At least not anytime soon.
The State CIF announced on Saturday that they will be extending the agreement with Bakersfield, through the year 2020.
CIF had accepted bids from many sites across the state, including Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, which has hosted the CIF-SS Masters Meet the last two years. But the State CIF has ultimately decided to keep it in Bakersfield at Rabobank Arena, which has hosted the event since it moved from Stockton in 2004.
“CIF and our almost 800,000 student-athletes are grateful to the city of Bakersfield, its community and Rabobank Arena for their commitment,” said CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake in a press release . “We are proud to continue to call Bakersfield the home of the CIF Boys Wrestling State Championships.”
According to the press release, “Official site visitations have concluded and the CIF Executive Committee will vote, on March 26, to affirm the recommendation to extend the agreement with Bakersfield.”
By the way, Alta Loma’s Alex Nunez was 8th at 113 pounds and San Dimas’ David Gonzalez was 3rd on Saturday at this year’s CIF State Boys Wrestling Championships.
CIF State Boys Wrestling Championships at Bakersfield
Day 1 Results for Inland Valley Wrestlers
In consolation: Alex Nunez, Sophomore, Alta Loma (113), ranked No. 14
Next: Ryan Gutierrez, junior, Brea Olinda, ranked No. 10
David Gonzalez, senior, San Dimas (113) ranked No. 6
Next: Andrew Nelms, senior, Porterville, ranked No. 15
Patrick Sanchez, senior, Damien (285) ranked No. 10
Next: Christian Rebottaro, junior, Monte Vista Christian ranked No. 7
Abe Cervantes, sophomore, Los Osos, 113, 1-2
Elijah Diaz, junior, Montclair, 120, 1-2
Aaron Garcia, senior, Etiwanda 120 0-2
Adam Cervantes, senior, Los Osos 152 2-2
Allen Bonilla, senior, Carter 160 1-2
Cody Fahamokioa, senior, Rancho Cucamonga 220 1-2
CIF State Wrestling brackets, for the tournament that begins this Friday in Bakersfield. Locals are highlighted, or boxed in yellow. Some of those you will see highlighted are San Bernardino Sun wrestlers, not just Daily Bulletin.
Yes, Rancho Cucamonga’s Cody Fahamokioa’s name is butchered on the bracket.
Rancho Cucamonga’s Cody Fahamokioa, wins the 220-pound title in thrilling fashion last week
Cody Fahamokioa talks about winning CIF
Los Osos’ Adam Cervantes talks about winning CIF.
Here are Inland Valley qualifiers for the CIF-SS Masters Masters Wrestling Meet, to be held Friday and Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Arranged by school, with divisional they competed at last week, and qualifiers.
Alta Loma (3, Southern): Alex Nunez (So., 1st, 113), Manny Salcedo (Sr., 3rd, 138), Antonio Cortina (Jr., 4th, 145)
Ayala (4, Eastern): Christian Higashi (Jr., 5th, 106), Bryce Avila (Sr., 4th, 126), Daniel Deleon (Sr., 3rd, 195), Chantz Avila (Jr., 3rd, 220),
Carter (2, Northern): Juan Heredia (Jr., 1st, 138), Allen Bonilla (Sr., 2nd, 160)
Chaffey (1, Southern): Michael Hamlett (Jr., 4th, 138)
Damien (1, Central): Patrick Sanchez (Sr., 2nd, 285)
Diamond Bar (1, Eastern): Derek Moss (Sr., 4th, 160)
With the new divisions for CIF-SS Dual Meet Boys Wrestling, all of the Daily Bulletin schools are in one division, as some league champions have chosen not to participate. Two of the divisions are local: at Alta Loma and at Carter. But at Carter, the host school did not qualify and the outside of Oak Hills, Sultana and Cajon, all of the other schools are from Riverside County.
Here is the breakdown on the local division. Wrestling begins at 11 a.m., after that start times approx 3 p.m. for 2nd round, 5 p.m. for semifinals, 7:15 p.m. for finals. Only league champs were guaranteed entry, but are not required to participate. AL-At large; LC-League Champ
Central Division at Alta Loma HS
No. 1 seed Northview (AL), bye; Norte Vista (AL) vs. Colton(AL); Bonita (AL) vs. Walnut (LC); La Sierra (AL) vs. No. 4 Alta Loma (LC); San Dimas (AL) vs. No. 3 Ayala (LC); Montclair (AL) vs. Etiwanda (LC); Charter Oak (AL) vs. Hillcrest (LC); Diamond Bar (AL) vs. No. 2 Bloomington (LC).
Eastern Division at Carter HS
Valley View (AL) vs. No. 1 Temecula Valley (LC), King (AL) vs. Palm Desert (LC), Temescal Canyon (AL) vs. Hemet (LC), Sultana (AL) vs. No. 4 Corona Santiago (LC), Chaparral (AL) vs. No. 3 Oak Hills (LC), Roosevelt (AL) vs. Elsinore (LC), Vista Murrieta (AL) vs. Corona Centennial (AL), Cajon (AL) vs. No. 2 Citrus Hill (LC).
Above, part of the ugliness following the 220-pound championship match between Corona Centennial’s David VanWeems and Rancho Cucamonga’s Cody Fahamokioa at Tuesday’s Upland Blackwatch Tournament. I have been told that www.TheCaliforniaWrestler.com will also have some videos up BlackWatch finals, but I haven’t seen them yet.
Now, I didn’t start recording the above video until after it started.
I’ve been at high school events where you can anticipate something bad happening, a fight about to break out. This got surprisingly out of hand quickly.
Centennial coaches weren’t happy with the referee in the match, but their ire didn’t seem to involve Fahamokioa. They wanted the ref to call stalling, which he eventually did to force overtime. They didn’t like that the ref stopped the match when VanWeems got a takedown in overtime, denying VanWeems at a chance at a pin, and more team points.
Somehow, before this video was shot, I saw another Rancho Cucamonga wrestler (not Fahamokioa) come halfway towards the Centennial coaches immediately after the match and yelling at them. That didn’t go over well.
Then fans started yelling from the stands, someone who appeared to be a Rancho Cucamonga fan (you see her in the video), shoved a Centennial coach.
It was one of those situations where an incident could’ve been avoided, but people kept acting in a way to make the situation worse.
The police were called. No arrests were made and calm was restored. But I don’t think Centennial and Rancho Cucamonga are scheduling any dual meets anytime soon.