Area trio earns wrestling titles

first_imgTraditional area power Santa Fe had the best team success, qualifying an area-best five wrestlers for next weekend’s CIF-SS Masters Meet and finishing third in the team standings behind champion Temecula Valley and second-place Santa Ana. California also fared well, placing 10th and qualifying three to next week’s meet – Melendrez, Ruben Warr (130) and Nik Noriega (152). El Rancho also finished with three qualifiers – Joseph Salas (119), Tony Fernandez (189) and Billie Rivera (215). Melendrez, meanwhile, expanded on his expectations, upsetting top-seeded Couts in the semifinals before scoring an 8-4 decision over Lompoc’s Masson Blow in the final. “It’s an awesome feeling,” Melendrez said. “To do this, and just being a sophomore, is a great accomplishment. “Beating (Couts) just gave me so much momentum towards the finals. It was a tough match (in the finals). I guess I just wanted it more, so I went after it.” Zuniga was in complete control in the 215 final before scoring a 5-3 decision over Temecula Valley’s Eduardo Marquez. “It’s just so great to win CIF,” Zuniga said. “This is why you do all that work all season long, and it feels great.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We qualified five guys to Masters, so it went pretty good,” said Santa Fe coach Sal Garcia, whose team’s qualifiers also included Dimitri Crouch (103), Daniel Couts (140), Miguel Garcia (189) and Lenny Romero (275). “Things didn’t quite fall the way we hoped. We had some tough losses, otherwise we might have been up there with Temecula Valley. “But the guys who placed wrestled well. Now we just have to continue to work hard this week in practice and be ready for next week.” Orona was one of three Chiefs, including Crouch and Romero, to advance to the finals. He breezed through the first four rounds before using a late escape to defeat Westlake’s Arian Ghaffari in the 119 final. “(Ghaffari) wrestled defensively,” Orona said. “I just had to go for my shots. “My goal going in was to just maintain my state ranking. I did what I was supposed to do.” center_img RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Three was definitely the number for area wrestlers who competed at Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Inland Division championships at Los Osos High School. Locals scored their version of a triple crown as Santa Fe High School’s Marcus Orona (119 pounds), California’s Matt Melendrez (140) and Schurr’s Julian Zuniga (215) won individual titles. last_img

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