Wrestling: Live updates from CIF State Tournament


8:45 p.m.

We made it to the end of the first day.

Team Scores after Day 1

1. Buchanan 147; 2. Clovis 133.5; 3. Poway 81; 4. Gilroy 73; 5. Selma 59.5; 6. Northview 59;

7. Calvary Chapel 57.5; 8. De La Salle 56; 9. Bakersfield 53; 10. Vacaville 53

O.C. wrestlers alive in championship quarterfinals

113 – Liam Cronin, Servite

160 – Justin Thomas, Calvary Chapel

170 – Jeremy Thomas, Calvary Chapel

O.C. wrestlers alive in consolation bracket

106 – Marcos Polanco, Servite

113 – Luciano Arroyo, Calvary Chapel

132 – Josh Luton, Villa Park

138 – Ethyn Ewing, Canyon

152 – Tyler Meisinger, San Clemente

160 – Angel Cordova, Servite

170 – Kyle Marshall, San Clemente; Jed Smith, Mater Dei; Lukas Howa, Trabuco Hills

182 – Morris Wilner, Calvary Chapel

195 – Joey Daniel, Santa Ana


bodies are hitting the floor now

6:55 p.m.

Liam Cronin (Servite) up 5-0 after 1st period. Cronin up 9-2. 10-2 Cronin. he's back in semifinals.

Arroyo had 5-1 lead on Zollman. now 5-3. 5-4 after Zollman escape. Now 6-5 Zollman. 6-6 1:21 left. Zollman gets late TD to win


Lukas Howa (Trabuco Hills) advanced by inj. default.


Joey Daniel (Santa Ana) wins by fall at 195 to stay in tourney.Morris Wilner (Calvary Chapel) gets 3-1 victory at 182 to stay in.

Saltzman (Servite) wins 3-1 to stay alive

wrestlers in the consols bracket at this stage of the tournament are walking on egg shells. one more victory to survive the first day and have a shot at placing tomorrow morning


Tyler Meisinger (SC) stays alive at 152 with 7-0 victory. Angel Cordova (Servite) still in it at 160 with victry by fall


Palacio (Calvary Chapel), Knowles (Calvary Chapel) and Zamora (Laguna HIlls) are elimianted


Anthony Le (Laguna Hills) win by fall to stay in. correction: Jacob Gunter (Esperanza) lost. eliminated


Marcos Polanco (Servite) with a 2-0 OT victory over Prata of Downey.


consolation round 3 originally scheduled to start at 6:30, but it starts in a few minutes. love it.

Saltzman wins 11-2 to stay alive.

next round is all consolation. 16 OC guys will do their best to stay alive for at least one more round.


Joey Daniel (Santa Ana, 195) lost by fall to Godinez (not the school in Santa Ana, but the wrestler Adrian Godinez from Foothill (not the Foothill in the OC, but from the Central Section).

Daniel drops to consols


Morris Wilner (Calvary Chapel) up 4-1 on Chasen Blair, second-ranked kid in the state.

5-4 Wilner going into 3rd --- 5-5 escape Blair --- TD Blair 7-5 lead ---7-6 escape Wilner --- 40 seconds left ---9-6 TD Blair. Wilner drops to consols.


170 update (since all four were on the mats at the same time)

Jed Smith (Mater Dei) pins Burrage of Del Oro ... Kyle Marshall (SC) beat Silva of Poway, 5-3 ....Jeremy Thomas (Calvary Chapel) pins Wyneken of Clovis ...Lukas Howa (Trabuco Hills) lost to Belshay of Buchanan, 13-2


Palm Desert's Anthony Mantanona (170) won his first match by fall in 22 seconds. he just won in 19 seconds now. how low can he go?


Angel Cordova drops to consols after losing to Johnathan Hunter of Golden Valley by fall.


Peter McCoy (Marina) eliminated. lost by fall to Ruiz of Mt. Miguel.After seeing his finger from the 1st round, props to him for hanging around this long.

Calvary Chapel's Justin Thomas (160) pins his guy in about 40 seconds.


Johnny Knowles up next against Boutain of Benicia. Meisinger (San Clemente) is down 4-1 to Martino of Clovis.

Meisinger down 7-2. Knowles down 2-1 in third.

Meisinger loses 10-2. Knowles tied the match 3-3 with a sweet TD, but gave up an escape and lost 4-3.


internet here is weak.

Zamora wins by fall in consols at 145. Dylan Wallace (Espy) trails a kid from Royal 6-3. make that 9-3. 3-pt NF by Royal kid. Wallace is eliminated.


Ewing forced OT tied 4-4. then he got the TD to win 6-4 and advance to quarters. Pacheco loses 11-1. drops to consols

Bernal stays alive winning by fall.


