perez was no match for second-seeded Chase Saldate of Gilroy, losing 9-0.
Sophomore Luka Wick gave a third-period takedown and lost a 4-2 decision to fifth-seeded Joseph Martin of Buchanan High. Wick won his two consolation matches and, for the second consecutive year in a row, will earn a spot on the medal stand.
Also clinching a medal is Bishop Amat’s Guillermo Escobedo. The senior lost a brutal 3-2 decision to Villa Park’s Mike Ruiz in the quarterfinals – but won his two remaining matches of the day in consolation bracket action.
Walnut’s William Von Geoben clinched a state medal when he pinned Jacob Sartorio of Clayton Valley in the second period of the final consolation match of the day. When all the smoke cleared, the area will have six wrestlers earned medals on Saturday night.
In the girls division, four wrestlers have advanced to Saturday morning’s semifinals. In an all-area quarterfinal match at 106 pounds, Walnut’s Justine Barredo scored a two-point near-fall in the third period that was just enough to defeat Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do 2-0. Barredo will take on Genesis Quirarte of Ridgeview High – who pulled of a stunning victory over top-seeded Adrienna Turner of Davis High with a second-period pin.
Northview’s Alexis Medina defeated Ayala’s Samantha Martinez 5-3 to secure her spot in the semifinals at 111-pounds. She’ll be facing top-seeded Jennifer Soto of Orland High. California’s Kelly Escamilla had to work hard but narrowly defeated Shawntel Copple of Las Plumas High 3-2 in a 126-pound quarterfinal. She’ll take on Bear Creek’s Niya Gaines in the semifinals.
Rowland’s Cheyenne Bowman continues to display her dominance at 131-pounds as the defeated Golden Valley’s (CIF-North Coast Section) Aliana Lefotu with a quick first-period pin. She’ll be matched up against Oak Hills’ Athena Willden in the semifinals. Walnut’s Mariah Dow lost her 143-pound quarterfinal match to Albany’s Frances Lopresti by fall in the second period.
San Dimas’ Cianna Riley was narrowly defeated 2-1 by Kelseyville’s Jasmin Clarke and teammate Ciara Boyd was pinned in the first period of her 235-pound match by Lakewood’s Sierra Gregory-Adams.
Here are Saturday’s semifinal matches that are scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
126: #4 Christian Nunez, Bishop Amat vs #7 Victor Jacinto, Gilroy
132: #3 Marcos Polanco, Bishop Amat vs #2 Ryan Franco, Clovis North
106: #4 Justine Barredo, Walnut vs #8 Genesis Quirarte, Ridgeview
111: #4 Alexis Medina, Northview vs #1 Jennifer Soto, Orland
126: #2 Kelly Escamilla, California vs #6 Niya Gaines, Bear Creek
132: #1 Cheyenne Bowman, Rowland vs #4 Athena Willden, Oak Hills
You can allowing the action on http://www.flowrestling.org. Live video is behind a paywall.
St. Paul 11, Capistrano Valley Christian 9: The Swordsman (3-1-1) scored four runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Eagles in Newport Elks Tournament action. Gilbert Casas hit a home run and drove in three runs. Jayden Solorio also drove in three runs.
VIDEO: @gibby_00_ GW HR in 3rd Place Game of #NewportElksTourney!!!
Swordsmen improve to 3-1-1 and begin league play next week! @James_Escarcega @latsondheimer @PBR_California @LesLukach @SGVNSports @thewillernandez @SteveRRamirez pic.twitter.com/PMCNk9KqLJ
— St. Paul Baseball (@StPaulBaseball) February 23, 2019
Gahr 2, Damien 0: The Gladiators scored two runs in the fourth inning and that proved to be enough to turn back the Spartans (0-4) in Newport Elks Tournament action. Adam Dow turned in a solid performance on the mound, allowing one earned run on three hits and struck out three.
