High School Roundup: Fountain Valley’s Max Wilner advances to CIF State wrestling quarterfinals

High School Roundup: Fountain Valley’s Max Wilner advances to CIF State wrestling quarterfinals
Fountain Valley High 160-pounder Max Wilner, left, pictured competing against Bellflower St. John Bosco's Louis Rojas on Feb. 16, advanced to the CIF State wrestling quarterfinals in Bakersfield Thursday. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

Fountain Valley High sophomore Max Wilner advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF State wrestling championships on Thursday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Wilner, the No. 4 seed in the 160-pound bracket, pinned Shingle Springs Ponderosa’s Riley Lewallen in his first match. He earned a victory by technical fall (21-6) over Kelseyville’s Alex Garcia in his second bout.


In the quarterfinals, Wilner will square off with Ankhaa Enkhmandakh of Concord De La Salle. The Spartans senior had to win three matches on the first day of the tournament.

The Barons’ freshmen state qualifiers are alive in the consolation bracket.


Sean Solis came up short in a bid to upset the No. 4 seed in the 106-pound bracket, dropping a 1-0 decision to Oakdale’s Brayden Abell. He turned his day around with a 7-0 decision over El Dorado Union Mine’s Michael Mallot in the elimination bracket.

Solis will face De La Salle’s Bobby Cuevas in the second round of consolation.

Barons 113-pounder Zach Parker went on the mat once, losing his match 14-7 to the No. 6 seed in Clovis North’s Hayden Zinkin.

Parker has drawn Salinas Palma sophomore Zak Thompson in the consolation bracket as he attempts to battle back towards the medal round.

On the girls’ side, Corona del Mar senior Kiersten Muse began her tournament with a 15-2 major decision over Durham’s Sofia Poblanco in the first round of the 137-pound bracket.

Muse dropped into the consolation bracket, though, as she was edged in a 2-0 decision by the No. 6 seed in Menlo-Atherton’s Lauren McDonnell.

The first state qualifier from CdM in 40 years, Muse will oppose the winner of Firebaugh’s Alejandra Escalante and Escondido San Pasqual’s Esmeralda Santiago on Friday.


Marina 8, Lakewood 5: Andrew Sojka had a tie-breaking two-run single in the sixth inning for the visiting Vikings in Loara Tournament consolation action Thursday.

Austin Hallman had a two-run double and a single for Marina (3-1), while Rocco Peppi, Troy Kent, Braden Wylde and Cory Lewis had two hits each. Wylde had three RBIs.

Chase Hennessey earned the win and Sojka the save for Marina, which will play in the tournament consolation final on Saturday.

Edison 3, Riverside JW North 1: Sam Rice earned the win for the host Chargers on Thursday in a Loara Tournament game.

Rice (1-0) threw three shutout innings for Edison, allowing three hits.

Garrett Runyan was three for three with a run scored and a run batted in for Edison (3-3).


Ocean View 3, Inglewood 0: Hunter Miller had nine service aces, nine assists and four kills, as the host Seahawks came away with a 25-21, 25-5, 25-4 win in Thursday’s nonleague match.

Devon Vu added 10 aces and four kills, and Jackson Petrovich also had four kills for Ocean View (2-1).

Tesoro 3, Edison 1: The host Chargers could not hold on after winning the first set in Thursday’s home opener, as the Titans won 22-25, 30-28, 25-19, 25-18 in the nonleague match.

Edison dropped to 5-2 this season.


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