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By JP Raineri
Sports Editor 

Masters wrestlers head to state tournament, next stop Bakersfield


Last updated 2/21/2019 at 9:06pm

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Temecula Valley took third place in the team standings at last weekend's Meet the Masters tournament but were the No. 1 public school to qualify, sending five wrestlers to wrestle at the CIF State tournament later this week.

The CIF-Southern Section dual-meet wrestling championships took place at six different locations this past Saturday, and in the team standings, Servite High School finished first, followed by St. John Bosco and Temecula Valley high schools.

The Golden Bears are sending five wrestlers off Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, where the state championships are held, which include: freshmen M.J. Gaitan (fifth, 120) and Mark Takara (fifth, 126), and seniors Michael Scarponi (third, 160), Ryan Cosio (second, 170) and Logan Melendez (eighth, 220).

Paloma Valley High School senior Savion Dixon, who did not make weight at 106 pounds at CIF last year, got a bit of redemption by taking third at 120 pounds this year. Other schools with state qualifiers included Citrus Hill High School's Gabriel Schumm and David Villa (fifth, 138), Barstow High School's Isaiah Ramirez (sixth 138), Don Lugo High School's Isaac Samano (eighth, 138), Corona Centennial High School's Jesus Ventura-Sepulveda (seventh, 170), Roosevelt High School's Brandon Leon (fourth, 195) and Hemet High School's Travis Wuerth (eighth, 170).

It was also a historic weekend for the top girls' wrestlers in the Inland area. Quite a few local female wrestlers finished on top of the podium at the CIF Southern Section championship meet held at Roosevelt High School. Samantha Barragan of Hemet and Kameron Sudol of Yorba Linda High School had one of the top battles of the night in their championship bout. Barragan held on for a 14-12 victory after Sudol battled back to tie things up at eight heading into final period.

Beaumont High School had two big matches that excited the crowd as Juliana Bricarello pinned Victor Valley High School's Sierra Rivera at the 1:46 mark of the first period, but it was Joanna Hendricks that capped the big night for Inland wrestlers when she pinned Etiwanda High School's Lauryn Morales with 25 seconds remaining in the 189-pound final. The match was scoreless at the time of the pin. Corona High School took third in the team standings with 124.5 points, and Paloma Valley finished fifth representing the area programs that finished in the Top 10.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at [email protected]


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