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Golden Singlet a sweet prize for revamped CdM

Golden Singlet a sweet prize for revamped CdM
Corona del Mar High's wrestling team celebrates with the Golden Singlet following its victory at Newport Harbor in the Battle of the Bay on Thursday. (Courtesy of Dale Hollingshead)

For the second time this year, the Newport Beach rivals went head-to-head on the wrestling mat.

The teams squared off in the Battle by the Bay dual tournament on Dec. 2, but as Corona del Mar High coach Mark Alex put it, that bout was just a prelude to the real Battle of the Bay.

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Newport Harbor served as the home site of the District Championships, putting bragging rights and a coveted trophy on the line in the renewal of its rivalry with CdM.

For the first time since 2011, the framed Golden Singlet is headed back to CdM, as the Sea Kings defeated the Sailors 46-30 on Thursday night.

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Seven wrestlers won by fall for the Sea Kings, with 182-pounder Chase Zanck and 220-pounder Danny Reichner nullifying third-period deficits with late pins to flip their matches in the final 30 seconds.

"You can't write a more exciting finish than that," Alex said. "That's one thing we work on. Once you get them on their back, you keep them on their back, and you pin them.

"We focus on team points. You've got to pin your opponent to get your sixth team point. We work on techniques of pinning to get a point, and we also work hard on getting off our backs."

Angelina Garcia (106), Eric Rector (113), Nick Stauffer (132), Boris Alexandrov (145) and Peter Hollingshead (160) also pinned their opponents.

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CdM took the Newport-Mesa Unified School District title, going 3-0 in its dual meets against Newport Harbor, Costa Mesa (66-15), and Estancia (65-15).

Newport Harbor took second, while Costa Mesa claimed third with its second victory over Orange Coast League rival Estancia this season.

Osumi primed for next CIF run

Newport Harbor's Austin Osumi is coming on strong late in the regular season.

The junior won the 195-pound title in the Jaguar Classic at Segerstrom last Saturday, earning all four of his victories by pin.

Osumi expects to make his presence felt at the Sunset League Finals next Thursday at Huntington Beach High. The top three from each weight class will advance to the CIF Southern Section Southern Division Individuals at Brea Olinda High.

"I'm hoping to get first place at the Sunset League Finals," Osumi said. "I'm pretty sure I can.

"CIF, I have no idea who is going to be there. It could be someone who has gone to state three times."

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Conrad Izzi also medaled for the Sailors, placing fifth at 170.

Ocean View and Costa Mesa also competed at the Jaguar Classic. Noah Edsell finished second at 126 for the Seahawks. John Martinez (145) placed fifth, and Will Nguyen took seventh at 160.

Aaron Gonzalez placed fifth at 220 pounds to lead the Costa Mesa effort. The Mustangs also received seventh-place showings from Leslie Delgado (106) and Benny Rodriguez (152).

Palacio rebounds at CIT

After experiencing a two-loss weekend in placing fourth in Temecula Valley's Battle for the Belt, Edison senior Elijah Palacio bounced back as the lower-weight MVP of the California Invitational Tournament in Morro Bay last Saturday.

Palacio went 6-0 to win the 132-pound title, posting four pins, a technical fall and a decision.

Chargers senior Jared Williams placed sixth at 145.

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