Ewing down 2-0 to Melendez of Gilroy.

Pacheco on mat against Miguel (Clovis West)

Ewing trailing 4-0 going to third. Pacheco down 2-0.

Ewing down 4-2 less than minute left. Pacheco down 7-1.


Josh Luton (Villa Park) taking on Curtis Booth of Folsom.

TD Folsom 2-0.

TD Luton 2-2

end of 1.

going to third. still tied at 2-2. 4-2 Booth on near fall. escape Luton 4-3. TD Luton 5-4 lead. 6-5 Booth reversal. and he gets the pin.

Luton drops to consols


Navarrete (Santa Ana) loses by Tech fall to Turner and falls to consolation.


Palacio tied 2-2 against Velasquez (Pitman) entering third.

3-2 Palacio. 4-3 TD Velasquez. 4-4 Palacio escape less than minute left.


More OT

Velasquez on bottom. can't get away.

Palacio on bottom now. escape 5-4 Palacio. TD Velasquez 6-5. Velasquez wins. 


Anthony Le (Laguna Hills) loses by fall to Kai Kramer of La Costa Canyon. Le drops to consolation.

2:52 p.m.

Calvary Chapel is undefeated so far.


Marcos Polanco (Servite) up 4-1 in his consolation match against Olea (Exeter). Polanco wins 8-2

All O.C. 113s on mat at same time. Cronin up 2-0. Arroyo up 2-1. Gunter just started vs. Zollman

Cronin up 8-2. Gunter down 2-0. Arroyo up 4-1.

Cronin wins  14-4. Gunter lost by  fall to Zollman. Arroyo wins 9-1. Will face Zollman in quarters.

2:18 p.m.

Parker Saltzman on the mats for his consolation match. He's up 2-0 against Ramirez of Central. saltzman leads 7-0 going to the third. Saltzman wins 9-0.

next round is championship round of 16 with some consolation. It will be a busy one.


Peter McCoy (marina) wins 4-2 to stay alive. beat a kid from Turlock

1:42 p.m.

Wolfgang Bernal (Servite) up 4-0 in his consolation match against Gomez of De La Salle. Bernal wins 6-1.

Zamora won by tech fall at 145.


Ryan Gutierrez (Brea) on the mat in a consolation Match. He's down 4-0 against Del Toro of Madera. TD for Del Toro. 6-0 lead going into 3rd.

6-3 Del Toro. Back points for Del Toro. 9-3 lead. Del Toro eliminates Gutierrez, 10-5.

Calvary Chapel is currently in 5th in the early team standings. Buchanan leads with 66 points.


heading into first full round of consolation: 7 OC kids are in consolation bracket. 19 will be in third round of championship in a couple of hours.


catching up

Justin Thomas (Calvary Chapel) won by tech at 160. Angel Cordova (Servite) had 11-6 victory.

at 170 - Marshall (SC) won 5-0. Lukas Howa (Trabuco) won 11-2. Jed Smith (Mater Dei) won by fall. Jeremy Thomas (Calvary) won by fall.

Morris Wilner (Calvary Chapel) wins by major decision 18-4

Joey Daniel (Santa Ana) wins his first match by fall. 1st period





Zamora (Laguna Hills) was up 11-0. then he got pinned. wow. wow. wow.

Tyler Meisinger (San Clemente) won by fall at 152.

11:53 a.m

Knowles wins 10-6. Wallace drops 6-3 dec to Torres of Redwood. Zamora up 5-0

Just saw a pic of the finger injury that McCoy suffered in first round. gruesome. he's going to give it a go in the next round of consolation.

11:50 a.m.

Knowles up 5-2. TD Knowles 7-2.

Wallace tied 3-3.

Zamora just starting.

11:45 a.m.

Johnny Knowles up next against Bakersfield's Dillon Cravens. Also, Laguna Hills' Phillip Zamora and Esperanza's Dylan Wallace have their first matches of the tournament.

11:40 a.m.

Ethyn Ewing (canyon) and Devin Pacheco (MD) are both on the mat. Pacheco leads 5-0. Ewing leads 4-0.

Ewing gets 3-pt NF up 7-0. Pacheco up 8-1.

Pacheco wins by TF (18-2). Ewing 11-0

11:25 a.m.

Josh Luton (Villa Park, 132) against Reynaldo Calderon of Roybal.

Luton up 4-0 headed to 2nd

Luton TD, 3-pt NF in 3rd. 9-0. another 3-pt NF 12-0. anotehr 3-pt NF. 15-0 TF

11:16 a.m.

Random note: Calvary Chapel looks clean. singlets. warm-ups. shirts. smooth look.

11:11 a.m.

