22 Feb 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
There were no real surprises on the first day of competition at the CIF State Wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. At the end of first night of competition, seven wrestlers in the boys division advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals.
Bishop Amat has the most wrestlers in the quarterfinals with three. Marcos Polanco (132-pounds), who many consider to be the area’s best chance at winning a state title, looked very impressive in winning both of his matches. He advanced to the quarterfinals with a 10-0 victory over Vacaville’s Jacob Peralta.
Christian Nunez had little trouble in both of his matches at 126 pounds. He dominated Christian Antonio of Evergreen Valley High (25-9) and pinned Clovis’ Austin Rhodes in the first-period of their round of 16 match. Guillermo Escobedo (225) narrowly defeated Mateo Morales of Clovis West High, 2-1, to advance the quarterfinals.
Rowland’s Fernando Barreto (106) won his round of 16 match with a first-period pin over Jonah Hernandez of Corcoran High. Northview’s Collin Hayes (132) had little trouble dispatching Rocky Raby of West Valley (18-2) and Jonathon Viveros of Kingsbury (11-3) on his road to the quarterfinals.
San Marino will have two wrestlers advanced on the quarterfinals. In a bit of an upset, senior Beau Perez, seeded tenth at 138-pounds, defeated seventh-seeded Eli Blake of Del Oro, 7-3, to secure his spot in Friday’s quarterfinals. Teammate Luka Wike went 3-0 on the day – advancing the quarterfinals with a first-period pin over Sammy Silveriera of Pittman High.
Of the 21 area grapplers that qualified for the tournament, 19 remain alive in either the championship or consolation bracket.
In the girls division, Walnut is in fifth-place in the team race with several wrestlers in contention for a state title. Justine Barredo pinned Evergreen Valley’s Maira Joya in the first-period of their round of 16 match at 106-pounds. She’ll have a rematch against Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do in the quarterfinals. Do came from behind to pin Fremont’s Nicole Lee in overtime in their round of 16 match. Do defeated Barredo last week at the CIF-SS Girls Championships.
There were two big upsets of the day. Walnut’s Mariah Dow, who finished in sixth-place last week at CIF-SS championships, upset seventh-seeded Tiffany Calderon of Birmingham High in the second-period of their round of 16 match at 143-pounds. Northview’s Tiera Jimerson upset Silver Creek’s Adaugo Nwachukwu, 6-4, in their round of 16 match at 131-pounds. Viking teammate Alexis Medina (11) easily defeated Righetti’s Gabby Rincon, 11-1 to advance the quarterfinals.
Two of the heavy favorites to win a state title had little trouble in their matches. California’s Kelly Escamilla pinned Madison’s Amber Plasencia in the first period of their round of 16 match at 126-pounds. Rowland’s Cheyenne Bowman pinned both of her opponents along her road to the quarterfinals.
San Dimas had two wrestlers advance in the championship bracket. Junior Cianna Riley defeated Allyson Hyatt of Durham High, 5-1, in their 189-pound round of 16 contest. Ciara Boyd scored a 9-2 decision over Selma’s Arykah Cuevas in a 235-pound round of 16 match.
