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High School Roundup: Fountain Valley’s Max Wilner into CIF State wrestling semifinals

Fountain Valley High School wrestler Max Wilner won the 160-lb. semifinal match vs. Kyle Buscher fro
Fountain Valley High’s Max Wilner, pictured wrestling on top of Oak Hills’ Kyle Buscher on Feb. 16, advanced to the semifinals of the CIF State championships in Bakersfield on Friday.
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Fountain Valley High sophomore Max Wilner, a 160-pounder, advanced to the semifinals of the CIF State wrestling championships on Friday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Wilner won by major decision by a score of 11-3 against Concord De La Salle’s Ankhaa Enkhmandakh in the quarterfinals.

The No. 4-seeded Wilner will go against the top seed in Clovis Buchanan’s Matthew Olguin in Saturday’s semifinals. In December, Wilner dropped a 5-1 decision against Olguin in the Zinkin Classic at Buchanan High.

The top four seeds in the weight class made their way through their respective quarters of the draw. The other 160-pound semifinal will feature No. 2 Noah Blake of Loomis Del Oro versus No. 3 Max Aguirre of Bakersfield Frontier.


Barons freshman Sean Solis, a 106-pounder, fell one match shy of making it to the medal round. He was beaten 2-1 by Rowland’s Fernando Barreto.

Solis went 4-2 in the tournament, scoring two major decisions and two decisions. Both of his losses came by one point.

Zach Parker, a 113-pound freshman for Fountain Valley, went 0-2 in the tournament. He bowed out after a 13-5 loss by major decision to Salinas Palma’s Zak Thompson to begin Friday’s action.

In the girls’ tournament, Corona del Mar’s Kiersten Muse, a senior 137-pounder, also just missed out on a medal. She lost by fall in the third period to San Pedro’s Sydney Barrios in the blood round.


Muse went 3-2 in her first state meet, recording a pin, a major decision and a decision for her victories.


Laguna Beach 5, Segerstrom 2: Kolton Freeman had seven total hits and Cutter Clawson had two total wins as the Breakers won the Newport Elks Tournament Costa Mesa Division at Irvine’s Orange County Great Park on Friday.

Laguna Beach went 5-0 in the tournament, as Freeman had two home runs and a triple. Clawson was seven for 15 with three home runs and two doubles. Wes Witteman and Brooks Hogenauer pitched the championship game.

Corona del Mar 8, San Juan Hills 1: Matt DeCrona, Nolan Dunn and Reece Berger all had two hits for the Sea Kings in their final game of the Newport Elks Tournament Foothill Division on Friday at home.

Blake Butcher had a two-run single for CdM (5-0-1), which had 12 hits overall. Ryan Borquez (1-0) got the win in relief, tossing three scoreless innings. He gave up three hits and struck out three.

Estancia 11, Portola 3: Jake Covey pitched five innings and earned the win for the Eagles in their Newport Elks Tournament Orange County Division finale on the road.

Nick Peralez was three for five with two runs scored and two runs batted in for Estancia (3-2).


Edison 14, Salinas 2: Blakely Malpass and Gwen Ontiveros each scored three goals for the Chargers in their season opener Friday.


Annie Cavener and Rylee Siegel each scored twice for Edison. Goalkeeper Keena Colamonico made three saves.

Edison plays at Laguna Hills on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


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Feb. 26, 11:40 p.m.: This article was updated with Laguna Beach’s baseball result against Segerstrom.

This article was originally published on Feb. 22 at 10:30 p.m.