Cabrillo High wrestling head coach Mike Wallace started the winter sports season with what he called a young squad on the mat.
But 10 CHS wrestlers went on to compete for a CIF Southern Section title on Friday and Saturday – and came away with one CIF Masters qualifier and other high marks.
Patrick Durham (172-pound division) overcame an opening round loss and went on to finish third. Ryley Daltorio (120) rose to eighth place in a heavily stacked 120-pound division. Jameson Brodeur (220) also advanced to the second day of the section finals, Wallace said.
Durham’s mark clinches a spot for the CIF Masters Meet set for this Friday at Cerritos College. Wallace said Durham has had to battle some brief illnesses during the season in order to seal his place in the Masters Meet – which is the final place to solidify a CIF State Finals bid.
But overall, Wallace loved what he saw from his wrestlers.
“The entire team was working really hard and I’ve had the most kids wrestle in CIF since I’ve been here,” Wallace said by phone. “We had a young team, but they did really well.”
Then there was this added good news on Monday for Wallace and CHS: All five of the girls wrestling members are heading to the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet for girls – which will take place on Friday down in Roosevelt High in Corona.
Lydia Mondero (170) won her division title on Saturday. Miiya Adames took second in the 126-pound class. Joining them down in Corona will be Destiny Burke (eighth in the 131-pound class), Dulce Lora (150) who took seventh and Jillian Brodeur (106) who also took seventh.
Lompoc High to have representatives at Masters
Lompoc High wrestling had an additional stellar day at the CIF-SS Boys meet down in Temecula – producing three qualifiers for the Masters Meet.
Dechlan Sparrow (182) started out at 3-0 before settling for second place overall in his division. Heavyweight Jacob Nunez went on to take fourth overall to seal his spot at Cerritos College. Blake Rehder (126) went on take eighth overall for his class.
All three will represent the Braves down in Cerritos College this Saturday with the opportunity to clinch a CIF State Finals bid.
And on the girls side, Marlen Carrillo went on to win the 191-pound division section title at Camarillo High for the CIF-SS girls finals. She will head down to Roosevelt High in Corona for the CIF Masters Meet for girls on Friday. Joining her will be Jasmine Hernandez (150), who took sixth in her class to seal her spot in the meet.
Cabrillo’s Hernandez is a state champ
Before the track and field season starts for Cabrillo High, the Conquistadores will have a Pentathlon champion on their roster: Ty Hernandez.
The returning senior won the California Winter Championships at Arcadia on Saturday for the 60 meter hurdles. Hernandez, who earned All-Los Padres League accolades for hurdles last season, took first with a time of 9.06 seconds.
Hernandez went on to take first in hurdles, first in long jump, second in high jump, third in the shot put and fourth in the 1,000-meter run.
Lompoc 17, Pioneer Valley 1
The Braves won every doubles contest and claimed nine singles victories to start the year 1-0.
No. 1 singles option Kevin Figueroa-Hernandez defeated Micheal Labastida 6-1 and then won against Angel Mendoza (6-0) and Christian Perez (6-0).
No. 2 singles Anthony Morales swept his games by scores of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-2. No. 3 option John Arevalos went on to win his games by scores of 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2.
PVHS only had eight active players for the contest against Lompoc, prompting the game to have four rounds of singles play.
Arroyo Grande 7, Lompoc 2
The Eagles, playing in a makeup contest from Saturday due to rain on Monday afternoon at LHS, jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never trailed against the Braves.
Lompoc didn't score until the bottom of the sixth inning. No other stats were made available.