Wrestling: Mission foes may meet again

first_imgThen there’s Harvard-Westlake, who handed Alemany its only defeat earlier this season. There’s also Chaminade of West Hills, the team that beat the Wolverines 39-37 last week, and a young Brentwood of LosAngeles team. Today’s five-way meet, which starts at noon, could feature of a handful of standout wrestlers facing each other in the finals. Crespi’s David Ricketson and Alemany’s Anthony Espinosa could meet in the 171-pound category title match. Crespi’s Gary Espinosa (130) and Gus Fernandez (135) are favorites to win their weight categories. Gabriel Camarillo is the favorite to take the 215-pound championship for the Warriors. Chaminade’s Sean Cochran (152) could get a chance to avenge being pinned by Alemany’s Isaac Figueroa last week. One of the two could face Crespi’s Lamar Reid in the title match. “We were able to run the table before, but the Mission League has proven to be highly competitive,” said Mike Odman, Crespi’s coach. “Whoever gets the break, whoever has that one kid that makes the difference can take it.” The Mission League champion qualifies for the Div. VI dual meet tournament Feb. 10 at Elsinore High in Wildomar, while the second-place team will wait to see if it is selected for one of the five available slots for runner-up teams. First-, second- and third-place wrestlers qualify for the Southern Section’s Coastal Division individual tournament Feb. 16 and 17 at Marina High in Huntington Beach. In the Marmonte League, it will be all about individual qualifiers in today’s league finals at 9a.m. at Simi Valley High. With Royal of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks splitting the league title, teams have shifted focus to having their wrestlers reach CIF’s individual tournament. The Highlanders and Lancers will compete in the Div. II dual meet tournament Feb. 10 at North Torrance High. The top three wrestlers in each weight category advance to the Inland Division individual tournament Feb. 16 and 17 at Los Osos High in Rancho Cucamonga. Individuals are also the center of attention in the Golden League finals at 10 a.m. today at Knight High in Palmdale. Highland of Palmdale clinched its 13th Golden League title, finishing with an undefeated league record and earning a spot in the Div. V dual meet championships it will host Feb. 10. League runner-up Quartz Hill also qualified for the team playoffs. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Celts went on to beat the Warriors to win their fourth consecutive league title, qualifying for the first round of the Div. VI dual meet playoffs, in which they were eliminated by Perris. Alemany was the runner-up, earning an at-large bid into the postseason. But it failed to comply with the Southern Section’s new certification program and was eliminated before competition began. “That’s another story, I don’t even want to get into it,” said Lou Carmona, the Warriors’ coach about last year’s disqualification. “I wasn’t too happy with the rules. But we’re not completely interested in that right now.” Instead, Carmona’s interests lie with his wrestlers earning a spot in the Central Division individual meet brackets. To do that, the Warriors must get through a Crespi team that dominated last year’s meet. Alemany beat Crespi 32-30 earlier this season. It’s a familiar scenario in the Mission League. The Alemany of Mission Hills and Crespi of Encino wrestling teams will enter league finals with 3-1 league records. center_img Both teams are also favorites to meet in the final of today’s dual championship meet at Crespi, just like they did last season. The Celts, Warriors and Harvard-Westlake of Studio City came into last year’s finals with 3-1 records. last_img

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