State Wrestling preview for San Bernardino County wrestlers

Here’s a glance at San Bernardino County wrestlers at the CIF State Championships that begin Friday in Bakersfield. Check back here for updates on county wrestlers on Friday and Saturday.

Rankings by and first matchups listed

Best first match: Christian Martin, Chino HIlls (113)
Best chance to place for someone ranked outside the top 8: No. 15 Larry Cutbirth, Etiwanda (182)
Chance to make history: Timmy Maldonado, Los Osos, could face three-time state champion Alex Cisneros of Selma in 3rd round
Highest ranked: No. 1 Robert Marchese, Oak Hills (195)
Toughest first match: Bryan Garcia, Arroyo Valley (160), Zach Williams, Sultana (220), Derrick Jones, Bloomington (220)

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12 from County advance to semis, clinch spot at state

It was pretty good day for county wrestlers, as 12 advanced to the semifinals of the CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley on Friday. By making it to the semifinals, they clinch a spot in the top 6. The top 9 wrestlers advance in each weight class.

The semifinalists:
113: Christian Martin, Chino Hills
126: Casper Sherow, Carter
132: Timmy Maldonado, Los Osos
138: Jacob Leon, Alta Loma
145: Eli Mack, Alta Loma
152: Ryan Soto, Granite Hills and Corey Griego, Sultana
160: Matthew Williams, Sultana
182; Anthony Ballinger, Apple Valley and Larry Cutbirth, Etiwanda
195: Anthony Flores, Alta Loma and Robert Marchese, Oak Hills

Others still alive: (there are eight wrestlers vying for the final 5 spots in each weight class)
106: Anthony Soto, Colony
113: Subastian Chavez, Colony
120: Trent Smith, Sultana
126: Anthony Henson, Apple Valley
132: Uzo Owuama, Bloomington
145: Sergio Alcala, Miller; Seth Whisner, Rim; Thomas Pegues, Rialto.
152: Joseph Rodriguez, Alta Loma
160: Bryan Garcia, Arroyo Valley; Zack Douglass, Victor Valley
170: Jonathan Diaz, Miller; Jon Solano, Los Osos; Shaun Donley, Serrano.
182: Brody Goens, Chino Hills; Raymond Sanchez, Miller
195: Keaton Edwards, Granite Hills
220: Derrick Jones, Bloomington; J.J. Everard, Etiwanda; Zachary Williams, Sultana
285: Kenneth Clark, Carter

Sultana, Victor Valley win team titles

It was a very good day for San Bernardino County wrestlers, as both Sultana and Victor Valley won team titles in the CIF-SS Wrestling Championships.

Sultana won the Eastern Division, hosted by rival Oak Hills. The Sultans, with 244 points, easily surpassed runner-up Santa Fe’s 166.5 points.

Victor Valley, which won a Division 4 Dual Meet crown last week, took home the crown this week in the Coastal Division at Oxnard Pacifica. The Jackrabbits had 192 points, beating out runner-up Bellflower St. John Bosco.

Bloomington took second in the Southern Division, trailing only Covina Northview.

A compliation of the 73 County Masters qualifiers:

