Matthew Morales

Lindsay High School's Matthew Morales, right, wrestles during a 122-pound, quarterfinal match at the CIF Central Section Division V Championships, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at Golden West High School in Visalia.

Lindsay High School’s Matthew Morales is the lone Cardinal still competing in the championship rounds of the CIF Central Section Division V Championships after Friday’s first day.

Morales (122 pounds) earned a bye for the first round and then pinned his next opponent in 59 seconds in a quarterfinal match. He’ll face West Bakersfield’s Curtis Crofton in today’s semifinal match. Crofton won his first two matches by pin.

At 115 pounds, Miguel Estrella lost his quarterfinal match by an 11-2 major decision. He’ll take on St. Joseph’s Brody Lorenez in the consolation quarterfinals.

Marcos Ventura (147) lost his first match by a 16-0 technical fall and his second by an 11-6 decision. Alexis Olea (154) was pinned in his first match but pinned Bishop Union’s Jacob Lomantewa in 5:52 to advance to the consolation quarterfinals against Hanford West’s Marteveon Young Roddy. 

Marauders in second at Divisionals

Monache High School’s boys wrestling are in second place after the first day of the CIF Central Section Division II Championships at Madera South High School Friday. Pioneer Valley is in first.

Six of the Marauders are also still in the championship bracket and competing in the semifinals today: Wanderlei Whittington (115 pounds), Landen Cabeje (134), Jose Flores (140), Anthony Estrada (147), Hunter Weimer (222) and Taven Avila (287).  

Whittington pinned Hanford’s Tyler Hulbert (1 minute, 20 seconds) and Arroyo Grande’s Gabriel Rivera (1:40). Cabeje defeated Exeter’s Joel Garcia by an 18-3 technical fall and Porterville’s Javier Benevidez by a 17-6 major decision. Flores pinned Arroyo Grande’s Daniel Matthys and Paso Robles Ian Rodriguez (3:20).

Estrada pinned Porterville’s Tristan Nieblas (2:00) and Redwood’s David Garcia (1:54). Weimer had a bye then pinned Redwood’s David Silva in 11 seconds. Avila also had a bye and pinned Firebaugh’s Juan Luguin.

Still competing in consolation are Adrian Galvan (128), Edgar Batres (154), Yance Williams (162) and Salvador Garcia (197).

Benevidez, Avila semis bound for PHS

Two wrestlers, Brian Benevidez (122) and Tyler Avila (184) are still in the running for a division championship after advancing to today’s semifinals on the first day of the CIF Central Section Division II Championships at Madera South High School Friday. As a team the Panthers are in eighth place.

Benevidez pinned Firebaugh’s Juan Estrada-Mora (42 seconds) and Redwood’s Josh Moreno (1:52). Avila pinned Hanford’s Trace Gonzales (1:36) then Sanger’s Cameron Diaz.

Competing today in the consolation rounds is Geovanny Felix (108), Javier Benevidez (134), Gabriel Salas (140), Tristan Nieblas (147), Hector Nava (162) and Clarence Harmon (287).


Marauders advance to semis

Three of  Monache High School’s girls wrestlers competing at the CIF Central Section Southeast Area Championship tournament advanced to the championship semifinal rounds Friday at Mission Oak High School. The Marauders are currently in eighth place after the first day.

At 118 pounds, Charlotte Kouyoumtjian pinned McFarland’s Roxanna Sarabia in 1 minute, 53 seconds, then Ridgeview’s Yasenia Navejas in 1:01 to reach the semis.

Rhiannon Cabutotan (123) reached the semis by pinning Highland’s Carmen De Avila (1:46) then Shafter’s Chloe Espericueta (2:32). Ramona Ortega (191) had a bye then pinned Golden West’s Briana Gonzalez in 56 seconds in the quarterfinals. 

At 103 pounds, Alyssa Mendiola pinned Redwood’s Mia Zermeno in 59 seconds but was pinned in 1:58 by Frontier’s Jacqueline Hernandez in the quarterfinals.

Pina, Cook into semis for PHS

Porterville High School’s Samantha Pina (128) and Sequoia Cook (162) advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Central Section Southeast Area Championship tournament Friday at Mission Oak High School. The Panthers are currently in ninth place after the first day.

Pina pinned Desert’s Deanna Ellison (1:37) then Redwood’s Kiley Langford (4:39). Cook had a second round bye and pinned South’s Jessica Pineda in 3:54 in the quarterfinals.

In consolation for the Panthers are Alma Saldana (172), Melissa Abarca (139), Mattea Monroe (123), Evelyn Guzman (108) and Camila Palomares (103).

Winning their first matches but losing the quarterfinals were Guzman, Monroe and Abarca.In their first matches, Guzman pinned South’s Jaqueline Torres (0:57), Monroe pinned Redwood’s Sabryna Hernandez (1:12) and Abarca pinned Rosamond’s Destiny Braun (0:48). 


Porterville 9

Sacramento City 0

Porterville College women’s tennis defeated Sacramento City 9-0 in a Big 8 South Conference match Friday on the road.

In singles, No. 1 Claire Nuno won 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Eileen Rooney won 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 Raquel Calo won 6-0, 6-0; No. 4. Zoe Vasquez won 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Autumn True won 6-0, 6-0 and No. 6 Annabelle Rivera won 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles, No. 1 Nuno and Rooney won 8-0, No. 2 Calo and Vasquez won 8-0 and No. 3 True and Rivera won 8-0.  

The Pirates next match is today at Cosumnes River College.

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