Where: Northview HS
Time: 6:30 PM
This Thursday at 6:30 P.M., Northview will host No. 15 Servite, a match that will test how well the Black and Gold can perform against a top-notch team, both on the individual and team level. The Vikings are currently on a hot streak after last weekend, when they demolished the field at the Carter tournament with 11 medalists. Six Vikings also went undefeated on the day, a testament to the mental and physical stamina they must have to perform on such a level all day long.
On the other side of the mat, the Friars are a formidable opponent. They have already made waves this season, as they finished in second place behind St. John Bosco at the Cossarek tournament without their best wrestler Troy Madrigal.
No. 28 Andrew Silva (S) vs. David Cordero (N)
Silva was a varsity starter for the Frias last season and placed seventh at the CIF Central Division. He competed last weekend at the Cossarek tournament where he placed third in the 32-man bracket. Cordero started the season strong by winning the Carter tournament where he finished with a 4-0 record. His closest match occurred in the semifinal round as he defeated Brian Williams (Rancho Mirage) 10-6. He had two technical fall wins and a fall in his other matches during the tournament.
???? (S) vs. No. 24 (106) Bobby Pinto (N)
Servite HS had no wrestler entered at the Cossarek tournament in this weight class. So, we have no idea who coach Clinton will put in this weight class. Pinto was a backup to state runner-up Eddie Flores at 106-pounds last season. Nevertheless, he competed this past weekend as the varsity starter for the Vikings and won the Carter tournament by recording three falls and a technical fall in the finals.
Moises Segura (S) vs. No. 5 Eddie Flores (N)
Both Segura and Flores competed in the 106-pound weight class last year. Flores went on to place second at the CIF state tournament, while Segura qualified to CIF and went 0-2. Both compete at 120, this past weekend, with Segura finishing top 12 at the Cossarek, while Flores won the Carter tournament with four falls.
No. 8 (120) Josh Medina (S) vs. No. 38 (113) Carlos Carrillo (N)
Medina will come into the dual-meet as the No. 8 ranked wrestler at 120-pounds. Last season, he was expected to challenge for a Masters Meet title but was injured during the tournament. He recently placed second at the Cossarek tournament as he lost in the finals to the 2017 CIF state champion Cleveland Belton of St. John Bosco. Carrillo helped the Vikings win the Carter tournament as he placed fifth in the event.
Mario Cazarin (S) vs. Andrew Alamo (N)
Unseeded at 132-pounds at the Cossarek tournament, Cazarin defeated the # 6, # 3, and the # 2 seeded wrestlers to advance to the finals where he lost a close 4-2 match to Cael Valencia of St. John Bosco. Alamo finished with a 4-2 record to finish seventh at the Carter tournament. Alamo was third at the CIF Inland Division last season at 126-pounds.
No. 30 Teddy Okada (S) vs. No. 9 Gabriel Cortez (N)
This should be the match of the dual-meet as it features a two-time CIF state qualifier Gabriel Cortez and Fargo All-American Teddy Okada. Okada recently won the Cossarek tournament as he recorded three falls, a technical fall, and a decision during the event. Cortez continued his winning ways by winning the Carter tournament and getting a 10-1 major decision in the finals over 2017 state qualifier Anthony Loera of Yucaipa.
Valor Buck (S) vs. Baltazar Arteaga (N)
Buck is up a weight class after having finished top 12 at the CIF Central Division. He recently finished with a 5-2 record and placed fourth at the Cossarek tournament. Both losses were to John McCoy of Marina (9-4 and 7-4). Arteaga finished with a 2-2 record and was unsuccessful at placing at the Carter tournament.
No. 3 Troy Madrigal (S) vs.???? (N)
Madrigal will enter the dual-meet as the No. 3 grappler in the state at 152-pounds. Last year, he finished second at the Southern Section and eighth at the CIF state tournament. He should come out big for the Friars against whomever the Vikings put in front of him.
Neil Carter (S) vs. Bryan Burguena (N)
Carter had a great tournament at Cossarek as he finished second at 160-pounds. His results are not surprising as training daily with Madrigal has helped him become a better wrestler. Burguena advanced to the semifinal of the Carter tournament but settle for fourth place after losing 9-8 to Gordon Lau of Walnut.
Michael Valdez (S) vs. Kevin Lima (N)
Valdez competed for the Friars at CIF and finished within a round shy of becoming a medalist. Lima competed last weekend at the Carter tournament and was fifth in the event.
Daniel Jurado (S) vs. No. (170) Steven Comstock (N)
Jurado was another place winner for the Friars as he finished third at the Cossarek tournament. This will be the first match of the season for the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the state at 170-pounds, Steven Comstock. Comstock has signed with Fresno State to play collegiate football next season. He has a bright future on the gridiron and could be playing professional football in a few years.
Tristen Wilson (S) vs. HM (160) Brandon Reynoso (N)
Wilson was the lone grappler to go the full six minutes versus the Cossarek champion Callum Bisping of Canyon, last week. Wilson finished with a 4-2 record and placed fifth at the tournament. Reynoso is up three weight classes from last year as he was fifth at CIF at 160-pounds. He recently won the Carter tournament with four falls and was awarded the most outstanding wrestler award in the upper weights.
Jacob Espinoza (S) vs. David Barela (N)
Espinoza placed fifth at the Cossarek tournament and helped the Friars finish second behind league rival St. John Bosco in the team standings. Barela was fourth at the CIF tournament as a sophomore for the Vikings. He is up a weight class from last year, and recently won the Carter tournament.
Xander Mora (S) vs. No. 16 (220) Rigo Estrada (N)
Mora finished with a 2-3 record and placed sixth at the Cossarek tournament. Rigo was triumphant last season in winning a CIF Inland Division title as a ninth grader. He recently placed second at the Carter tournament and recorded four falls.
Where: Northview HS