It’s time to catch up with East Bay Athletic League wrestling as our qualifying athletes competed for North Coast Section championships this past weekend, shooting for spots in the CIF State Wrestling Championships.
The CIF meet is set for February 23-25 at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield. Only the top two wrestlers in each weight class at NCS qualified to advance to state.
The NCS Boys meet took place at James Logan High, and as usual it was packed with great action and a full house of fans.
Here are the EBAL wrestlers that advanced to the finals, thus guaranteeing themselves spots at state.
106 pounds: Manuel Martir of De La Salle took the title with a fall at 5:13 in the match over Chulh-tsa’a Bates of Del Norte.
126 pounds: Carlos Vasquez of De La Salle reached the finals but fell 6-4 to Ryan Espurito of Benecia.
138 pounds: Arti Feizi of De La Salle won another title for the Spartans beating Jayson Victoria of Granada by a 3-2 final in an Ultimate Tie-breaker.
145 pounds: Maxwell Wise of Foothill destroyed his competition, clinching his title with a 17-0 technical fall in the finals over John McKenize of Archie Williams high school. Wise recorded three falls and two technical falls on the way to the title.
153 pounds: This was another all-EBAL final here as Gavin Fernandez of De La Salle beat Henry Baalman of Dublin 7-3 in the finals.
160 pounds: T.J. Arvizu of De La Salle gave the Spartans another title by beating Kaeden Timmons of Windsor 11-6.
170 pounds: Erik Anderson of Granada finished second, getting pinned by Logan Bruce of Maria Carrillo at the 3:38 mark of the match. Other EBAL wrestlers placed at NCS but did not advance to State.
113 pounds: Caleb Tatad (DLS - 3 rd).
120 pounds: Giovani Cuevas (DLS - 5th), Julius Ramos (Amador
Valley - 7th), Nick Baxter (Granada – 8th).
145 pounds: Franklin Enkhamdakh (DLS – 3rd), JT Nishikama (Monte Vista – 4th), Tyson Tran (Granada – 6th), Anish Neema (Dougherty Valley – 8th).
152 pounds: Kevin Goodman (California – 4th).
182 pounds: William Dawson (Granada – 3rd), Daltin Silva (Livermore – 5th), Rolando Sanchez (DLS – 6th), Nicholas Plicner (California – 7th).
195 pounds: Aiden Ochoa (Livermore – 7th).
220 pounds: Stefan Bakiev (DLS – 4th).
285 pounds: AJ Johnson (Amador Valley – 4th), Cooper Cazares (DLS – 6th). De La Salle cruised to the team title with 302.5 points. Ukiah was second at 159 points, with Granada finishing third at 157.5 points.
On the girls’ side of NCS which was held at Albany High, the EBAL claimed a pair of titles and three state meet berths.
101 pounds: Lauren Nguyen of Granada got the ball rolling for the locals with a hard-fought 6-4 win over Savannah Talmadge of Northgate in the finals.
121 pounds: Mason Harsch of Monte Vista grabbed a convincing 10-0 win over Myia Weiller of College Park.
160 pounds: Sophia Yurkovich of Liberty beat Sophia Jetton of Amador Valley by a 7-1 final score.
Other EBAL wrestlers that placed were as follows:
101 pounds: Navjot Waraich (Dublin – 3rd).
106 pounds: SJ Martin (Granada – 3rd), Mai Falcone (Amador Valley – 8th).
111 pounds: Madison Macachor (Dougherty Valley – 5th).
116 pounds: Maile Nguyen (Granada - 5th), Iris Fan (Amador Valley – 7th).
126 pounds: Sylvia Heloin (California – 7th).
131 pounds: Maci Stemmons (Monte Vista – 4th), Lana Nguyen (Dublin – 6th).
137 pounds: Nour Barakat (San Ramon Valley – 4th).
150 pounds: Rocio Ortez (Livermore – 8th).
160 pounds: Lavenda Hafoka (Dublin – 8th).
For more information on the CIF State Wrestling Championships, to find results or where you watch the stream of the event, check out www.cifstate.org/sports/wrestling.
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