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.”
Oak Hills’ Jesse Madrigal talks about advancing to the 220-pound semifinals at the CIF State Championships
Day 1 Results for San Bernardino County Wrestlers
In the semifinals: Oak Hills junior Jesse Madrigal (220), ranked No. 18
Next: Bevan Brant, Fresno Bullard, ranked No. 5
In consolation: Alex Nunez, Sophomore, Alta Loma (113), ranked No. 14
Next: Ryan Gutierrez, junior, Brea Olinda, ranked No. 10
John Whisner, senior, Rim of the World, 106 pounds, 2-2 record
Alejandro Hernandez, junior, Hesperia, 113, 2-2
Abe Cervantes, sophomore, Los Osos, 113, 1-2
Elijah Diaz, junior, Montclair, 120, 1-2
Alejandro Raya, sophomore, Yucaipa, 120 0-2
Aaron Garcia, senior, Etiwanda 120 0-2
Jose Rubio, sophomore, Barstow 120 0-2
Ismael Carbajal, senior, Bloomington 120 2-2
Eric Reyes, senior, Yucaipa 126 3-2
Christian Mesa, senior, Sultana 126 2-2
Isaac Delgado, junior, Oak Hills 152 1-2
Joey Griego, sophomore, Sultana 152 2-2
Adam Cervantes, senior, Los Osos 152 2-2
Allen Bonilla, senior, Carter 160 1-2
Austin Fifer, junior, Victor Valley 195 1-2
Samuel Aguilar, sophomore, Granite Hills 195 0-2
Robert Castro, senior, Bloomington 195 1-2
Cody Fahamokioa, senior, Rancho Cucamonga 220 1-2
Joel Hidalgo, senior, Colton 220 0-2
CIF State Wrestling brackets, with lSan Bernardino County wrestlers highlighted. Some of the locals highlighted might be from the Inland Valley (San Dimas in particular). And yes, I know the name of Rancho Cucamonga’s Cody Fahamokioa’s name is misspelled on the 220 bracket. Really, CIF, is it that hard to spell?
Eric Reyes, of Yucaipa, the 126-pound Masters champion
Here are San Bernardino County’s State Wrestling qualifiers, by weight:
John Whisner, Sr., Rim of the World, 7th
Alejandro Hernandez, Jr., Hesperia, 4th
Alex Nunez, So., Alta Loma, 5th
Abe Cervantes, So., Los Osos, 7th
Jose Rubio, So., Barstow, 3rd
Alejandro Raya, So., Yucaipa, 4th
Aaron Garcia, Sr., Etiwanda 6th
Ismael Carbajal, Sr., Bloomington 7th
Elijah Diaz, Jr., Montclair, 8th
Eric Reyes, Sr., Yucaipa, 1st
Christian Mesa, Sr., Sultana, 4th
Isaac Delgado, Jr., Oak Hills, 5th
Adam Cervantes, Sr., Los Osos, 6th
Joey Griego, So., Sultana, 9th
Allen Bonilla, Sr., Carter, 4th
Robert Castro, Sr., Bloomington, 2nd
Samuel Aguilar, So,., Granite Hills, 6th
Austin Fifer, Jr., Victor Valley, 8th
Cody Fahamokioa, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga, 2nd
Jesus Madrigal, Jr., Oak Hills, 6th
Joel Hidalgo, Sr., Colton, 9th
Above, CIF-SS placers from Cajon
Here are the qualifiers from San Bernardino County for the CIF-SS Masters Meet this weekend at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario beginning Friday.
Organized by school, with number of qualifiers, which division they competed at last week and place.
