Round three of this uber competitive crosstown wrestling rivalry went to the Righetti boys.
The championship of the PAC 8 League Finals was still up for grabs in the last match of the day at Pioneer Valley High School Saturday. The Warriors edged the host Panthers 236-233.
Sophomore Issaya Finley delivered the championship to Righetti, defeating Pioneer Valley's Jose Garcia 5-1 in the 160-pound championship match.
The Warriors got the best of the Panthers - barely - Saturday after sixth-ranked Pioneer Valley upset top-ranked Righetti 31-23 at the CIF Southern Section Northern Division Duals at Ventura High School the previous Saturday.
"That frustrated us," said Finley. "We came back this week and practiced hard, harder than we ever have. We came out and showed them who we were."
The Panthers earned the first divisional duals championship in school history after the Warriors earned the PAC 8 duals championship.
This is the first year the PAC 8 has had separate and individual league champions. Previously, dual meet standings had been combined with league finals results to determine the league champion.
The top four finishers in each class qualified for the CIF Southern Section Coastal Division Individual championships which will take place at Marina High School in Huntington Beach next Friday. Wrestling will start at 11 a.m.
Finley led Garcia 3-0 in the 160-pound title match early in the third round Saturday. Garcia scored a one-point escape.
Instead of playing defense and simply trying to avoid a tying takedown, Finley went on the offensive and gave himself some insurance with a two-point takedown of his own.
"I had to keep imposing my dominance," Finley said.
Both teams had eight finalists. Righetti and Pioneer Valley wrestlers went head-to-head in five finals, with Panthers winning three times. Thus, the meet went down to the wire.
"That's a lot of pressure to put on a sophomore," said veteran Righetti coach Dutch Van Patten. Finley delivered.
Finley said, "I didn't know it was coming down to the last match, but we had a few bumps with some other guys so I knew it was tight."
Pioneer Valley's Cristian Cardenas had to default in the 138-pound title match. "He had a knee injury the match before," said veteran Pioneer Valley coach Kevin Ilac.
Righetti champions included Jacob Robles at 113 pounds, John Martinez at 120, and Finley. Pioneer Valley champs included Pedro Sierra at 106 pounds, Rafael Delgado at 126, Roman Garcia at 152, Cristian Ayala at 220 and Ricardo Alonso at 285.
"We're a little sad," said Ilac. "We thought we could get (the win) at the end, but we couldn't quite do it.
"But we have 13 guys (out of a possible 14, one wrestler for every weight class) going to the CIF (Coastal Division meet). That's all we can ask for."
"Both of us could win a CIF championship," said Van Patten. "It all comes down to who has a good week of practice and who comes out ready to wrestle."
Lower weights champions Saturday included Sierra at 106 pounds; Robles at 113; Martinez at 120; Delgado at 126; Jose Gonzalez of St. Joseph at 132; Isaiah Rocha of Arroyo Grande at 138; and Logan Herrera of St. Joseph at 145.
Upper weights champions included Garcia at 152 pounds; Finley at 160; Isaiah Hughes of Arroyo Grande at 170; Tannen Soojian of Atascadero at 182; John Cabral of Paso Robles at 195; Ayala at 220; and Alonso at 285.
Hughes needed just 57 seconds to get a pin in the 170-pound championship match. He celebrated with a backflip.
Arroyo Grande continued its solid season by finishing third in the seven-team field with 168 points. St. Joseph was sixth with 104.
Hancock 8, Rio Hondo 4
Jacob Tonascia had three hits, including a home run, and Chance Miranda pitched into the eighth inning as the Allan Hancock College baseball team doubled up Rio Hondo to close out a three-day tournament at College of the Canyons. The Bulldogs snapped a three-game slide and improved to 4-3. Rio Hondo fell to 1-6 overall.
After Rio Hondo scored two unearned runs aided by three Hancock errors in the top of the first inning, the Bulldogs rallied to build a 5-2 lead after seven.
Tonascia led off the second with a solo home run, the first by a Bulldog this season. Hancock rallied for two in third. Zach Lampreia scored on an error by the second baseman and Colton Studebaker collected the first of his 3 RBI with a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Ryan Peinado to give Hancock a 3-2 lead.
Tim Mahoney singled home Peinado in the fifth to give Hancock a 4-2 lead. The sophomore catcher later doubled home Peinado in the seventh.
Mahoney finished with two hits and 2 RBI.
Mt. San Jacinto Tournament
SAN JACINTO — Hancock (5-3-1) went 2-1-1 in this tourney.
Friday, the Bulldogs tied College of the Desert 3-3 and beat Victor Valley 14-2. Saturday, the Bulldogs defeated Napa 14-0 and lost to Grossmont 8-3.
No further details were available.
Los Angeles Pierce 95, Hancock 91, OT
WOODLAND HILLS — The Brahmas tagged the Bulldogs (12-16, 4-7) with a Western State Conference North Division loss.
Pierce led 40-32 at halftime of regulation. Montel Shirley led the Brahmas with a game-high 28 points. Kenny Stenhouse put in 27 and Kaelen Hicks added 13.
No Hancock statistics were available.
L.A. Pierce 58, Hancock 51
WOODLAND HILLS — The Bulldogs (15-11, 4-7) never recovered after trailing 19-6 going into the second quarter and dropped their fifth straight.
Nichelae Henderson poured in 32 points for the Brahmas. Mylan Johnson added 11. No Hancock statistics were available.