Temecula Valley came from behind to defeat Laguna Hills, 45-16, in the championship match as the Golden Bears captured their third Southern Section Division I dual-meet wrestling title in four years Saturday at Brea Olinda High.
Temecula Valley (13-1, 4-0 in the Southwestern League) went 4-0 on the day, handing the Hawks their first dual-meet loss behind Calvin Devault and David Navarette.
Devault posted a 4-0 record with four pins at 164 pounds and Navarette went 3-0 with three pins at 107 pounds.
“To win the duals -- especially the Division I duals, the power duals -- it means a lot,” Temecula Valley Coach Arnold Alpert said. “To be the best dual-meet team around really says a lot about your program.”
Temecula Valley proved its mettle down the stretch against Laguna Hills, which opened a 9-0 lead when Tommy Roberts won an 8-1 decision over the Golden Bears’ Chris Branuelos at 193 pounds and Travis Bengard (219) pinned Andrew Herrera in 1 minute 30 seconds.
The Golden Bears began to rebound when heavyweight Jordan Blanchard defeated Laguna Hills’ Blake Fitzgerald, 5-1, and Navarette pinned Anthony Frank to tie the score at 9-9.
Temecula Valley won 10 of the remaining 12 matches to complete the comeback.
“That is one heck of a team,” Laguna Coach Cliff Jarmie said. “Give Temecula all the credit. I’m really impressed with them.”
-- Rafer Weigel
Girls’ Water Polo
Katya Eadington, Camille Hewko and Vivian Liao each scored two goals and Corona del Mar defeated Montebello, 7-3, in a nonleague regular-season finale between two teams ranked in the top 10 in the Southland by The Times.
Montebello (23-5), which is ranked No. 7, had a 15-game winning streak snapped.
The Oilers tied the score, 2-2, early in the third quarter, but Liao scored her goals in the period and Hewko got her first goal to give the Sea Kings a 5-2 advantage.
Canoga Park, which went from 1-11-1 last season to 14-1-2 so far this season, was awarded the top seeding in the City Section playoffs during the City seeding meeting at Van Nuys High. Sylmar (19-4-2) is seeded No. 2 in the 32-team tournament, which begins Thursday. Los Angeles Bell (11-0-7) and Lake Balboa Birmingham (13-2-3) are seeded third and fourth, respectively.
The title game is March 6 at East L.A. College.
-- John Ortega
Three-time defending champion Woodland Hills El Camino Real has been awarded the No. 1 seeding in the City Section playoffs.
The Conquistadores (18-4-1), led by senior Kandice McLaughlin with 23 goals and nine assists, as well as Nicole Connolly (11 goals and 10 assists) and Nikki Walberg (11 goals), will play host to Eagle Rock in the first round Friday.
Granada Hills (13-4-3), last year’s City runner-up and the second-place finisher behind El Camino Real in the West Valley League this season, is seeded No. 2, followed by third-seeded Palisades (12-2-1) and fourth-seeded San Pedro (12-4-1).
-- Steve Galluzzo