San Bernardino County sending 17 wrestlers to state

San Bernardino County is sending a total of 17 wrestlers to state after Saturday’s CIF-SS Masters Meet.
Here’s a look at the area qualifiers:
106: Martin Garcia, So. Rialto 1st at divisionals, 6th at Masters
113: Jorge Carbajal, Sr., Bloomington, 2nd at divisionals, 9th at Masters
120: Hector  Ruvalcaba, Sr., Victor Valley, 3rd at divisionals, 8th at Masters
126: Daniel Romero, Sr.., Montclair, 4th at divisionals, 5th at Masters
132: Justus Cervantes, Sr., Los Osos, 3rd at divisionals, 8th at Masters
138: Uzo Owuama, Jr., Bloomington, 4th at divisionals, 5th at Masters
145: Brad Pearce, Jr., Alta Loma, 3rd at divisionals, 9th at Masters
170: Jon Solano, Sr., Los Osos, 1st at divisionals, 3rd at Masters
Garrick Gurney, Sr., Chino HIlls, 4th at divisionals, 5th at Masters
Corey Griego, Jr., Sultana, 1st at divisionals, 6th at Masters, ranked No. 1 at state, defaulted final 3 matches as precaution
Blake Fifer, Jr., Victor Valley, 3rd at divisionals, 8th at Masters
182: Matt Williams, Jr., Sultana, 1st at divisionals, 3rd at Masters
Marcus Vargas, Sr., Bloomington, 2nd at divisionals, 9th at Masters
195: Dylan Bollinger, Jr., Sultana, 3rd at divisionals, 4th at Masters
Anthony Hernandez, Sr., Oak Hills, 2nd at divsiionals, 9th at Masters
220: Derrick Jones III, Jr., Bloomington, 1st at divisionals, 1st at Masters, ranked 2nd in state.
285: Kenny Clark, Sr., Carter, 1st at divisionals, 2nd at Masters

22 from San Bernardino County still alive after Day 1 of CIF-SS Masters wrestling

After Friday’s Day 1 of the CIF-SS Masters Meet, each weight class is whittled down to the final 12. Those in the semifinals have guaranteed a trip to Bakersfield for next weekend’s CIF State Championships. The other eight still alive in consolation in each weight class will be vying for the final five spots. The 4 winners in the consolation quarterfinals in the first consolation round Saturday advance, with the four losers dropping into the ninth-place bracket and will need to win their final two matches.

There are 22 San Bernardino County wrestlers alive, including six in the semifinals. Bloomington leads the way and is fourth overall with two in the semis and six total still alive.
Here they are, by weight class. All are in consolation except those designated otherwise:
106: Alex Garcia, Rialto (faces Vincent Parra of Covina Northview in the semis)
113: Jorge Carbajal, Bloomington

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San Bernardino County Wrestling/Girls basketball from Saturday

Here are some results from CIF-SS wrestling and girls basketball from Saturday.
Before I get into the list of results. one of the top wrestling matches of the day involving a San Bernardino County wrestler was the heavyweight final at the Eastern Division at Oak Hills There, Carter’s Kenny Clark edged out Los Alamitos’ Alex Redmond 2-1 in the final.
Why is this significant? First, Clark is ranked No. 5 in the state and Redmond is No. 11. Second, both Clark and Redmond signed earlier this month with UCLA to play football. Future football teammates, current wrestling adversaries.
Here is the list of CIF-SS Masters qualifiers from the county, and county basketball scores:

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San Bernardino County wrestling highlights from Saturday

Here are some highlights for San Bernardino County schools at wrestling tournaments on Saturday.
Sultana: The Sultans took only eight wrestlers to the Megatron Tournament in L.A., and seven of them placed. Chris Mesa (106), Corey Griego (170) and Matt Williams (182) all won,  and other placers included second: Dylan Bollinger (195), third: Evaristo Sena (113) Trent Smith (126), fourth: Ryan Gonzalez (132). No team scores were available.Thanks for Sultana coach Rocky Humphrey for sending that in. I know Bloomington was there too, but I had a hard time figuring out the tpurnament web site.

