Boys Wrestling Sends 12 to the Podium at Nogales Superchamps Tournament
A bevy of Tritons earned their way to the podium and pushed the San Clemente boys wrestling team to a fourth-place finish overall at the Nogales Superchamps Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6-7, in La Puente.
San Clemente placed 12 wrestlers in 11 weight classes, with three medal finishers in the 30-team tournament.
Top of the heap for the Tritons was Thiago Pereira with a second-place silver at 145 pounds. Pereira won his first four matches by fall, including wins in 49 seconds and 65 seconds in the first two rounds, to advance to the title match. Pereira lost a competitive decision, 8-4, to take second.
Also at 145 pounds, Jacob Belden earned a third-place bronze. After a first round bye, Belden won by fall in two minutes and then by decision, 5-1, to advance to the semifinals. After a narrow one-point decision loss to the eventual champion, Belden opened the consolation bracket with a technical fall victory, 15-0, and took third with a decision victory, 6-4.
Dominic Morales also earned a medal for the Tritons at 152 pounds. Morales won his first three matches by fall with wins in 63 seconds and 25 seconds followed by a marathon 3:49 to reach the semifinals. Morales lost a close match by decision, 2-0, before posting two wins by fall in the consolation bracket to earn the third-place bronze.
Santino Nonoca (120 pounds), Jakan Rancourt (138 pounds), Kelan Stever (160 pounds) and Max Bolliger (182 pounds) all finished fifth for San Clemente. Caydin Chan (106 pounds), Luis Llanos (113 pounds), Dylan Henry (170 pounds) and Ethan Wiske (195 pounds) all earned sixth-place finishes. Adam Wronski (132 pounds) rounded out the San Clemente podium-placers in seventh.
San Clemente, ranked No. 3 in CIF-SS Division 3, also wrestled in a league match at Aliso Niguel on Tuesday, Jan. 10, but results were not available at press time.
The Tritons next wrestle in the Western Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Sea View League Championships are Jan. 21 at El Toro High School.
Girls Wrestling Places 7 at Two Tournaments, Dominates Aliso Niguel
It was a busy weekend for the San Clemente girls wrestling team, and the Tritons rolled that energy into an impressive league performance this week.
Over the weekend, San Clemente sent contingents to two tournaments, with the best Triton results coming in San Dimas.
Berlyn Davis earned a first-place gold at 143 pounds in the Gunnery Sgt. Richard D. Madrid Memorial Tournament. Davis posted three straight wins by fall and won the tournament championship with a 4-0 decision.
Eden Hernandez also reached the final at 111 pounds in San Dimas before settling for the second-place silver. Hernandez won her first four matches by fall, then lost by fall in the final.
At the Western Lady Pioneer Challenge in Anaheim, Lyndsey Goldring earned a third-place bronze with a bye, win by fall and a decision win in the third-place match.
Brianna Rodriguez (160 pounds) finished fourth. Cyra Bybee (121 pounds), Emily Llamas (150 pounds) and Madison Diaz (189 pounds) finished sixth.
San Clemente then rolled over Aliso Niguel, 60-18, in a dual meet on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
The Tritons next wrestle in the Dick Morris Memorial Tournament at El Toro and the Top Gun Tournament at Bonita, both on Saturday, Jan. 14.