Here are Friday’s quarterfinal matches:
106: #6 Fernando Barreto, Rowland vs #3 Andre Gonzales, Poway
126: #4 Christian Nunez, Bishop Amat vs #6 Cole Reyes, Frontier
132: #3 Marcos Polanco, Bishop Amat vs #11 Logan Gioffre, Buchanan; #7 Collin Hayes, Northview vs #2 Ryan Franco, Clovis North
138: #10 Beau Perez, San Marino vs. #2 Chase Saldate, Gilroy
145: #4 Luka Wick, San Marino vs #5 Joseph Martin, Buchanan
220: #4 Guillermo Escobedo, Bishop Amat vs #5 Mike Ruiz, Villa Park
106: #5 Justine Barredo, Walnut vs. #4 Cassidy Do, Gabrielino
113: #4 Alexis Medina, Northview vs #5 Samantha Martinez, Ayala
126: #2 Kelly Escamilla, California vs #7 Shawntel Copple, Las Plumas
131: #1 Cheyenne Bowman, Rowland vs Aliana Lefotu, Golden Valley; Tiera Jimerson, Northview vs #4 Athena Willden, Oak Hills
143: Mariah Dow, Walnut vs #2 Francesca Lopresti, Albany
189: #7 Cianna Riley, San Dimas vs Jasmin Clarke, Kelseyville
235: #6 Ciara Boyd, San Dimas vs #3 Sierra Adams-Gregory, Lakewood
Fans can keep track of all the action by visiting http://www.flowrestling.org
Day 1 of the 2019 CIF State Wrestling Championships ✔️#CIFWrestling
Link for Day 1 Boys Wrestling results –> https://t.co/PsFaZD1rpGLink for Day 1 Girls Wrestling –> https://t.co/UWVqHNk2cd
Other information 👇Championship Information: https://t.co/dySkpo3ymG pic.twitter.com/Kudj1zYjNI
— CIF State (@CIFState) February 22, 2019
La Canada 7, Westlake 2: The Spartans (3-2) scored three runs in the first and second inning to defeat the host Warriors in Easton Tournament action. Connor Buchanan, a USC-signee, was the offensive star of the day for La Canada with two home runs.
St. Francis 6, San Dimas 5: The Golden Knights (3-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off a late rally by the Saints (2-2) to win a non league contest at the Glendale Sports Complex. Doyle Kane smacked two hits and scored twice. Angel Sanchez and Joseph Olivares drove in two runs for the Saints.
South Hills 5, Rancho Cucamonga 2: Anthony Rasmussen played a huge factor in the Huskies (3-1) win over the Cougars in Inland Valley Tournament action. Rasmussen drove in three runs. Justin Magallanes held the Cougars hitless for 3 and ⅓ innings to earn the win.
Los Altos 13, Eastside 2: The Conquerors’ (3-1) Jared Ibarra had a big day at the plate in their win over the Lions in Don Lugo Tournament action. The senior went three for four and drove in four runs. Alvaro Ortega went four solid innings, giving up one unearned run on three hits and struck out three, to earn the decision.
Campbell Hall 8, Pasadena Poly 6: The Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the visiting Panthers (0-1) in non league play. David Mathias connected on three hits and Robby Wilson drove in two runs.
Alhambra 9, Cathedral 0: Victor de leon struckout out nine Phantoms and had a three- run double as part of a nine run sixth inning in the Moors (5-0) win as part of the Dave Moore Tournament. De Leon pitched a complete game to earn the win. Xavier Perez, Lenny Arriaga and David Beltran each had two hits.
Diamond Bar 12, Bellflower 0, 5 innings: The pitching combination of Miranda Montes and Anna Lasko held the Buccaneers scoreless while allowing only seven hits in the Brahams (2-0) non league win. Sarah Ruhl had three RBIs.
No matter the conditions, our Brahma Softball team shows its resilience that is forged through their relentless work ethic and commitment to their team. 11-0 over Bellflower, 2-0 to start the season. #hardworkpaysoff pic.twitter.com/vDqqWRolEW
— DBHS Athletics (@DBHS_Athletics) February 22, 2019
Santa Fe 10, Mayfair 1: The Chiefs (3-1) blew the game open by scoring five runs in the seventh inning to defeat the host Monsoons in a non league game. Sophomore Monique Rangel was the offensive stand out in the game with two doubles, a triple and bringing in two runs. Freshman Lanna Martinez pitched a complete game in the circle, giving up one run on five hits and striking out three.
Los Alamitos 5, La Serna 4: The Lancers (2-1) fell behind 5-0 early and mounted a late rally just fell just short in losing to the Griffins in non league action. Kyra Sunga drove in two runs.
Calvary Chapel 9, Azusa 6: The visiting Aztecs (0-2) fell behind 8-0 before launching a seventh-inning rally that fell short against the Grizzlies in non league play. Arianna Sosa brought in three runs.