Montclair: The Cavaliers took second behind Rowland at the Bishop Amat Tournament. Montclair had one champion (K. Silva, 120)  and nine placers.

Los Osos: The Grizzlies won the Damien Invitational, although it was small, only 12 varsity teams. Los Osos had seven champs, Mike Pajaro (120, lower MVP), Dustin McNicholl (126), Justus Cervantes (138), Alex Miller (145), Sebastion Salsgiver (160), Travis MacChessney (170, upper MVP), Jon Solano (182). Other county champs in the tournament were: John Odenbaugh of Grand Terrace (106), Sam Ring of Cajon (132), E. Mendez of Etiwanda (152), and Frankie Valenzuela of Fontana (220).

Victor Valley: According to the Daily Press, the Jackrabbits were second in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic, behind only San Clemente. Blake Fifer (170) was a champion for VVHS. Michael Lopez (third, 152), Efrain Velasquez (fourth, 140), Jonathan Oliveira (fifth, 160) and Hector Ruvalcaba (seventh, 120) also placed.

Oak Hills: Also according to the Daily Press, the Bulldogs were 30th out of 78 teams at the Zinken Classic in Fresno, as heavyweight Justin Gillham (fifth) and 182-pounder Anthony Hernandez (seventh) placed.

Prep wrestling: Colton Christmas Classic will have a local flavor

The Colton Christmas Classic, a longstanding wrestling tournament at this time of the season takes place again this Friday and Saturday.

Fans who bring a new toy for the toy drive can get in free.

The tournament includes about 29 teams, including the following San Bernardino County teams: Aquinas, Carter, Chaffey, Colton, Grand Terrace, Pacific, San Gorgonio, Upland, Yucaipa, and Yucca Valley. The finals will start on Saturday around 2:30 p.m., coach Anthony Urrea reports.

First San Bernardino County rankings of the winter season

Here are the first San Bernardino County rankings for winter. I am sure there are omissions, but I haven’t had a lot of time to talk to coaches in the first week after football for us. So, in terms of soccer, water polo and wrestling, county rankings are based in large part off of CIF polls. And with no rankings to utilize, basketball county rankings are based on recent history as well as early-season results this year.

Email me at pete.marshall@inlandnewspapers.com, tweet to @petemarshallLaw or post a comment if you have some information that would help adjust the rankings.

Boys basketball
1. Etiwanda
2. Eisenhower
3. Rancho Cucamonga
4. Chino Hills
5. Upland
6. Cajon
7. Redlands East Valley
8. Colony
9. Los Osos
10. Montclair

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Grand Terrace wins first-ever wrestling match

Grand Terrace High School competed in its first-ever varsity wrestling match and won in a rout on Wednesday, trouncing Rubidoux 66-18 in a nonleague contest.

All 11 matches won by the Titans were via pin or forfeit. Coach John Odenbaugh said first-year wrestlers sophomore Daniel Chavez (113), freshman Brandyn Alvarez (heavyweight) and sophomore Dominic Olmedo (145) were especially impressive each winning via pin in less than 2:30.

All-county wrestling team

With all-county basketball running this week, it’s time to release all-county wrestling. Due to space/time/staffing constraints, we are only running a list of all-county wrestling on the blog.
But here it is, all-county wrestling for 2011-12 season.

Wrestler of the year: Robert Marchese, Sr., Oak Hills (195)
Coach of the Year: C.T. Campbell, Victor Valley

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Marchese, Leon highest county placers at state

Oak Hills senior Robert Marchese will be in the 195-pound finals tonight (Saturday) at the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield, leading the way among five placers from San Bernardino County at state.

The others:
Jacob Leon, Sr., Alta Loma (138), 3rd, highest placement in school history and first state placer from the school in seven years.
Christian Martin, Sr., Chino Hills (113),7th
Brody Goens, Sr., Chino Hills (182), 5th, they are the first two state placers in school history.
Corey Griego, So., Sultana (152), 5th. 2nd sophomore state placer in school history