HS Wrestling: Sultana Defeats Santiago to Win the 2017 CIF SS Eastern Division Dual Championship

Temecula Valley & Temescal Canyon Eliminated in the Semifinal Round

Sultana High School from Hersperia edged Santiago 34-32 Saturday night to capture the 2017 CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Dual Championship.

The top seeded Sultans defeated Carter in their first match and then met Temescal Canyon who had defeated Great Oak in the quarter finals. Sultana defeated the Titans in the semifinal match and moved on to faced Santiago for the Championship.

The Sharks made their way to the Championship match by eliminating Hemet in the quarters and then defeating Temecula Valley in the semifinal. The Golden Bears took the first four matches of the semis and were ahead 15-2 and looking confident. The Sharks turned it all around and ended up with a 32-24 victory. Temecula Valley had previously beaten Paloma Valley 63-10 in the quarterfinals.

In the Championship Meet, the Sharks jumped out to a 26-3 lead with victories by Kyle Cuttress (120) and Bryson Kubota (126) Dante Amodeo(138), Josh Kim (152 and Dylan Wallace (160). The Sultans dominated the heavier weights as Joey Griego (170)Dylan Turkowski (182) and Sam Aguilar (220) won.

Austin Gillham (285) won the heavy weight match with a controversial victory over the Sharks’ Christian Settecase. Gillham had slammed Settecase to the mat after a whistle had been blown. Gillham went on to win the match by injury forfiet over the protests of Santiago Coach Rock San Angelo. Ryan Spangler put the Championship on ice with his victory at 106 pounds.

The Golden Bears and Wolfpack will head to the Southwestern League Tournament to see which of their wrestlers will head to the CIF Southern Section Finals.

Photos by Charles McKee