By Kevin Askeland
The Clovis Cougars and Poway Titans continued on their collision course that will culminate at the CIF state championships on March 1 as both won in convincing fashion at the divisional level last week.
The Cougars topped Buchanan 304-268 to win the Central Section Yosemite Division championship with three Clovis wrestlers claiming gold medals and qualified 12 wrestlers for this week’s Central Section Masters tournament.
Tommy Burriel captured the 171-pound weight class for the Cougars while Brett Sanchez won the 215-pound class and Jonathen Zamora stayed unbeaten on the season in winning the 285-pound championship.
Stephen Weimer (130), Scott Sakaguchi (140), Tyler Ceremello (152) and Josh Esparza (160) all finished second.
Poway, meanwhile, crushed the competition in the San Diego Section Division 1 championships, scoring 327.5 points to 198 for second place Rancho Buena Vista. La Costa Canyon was third with 191 points.
The Titans had nine champions and advance all 14 wrestlers to the San Diego Section masters tournament this week.
Nick Schavrien (114 pounds), Mike Hernandez (121), Henry Yorba (132), Tim Boone (137), Brad Robinson (147), Ian Daube (173), Matt Herman (191), Chris Crosthwaite (217), and Sammy Cervantes (287) all won titles for the Titans.
Poway has finished second at the state meet the past two seasons, finishing behind Vacaville last year and Buchanan the year before. Poway won the state meet in 2005.
Clovis is seeking a record 8th state title. The Cougars are tied with Calvary Chapel for most state titles with seven. Clovis last won a state championship in 2003 and has finished in the top five a record 19 times. Poway has finished in the top five 18 times.
Clovis is seeking its 19th valley championship while Poway is seeking its 28th San Diego CIF championship.
Defending champion Vacaville will also be a contender at the state meet. The Bulldogs scored 249.5 points to win the Sac Joaquin Section Division 1 North championship last week with five champions and 11 qualifiers to the Masters tournament this week in Stockton.
Taylor Hodel (145 pounds), Johnny Feaster (171), Kody Klaus (125), Michael Kent (152) and Adam Delagarza (160) all won individual titles for the Bulldogs.
Here’s a look at the rest of the wrestling action from around the state last week.
San Diego Section
Mt. Carmel won the Division 2 championship with 252 pounds and two champions. Westview was second with 161.5 points.
Brawley claimed the Division 3 crown with 257.5 points and five champions while Valley Center easily won the Division 4 title with 235 points and four titles.
Check here for San Diego Section divisional results
Temecula Valley had the most dominating performance at the Southern Section divisional meets over the weekend as it racked up 298.5 points to easily best second-place Royal, which had 174.5, at the Inland Division tournament.
Eric Reyes (103 pounds), Dylan Barralas (112), Mario Decaro (140), Patrick Martinez (160) and Jake Merideth (171) all won titles for the Bears
Northview also had little trouble in winning the Eastern Division title. Jacob Delgado (103), Steven Salinas (112), Frank Martinez (130), Jesse Cruz (145), and Robert Alcantar (215) all won titles to help Northview post 260.5 points and win the title by nearly 70 points.
San Clemente had just one champion, but had nine qualifiers and finished with 222 points at the Southern Division finals. San Jacinto finished second with 166.5 points. Dylan Klink (171) was the only champion for the Tritons.
Laguna Hills also won in convincing fashion, topping second-place Atascadero 281.5 to 202.5 for the Northern Division title. Laguna Hills sends 12 qualifiers to the Southern Section masters including four champions. Juan Jaime won the 103-pound class while Brandon Roell won at 145, John Hayes won at 215 and Mitch Newcomer won at 140 pounds.
North Torrance and El Dorado both won division championships in tight battles. North Torrance won the Coastal Division by edging South Hills 234.5 to 222. North Torrance had nine qualifiers and finished with one champion, Dylan Garriott at 140 pounds. South Hills, meanwhile, had eight qualifiers and two champions in Josh Pearson (171) and Thomas Williams (119).
Meanwhile El Dorado held off Millikan and Calvary Chapel for the Central Division title. El Dorado scored 186.5 points while Millikan had 182 and Calvary Chapel finished with 180.
Charles Chavez (125) and RJ Pilkington (140) won gold for El Dorado while Travis Clock (189) and Osvaldo Donato (275) won titles for Millikan. Calvary Chapel’s champions included Morgan McIntosh (160), Bryce Wilson (171) and William Knowles (215).
Southern Section placewinners can be found here: Check here for brackets: Northern, Central, Inland, Southern, Eastern, Coastal.
Check here for Southern Section Masters brackets.
While Clovis was running away with the Yosemite Divisional tournament, Selma was doing the same in the Sierra-Sequoia Divisional meet.
Selma scored 257 points to easily best Tehachapi, which had 171.