106: Miles Avila-Johnson, Bloomington (4th, Southern), Quincy Godina, Sultana (2nd, Eastern), Jacob Gutierrez, Hesperia (5h, Eastern), Anthony Soto, Colony (1st, Central), Brian Zavala, Los Osos (3rd, Central), Anthony Reyes, Etiwanda (5th, Central),
113: Slaytr Gonzalez, Sultana (5th, Eastern), Subastian Chavez, Colony (1st, Central), Michael Pajaro, Los Osos (4th, Central), Kyle Silva, Montclair (5th, Central), Christian Martin, Chino Hills (1st, Northern), Douglas McCartney, Yucaipa (4th, Inland), Vantwuan Williams, Victor Valley (2nd, Coastal),
120: Johnny Foster, Bloomington (3rd, Southern), Trent Smith, Sultana (1st, Eastern), Daniel Romero, Montclair (2nd, Central), Justus Cervantes, Los Osos (3rd, Central),
126: Casper Sherow, Carter (4th, Southern), Johnny Gutierrez, Bloomington (5th, Southern), Anthony Henson, Apple Valley (2nd, Eastern), Ryan Gonzalez, Sultana (3rd, Eastern), Alex Contreras, Montclair (2nd, Central), Ulises Zarate, Miller (4th, Inland), Josiah Delgado, Victor Valley (2nd, Coastal),
132: Uzo Owuama, Bloomington (2nd, Southern), Timmy Maldonado, Los Osos (1st, Central), Joey Hamma, Ayala (3rd, Northern), Christian Rodriguez, Miller (4th, Inland), Benjamin Avila, Victor Valley (3rd, Coastal),
138: Christian Smith, Rim (5th, Southern), Jacob Leon, Alta Loma (1st, Central),
145: Seth Whisner, Rim (2nd, Southern), Jorge Medina, Bloomington (4th, Southern), Thomas Pegues, Rialto (5th, Southern), Frank Francis, Hesperia (3rd, Eastern), Eli Mack, Alta Loma (1st, Central), Kyle Claffey, Chino Hills (4th, Northern), Sergio Alcala, Miller (3rd, Inland), Michael Lopez, Victor Valley (3rd, Coastal),
152: Corey Griego, Sultana (1st, Eastern), JosephRodriguez, Alta Loma (2nd, Central), Garrick Gurney, Chino Hills (3rd, Northern), Ryan Soto, Granite Hills, (1st, Coastal),
160: Bryan Garcia, Arroyo Valley (1st, Southern), Matthew Williams, Sultana (1st, Eastern), Drew Reel, Chino Hills (3rd, Nothern), Zack Douglass, Victor Valley (2nd, Coastal), Chris Penaloza, Granite Hills (5th, Coastal),
170: Marcus Vargas, Bloomington (4th, Southern), Shaun Donley, Serrano (3rd, Eastern), Jon Solano, Los Osos (1st, Central), Jonathan Diaz, Miller (5th, Inland), Blake Fifer, Victor Valley (2nd, Coastal),
182: Jimmy Kuntz, Cajon (5th, Southern), Anthony Ballinger, Apple Valley (1st, Eastern), Kenny Porter, Sultana (2nd, Eastern), Anthony Hernandez, Oak HIlls (3rd, Eastern), Larry Cutbirth, Etiwanda (1st, Central), Brody Goens, Chino Hills (1st, Northern), Raymond Sanchez, Miller (2nd, Inland),
195: Steven Barraza, Rialto (5th, Southern), Robert Marchese, Oak Hills (1st, Eastern), Anthony Flores, Alta Loma (1st, Central), Matt Mendoza, Colony (4th, Central), Keaton Edwards, Granite Hills (2nd, Coastal),
220: Derrick Jones, Bloomington (3rd, Southern), Joe Whittaker, San Gorgonio (5th, Southern), Zachary Williams, Sultana (3rd, Eastern), J.J. Everard, Etiwanda (1st, Central), Lucas Northrup, Ayala (1st, Northern), Frankie Valenzuela, Fontana (4th, Inland),
285: Kenneth Clark, Carter (2nd, Southern), Jeremiah Pele, Sultana (2nd, Eastern),

Area highlights from Saturday’s wrestling

Here are some of the San Bernardino County results from Saturday’s two biggest wrestling meets: 5 Counties at Fountain Valley and the Temecula Valley’s Battle For The Belt.

County teams at Fountain Valley: 4. Victor Valley 118, 13. Etiwanda 84.5, 18. Chino Hills 71, 26T. Rim of the World 60.5, 37T. Ayala 52, 47. Apple Valley 41.5, 56. Colony 32, 58 T. Serrano 31.
Fountain Valley county placers:
106: 6. Anthony Soto, Colony
113: 3. Christian Martin, Chino Hills; 6. Robert Romo, Apple Valley.
126: 2. Danny Delgado, Victor Valley.
138: 6. Christian Smith, Rim of the World
145: 2. Seth Whisner, Rim of the World; 6. Michael Lopez, Victor Valley
160: 2. Bryan Garcia, Arroyo Valley.
171: 5. S. Donley, Serrano; 7. Blake Fifer, Victor Valley; 8. Brody Goens, Chino Hills.
182: 8. Anthony Ballinger, Apple Valley.
220: 1. J.J. Everard, Etiwanda; 3. L. Northrup, Ayala.

County teams at Temecula Valley: 7. Sultana 105, 12. Alta Loma 92, 20T. Bloomington 70, 25. Oak Hills 60, 38T. Hesperia 42, 50. Miller 33, 56. Carter 29,
Temecula Valley county placers:
106: 5. Anthony Roybal, Hesperia.
113: 6. Slaytr Gonzalez, Sultana.
126: 7. Michael Rodriguez, Alta Loma.
138: 5. Jacob Leon, Alta Loma.
152: 6. Corey Griego, Sultana.
160: 6. Matt Williams, Sultana
170: 8. Jonathan Diaz, Miller.
182: 8. Anthony Hernandez, Oak Hills.
195: 1. Robert Marchese, Oak Hills (upper weight MVP); 5. Anthony Flores, Alta Loma.
220: 4. Zac Williams, Sultana; 5. Derrick Jones, Bloomington.
285: 6. Kenneth Clark, Carter

