California Weekend Recap

South Hills Claims Arroyo Classic, despite a Strong Challenge by Palisades Charter

Despite a stiff challenge by Palisades Charter out of Los Angeles County, The South Hills wrestling team was successful in claiming the team championship with 202.5 team points. Palisades Charter was a distant second with 169 points, followed by Rio Mesa (154.5), Arroyo (150.5.) and Montebello High with 108 points to round up the top five teams.

The lone returning champion Zack Pons (South Hills, SS) was unsuccessful in repeating as champion as he was pinned in the second round by top seed, Ernesto Moncivais of Mt. Miguel (SD) in the 126-pound weight class. Moncivais earned the lower weights MVP honors, while Hamzah Al-Saudi (Palisades Charter, LA, 195s) won the upper weights MVP award.

Buchanan HS (CS) 2017 Doc Buchanan Team Champions

No Pity from Buchanan at the 40th Annual Doc Buchanan Tournament

This is the year of the Bears and they’re not showing any type of leniency towards their adversaries. With three tournament titles under their belt, the 2016 CIF state tournament champions Buchanan High School, won their first ever Doc Buchanan tournament with 216 points and four champions that included Matt Olguin (113s), Ethan Leake (120s), Brett Villarreal (138s), and Anthony Montalvo at 182s.

Villarreal was named the tournament’s Outstanding Lower Weight, by defeating Jacob Greenwood of Poudre-Fort Collins, Colo., 11-4 in the final, while Montalvo pinned Oakdale’s Colbey Harlan in 4:43 to earn his second Doc Buchanan cowboy hat.

Cohl Schultz of Ponderosa, Colorado, won his second cowboy hat by defeating three-time Oregon state champion, Haydn Maley of Roseburg, Ore., 8-5, at 220s. Winning their third championship hat included Justin Mejia of Clovis High, Layne Van Anrooy of Roseburg, Oregon, and Seth Nevills of Clovis High, who will be attempting to match his older brother (Nick) and win his fourth cowboy hat next year.

Anderson High School Gets the Better of the North

With 32-teams in attendance from CIF sections as Northern, Sac-Joaquin, North Coast, Central Coast, and the state of Oregon, Anderson High (NS) was victorious in capturing their own tournament. Anderson was first with 227.5 points, followed by West Valley (177), Lassen (154.5), Fortuna (133) and Red Bluff was fifth with 115 team points.

Rodney Kincaid (160s) was named the tournament’s most outstanding middleweight wrestler, as he pinned all four opponents he faced on Saturday. Rocky Raby (113s), Anthony Smith (138s), and Luis Penick (285s), advanced to the finals as well but were defeated and settle for second place in their respective weight classes. A total of 12 wrestlers placed in the tournament for the Cubs.

2016 CIF state medalist, Enrique Landeros of Orland High (132s) repeated as a “Beast in the North” champion with five falls.

Cupertino Claims Second Consecutive Bianchini Tournament Title

Central Coast Section’s Cupertino High School was victorious in winning a second consecutive Bianchini title, accumulated 179.5 team points to finish ahead of Amador High (SJ) 168 points in the team standings. Piedmont Hills (CC) was third in the tournament, followed by Evergreen (CC), and American out of the North Coast Section.

Three Pioneers were successful in winning an individual title – Akhil Vega (113s), Miguel Reyes (138s), and Christophe Peters at 170s.

Seth Goyal of Palo Alto (CC) remains undefeated, as he claimed his fourth individual championship of the season, and his second Bianchini championship. Adam Mena of Christopher (CC) was also successful in claiming a second championship at 182-pounds. Andy Maltz of Gunderson High (CC) failed in claiming a second Bianchini title but bounced back by taking third in the 285-pound weight division.