Six Local Wrestlers Headed to the California State Championships
Temecula Valley’s Ryan Cosio and Cleveland Belton of Temescal Canyon, both won their weight classes to bring home Gold Medals from the CIF Southern Section Masters Tournament this weekend. They will be headed to the 45th Annual California State Championships next week at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Four other local wrestles will also be headed to State. Temecula Valley will be sending Cosio, the 182 pound Champion, Jacob Fortin, who finished 7th at 195 and Tyler Jorgenson, the 8th place finisher at 10.
Belton, who was the Champion at 120 pounds will represent Temescal Canyon. Elsinore 220 pounder Dominik Urena took second in his division and Emmet Brooks of Chaparral’s 6th place finish qualified them to advance to State.
St. John Bosco won the CIF SS Master’s Tournament with 155.5 points and 8 qualifiers. Northview qualified 6 wrestlers for Stae and took second with142.0 points. Sultana was third, Alta Loma fourth and Palm Desert finished fifth.
Temecula Valley came in 13th, Temescal Canyon 20th, Elsinore 36th and Chaparral finished 60th.
The Titan’s Belton will have his work cut out for him next week. Senior Justin Mejia of Clovis will seek to become the second boys’ wrestler of all-time to win four CIF State Championships. Currently, only Darrell Vasquez of Bakersfield (1999-2002) has accomplished the feat.
2017 CIF SS Masters Champions
1st Flores, Eddie Northview
1st Belton, Cleveland Temescal Canyon 120
1st Palacio, Elijah Calvary Chapel 126
1st Diaz, Aaron Canyon Springs 132
1st Raya, Alejandro Yucaipa 138
1st Silva, Zander Alta Loma 145
1st Kim, Joshua Santiago 152
1st Bernal, Jordan Little Rock 160
1st Mantanona, Anthony Palm Desert
1st Cosio, Ryan Temecula Valley 182
1st Salas, Danny St. John Bosco 195
1st Serna, Jackson Northview 285
Photos by Gwen Conroy & Javier Cosio