Southern Section

Saturday, Jan. 31


State Qualifying Regionals, Valhalla High (El Cajon)
1. West Covina, 62.0
2. San Marino, 57.0
3. Granada Hills, 43.0
4. South Hills, 41.0
5. Fillmore, 32.0

Senior Noreen Cruz went 4-0, with two pins, a tech fall and a decision in the 98-pound weight division, beating Santa Monica freshman Jazzy Green, 8-6 in the finals to take first place at the State Qualifying Regionals for Region Four at Valhalla High in El Cajon on Saturday. The tournament, which covered the Southern, San Diego and the LA City sections, hosted approximately 120 girls in 16-man bracketed competition with the top five wrestlers in each division qualifying for the State meet this Saturday at Vallejo High. Cruz and Green have faced each other three times this season, with Cruz winning all three matches.

“Each time it’s gotten closer between these two,” said West Covina coach Shirley Stephens. “The way the state seedings are [in Vallejo], there is no way these two will see each other until the finals. I won’t be surprised if that’s the final matchup.”

San Marino’s Elizabeth Tran went 4-0 with four pins in the 110-pound weight class and was named tournament MVP of the lower weight division to lead the Titans to a second place finish. The senior Tran did not have a point scored against her in the tournament. San Marino also qualified Heidi Denault who finished third at 105, and Anastasia Krlov who took fourth at 154 pounds.
--Rafer Weigel

Friday, Jan. 30


Harvard-Westlake 40, Chaminade 36

Thursday, Jan. 29


Peninsula 66, Mira Costa 6
Mike McConnell improved his personal record to 31-8 with an 8-4 victory at 162 pounds for visiting Peninsula (5-2, 2-1). Skylar Wilkinson of Peninsula won the 145-pound division to bolster his record to 26-10.


Sonora 67, La Habra 6
Lance Mejia pinned Ryan Frost in 51 seconds at 112 pounds and Monglio Salcedo pinned Tim Vanpool in 1:53 for host Sonora (15-3, 3-1).


Calabasas 54, Westlake 21
Skyler Onkan pinned Robert Scherzinger in 2:45 at 189 pounds and Ivan Pinchuk pinned Dan Gancert in 3:30 in the 171-pound division to lead visiting Calabasas (18-4, 3-3).


Temple City 50, South Pasadena 22
Daryl Wong pinned Sunny Boonsook in 1:23 at 119 pounds, Ruzbeh Mosadeghi pinned Jarred Heguold in 2:28 in the 152-pound division and Bryan Liu beat Ben Barron, 21-6, at 112 pounds for visiting Temple City (6-1, 4-0).


Downey 80, Gahr 0
Frank Marquez recorded a pin in 30 seconds at 277 pounds to lead host Downey (22-0, 4-0), which clinched the league title.


Laguna Hills 77, Newport Harbor 0
Justin Jones defeated Kidd Lym, 12-8, at 112 pounds and Blake Fitzgerald pinned Fabian Vazquez in 1.32 minutes in the 277-pound division to lead visiting No. 8 Laguna Hills (5-0 in league), which clinched its 17th consecutive league championship. Newport Harbor drops to 0-4 in league.


Santa Margarita 48, Mater Dei 27
Matt Lightner recorded a pin in 5:20 at 171 pounds for host Santa Margarita (8-9, 1-2). Matt Rupp pinned in 1:05 at 275 pounds for the Eagles. Mater Dei drops to 0-3 in league.


Dana Hills 39, Trabuco Hills 30
Brad Kenson recorded a pin at 140 pounds for visiting Dana Hills (4-3, 3-1).

San Clemente 66, El Toro 9
Nick Baker, making his first varsity start, pinned previously unbeaten Nick Elder at 152 pounds for San Clemente (15-3, 5-0). At 191 pounds, Enrique Lagunas remained unbeaten in league by pinning Drew Esquivel of El Toro (7-6, 2-2), avenging a loss to Esquivel in the recent San Clemente Rotary Tournament.


Northview 48, San Dimas 18
Nick Leon pinned Brett Wooley in 5:20 at140 pounds to lead No. 1 Northview (15-0, 4-0), which clinched at least a share of the league crown. San Dimas is 19-1, 3-1.

Wednesday, Jan. 28


El Modena 55, Anaheim Canyon 12
T.J. Croce had a major decision at 152 pounds, winning, 15-3, and Eric Chavez won, 7-1, at 119 pounds to lead host El Modena (4-0 in league), which clinched the league championship with the victory. Anaheim Canyon got wins in three weight class (103, 125, 130), but forfeited in eight of the 14 divisions.


Esperanza 66, Huntington Beach 9
103--Akerson, E, d. Rivas, 8-1; 112--B. Fong, E, tech. fall, Murphy, 2:07; 119--Kim, E, won by forfeit; 125--T. Fong, E, won by forfeit; 130--Olson, E, p. Falco, 0:39; 135--Lindemann, E, won by forfeit; 140--Mendoza, E, p. Montez, 1:04; 145--Severino, E, won by forfeit; 152--Kolstad, HB, dec. Trueblood, 5-4; 160--Lanzi, E, major dec. La Rosa, 18-4; 189--Brown, E, won by forfeit; 215--Dooley, E, won by forfeit; 275--Escobedo, HB, p. Cazessus, 5:54.
Team Records: Esperanza 6-1, 4-0; Huntington Beach 6-3, 1-3

Tuesday, Jan. 27


Santa Ana Calvary 35, Santa Ana 31
Justin Paulsen (103 pounds), Brian Osuna (119), Patrick Aleksanyan (135) and David Jauregui (140) all recorded pins for host Calvary Chapel, ranked No. 2 by The Times. Rudy Justo pinned Tran Porter in 1:46 at 125 pounds, Osman Amador defeated Nick Knowles, 4-3, at 130 and Steve Valdez won, 8-4, over Glenn Reineer at 171 for No. 9 Santa Ana.


Laguna Hills 69, Aliso Niguel 12
Tommy Roberts (191 pounds) pinned Yutaha Roane in 3:47 and Travis Bengard (217) pinned Kris Ingram in 5:53 for visiting and No. 8 Laguna Hills (9-0, 4-0), which clinched at least a share of the league championship. Aliso Niguel is 1-4 in league.


San Clemente 64, Capistrano Valley 12
Brandon Cunningham pinned Capistrano Valley’s Ben Toussing in 5:29 at 105 pounds to lead visiting San Clemente (14-3, 4-0). Capistrano Valley is 0-4, 0-4.

Monday, Jan. 26


Calabasas 41, Newbury Park 30
Calabasas is 17-4, 2-3.