Editor's note: This corrects the weight class Cody Forrest competed in.
CORONA — It's been more than a decade since Newport Harbor High has had a CIF champion in wrestling. But senior Bradley Beaudette ended the drought Saturday at Roosevelt High.
Beaudette (32-9) won the 189-pound weight class championship at the CIF Southern Section Inland Division tournament. He became the first CIF champion in Dominic Bulone's 12 years as Newport Harbor coach.
Beaudette, the Sunset League champion, beat Jordan Bixler of Redlands East Valley, 5-0, in the title match.
"It was awesome," Beaudette said of becoming a CIF champ. "Greatest feeling in the world, just to be on top of the podium."
Beaudette, who went 4-0 in the two-day tournament, edged Raymond Sanchez of A.B. Miller, 4-3, in the semifinals.
"He was really aggressive and confident the whole weekend," Bulone said of Beaudette. "Even when he got a little bit of a lead he didn't sit back. He just kept going."
Beaudette had beaten Sanchez, 10-1, earlier in the season. He had never wrestled Bixler before Saturday.
"I was a little nervous in the beginning, but I was really determined to win it," Beaudette said of his thoughts before the final. "I wanted it really bad."
Beaudette advances to the CIF Masters Meet, which begins Friday at Temecula Valley High. It is the qualifying meet for the CIF State Championships. The top nine wrestlers in each weight class advance to the CIF state meet March 4-5 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Newport Harbor senior Ryan Cerrato, in the 171-pound weight class, just missed on his chance to advance by one spot. He finished sixth after losing three matches Saturday. He lost in the semifinals, 4-2, to Norwalk's Christian Millian, who went on to win the CIF title.
Cerrato then lost in the consolation semifinal, 9-7, to David Browning of Corona. Cerrato lost, 6-4, to Edison's Josh Peth in overtime of the fifth-place match to end the tournament. Cerrato had beaten Peth, 6-2, in the quarterfinals Friday.
Jesus Sotelo also wrestled for the Sailors in 130s. He lost in the first round of consolation Saturday morning.
— From staff reports
OXNARD — Corona del Mar High junior wrestler Cody Forrest advanced to the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet after finishing fourth in the 215-pound weight class at the CIF Coastal Division tournament Saturday at Pacifica High.
Forrest went 5-2 in the two-day tournament. He'll compete at the state qualifying meet that begins Friday at Temecula Valley.
Forrest was one of six CdM wrestlers who competed at the Costal Division tournament.
Andrew Minkus (112-pound weight class), Kieffer Cohen (135), Hunter Thomas (130), Chad Caraway (152) and Nick Delgado (189) also competed.
Duarte 60, Estancia 48
DUARTE — Kassie Stratton and Jenny Boldizar scored 18 points each for the Eagles in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A second-round game Saturday.
Boldizar, whose 18 points were a season-high, hit six three-pointers for No. 12-seeded Estancia (21-7).
Co-Coach Xavy Castellano said the Eagles kept it close against No. 5 Duarte until five minutes left in the fourth quarter when the Falcons went on a run. Duarte outscored Estancia, 20-6, in the fourth quarter. The Eagles were ahead, 42-40, after three quarters.
Vanessa Stafford scored six points, while Yesenia Maldonado and Celia Duran had three points each.