Below: Northview’s Carlos Garcia, left, beat Canyon’s Jaime Nunez in the 126lb match during the CIF-SS Southern Division Individual wrestling championships at Brea Olinda High
By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
BREA – Excuse Northview assistant coach Bobby Bellamy if he confused the two-day CIF-Southern Section Southern Division wrestling championships as a dual meet.
On Saturday evening, the Vikings emerged with a breakout night, and a school record, winning six CIF-SS individual titles.
“Wow! Wow!” Bellamy said. “That pretty much sums it up. These kids performed at a level that exceeded my expectations.”
Vincent Parra, Carlos Garcia, Daniel Valles, Bryan Salinas, Javier Arellano and Eddie Bernal all scored victories.
“The whole team has been working hard,” Bernal said. “We stick together as a family and we work together. We are all connected and we all have one team goal and the coaches have made that very clear to us. They have high expectations and we embrace the challenge.”
Of the 11 finals matches in which the Vikings had competitors, they won 10.
“The championship round, they just clinged together,” Bellamy said. “It was amazing to win so many. The credit goes all to the kids. They really left everything on the mat.”
The only Northview loss in the day’s final matches was in the 160-pound championship match. Top seeded Steven Lopez fell to Arroyo Valley’s Bryan Garcia, 8-6. (To continue click thread)