Cardoza leads county wrestlers

Pacific wrestler Samantha Cardoza won the 108-pound title at the CIF-State girls Southern Regional wrestling championships this past weekend at Covina Northview High School, heading a list of county athletes participating in the event.

Cardoza defeated Oceanside’s Kalin Knight-Alvarez in the final, with Redlands East Valley’s Alexis Rodriguez finishing third. Upland’s Gabriella Gongora finished second in the 154-pound division to La Serna’s Jackie Williams while Sultana’s Sarah Bollinger took third at 132 pounds.

Redlands East Valley, buoyed by three placers in Rodriguez, Lauren Chavez (5th, 103) and Jase Osterblad (8th, 114), had the highest county team finish, taking 13th with 55 points.