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Righetti wrestlers and coaches pose with the championship plaque after claiming the CIF Central Section Division II title at Shafter High School in February.

SHAFTER — The Warriors have claimed their first CIF Central Section title.

Righetti High School, in its first year in the section after moving over from the CIF Southern Section, had an impressive debut at the CIF-CS Division II Wrestling Finals at Shafter High School, taking home the division championship after scoring 249 points as a team.

The Warriors edged Kingsburg, which finished with 240 team points. Pioneer Valley took third with 207 points. 

Two Warriors scored weight-class titles and Righetti will send 11 wrestlers to the Central Section Masters Meet next week.

Righetti freshman Dominic Mendez won the championship in the 106-pound weight class. Mendez defeated Jonah Hernandez of Corcoran in the final via a major decision in a 9-1 result. 

Righetti senior Benny Banduenga defeated Nathan Garcia of Paso Robles 3-2 in the 152-pound final.

Pioneer Valley's Oskar Ruiz won the 182-pound championship at the Division II final. Ruiz beat Gerardo Flores in the championship match 3-2.

Matt Sechlingsoff, also of Pioneer Valley, took second at 113 pounds with a 9-0 major decision defeat to Xavier Jimenez of Visalia Redwood. 

Righetti's Aaron Ibarra took fourth place at 126 pounds and also advanced to the Central Section Masters Meet, which will take place next week in Lemoore.

Righett's Jasun Bautista took fourth at 138 pounds and also advanced to the Masters Meet. Freshman Matthew Rodriguez finished in sixth place at 145 pounds and also advanced.

Also moving on to the Masters Meet from Righetti are Adan Solis, who took second at 160, Ronald Kim (3rd place, 170 pounds), John McCormick (4th place, 182), Adrian Stout (3rd place, 195), Julian Vea (4th place 220) and Josh Brown (3rd place, 285).

Baseball

Santa Ynez sweeps PVHS

Santa Ynez scored a season-opening sweep over the Panthers with a 5-2 victory followed by a 14-2 win.

"The pitching was great," said Santa Ynez coach Warren Dickey. "Tyler Rasmussen started game one and went five, allowing three hits and striking out eight."

Dickey said Vic Heredia started the second game for the Pirates and also went five innings, giving up just two hits while striking out seven batters.

Mason Young went 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the Pirates in the opener. Dante Berouty and Logan Ast drove in two runs apiece.

In the second game, Heredia went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Merek Mercado finished up 2-for-2 with three runs and three RBIs. Brock Dix went 3-for-3 with a run and three RBIs.

The Pirates next play home against Nipomo on Thursday and will then play at Santa Maria on Friday.

Men's basketball

Hancock 82, Oxnard 74

Glenn Jordan scored a game high 21 points, and the Bulldogs (19-5, 4-2) beat the Condors (5-16, 1-5) in a Western State Conference North Division game at Hancock's Joe White Memorial Gymnasium.

Mike Mensah put in 14 points for the Bulldogs. Spirit Ricks and Diego Lucas added 13 points apiece.

Kirvari Myricks scored 18 points for the Condors. Oxnard's Tanj Comeaux (12 points, 10 rebounds) had a double-double.

Women's basketball

Hancock 61, Oxnard 44

Tawny Lino popped in 29 points and the Bulldogs (10-11, 2-4) won the second half of this WSC North doubleheader and snapped a four-game losing streak.

Danielle Morgan scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Hancock. Tashara Pruett snared 10 rebounds.

Vanessa Maldonado scored 20 points for the Condors (5-17, 0-6).

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

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