By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School has had the top wrestling program in the area for much of the past decade, and any thought of that dominance diminishing was put to rest over the weekend. The Vikings, ranked No. 3 in CIF-Southern Section Division I to begin the season, exercised their might at the Brea Invitational this past Saturday. Northview, which won the team title with 254 points, advanced eight competitors to the finals, with seven bringing home individual titles.
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“Honestly, the kids who were in the finals, we expected them to perform like that,” said Northview coach David Ochoa, whose team won a CIF-SS division title last season. “We hoped the rest of the team would have done a little better, but overall we’re pleased.”
The Vikings were led by Anthony Jaramillo, who rolled through the 125-pound division with five victories by falls and earning lower-weight MVP.
“Anthony has had a very good high school career,” Ochoa said. “He’s just been overshadowed. He had to wait until last year to wrestle at the varsity level, but he’s shown he’s very, very good.”
Northview also had championship performances from Jacob Delgado (112), Steven Salinas (119), Jonathan Perez (130), Frank Martinez (140), Marty Legaspe (145) and Matt Lopez (189). The Vikings’ Nick Jacobo advanced to the finals at 103, losing to Santa Ana’s Sammy Cano 8-4.
Northview also had a good performance from its “B” team, which finished 17th, with three competitors placing
among the top eight – Gilbert Nakatani (103, third), Royce Roque (189, third) and Chris Auxier (215, fourth).
“We don’t put a lot of weight into these early-season tournaments,” Ochoa said. “We want to improve as we go into February. We still have (room) to improve.”
Diamond Bar, South Hills and Azusa also did well in the tournament, finishing ninth, 24th and 26th, respectively. The Aztecs were led by heavyweight Bernard Delgado, who finished second.
LANCERS TAKE EIGHTH
Bishop Amat, ranked No. 2 in Division IV, placed eighth at the Mann Classic at Cal State Fullerton.
The Lancers had five competitors place among the top eight in each weight class, including a second-place finish by Justin Villareal at 119. Others were Steven Espindola (112, sixth), Nathan Silva (125, seventh), Eric Cano (140, fourth) and Daniel Kane (heavyweight, fourth).
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