BAKERSFIELD — Santa Ynez’s Richie Castro-Sandoval earned fifth place in the boys 120-pound weight class at the CIF State Wrestling Tournament Saturday.

Castro-Sandoval made it to the championship quarterfinals Friday before he suffered his first loss in the double elimination tournament.

The top eight finishers at the three-day tournament earned status as placers at the tournament.

The Santa Ynez wrestler was the only area competitor who placed at the tourney.

Righetti’s Matt Dominguez had a run of several wins in the 143-pound weight class before eventually going out. Teammate Dominic Mendez made it through his first two matches before being eliminated, but he eventually went out as well.

Lizette Pompa of Pioneer Valley won two matches in the consolation round before she was eliminated.

The rest of the area qualifiers went out in the early rounds.

This marked the first year the state boys and girls state wrestling tournaments were held concurrently at the same location.

Track & Field

Domingues off to fast start

THOUSAND OAKS — St. Joseph High's Joseph Domingues Jr. got off to the best start of his career, winning two races 5th annual Thousand Oaks Invitational.

Domingues won both the 800-meter and 1,600 meter races.

Domingues' times of 1:59 in the 800 and 4:23 in the 1,600 were his best-ever times in season-opening races.


Righetti splits with DP

The Righetti High Warriors split a doubleheader Saturday at Dos Pueblos, winning the first game 10-4 before falling 7-3 to the Chargers in the second.

In the opener, Righetti went out to a 3-0 lead but Dos Pueblos scored four times in the bottom of the second inning to take the lead.

Righetti’s starting pitcher Ryan Delgado, who went five innings for the win, and reliever Luke Ramos, who pitched the final two, shutout Dos Pueblos the rest of the way.

Righetti reclaimed the lead with a two-run fourth and then blew the game open with a five run fifth.

Joseph Hernandez led the Righetti offense, going 3-for-4 and driving in three runs.

Delgado and Sutton Tomkins each had a double and Quigley Espinola had a triple for the Warriors.

Hernandez, Espinola and Brandon Giddings each had a stolen base.

Dos Pueblos turned the tables in the second game, scoring two runs in both the first and second innings to go out to an early four-run lead.

Leading 4-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Chargers scored three runs to put the game out of reach.

Jake Steels and Jose Franco each went 2-for-3.

Zach Taylor pitched the first three innings and took the loss. Logan Mortensen came on in relief and finished off the game.

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Kenny Cress, sportswriter for the Santa Maria Times since September of 2000. BA in political science from Cal Poly Pomona. BA in journalism from Cal State Northridge.