Wrestling: Area’s elite 8 punch tickets to Bakersfield by advancing to Masters semifinals; 17 others still alive for state bids

Friday, as far as area wrestlers were concerned, was a luke-warm day at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.
Eight competitors, including those from the East and West San Gabriel Valley and the Whittier area, advanced to the semifinals of their respective weight classes, and have clinched spots for next weekend’s CIF State Championships in Bakersfield. There are another 17 area wrestlers who are still alive to earn their state-meet bid. All must win fourth-round consolation matches Saturday morning to advance to next week. If they lose, they would drop into the ninth-place semifinals and would need to win two matches to advance.
Here’s the list:
103
Christian Martin, Chino HIlls (SEMIS)
Richie Taira, Walnut
112
Christian Betancourt, Arroyo (SEMIS)
Hugo Perez, Alhambra
119
Vincent Herrera, South Hills (SEMIS)
Miguel Rosales, Cal
Gilbert Nakatani, Northview
125
Matt Fregoso, Rosemead (SEMIS)
130
Thomas Morales, South Hills (SEMIS)
Mario Lopez, Rowland
Kyle Acevedo, Covina
Michael Sill, Walnut
135
Torrey Moreno, Cal
Bryan Salinas, Northview
Alberto Flores, Rosemead
140
NONE
145
Haydn Scharbrough, Glendora (SEMIS)
152
Joey Davis, Santa Fe (SEMIS)
Brad Ojala, West Covina
160
NONE
171
Brody Goens, Chino Hills
Kevin Kim, Diamond Bar
189
NONE
215
Jeff Vargas, South Hills (SEMIS)
Elder Cruz, La Habra (SEMIS)
Chris Auxier, Northview
HWT
Peter Nonu, South Hills
Brian Ryu, Diamond Bar

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