Wreslting: Northview wins again; area athletes win 10 titles, with 43 advancing to Masters

By Steve Ramirez Staff Writer
BREA –
Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Southern Division wresting championships at Brea Olinda High School felt more like the San Gabriel Valley Invitational.
Area athletes were that dominant.
Valley competitors scored eight of the 14 class titles and qualified 29 for next week’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley High.
The contingent was led by Northview, which won its 12th divisional team title, with West Covina (third), Rosemead (sixth), Walnut (eighth) and Diamond Bar (10th) finishing in the top 10. Arroyo was 11th.
“If you look at the champions and the finalists, I think we did a very good job as a Valley representing our area,” Northview assistant Bobby Bellamy said. “I take my hat off to these other programs. These other programs are well-coached, their kids are disciplined and they have a lot of heart.
“To win this championship, it stands out. It stands out from the previous ones because (we) had some very stiff competition. Our young group had to perform, and they had to build on last week (when Northview, along with West Covina, won dual titles).”


The Vikings, who had seven qualifiers, and Rosemead, which had four, each produced two individual champions. They were Gilbert Nakatani (119 pounds) and Steven Lopez (160) from Northview and Matt Fregoso (125) and Alberto Flores (135) from Rosemead. Fregoso also was lower-weight MVP after scoring three wins by fall. Other champions were Walnut’s Richard Taira (103), Arroyo’s Christian Betancourt (112), West Covina’s Jacob Depraect (130) and Diamond Bar’s Kevin Kim (171).
Other Masters qualifiers were Northview’s Daniel Valles (second at 130), Bryan Salinas (third at 135), Javier Arellano (fourth at 140), Eddie Bernal (fourth at 189 and Chris Auxier (second at 215); West Covina’s Danny Arceo (fifth at 119), Ricky Ortiz (third at 125), Chris Caballero (second at 135), Brad Ojala (second at 152) and Daniel Amaya (third at 171); Rosemead’s Devin Ng (fourth at 103) and Anthony Escarcega (fourth at 160); Walnut’s Victor Munoz (fourth at 119), Michael Sill (third at 130) and Marcus Jimenez (third at 152); Diamond Bar’s Dennis Ruan (fifth at 189) and Brian Ryu (fourth at 285); Arroyo’s Joseph Carranza (fourth at 125); Baldwin Park’s Joaquin Ramos (second at 160); Covina’s Kyle Acevedo (fifth at 130) and Rowland’s Mario Lopez (fourth at 130).
Depraect (130) highlighted West Covina’s effort by winning at 130with a 9-5 victory over Valles.
“Jacob’s win was huge,” West Covina coach Donnie Stephens said. “Overall, the team’s performance was outstanding, just like last week (with the Division 4 dual title). They really believed. We came here with 10 (wrestlers) and are leaving with six placers. We’re pretty excited about the weekend.”
Northern Division
South Hills, paced by Vincent Herrera’s title at 119, took third at San Luis Obispo High.
The Huskies qualified six to the Masters Meet. They include Thomas Morales (130), Trevor Behr (145) and Jeff Vargas (215), who all finished second. Also, heavyweight Pete Nonu was third, with Tim Tran fourth at 125.
Vargas, who was ranked No. 4 in the state, suffered an injury in the semifinals and defaulted in the 215 final against state No. 1 Tank Knowles of Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana.
“I’m pretty pleased,” South Hills coach Robb Froh said. “We had five in the finals. It would have been nice to get a few more champions, but the kids wrestled their butts off.”
Other area qualifiers were Chino Hills’ Christian Martin (third at 103), Clint Stark (second at 119) and Brody Goens (fourth at 171); Ayala’s Andrew Delgado (third at 112) and Arron Martinez (third at 125) and Charter Oak’s Nick Alexander (fourth at 152).
Central Division
Glendora senior Haydn Scharbrough continued his quest for a state title by taking the 145 class at Colony High in Ontario.
Scharbrough, who qualified for the state meet last season, scored three wins by fall before beating San Clemente’s Zach Fishman, 9-0.
The Tartans’ Tyler TenBroeck (189) didn’t advance.

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  • ???

    The fans cheered when a Northview wrestler lost. Ask why and was told, but sure would like to know if the reason I was told is true.

  • VVL

    ???
    What were you told?

  • great for the sgv

    If you’ve ever been to any of these big tournaments that Northview is at you will here the same thing. Big cheers when Northview loses, nothing new from the last ten years or so. Although I’m not to happy when they beat my school of choice, you have to respect the coaches and wrestlers. When they finish they walk off the mat the same way no matter the outcome. Always respectful to the other teams. I was there this weekend and the cheers were loud, I also witnessed one school celebrate WWF style after their victories. Take it for what it is I doubt it stops them. Congrats to BP and SD on advancing some of their boys

  • Gman

    With all of the recruiting NV does they should of won at least 8 titles. Congrats to all the programs that succeeded and shut down NV… And to all of you crybaby parents, shut your pieJjjjjholes.

