Great Oak is at Temecula Valley, Chaparral heads to Murrieta Valley and Murrieta Mesa faces Vista Murrieta
Wrestling is no longer just the domain of Temecula Valley in the Southwestern league. While the Golden Bears field the strongest team in the league, the rest of competition is steadily showing signs of improvement.
Great Oak will face the Golden Bears at Temecula Valley this Thursday. The Golden Bears are coming off a huge weekend, having beaten a tough field of 38 of top teams to win the Riverside County Championship.
Temecula Valley’s Tyler Jorgeson (170) and Ryan Cosio (182) both won Gold medals at the tournament. Noah Graciano (152) and Dillon Johnson (132) both took silver. Ethan Pratt (113) placed third.
Great Oak also had a successful weekend. The Wolfpack placed third at the Willemstein Memorial Tournament at Ontario High School. “It was a great weekend for us in Ontario” said Great Oak Coach Joe Conroy. “ Junior Captain Joseph Conroy and Angel Munoz came up big taking first place. We always expect big things from those two so it was nice to see them get to the top of the podium. All of our guys really wrestled well and I couldn’t have been happier”.
Asked about the first dual with the Southwestern league’s perennial champion Coach Conroy replied; “Hopefully we can build from this win and keep our momentum going. This week will be a real challenge for us. Temecula Valley is always incredibly tough and this year is no different. We are going to use this opportunity to see where were at as a program”.
Vista Murrieta will face Murrieta Mesa. The Broncos won the Willemstein Memorial Tournament with strong performances by Eddie Lee, who took first place in the 160 pound Division and the foursome of Raquel Wagstaff (170), Arturo Baeza (120), Rocio Biondi (195) and TJ Baeringer (106) who all placed second.
“The team performed excellent and has been making improvements throughout the year” noted Head Coach Jeremy Jarrett. “We’ve had numerous injuries this season, and graduated a large number of the varsity starters, but the younger wrestlers are really stepping up and becoming excellent varsity wrestlers. We’re hoping to finish top 2 in league and top 6 in CIF again. Plus, we’re looking to get 4-5 wrestlers to place at CIF again.
The Rams finished third in the Fontana Christmas Classic in December. They were no match for the Golden Bears last week.
Chaparral finished in second place in the Willemstein Memorial Tournament. Damian Wake took a first place medal home in the 182 lb division for the Pumas. They had the most amount of wrestlers scoring with 11. Charles Tisby (138) Emmitt Brroks (195) and Zackry Waller took third place in their weight. They will head to Murrieta Valley.
“I have a great group of committed athletes who are beginning to reap the benefits of their hard work” said Nighthawk Coach Daniel Kingman.
“The boys are led by seniors Cody Valencia and William Jarvis whom have placed in some very tough tournaments. We also have 2 female wrestlers, Kiri Schell and Audrey Lee who have turned in phenomenal performances this season”.