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Porter­ville High School boys wrestling had three ath­letes place at the CIF Cen­tral Sec­tion Di­vi­sion I cham­pi­onships at Clo­vis North High School on Fri­day and Satur­day.

The team’s high­est fin­isher was Hec­tor Nava (154), who placed eighth. Nava won his first match with a 3 minute, 36 sec­ond pin but was pinned in 2:50 in the quar­ter­fi­nals by even­tual cham­pion, Jace Luchau of Selma. In con­so­la­tion, Nava won his first match with a 9-2 de­ci­sion but lost in the quar­ters in a 4-2 de­ci­sion. In the sev­en­th­place match, Nava was pinned in 1:07 by Cen­tral’s Julien Gaeth.

David Ayala (184) lost his first match than won his sec­ond in con­so­la­tion by for­feit. In the matches for ninth place, Ayala won the first by a 9-6 de­ci­sion and the fi­nal one by a med­i­cal for­feit.

Clarence Har­mon (287) lost his first match by de­ci­sion but then won his first match in con­so­la­tion by an 8-6 de­ci­sion. He lost the match be­fore the con­so­la­tion quar­ter­fi­nals in a 4-3 de­ci­sion. Com­pet­ing for ninth, Har­mon won his first match by a 3-1 de­ci­sion but lost the ninth­place match by pin in 3:30.


MHS take sec­ond, GHHS 12th By just half of a point, Monache High School boys wrestling missed out on a first-place fin­ish at the CIF Cen­tral Sec­tion Di­vi­sion III cham­pi­onships held at Santa Maria High School on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Monache fin­ished sec­ond with 220 points while Ar­royo Grande placed first with 220.5. Also from the area, Gran­ite Hills placed

12th with 78 points.

For the Ma­raud­ers, 10 of a pos­si­ble 12 wrestlers placed in the top eight with seven in the top three and two be­ing crowned cham­pi­ons. Monache’s two cham­pi­ons were Jose Flores (140 pounds) and Mark Card­well (172).

In his matches Flores pinned In­de­pen­dence’s David Vasque, Chowchilla’s Zayne Shall­berger and Sun­ny­side An­drew Cardona, re­spec­tively, to reach the cham­pi­onship match where he won by de­ci­sion over Caruthers’ An­gel Flores.

To win his di­vi­sional cham­pi­onship Card­well pinned ev­ery sin­gle op­po­nent, in­clud­ing Ridgeview’s Justin Spainhoward in the cham­pi­onship match.

Fran­cisco Perez (128), Hunter Avila (154) and Taven Avila (287) all placed sec­ond for the Ma­raud­ers. Perez pinned his way to the first-place match where he lost by a 6-4 de­ci­sion to Cesar Chavez’s An­thony Bar­tolme. Hunter Avila won ev­ery match by fall be­fore los­ing by pin to Caruthers’ Jake Prudek in the cham­pi­onship match and Taven Avila also won ev­ery match by pin be­fore los­ing by a 9-3 de­ci­sion to Garces’ Em­manuel Cas­tro.

Tak­ing third for Monache were An­thony Estrada (147) and Hunter Weimer (222). Estrada made it to the semi­fi­nals of the cham­pi­onship rounds where he lost by an 11-3 ma­jor de­ci­sion to AGHS’ Levi Fray. In the con­so­la­tion semis, Estrada won by a 21-8 ma­jor de­ci­sion and then by an in­jury de­fault in the third-place match. Weimer won by pin in his first two matches but was pinned in the semis. In the con­so­la­tion semis, Weimer won by de­ci­sion to reach the third-place match where he pinned Washington Union’s Jor­dan Nutt.

Also for the Ma­raud­ers Joshua New­som (184) went 3-2 and placed fourth, Sal­vador Gar­cia (197) went 4-2 and placed fifth, and Adrian Gal­van went 3-3 and placed eighth.

Six wrestlers placed from Gran­ite Hills with Steven Jacuinde (162) lead­ing the way with a sec­ond-place fin­ish. Jacuinde pinned his way to the semis, where he beat Santa Maria’s Ni­cholas Quang by a 6-0 de­ci­sion. In the cham­pi­onship match he lost by a 10-7 de­ci­sion to AGHS’ An­drew Fragoso.

Tak­ing third for the Griz­zlies was Vin­cent Ve­lasquez (287), who made it to the semi­fi­nals but lost by an 8-0 ma­jor de­ci­sion to Cas­tro from Garces. In the con­so­la­tion semis, Ve­lasquez won by for­feit then pinned AGHS’ Ri­valdo Arel­lano for third.

Shane Christie (172) went 2-2 to place fifth while Vic­tor Castillo went 1-2, beat­ing WUHS’ Joel Gon­za­lez by pin to place sev­enth. Plac­ing eighth for the Griz­zlies was Tommy En­saldo (184) and Jo­han Cer­vantes (222), who went 2-3 and 1-2, re­spec­tively.


Strath­more’s Matthew Espinoza placed sixth at the Div. IV cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment held Fri­day and Satur­day at Sierra Pa­cific High School.

Espinoza went 3-3 and lost the fifth-place match to High­land’s Eliseo Lira by an 11-10 de­ci­sion.


MHS' Kouy­oumtjian and Ro­driguez take first Monache High School’s Char­lotte Koy­oumtjian (118 pounds) and Anitzia Ro­driguez (172) both placed first at the CIF Cen­tral Sec­tion South­east Area girls wrestling tour­na­ment at Mis­sion Oak High School Thurs­day.

In the 113-pound rounds Kouy­oumtjian, re­ceived a first round bye then pinned her way Golden West’s Amelia Ja­niak and Mira Monte’s Jen­nifer Gar­cia in 35 and 31 sec­onds, re­spec­tively to the fi­nals. For the cham­pi­onship, Kouy­oumtjian de­feated Foothill’s Araina Juarez by de­ci­sion.

In the 172-pound rounds, Ro­driguez also had a first round bye to start. For her first match she pinned North’s Haylee Adams in 5:43 then pinned FHS’ Daniela Cas­tro in 5:29. For the cham­pi­onship she pinned South’s Ca­marie Pa­trick Boone.

Monache’s Rhi­an­non Racca (123) pinned Desert’s Kristina Bausler in 4:35, then beat West’s Ja’mae Barnes 4-0 be­fore los­ing 3-0 to Mira Monte’s Yazmine Perez in the cham­pi­onship quar­ter­fi­nal rounds. In con­so­la­tion, Racca de­feated Ma­rina Vasquez of GWHS in a 1:36 pin but lost 2-0 to Barnes in the third-place match.

From Porter­ville, Athena Padilla (103) went 3-2 in the tour­na­ment to place sev­enth while team­mate Dorothy Steen­ber­gen (191) went 0-3 and placed eighth.

Out of Strath­more, Mykah Gar­cia (103) went 2-3 and fin­ished eighth.


Porter­ville High School's Hec­tor Nava (top) wres­tles against Vic­tor Wren of Madera South Hec­tor in a 154-pound match at the CIF Cen­tral Sec­tion Di­vi­sion I cham­pi­onship over the week­end at Clo­vis North High School. Nava won by a 9-2 de­ci­sion.

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