First San Bernardino County rankings of the winter

OK, here they are, for better or for worse.
I compiled the first Top 5 rankings for the county in the winter sports. They are running in Thursday’s paper. Due to coaches not submitting results, some of the rankings are based on CIF polls as much as anything. Rialto girls basketball, unranked despite being 14-1, is the biggest slight I’ve found in the CIF polls. Are there others?
Boys basketball
1. Etiwanda
2. Chino Hills
3. Eisenhower
4. Summit
5. Silverado

Girls basketball
1. Etiwanda
2. Summit (beat Corona Centennial)
3. Rialto (lost to Corona Centennial)
4. Cajon
5. Eisenhower

Boys soccer
1. Fontana (beat Redlands East Valley)
2. Redlands East Valley (beat Oak Hills on penalty kicks in the San Gorgonio Tournament)
3. Oak Hills
4. Cajon
5. Colton

Girls soccer
1. Los Osos
2. Granite Hills
3. Serrano
4. Ayala
5. Ontario Christian

Girls water polo
1. Los Osos
2. Upland
3. Ayala
4. Redlands East Valley
5. Cajon

Dual-meet wrestling
(which is not in Thursday’s paper)

1. Oak Hills
2. Sultana
3. Alta Loma
4. Bloomington
5. San Gorgonio

Carter wrestler competing at Nationals

Carter heavyweight wrestler Kenny Clark is currently competing with the California Cadet National Team in a national tournament at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Clark, who recently won the state Greco-Roman championship, will be competing until June 26 according to Carter wrestling coach Kevin Henessey.

Carter will also be hosting a two-day wrestling camp Friday and Saturday at the school, with University of Minnesota wrestlers Tyler Safratowich and Manny Rivera (a Rosemead native) working with prospective campers. The camp runs in the morning and afternoon both days.

Oak Hills’ Marchese advances to national finals

Oak Hills junior wrestler Robert Marchese, competing at the NSCA National Wrestling Championship, Junior Division, in Virginia Beach, Virginia has advanced all the way to the finals.

Marchese, who was seventh at the state meet four weeks ago, had to win five matches in the 171-pound weight class to reach Friday’s final. The medal rounds for the juniors are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. PDT today.

Marchese won his first two matches of the tournament 12-3 and 11-1, then won by fall. His last two were close: 9-7 and 3-1 to advance to the final where he’ll face California State champion Nikko Reyes of Fresno Clovis West. Marchese and Reyes did not meet in the state tournament.

Oak Hills freshman heavyweight Justin Gillham, competing in the Freshman division of nationals, advanced all the way to the semifinals, before losing 2-1 on Thursday. He’ll be competing in consolation today before wrestling for a medal.

The Senior Division gets underway Friday, including 135-pound state champion Chris Mecate of Redlands East Valley.

Delgado, Mecate remain alive for state wrestling titles

Redlands East Valley senior Chris Mecate (135 pounds) and Oak Hills senior Ray Delgado (119) both advanced to the semifinals at the CIF State Championships Friday in Bakersfield.
Check back with this blog Saturday for updates on Mecate, Delgado and the other county wrestlers.
Both Mecate and Delgado secured a spot in the top six, and still have a shot at a state title.
But overall, it was a rough day for San Bernardino County wrestlers.
Of the 25 state qualfiers for the county, only seven made it to day 2.
Joining Mecate and Delgado today, but competing in consolation are: Bloomington’s Juan Alvarado (152), Los Osos’ Jon Solano (160), Oak Hills’ Robert Marchese (171), Etiwanda’s J.J. Everard (215) and Oak Hills’ Gerardo Aguirre (215).
Marchese was his school’s first state placer last year, and Solano is hoping to be his school’s first this year. Colony, Kaiser and Chino Hills all had wrestlers at state hoping to be the first from their schools to place, but none made it to day 2.

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.

REV’s Mecate, Sultana’s Gonzalez win at prestigious Doc B

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Last weekend was the prestigous Doc Buchanan Wrestling Invtiational in Clovis. There were only two county teams entered in the event: Redlands East Valley and Sultana, and each brought home an individual champion.
REV’s Chris Mecate (pictured above at the tournament) won the 135-pound weight class, defeating Bakersfield’s Natrelle Demison 6-4 in overtime in the final, and defeating several ranked wrestlers earlier in the event. Demison entered the event ranked No. 1 in the state at 130 pounds.The placers at 135 included Demison, Mecate (ranked No. 4), third place Wiliam Fox of Gilroy (ranked No. 6), fourth place Shane Tate of Oakdale (No. 3), sixth place Nikkolas Pena of Selma (ranked No. 1 at 140) and seventh place Andrew Perez of Pitman (No. 5),
Sultana’s Michael Gonzalez took home the title at 145, defeating David Meza of Buena Park 9-5 in the finals. Gonzalez was ranked 10th at 145 pounds before the event, while Meza was sixth at 140.
The only other placer from the county was REV’s Taylor Rippy, who was sixth at 171 pounds.