Alta Loma (3, Southern): Alex Nunez (So., 1st, 113), Manny Salcedo (Sr., 3rd, 138), Antonio Cortina (Jr., 4th, 145)
Apple Valley (1, Northern): Austin Almendariz (Sr., 4th, 113)
Ayala (4, Eastern): Christian Higashi (Jr., 5th, 106), Bryce Avila (Sr., 4th, 126), Daniel Deleon (Sr., 3rd, 195), Chantz Avila (Jr., 3rd, 220),
Barstow (1, Coastal): Jose Rubio (So., 2nd, 120)
Bloomington (8, Central): Belal Akhras (Jr., 2nd, 106), Ismael Carbajal (Sr., 1st, 120), Julian Melecio (Sr., 1st, 126), Bryan Flores (Sr., 4th, 132), Patricio Galvan (Jr., 5th, 145), Andrew Pinedo (Sr., 5th, 170), Robert Castro (Sr., 1st, 195), Enrique Salazar (Sr., 5th, 285)
Cajon (3, Northern): Anthony Torrez (Jr., 5th, 120), Christian Calderas (Sr., 2nd, 170), Jonah Nugent-Gomez (Jr., 1st, 285)
Carter (2, Northern): Juan Heredia (Jr., 1st, 138), Allen Bonilla (Sr., 2nd, 160)
Chaffey (1, Southern): Michael Hamlett (Jr., 4th, 138)
Citrus Valley (1, Northern): Jacob Ponce (Fr., 5th, 106)
Colton (3, Central): Anthony Miranda (Fr., 5th, 106), Daniel Chavez (Sr., 5th, 152), Joel Hidalgo (Sr., 4th, 220),
Etiwanda (2, Central): Aaron Garcia (Sr., 2nd, 120), Merrill Ortiz (Jr., 5th, 132)
Fontana (1, Central): Jose Lopez (Sr., 2nd, 182)
Bloomington co-coach Gabe Schaefer talks after winning school’s first ever CIF-SS Individual Tournament team title.
Bloomington’s Ismael Carbajal wins 120-pound title
Bloomington’s Julian Melecio gets a late reversal (which stands after an extended discussion)
Julian Melecio talks after winning the 126-pound title
Robert Castro talks after winning 195-pound title.
Bryan Flores (in yellow) of Bloomington wrestling
Could this finally be the year?
Bloomington High boys wrestling co-coach Gabe Schaefer isn’t overly confident, but he certainly hopes this is the year.
For the last four years, Bloomington finished second to Covina Northview at the CIF-SS Wrestling Individual Championships. But this time around, as the Central Division individual championships begin on Friday at Grand Terrace High School, Bloomington might be a favorite.
“We’ve done our homework,” Schaefer said. “(Long Beach) Millikan is good. Palm Desert has a few studs. Villa Park and Yorba Linda, they always produce. It’s a good opportunity. I like to be the one chasing. … We’re a good tournament team. We just have to go and wrestle.”
Bloomington has 12 league champions and one runner-up from the Sunkist League finals qualifying for CIF.
Several area leagues are included in the Central Division: Baseline, Miramonte, San Andreas as well as the Sunkist.
Ayala is also hosting the Eastern Division, including the Hacienda, Mountain Valley and Palomares Leagues.
Medal matches are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, with the top five wrestlers in each weight class advancing to next week’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
My take: it was just bad fortune for Bloomington to be in the same division as one of the most consistent programs in the CIF-SS, Northview. Leagues are placed in divisions based on strength of the league (not teams), so that each division is about equal in overall strength to any other.
Fortune changed this year, but part of that is Bloomington having its own success and has been able to be moved into a different division. If Bloomington wins, it will be well-deserved for a program that works so hard.
In every close dual-meet wrestling match, there are some swing matches, and Bloomington co-coach Gabe Schaefer talks about some of them. Every match has a winner, and since Northview won 31-28 (although the final score included a Bloomington forfeit win in the final match), it would’ve taken only one match to swing Bloomington’s way for the Bruins to win.
Bloomington came up short for the CIF-SS title, ending the Bruins’ string of five straight CIF-SS Dual-Meet Wrestling titles. In the individual wrestling tournament, Bloomington had been runner-up to Northview four straight years, but the teams are in different divisions this year. But they are in the same duals division for the first time, so Northview could still be a thorn in Bloomington’s side.