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.
Two interesting overtime matches above. First, a rare match that goes to OT 0-0, then is decided on a Northview takedown in the first overtime.
The second match was decided by a controversial reversal awarded to Bloomington at the end of the second half of the second overtime, for a 6-5 victory. Some incredible matches, and both of those were early as Bloomington built a 19-3 lead.
In the end, however, Northview rallied for a 31-28 victory over Bloomington to claim the CIF-SS Dual-Meet Wrestling Central Division title.
With the new divisions for CIF-SS Dual Meet Boys Wrestling, all of the Sun/Daily Bulletin schools are in three out of six divisions, and really most of them as it turned out, 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
Here is the breakdown on the divisions with locals. 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).
Southern Division at Redondo HS
No. 1 Mira Costa (LC), bye; La Puente (AL) vs. Duarte (LC), Moreno Valley (AL) vs. Magnolia (LC), Nuview Bridge (AL) vs. Faith Baptist (LC), Fillmore (Freelance) vs. NO. 3 Bassett (LC), CSDR (LC) vs. Downey Calvary Chapel (LC), Anaheim (AL) vs. San Bernardino (LC), No. 2 Shadow Hills (LC), bye.
The Inland Empire Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament, which was held last Saturday, had 28 teams entered in the one-day tournament, and Bloomington co-coach Gabe Schaefer said they had to turn away about five or six teams away from the tournament, because there was no room.
Schaefer said there has been the discussion whether to extend the tournament into two days. A larger tournament would need to be two days, because wrestlers are allowed to wrestle no more than five matches in one day.
“I’m not sure if we want to go to two days,” Schaefer said. “That’s a lot more work.”
The event is run by Bloomington but takes place at Jurupa Hills.
Also, some schools that come from farther away, might not prefer a two-day event and might not come if it is expanded. A two-day event would require them to get hotel rooms on Friday night.
My take: In theory, it sounds great to expand it. A bigger tournament means bigger competition and more interest for future tournaments.
But, the event is held at Jurupa Hills by Bloomington. It’s a lot more work for an extra day, and you’re still splitting the profits with Jurupa Hills, which does little more than make their facility available.
I’d like to see it two days, but I’d completely understand if they want to keep it one day.
The Inland Empire Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament is Saturday at Jurupa Hills.
The Tournament, formerly known as the San Bernardino County Championships, still includes many county schools in the one-day, 24-team tournament.
county schools participating include: Apple Valley, Aquinas, Bloomington, Carter, Citrus Valley, Eisenhower, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Los Osos, Montclair, Oak Hills, Upland, Victor Valley and Yucaipa.
The Finals are expected to take place about 3 p.m. Saturday.
According to TheCaliforniaWrestler.com, here are the San Bernardino County wrestlers currently (through Dec. 31) ranked in the state. For complete rankings, go here.
Alta Loma sophomore Alex Nunez (113), ninth
Rim of the World senior John Whisner (113), 18th.
Barstow sophomore Jose Rubio (113), 26th
Hesperia junior Alejandro Hernandez (113) 30th
Victor Valley senior David Ortega (113), 40th
Barstow senior Dominic Robles (120), 26th
Yucaipa sophomore Alejandro Raya (120), 39th
Yucaipa senior Eric Reyes (126), 15th
Bloomington senior Bryan Flores (126), 16th
Sultana senior Chris Mesa (126), 27th
Ayala senior Bryce Avila (126), 35th
Alta Loma senior Manny Salcedo (132), 34th
Montclair senior Kris Contreras (132) 39th
Victor Valley junior Gabriel Avila (138), 40th
Upland senior Rene Sanchez (160), 10th
Carter senior Allen Bonilla (160), 23rd
Los Osos senior Adam Cervantes (160) 26th
Bloomington senior Robert Castro (195), 16th
Ayala senior Daniel Deleon (195), 17th
Oak Hills junior Jesse Madrigal (195), 22nd
Granite Hills junior Sam Aguilar (195), 37th
Rancho Cucamonga senior Cody Fahamokioa (220), 10th
Victor Valley junior Dandrell Johnson (220), 13th
Colton senior Joel Hidalgo (220), 20th
Bloomington senior Enrique Salazar (heavyweight), 13th
Victor Valley senior Richard Ponce (heavyweight), 23rd