Fountain Valley High’s Max Wilner brought home his first state medal on Saturday in the CIF State wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The Barons’ 160-pound sophomore won by major decision 11-3 over the No. 3 seed in Bakersfield Frontier’s Max Aguirre in the third-place match.
Wilner, who entered as the No. 4 seed in the tournament, said that winning the third-place bout was a statement victory.
“I was glad I wrestled him,” Wilner said of facing Aguirre. “When I went for third or fourth [place], it was just to prove how I should be the No. 3 seed.
“It was just a proving point, kind of, for me. I got the major [decision], so it felt pretty good. It just proved that I should have been the No. 3 seed.”
For the tournament, Wilner went 5-1. He scored two major decisions, a pin, a technical fall and a decision. His loss came against the top seed. Clovis Buchanan’s Matthew Olguin beat Wilner by decision 7-0.
Huntington Beach 4, San Jose Bellarmine Prep 3: Coach Benji Medure earned his 300th win with the program as the Oilers won the second game of Saturday’s nonleague doubleheader at home, sweeping it.
Josh Hahn had three hits and Cole Minato added two hits for the Oilers (4-1), who beat Bellarmine Prep 3-1 in the opener.
Edison 6, Villa Park 2: Senior Andrew Ballas earned the win in relief, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the Chargers in Saturday’s Loara Tournament game at Villa Park High.
Ballas (1-0) allowed one hit and struck out two.
Senior Ted Burton was two for three with a run scored for Edison (4-3).
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