Banner day for county wrestlers: 25 advance to state

A total of 25 wrestlers from the county placed in the top 9 in their respective weight classes at Saturday’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley, qualifying them for the CIF State Championships at Bakersfield.

To give it perspective, with Masters results available on the internet going back to 2001, the most state qualifiers the county produced in any year during that time was 2007, when there were 19. So the 25 blows that out of the water.

Redlands East Valley’s Chris Mecate (135) and Sultana’s Ryan McWatters (171) were Masters champions.
A list of state qualifers by school: Oak Hills 5 (finishing second overall), Alta Loma 3, Bloomington 3, Los Osos 2, Colony 2, Chino Hills 2, Sultana 2, Redlands East Valley 1, Rim of the World 1, Cajon 1, Kaiser 1, Etiwanda 1, Hesperia 1.

Here’s a link to the complete results:

Soward the next coach at Miller

Arroyo Valley football coach Marcus Soward will be the next head coach at Miller pending approval at Wednesday’s Fontana Unified School District board meeting, Soward said this afternoon.

“I accepted the job about a week ago,” Soward said. “I’ve always had a dream of coaching in the CBL, having gone to Eisenhower High School, and this was the right time and right opportunity to make that move. I knew I wanted to do this someday and Miller is a great place to do it at.”

Soward replaces Jeff Strycula, who was removed from his job less than 24 hours before the Rebels’ season finale with Redlands East Valley in mid-November. Soward has coached at San Bernardino and Arroyo Valley High Schools, compiling a 15-16 record during the last three seasons with the Hawks and guiding Arroyo Valley to the playoffs in 2009. He served as an assistant at Arroyo under Tony DiThomas as well. But that playoff appearance isn’t the thing that Soward is proudest of at Arroyo Valley.

“We had a team GPA of 3.29 last year,” Soward said. “I had some great kids, some hard-working kids at Arroyo Valley and I’m thankful for them. We’ll have a meeting after everything is official and I’m sure some tears will be shed, because I’ll miss those guys.”

That being said, Soward is excited about the opportunity that Miller – which made the playoffs three consecutive years before being eliminated by a coin flip this past season – presents.

“We are just looking to bring the title back west,” Soward said. “It’s been at Redlands East Valley and Redlands for too long and this is where it belongs. And I think we can do it. I was very impressed by the adminstration and there have been some great players come through here like (Green Bay Packers) linebacker Nick Barnett. I’m ready to go.”

12 from County advance to semis, clinch spot at state

After the first day of the CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Championships at Temecula Valley, 12 wrestlers from the county have advanced to the semifinals and clinched a spot among the top six. The top 9 in each weight class advance to the CIF State Championships at Bakersfield next weekend. There are 18 others from the county alive in consolation. In each weight class, there are 12 wrestlers who make it to day 2.

County semifinalists: 103: Christian Martin (Chino Hills), 119: Timmy Maldonado (Los Osos) vs. Ray Delgado (Oak Hills), 135: Eric Dunlap (Cajon, despite finishing 5th last week), Chris Mecate (Redlands East Valley); 140: Eli Mack (Alta Loma), Seth Whisner (Rim of the World), 145: Michael Gonzalez (Sultana); 160: Jon Solano (Los Osos); 171: Robert Marchese (Oak Hills), Ryan McWatters (Sultana); 189: Anthony Flores (Kaiser).

Others still alive: 103: Anthony Roybal (Hesperia), Anthony Soto (Colony), 125: Edward Lopez (Victor Valley), Spencer Glasheen (Upland), Gilbert Gomez (Colony); 130: Michael Rodriguez (Alta Loma); 135: Jacob Leon (Alta Loma); 145: Alex Cruz (Bloomington); 152: Juan Alvarado (Bloomington); 160: Zach Vom Steeg (Oak Hills), Edward Randolph (Bloomington); 171: Brody Goens (Chino HIlls); 189: Marin Padilla (Bloomington); 215: Garrardo Aguirre (Oak Hills), J.J. Everard (Etiwanda), Rene Sanchez (Bloomington); Heavyweight: Martin Gonzalez (Montclair), Anthony Jimenez (Oak Hills).

Leading teams with wrestlers alive: Oak Hills 5, Bloomington 5, Alta Loma 3.