BAKERSFIELD – Santa Fe High School’s Joey Davis has thought
about it since losing in the finals last March.
Glendora’s Haydn Scharbrough and Arroyo’s Christian Betancourt had
only recently put it on their radar. But it all points to same goal
– win a California wrestling title, and the trio put themselves to
live up to the billing Friday, winning quarterfinal matches at the
CIF State championships at Rabobank Arena.
Davis, the top-ranked competitor at 152 pounds; Scharbrough (145)
and Betancourt (112) face semifinal bouts this morning for a shot at
tonight’s matches, scheduled for 7.
Four other area competitors are still alive for a top-eight medal.
They are South Hills’ Vincent Herrera (119) and Thomas Morales (130)
and Northview’s Gilbert Nakatani (119) and Bryan Salinas (135). They
face fifth-round consolation matches this morning and need win to
guarantee at least an eighth-place finish.
Here’s a look how the area’ competitors did:
Christian Martin, Chino Hills: 1st round – Beat Chris Caldwell, f-3:51; 2nd round- lost to Juan Garza, 3-2; 2nd cons.-lost to Chris Tamez,Clovis East, 6-0.
Christian Betancourt: Arroyo: 2nd round-Beat Pablo Rodriguez, Mt. Pleasant, 10-4; Rd. 16: -def Vincent Gomez,Frontier (CS), 6-4, OT; Quarterfinals-beat Andres Torres, Windsor, 12-2. Faces Josh Rodriguez, Righetti in semifinals,
Hugo Perez, Alhambra: 1st round-Lost to Micah Perez, Central Union, 9-4; 2nd cons.-lost to George Torrez, La Quinta/LQ, f-219..
Vincent Herrera, South Hills: 2n rnd.-def. Martin Sandoval, Porterville, 9-2; Rd.. 16-Def. Victor Lopez, Calexico, 2-0; Quarterfinals-lost to Stevan Knoblauch, Clovis West, 13-2.
Gilbert Nakatani, Northview: 2nd rnd.-beat Ty Stevenson, McKinnleyville, F-3:12; Rd. 16-def. Andre Delagnes, Menlo Atherton,14-0; Quarterfinals-lost to Ray Delgado, Oak Hills, 3-1.
Matt Fregoso, Rosemead: 2nd Rd.-def.Brian Ha,El Camino (CC), 11-4; Rd. 16-lost to Fabian Garica, Turlock, TF, 18-1; 3rd rd. cons.-lost to Ken Gerardi, Dougherty Valley, 7-4.
Kyle Acevedo, Covina: Disqualified.
Thomas Morales, South Hills: 2nd Rd.-lost to Natrelle Damon,Bakersfield, f-347; 1st rd. cons-def. Zach Wiley, Freedom, 12-0; 2nd rd.cons.-winner by default;3rd rd. cons-def. TJ Grisafe, La Costa Canyon, 4-1; 4th rd.cons.-def. Zach Contreras, Archbishop Riordan, 2-0. 5th rd.cons.-Faces Oscar Lizarraga, Brawley.
Bryan Salinas, Northview: 1st. Rd-def. Nick Rodriguez (SJ),7-4; 2nd rd.-lost to Miguel Gallegos, San Fernando, 11-7; 2nd rd. cons-def. Kimo Napohaku, Lakewood,3-0; 3rd rd.cons.-def. Devin Everk, Clovis North, 4-3; 4th rd. cons-def. Nico Serrano, Liberty, 6-2.
Albert Flores, Rosemead: 2nd rd.-lost to Blake Kastl, Gilroy, F-358: 2nd rd. cons.-lost to Eric Dunlap, Cajon, 8-1.
Haydn Scharbrough, Glendora: 1st rd.-def. Nate Vincent, Dublin,5-2; 2nd rd.-def. Ray Lomas, Central Catholic (SJ),5-4; Rd. 16-def. Brodie Chenworth, Ramona (SD), 7-0; Quarterfinals-def. Chase Boontjer,Foothill (NS), 6-4, OT. Semifinals-faces Jake Elliott,Oakmont.
Joey Davis, Santa Fe: 2nd rd.-def. Freeman Dillon, Granada Hills, TF,21-5; Rd. 16-def. Ian Messaros, Cupertino by fall, 5:21; Quarterfinals. def. Shirvin Iraniha, Monte Vista, 12-3. Semifinals-faces Adam Fierro, Bakersfield..
Brad Ojala, West Covina: 2nd rd.-def. Ryan Pickering, Pleasant Valley, 6-1; Rd. 16-lost to Shervin Iraniha, Monte Vista by fall, 1:54; 3rd. rd. cons-Def. Carlos Lazo, Crespi, 5-0; 4th rd. cons.-lost to Adam Wagner,Granite Bay, 6-4.
Brody Goens, Chino Hills: 1st rd.-lost to Trent Noon, 10-1; 1st rd. cons.-def. Anthony Navarro, Rancho Cotate (NC), 12-7; 2nd rd. cons.-def. Dan Cerrillo, Bellarmine Prep, 11-3; 3rd. rd. cons-lost to Devin Rhodes, Ramona, 7-0.
Jeff Vargas, South Hills: 2nd rd.-def. Kyle Clark, Antioch, 10-8; Rd. 16-lost to AC Brown,Oakdale, 3-2; 3rd. rd. cons.-def. Marshal Thrasher by fall, 2:11; 4th rd. cons-lost to David Ali, Porterville, 3-1.
Elder Cruz, La Habra: 1st. rd.-def.Vincent Ford, Roybal (LA), 9-3; 2nd rd.-def. Joey Ramos, Rocklin (SJ),14-3; Rd. 16-lost to Porfi Sosa, Poway by fall, 4:51; 3rd rd.cons.-lost to JJ Everard,Etiwanda by fall, :51.
Brian Ryu, Diamond Bar: 1st. rd.-def. Jose Cortez, Orange Glen (SD),9-2; 2nd rd.-def. Jordan Olgin, Foothill (CS),5-1; Rd. 16-lost to Johnny Schupp, Vacaville, 6-3; 3rd rd. cons-lost to Wyatt Baker, Servite by fall, 1:33.
Peter Nonu, South Hills: 2nd rd.-def. Jonathan Tuiolosega, Seaside(CC),8-0; Rd.16-lost to Nick Nevills, Clovis, 6-2; 3rd rd. cons-lost to Carl Hulick, Esperanza, 4-0.