Diamond Bar 10, Western 2: The Brahmas (5-1) bats got off to a fast start as they scored all their runs in the first four innings of their win over the Pioneers in Newport Elks Tournament action. Lachlan Durlach drove in two runs.
FINAL: Brahmas over Western 10-2. Now 5-1 on the year.
8 different Brahmas collect hits. @dbhsorg @DBHS_Athletics @James_Escarcega
— Diamond Bar Baseball (@DiamondBarBsbl) February 23, 2019
La Habra 2, Schurr 1: The Highlanders (1-5-1) scored both of their runs in the first inning and made the most of them in a Newport Elks Tournament win over the Spartans (1-4). Steven Heard connected on a double in the first inning that scored both of the Highlanders’ runs. Pablo Small kept the Spartans offense on their heels as allowed three hits and struck out five in six-innings of work.
La Serna 6, Valencia 2: The Lancers (3-2) scored four runs in the seventh inning to upset the Vikings in Newport Elks Tournament action. Anthony Rendon had two hits and Luke Garcia collected 2 RBIs.
Muir 4, Pasadena 2, 5 innings: In an rival game as part of the Dave Moore Tournament, the Mustangs (5-0) scored three runs in the first two innings to narrowly prevail over the visiting Bulldogs (3-1). Aryonis Harrison drove in two runs for Muir. Pasadena’s Michael Gonzalez connected on a double and drove in a run. The two teams will not meet again until the final week of the regular season.
Muir knocks off PHS in rare non-league matchup 4-2. Brian Love picks up the win in relief. 2 RBIs for Aryonis Harrison. @Brianxlove @Aryonis6 @BReedBaiotto @SGVNSports @SGVNSCORES @James_Escarcega
— Muir Baseball (@MuirBaseball) February 23, 2019
Salesian 8, Monrovia 3: The Mustangs jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back in defeating the Wildcats (2-2) in Dave Moore Tournament action. Junior Sebastian Sanchez had two hits and drove in two runs
Oaks Christian 4, Maranatha 3: The Lions scored runs in the first and third innings to score a non league win over the Minutemen and pitching ace Dawson Netz. Maranatha (1-2) scored their runs in the fourth inning. Netz struckout 11 batters in six innings of work and drove in two runs
Corona Santiago 2, Bishop Amat 1: Jonah Rivera’s single to center in the sixth inning scored George Sonora with the eventual winning run as the Sharks defeated the Lancers (2-3) in Loara Tournament action. Tyler White had two hits and Jaden Allen drove in the Lancers’ only run.
Charter Oak 12, Montclair 0, 5 innings: Nicholas Acedo pitched four shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out two as the Chargers (3-1) defeated the Cavaliers in Chino Tournament action. Chris Ceballos had three RBIs and Jacob Moreno banged out a triple.
Great team win today! Nick Acedo 4 shutout innings Jacob Moreno 2-2 single and triple. As a team 9 hits 12 runs 11 rbis #keepitrolling
— Charter Oak Baseball (@_COBaseball) February 23, 2019
Cantwell Sacred Heart 5, Mayfair 0: Andrew Lopez turned in a gem on the mound as he went the distance to earn the win while striking out eight in the Cardinals (3-1) win over the Monsoons. Javy Espinoza went 4 for 4 with a double.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary gets the win over Mayfair with a score of 5-0. #12 Javy Espinoza went 4 for 4 with a double. #27 Andrew Lopez pitched a shutout with 8 strikeouts. Great job men. Go Cards. @thewillernandez @James_Escarcega @SGVNSports @cshmhs pic.twitter.com/iWURfI5Tft
— Coach Urena (@theurenaexpress) February 23, 2019
Pasadena Poly 18, Keppel 5: The Panthers (1-1) scored 11 runs in the second innings as they throttled the visiting Aztecs (1-2) in a non league game. Frank Alonzo, David Mathias and Sam Howell each drove in three runs.