  • great for the sgv

    Gman you should thank Fred for allowing you to get that off your chest. Hope you feel better.

  • great for the sgv

    who are the eight so we can look out for them next year and how does this years recruiting class look?

  • NorthviewMOM

    Shut NV Down? Did you not read that NORTHVIEW WON CIF!!

    No matter you can’t take that away from them no matter what your comments say.

    CONGRATS MEN NICE VICTORY!!

  • Steve Ramirez

    Wow, the Valley enjoys one of its best days in wrestling and we get someone who throws out the “recruiting card.” Why not recognize a great day that saw a Valley program win another CIF-SS title, 10 competitors win individual titles and 43 qualify for Masters?
    A great, dominant day by the Valley’s best.

  • Can’t help noticing

    It seems losing to Northview is a bitter pill to swallow.

  • Marc Haygood

    It is really a shame that uninformed or ignorant people comment on things that they know nothing about! Jealousy is so ugly!!!
    We are so fortunate to have coaches like David Ochoa, Bobby Bellamy, Donny and Shirley Stevens, Rob Froh and so many other great coaches in the San Gabriel Valley. They are not only tremendous coaches but are truly outstanding human beings.
    I have been involved in San Gabriel Valley wrestling as a participant, coach and referee for many years and have had many, many opportunities to scrutinize, analyze and see first hand why these programs are so successful.
    Believe me doubters, if you ever get an opportunity to have one of these coaches teach, touch or inspire one of your own, you will then understand why their programs are so successful.
    They do not need to recruit (are you kidding me), I would love for one of these coaches to deal with a loved one of mine (success is not accidental).
    Lastly, you have never heard or seen one of these coaches point inward. They all give credit elsewhere. They are in the business for the right reasons. MY KIDS, YOUR KIDS, OUR KIDS!!!
    These coaches don’t have teams, they have FAMILIES!
    Please do not try to tarnish or cheapen the accomplishments of the outstanding coaches that we are lucky enough to have in the SGV. Each and every one of them have had numerous offers to go elsewhere but fortunately for all of us, they all have loyalty to our (your) community.
    Coaches, I am so proud to say that I represent wrestling in the San Gabriel Valley (the hot bed).
    Thank You for all you have done to bring great wrestling back to our Valley.
    Good luck at Masters and State
    Marc Haygood

  • Marc Haygood

    It is really a shame that uninformed or ignorant people comment on things that they know nothing about! Jealousy is so ugly!!!
    We are so fortunate to have coaches like David Ochoa, Bobby Bellamy, Donny and Shirley Stevens, Rob Froh and so many other great coaches in the San Gabriel Valley. They are not only tremendous coaches but are truly outstanding human beings.
    I have been involved in San Gabriel Valley wrestling as a participant, coach and referee for many years and have had many, many opportunities to scrutinize, analyze and see first hand why these programs are so successful.
    Believe me doubters, if you ever get an opportunity to have one of these coaches teach, touch or inspire one of your own, you will then understand why their programs are so successful.
    They do not need to recruit (are you kidding me), I would love for one of these coaches to deal with a loved one of mine (success is not accidental).
    Lastly, you have never heard or seen one of these coaches point inward. They all give credit elsewhere. They are in the business for the right reasons. MY KIDS, YOUR KIDS, OUR KIDS!!!
    These coaches don’t have teams, they have FAMILIES!
    Please do not try to tarnish or cheapen the accomplishments of the outstanding coaches that we are lucky enough to have in the SGV. Each and every one of them have had numerous offers to go elsewhere but fortunately for all of us, they all have loyalty to our (your) community.
    Coaches, I am so proud to say that I represent wrestling in the San Gabriel Valley (the hot bed).
    Thank You for all you have done to bring great wrestling back to our Valley.
    Good luck at Masters and State
    Marc Haygood

  • NorthviewMOM

    These coaches don’t have teams, they have FAMILIES!

    This is a great statement!

  • great for the sgv

    Very well said Mr.Haygood, I would love to have those types of coaches for my kids.

    My questions about scouting for next year and recruiting were said with extreme sarcasm.

    Thank you Steve Ramirez for recognizing wrestling.

  • wrestling parent of SGV area

    Good luck to all the boys that are going to Masters. It’s quite an accomplishment to just make it to CIF and Masters. Way to represent the SGV.

  • Kimbo Slice (of Reality)

    Congrats Haydn!

    Kick some ass!