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The top seeds were cruising through, and Arroyo Grande clung to a narrow team lead as the first day of the two-day CIF Central Section Division III Wrestling Tournament at host Santa Maria High School progressed Friday.

The top eight finishers will advance to the sectional Masters Meet that will take place at Lemoore High School next Friday and Saturday, and all 14 top seeds had advanced to the Division III quarterfinals at press time. Thus, all 14 have earned spots at the Masters Meet.

Santa Maria is hosting a divisional wrestling meet in its inaugural school year in the CIF Central Section after moving there with the majority of area athletic programs, including Arroyo Grande, last year.

The Division III meet was set to resume at Santa Maria with semifinals starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Finals were tentatively set to begin shortly before 5 p.m.

At press time, Arroyo Grande had 10 quarterfinalists, one semifinalist and the Eagles led second-place Porterville Monache 102.5-100. Santa Maria stood in eighth place with 48 points.

"We had kind of rough early draw," said Santa Maria coach Steve Hart. "In the first round, a lot of our guys were wrestling against guys who were better than they were.

"We had a good second round. Things have gone pretty well for us overall."

Six Saints had advanced to the quarterfinals at press time.

Santa Maria's Elijah Arguijo earned a spot in the semifinals at 134 pounds with a 5-2 decision over Cael Cooper of Atascadero in the quarters. Rivaldo Arellano of Arroyo Grande edged Alexander Ornelas of Tulare Western 7-4 in double overtime to qualify for the 287-pound semis.

Santa Maria's Edson Reyes had to retire from his 222-pound quarterfinal match against Vincent Velasquez of Porterville Granite Hills because of an injury in the first round. Velasquez notched a spot in the semis. Reyes was one of the Masters qualifiers.

Abraham Cerda of Fresno Hoover, the top seed at 108 pounds, is a semifinalist.

At press time, Isaac Kephart, the top seed at 134 pounds and Levy Frey, the top seed at 147, were two of the 10 Arroyo Grande quarterfinalists.

The Eagles have three No. 2 seeds, and at press time they had all advanced to the quarterfinals. Arroyo Grande's No. 2 seeds are Coleman Hubert at 122 pounds, Isaac Maez at 184 and Mason Garcia at 197.

At press time, some Santa Maria quarterfinalists included Valentin Martinez at 108 pounds; Emilio Barajas at 115; Bryan Montanez at 147; and Nicholas Quang at 162.

Arroyo Grande's Isaiah Apodaca (115 pounds), Henry Catalan (140), Andrew Fragoso (162) and Zachary Clift (172) had all advanced to the quarterfinals at press time.

Girls wrestling

Five Santa Maria wrestlers advance

The Saints' Isela Velasquez (113 pounds), Destiny Garcia (123), Andrew Gutierrez (128), Jennifer Lopez (133) and Lizbeth Arroyo (162) all advanced to the Central Section Masters Meet with their placings at the Area Meet at Lemoore last weekend.

The girls sectional Masters Meet is slated for next Wednesday and Thursday at Lemoore.

Girls soccer

Templeton 4, Orcutt Academy 3 (overtime)

The Eagles (9-1 Ocean League) scored late in the second of the two 10-minute overtime periods to edge the Spartans (8-2 Ocean League) at Templeton to win this regular season finale and win the inaugural Ocean League championship outright.

Boys soccer (Thursday night)

San Luis Obispo 1, Santa Maria 0

The Tigers (9-1 Mountain League) edged the Saints (7-3 Mountain League) at San Luis Obispo to win the league championship. Santa Maria shared second place with Arroyo Grande.

Girls basketball

Valley Christian Academy lands home game

The Lions (13-6) will host Los Angeles Bishop Conaty-Loretto (17-12) at 6 p.m. Saturday in a second-round CIF Southern Section Division 5A playoff game.

Track and Field

Battle of the Regions

BAKERSFIELD — Hancock College's Davina Jannine Valerio placed in the top five in three women's events at this meet at Bakersfield College.

Valerio finished second in the high jump at 4 feet, 4 inches, fourth in the long jump at 15-4 and fifth in the 100 at 14.32.

Hancock's Letarian Brandon placed in the top five in two men's events. Brandon finished third in the long jump at 19-6 and fifth in 52.35 seconds in the 400.

Ahmeen Reese placed fourth in 36-7 in the shot put. Kevin Lopez placed seventh at 123-6 in the javelin and teammate Jacob Desimas placed 10th, in 115-2, in that event.

Lopez had a 33-2 in the shot put. His place in that event was not listed.

No placings were listed for Hancock's Jose Cardenas (4:28 in the men's 1,500 and 9:58 in the 3,000) or Mireya Martinez (6:08 in the women's 1,500).


Hancock 12, San Diego Mesa 8

The Bulldogs won a high-scoring game at College of the Canyons to move to 4-2.

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Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at


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