By Steve Ramirez
Glendora High School is known for being a boys basketball power, but a pretty good wrestling program is starting to emerge at the school by the foothills. The Tartans showed their talent off last week with a solid showing at the Nogales’ Super Champs Tournament, where five competitors placed among the top eight in their respective weight classes.
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“It’s been good,” Glendora coach Tim McCabe said. “We have a good group of returning seniors, juniors, and the attitude we have this year is completely different.”
The Tartans, who should battle Chino Hills and Damien in the Sierra League, took a big step last weekend at the Nogales tournament. The effort was led by heavyweight Justin Mathews, who placed third after winning five of six matches, two by fall.
He was joined by Jim Wilkins, who was sixth at 125; Eric Vanderhoorn, eighth at 135; Haydn Scharbrough, sixth at 152, and Jake Hoxsey, fifth at 160.
“I think with five guys placing and having two others just miss placing, that gives our guys a lot of confidence,” McCabe said. “This was a like CIF tournament, so to have guys place in a tournament like this is really good for us.”
Several other area schools competed in the tournament, with Northview taking second and West Covina third.
The Vikings had three individual winners, including Nic Jacabo. He won lower-weight MVP after scoring three falls to win the 103-pound division.
VARGAS EARNS WIN
La Puente’s Jesus Vargas continued his solid season, earning first place at the Estancia Invitational this past weekend.
It was Vargas’ second tournament title of the season. He won the 215-pound division at Rosemead’s West Coast Classic in December. Vargas also finished third at the Chino Hills tournament, also in December.
Vargas rolled through the Estancia tournament, scoring three falls before earning a 4-3 decision over Capistrano Valley’s Mike Maierhofer in the finals.
FIVE COUNTIES PREVIEW
Several of the top competitors in the area will get a chance to see where they rank statewide as they compete in the Five Counties Invitational this weekend at Fountain Valley High.
Northview’s Steven Salinas leads the area contingent. The senior, who won at Nogales last week, is ranked third in the state. He will be joined by teammates Jacob Delgado (112); Anthony Jaramillo, who is ranked sixth at 125; Frank Martinez, who is ranked fifth at 140; and Marty LeGaspe (145).
Bishop Amat’s Steve Espindola, who competes at 112, also is expected to wrestle.
The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
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