Hesperia, Sultana wrestlers show Masterful day

first_imgSeven of the Sultana eight went 2-0 to remain in the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament, including 135-pounder Erik Baker, 140-pounder Cody Bollinger and 145-pounder Jarrod Brocksher. “I think those guys are on a mission,” Humphrey said. “They didn’t make hardly any mistakes.” The 130-pounder was leading Park 8-7 after two periods, but Cougars head coach Rangi Smart said Eagleson, as usual, simply had more strength than his opponent in the third. “He’s got a lot of offense,” Smart said of Eagleson. “He’s got the conditioning, and that only comes from working your butt off.” Victoria Anthony and Carter High were the other notable winners Friday. Anthony, a sophomore from Huntington Beach Marina, is the first female to compete in the CIF-SS Masters meet since its inception in 1983. After dropping her first match 13-0, she came back for a 22-10 win in the consolation bracket and will be back on the mat today. Carter, which supplanted Fountain Valley as tournament host this year, orchestrated a smooth day of competition that ended ahead of schedule. “I don’t think there were any drawbacks,” Humphrey said. “I like it better because it’s a lot closer to home, too.” Third-round competition begins at 9 a.m. today, and Carter athletic director Joe Paluba expects winners to be crowned by 7 p.m. Temecula Valley’s 44.5 points led the team standings. Behind Sultana (36.5) and Hesperia (30.5), ninth-place Barstow (20) was the only county school among the top 20. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RIALTO – Of the 1,000-plus wrestlers, coaches, fans and staff inside the Carter High School gymnasium Friday, it was harder to find two happier men than Dave Stidham and Rocky Humphrey. Stidham, the Hesperia coach, and Humphrey, his Sultana counterpart, had seven and eight wrestlers, respectively, qualify for the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet. All 15 are coming back to Carter today after advancing through the first two rounds, putting Hesperia fifth and Sultana second in the team standings. center_img Ray Bowen (125), Eli McWatters (160), David Moore (189) and Zac Sweeney (215) also went 2-0 for the Sultans, while Ryan Fillingame (119) lost his first match, but won his second to stay alive in the consolation bracket. For Hesperia, heavyweight Ryan Hoover improved to a nifty 50-0 on the season with a first-round pin and a technical-fall win in Round 2. “He’s on a roll right now,” Stidham said of Hoover, who is ranked first in the state and 12th in the nation. “He’s peaking at the right time.” Dominick Reyes (171) and Justin Correa (215) enjoyed first-round byes and second-round wins for the Scorpions, while Daniel Gudino (130), Andrew Collins (140), Julius Culpepper (152) and Danny Reyes (215) each went 1-1. Rancho Cucamonga senior Ryan Eagleson extended his undefeated season to 42-0, beating Orange Lutheran’s Danny Salazar by technical fall and pulling out a 14-9 win over Sunny Hills’ Joseph Park. last_img