By Steve Ramirez Staff Writer
It’s the aspiration of every wrestler in California to advance to Bakersfield and compete for a CIF State championship.
For area competitors, that goal is one weekend away. All will attempt to punch their ticket for the state championships when they compete in this weekend’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet, scheduled for today and Saturday at Temecula Valley High School.
The medal round, including championship bouts, is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday. The top nine placers in each of the 14 weight classes qualify for next weekend’s state championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The area contingent will feature 65 qualifiers, including 14 who won CIF-SS individual titles last week.
Traditional power Northview, which won this event last season, is expected to be in the running with nine qualifiers, including five who won Central Division titles.
The Vikings will be led by their fantastic five of Vincent Parra (106 pounds), Eric Ochoa (113), Daniel Valles (136), Steven Lopez (160) and Bryan Salinas (170). All are ranked in the state top 10 in their respective weight classes and all but Valles won a division title last week.
San Marino will also be in the running. The Titans have four qualifiers, including three division champions – Evan Wick (113), Zander Wick (126) and Julian Flores (120).
The other area competitors who won championships last weekend are Northview’s Vincent Ricky Padilla (145); Rowland’s Mario Lopez (136); Walnut’s Freddie Hsiao (120); Diamond Bar’s Nathan Rodriguez (182); Charter Oak’s Eric Prevost; South Hills’ Marco Valdivia (285); and California’s Adrian Chavez (132).
The other area qualifiers are Northview’s John Rivera (120), Tony Arellano (132) and Anthony Martinez (182); Charter Oak’s Joseph Alexander (126), Joey Castorena (132), Diego Cortez (152) and David Apodaca (285); Rowland’s Josh Martinez (106), Bruno Flores (126) and Greg Lawton (160); Diamond Bar’s Jeremy Foo (120), Matt Carrillo (195) and Dre Johnson (225); South Hills’ Kevin Kelly (126) and Matt Chavez (152); Chino Hills’ Nathan Aragon (160) and Garrick Gurney (170); West Covina’s Bradley Ojala (170) and Robert Montoya (182); San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106); Walnut’s Michael Sill (136); Covina’s Jose Lozano (113); and Damien’s Patrick Sanchez (285); Bonita’s Seth Morales (152); La Habra’s Matt Rangel 106) and Jacob Rosales (145); South El Monte’s Eduardo Yebras (120); Arroyo’s James Rivera (220) and Luis Hernandez (285); Cal’s Richard Pocock (106), Chris Garcia (120) and Elias Mercado (126); Santa Fe’s Andrew Ponce (106), Nico Sanchez (113) and Alec Cabral (145); Duarte’s Charles Contreras (132); Sierra Vista’s Abraham Soto (138) and Isaac Aguilar (285); Schurr’s Ruben Guzman (113), Adam Duarte (120) and Alex Sanchez (138); Bishop Amat’s Nicolas Viramontes (145), Josh Ebiner (182) and Carlos Garcia (195); Alhambra’s Stephan Ovespian (170); Glendora’s Thomas Tello (132) and Ryan Padilla (285); San Marino’s Brian Chang (160); and La Canada’s Guillermo Padilla (285).
Girls state meet
Northview, with eight qualifiers and two section champions, is expected to challenge for the title when the top girls competitors gather today and Saturday at Lemoore High School for the second annual state championships.
Northview is led by Kate Auxier (148) and Sabrina Solis (120), who won titles at the CIF-SS qualifying meet two weeks ago.
The Vikings’ other qualifiers are Rose Martinez (100), Devinie Elizondo (105), Jazmin Perez (124), Daveena Banda (128), Christina Mejia (167) and Maddy Tyrone (237).
Other area athletes who will compete after winning CIF-SS titles are Charter Oak’s Brittny Hernandez (105) and Savanna Barr (116); Sierra Vista’s Marisela Fierro (124); West Covina’s Alyssa LaFrancis (167); and La Puente’s Sharon Garcia (191).
Other area qualifiers are Nogales’ Tibishay Gomez (100); West Covina’s Samantha Diaz (105), Helena Munoz (148) and Jazmine Chavarria (237); Rowland’s Marliena Granados (110) and Zitlali Bailon (120); Charter Oak’s Vanessa Felicianos (110) and Izzy Lopez-Quezada (156); Sierra Vista’s Miranda Valles (116) and Sabrina Valles (191); La Serna’s Destiny Espinoza (120); Covina’s Fay Venturina (128); Baldwin Park’s Izzy Valles (128), Azusenna Molina-Sanchez (167) and Angel Ochoa (191); and Mountain View’s Rosemary Martinez (134).