Selma had six champions and will send 10 to the Central Section Masters tournament this week. AJ Valles (112 pounds), Diego Quintana (119), Jose Mendoza (130), Justin Lozano (140), Archie Tovar (145) and Abel Ruiz (189) all won gold for Selma.
Click here for Central Section division results
If there is one team that might be able to catch the Vacaville Bulldogs at the Sac-Joaquin Section masters, it might be the Central Catholic Raiders.
Central Catholic scored 252 points to finish well ahead of Calaveras, which had 181.5 points, at the Division 5 finals last week. The Raiders had seven champions including Louis Bland at 189 pounds and Dominic Galas at 285. Bland got a tough match from James Chandless of Marysville in the finals, winning by a score of 2-1.
Andrew Perez (103), David Ferry (112), Maverick Isle (125), TJ Belton (152) and Steven Vasquez (160) all finished first for Central Catholic.
The Oakdale Mustangs figure to have a pair of champions at the Sac-Joaquin Section masters. Trevor Machado Ching won the 140-pound class at the Division 4 meet and Rudy Burtschi won the 215-pound class to help Oakdale score 182.5 points for first place. Sonora finished second with 154.5 while Foothill had 139.5 points for third.
Oakdale had four champions total with Shane Tate (112) and Everett Rodgers (145) joining Machado Ching and Burtschi on top of the podium.
Casa Roble held off Bella Vista to win the Division 3 championship. Ben Mandell won a title at 130 pounds for Casa Roble while Bella Vista had three champions – Adam Zari (287), Jake Briggs (119) and Bryden Lazaro (103).
In Division 2, Ponderosa edged rival Oak Ridge, 220-201.5 for the crown. Del Oro finished third with 192 points.
The Bruins had two champions in Ryan Scarr (189) and Dominic DeMarco (215) while Oak Ridge had Joey Pacific (112), Vince Waldhauser (125), Kyle West (135) and Nick Rohrer (152).
Golden Valley won the Division 1 South tournament with 166.5 points. Downey finished second with 142 points. Jack Anderson (130), Jay Jay Terry (145) and Thomas Marquez (160) all won gold for Golden Valley.
Division results can be found here. Brackets for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters can be found here.
Central Coast Section
Most of the league championships were held last week. Results can be found here. Top seeds for the CCS Masters can be found here.
North Coast Section
De La Salle established itself as one of the favorites for the North Coast Section championships this week after winning the Bay Valley Athletic League last week. The Spartans scored 232.5 points to edge Freedom (205 points) and Liberty (204.5) while dominating the upper weight classes.
De La Salle got wins from Tyler Sheridan (145), Kyle Hardester (160 pounds), Tito Pica (171), Nick Jansen (189) and Jordan Felix (215).
Liberty dominated the lower weight classes, getting five champions in the first six weight classes. Paul Gomez (103), David Klingsheim (112), Anthony Thurgood (119), Ryan Smith (130) and David Rios (135) all won gold. Gomez, Klingsheim and Rios also were awarded top seeds in their brackets for the North Coast Section tournament this week.
Castro Valley whipped the competition in the Hayward Area Athletic League with seven champions and 258.5 points. The Trojans fielded 13 wrestlers in the finals and had James Mata (127 pounds), Jason Herring (147), Dan Heka (154), Jonathan DIrnu (162), Ben Crosby (173), Shayne Bonsall (191) and Mikhail Hosain (217) win championships.
At the East Bay Athletic League finals, Livermore scored 203 points to edge Granda (194.5), which had won the dual meet championships.
In the Redwood Empire, Montgomery captured the North Bay League championship while Sonoma won the Sonoma County League title. Meanwhile Arcata edged Del Norte and Eureka in a close battle for the Humboldt Del-Norte crown.
The brackets for the North Coast Section meet have been released. Here are the results of the North Coast Section league meets.
Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco Sections
The three city sections will hold their section championships on Feb. 23.
Red Bluff won the Division 1 title as expected, but the Spartans got plenty of competition from Chico High School.
The Panthers finished just nine points behind Red Bluff, 205-196. Chico had two champions in Jesse Silva (105 pounds) and Jake Bolen (114) while the Spartans had four champions, Dustin Reid (154), Kevin Daugherty (173), Stephen Hampton (191) and Forrest Garner (287).
Sutter topped Corning for the Division 2 crown, 238-210. The Huskies had four champions in Tim Nevarez (127 pounds), Jordan Hilbert (154), Michael Allen (162) and Austin Morehead (217). Corning had two champions in Kodie Brown (114) and JT Minto (191).
Modoc won the Division 3 title with 207 points. Willows was second with 162.5. The Braves had two champions in Jose Madrigal at 137 pounds and Josh Wood at 217 pounds.
Cody Pack of Quincy, ranked No. 2 in the state at 105 pounds, did not wrestle due to injury and will not compete the rest of the high school season.
Here are the division results and the Masters first-round matchups.