By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
RIVERSIDE – Northview High School believed it left a little on the table when it came up short in the CIF-Southern Section dual wrestling championships last week.
The Vikings did something about it Saturday.
Northview, with five individual championships, scored the school’s 10 CIF-Southern Section team title by dominating at the Central Division championships at Norte Vista High School.
It was also an impressive performance for the area, which produced 10 of the 14 champions and qualified 36 to next week’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley High School.
The 10 champions were Northview’s Vincent Parra (106 pounds), Eric Ochoa (113), Ricky Padilla (145), Steven Lopez (160) and Bryan Salinas (170); Rowland’s Mario Lopez (136); Walnut’s Freddie Hsiao (120); Diamond Bar’s Nathan Rodriguez (182); Charter Oak’s Eric Prevost and South Hills’ Marco Valdivia (285).
“You have to give the kids all the credit,” Northview coach Bobby Bellamy said. “They came back hungry. To lose the way we lost last weekend and persevere and push through all the challenges they faced, I’m just extremely proud of them and ecstatic that we were able to get it done.”
Also qualifying from the area are Northview’s John Rivera (120, fourth), Tony Arellano (132, third), Daniel Valles (136, second) and Anthony Martinez (182, fourth); Charter Oak’s Joseph Alexander (126, third), Joey Castorena (132, fifth), Diego Cortez (152, fifth) and David Apodaca (285, fifth); Rowland’s Josh Martinez (106, second), Bruno Flores (126, fourth) and Greg Lawton (160, second); Diamond Bar’s Jeremy Foo (120, fifth), Matt Carrillo (195, third) and Dre Johnson (225, third); South Hills’ Kevin Kelly (126, second) and Matt Chavez (152, fourth); Chino Hills’ Nathan Aragon (160, fourth) and Garrick Gurney (170, fourth); West Covina’s Bradley Ojala (170, third) and Robert Montoya (182, fifth); San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106, third); Walnut’s Michael Sill (136, third); Covina’s Jose Lozano (113, fifth); Damien’s Patrick Sanchez (285, third) and Bonita’s Seth Morales (152, third).
“I didn’t know we had this kind of depth in our area,” Bellamy said of the Valley’s 10 champions and 36 qualifiers. “We have some real good kids who are going to make some noise at Masters next week.”
They were quite loud Saturday.
Northview got the area started, taking the 106 and 113 classes, with Parra beating Rowland’s Martinez, 8-1, and Ochoa slipping by Bloomington’s Jorge Carbajal, 9-6, using a late reverse to clinch the match.
“It feels amazing,” said Ochoa, who won his first divisional title. “I’ve been here three times and to finally win it, feels good.”
Lopez enjoyed one of the bigger upsets during the day, beating Valles, 6-4, after the Northview junior scored a win against him last month at the 5-Counties Tournament.
“It feels great,” said Lopez, whose grandfather recently passed away. “At 5-Counties, I wasn’t at my best, but I gave all I had (Saturday). I dedicated this to my grandfather.”
Prevost and Valdivia rounded out the area wins. Prevost won by fall (2:24) over Paso Robles’ Jimmy Pacheo.
“This is an amazing feeling,” he said. “It took me three years to do this.
“I caught him halfway, flipped him and held him down.”
Valdivia used a takedown 15 seconds into overtime to win the heavyweight title.
Area qualifiers were Arroyo’s James Rivera (220, third) and Luis Hernandez (285, fifth) and South El Monte’s Eduardo Yebras (120, fifth).
Area qualifiers were Bishop Amat’s Nicolas Viramontes (145, fifth), Joshua Ebiner (182, fourth) and Carlos Garcia (195, fourth).
Glendora was the only area entrant and advanced Thomas Tello (132, second) and Ryan Padilla (285, fifth).
By Steve Ramirez, SGVN