Navarrete tied with Kyle Parco of San Roman Valley 3-3 late second. Navarrete gets late TD and NF in 2nd to take 7-3 lead into 3rd.

Navarrete wins 9-4. 2nd win of the day.

10:55 a.m.

Anthony Le (Laguna Hills) wins his 2nd match of the day. knockin off Michael Mello Of Oak Ridge, 3-1.

Elijah Palacio (Calvary Chapel) also won his 2nd match of the day. 7-4 over Gaxiola of Buchanan.

10:51 a.m.

Polanco (Servite) lost his 2nd round match.

Cronin (Servite) won by fall. Arroyo (Calvary Chapel) and Gunter (Esperanza, 9-2) won by decision

10:18 a.m.

final match of 1st round (at least concerning O.C.) Parker Saltzman (Servite) against Anthony Spallino of Windsor. Saltzman down 2-0 going to third. 3-0. Saltzman gets TD, down 3-2. 4-2. 37 seconds left. Spallino wins 4-2.

O.C. wrestlers went 7-4 in opening round. 2nd round will see all the first-round winners and Cronin, Arroyo, Gunter, Pacheco, Ewing, Zamora, Wallace, Meisinger, Thomas Brothers, Cordova, Howa, Marshall, Wilner and Daniel all in action.

10:02 a.m.

Smith gets reversal in third. win 6-3.

10 a.m.

Mater Dei's Jed Smith against Nick Maidan of Stockdale. Smith up 2-1 going to second. two-point NF for Smith. 4-1 lead. now 4-2 heading into 3rd.

9:50 a.m.

Marina's Peter McCoy injured finger in first round. ran out of injury time. loses by inj. def. will wrestle next consolation round.

9:40 a.m.

Wolfgang Bernal (Servite) is out on mat 8. reversal Wolfgang for 2-0 lead. 3-pt NF for Wolfgang.

Johnny Knowles (Calvary Chapel) is headed to Mat 5.

Speaking of 5s, Bernal leads his match 5-0, but just gave up reversal to Justin Hansz. Now Hansz has two-point NF. another 2-pt NF for Hansz, who leads Wolfgang 6-5 going to third.

Knowles wins by fall.

Hansz dominated the second half of his match with Bernal. Hansz win 12-6

9:32 a.m.

Villa Park's Josh Luton (132) is up 1-0 early second period.

TD Luton in 2nd. 3-0 going to third.

Luton working on top in 3rd. looking for NF points. eventually gets 3-0 victory.

9:23 a.m.

Ricardo Navarrete (Santa Ana) up 9-0 after 1st period against Cody Huang. He eventually finishes him off for TF victory, 17-2.

Ryan Gutierrez (Brea Olinda) down 7-0. He drops decision to Gary Joint of Lemoore.

9:16 a.m.

Palacio (calvary chapel) wins by tech fall.

9:13 a.m.

Anthony Le (Laguna Hills) wins 5-0.

Palacio has an early 2-0 lead against James Odom.

9:08 a.m.

And we're off.

Marcos Polanco (Servite) gets early TD against Jimmy Heryford.

Second period. Polanco TD for 4-0 lead heading into 3rd period. Polanco adds TD and NF for 8-0 victory.

Anthony Le (Laguna Hills) on the mat. Calvary Chapel's Elijah Palacio coming out too.

8:53 a.m.

Cue the entrance music. here comes the first wrestlers. Marcos Polanco (Servite, 106) is the first up for the O.C.

560 wrestlers.

8:44 a.m.

Random thought. just imagined how long it would take if they introduced every wrestler competing in the tournament. I cringed just thinking about it.

8:24 a.m.

here are the list of O.C wrestlers in action today:

106: Marcos Polanco, Servite

113: Luciano Arroyo, Calvary Chapel; Liam Cronin, Servite; Jacob Gunter, Esperanza

120: Elijah Palacio, Calvary Chapel; Anthony Le, Laguna Hills

126: Ricardo Navarrete, Santa Ana; Ryan Gutierrez, Brea Olinda

132: Josh Luton, Villa Park

138: Devin Pacheco, Mater Dei; Ethyn Ewing, Canyon; Wolfgang Bernal, Servite

145: Phillip Zamora, Laguna Hills; Johnny Knowles, Calvary Chapel; Dylan Wallace, Esperanza

152: Tyler Meisinger, San Clemente; Peter McCoy, Marina

160: Justin Thomas, Calvary Chapel; Angel Cordova, Servite

170: Jeremy Thomas, Calvary Chapel; Jed Smith, Mater Dei; Lukas Howa, Trabuco Hills; Kyle Marshall, San Clemente

182: Morris Wilner, Calvary Chapel

195: Joey Daniel, Santa Ana; Parker Saltzman, Servite

8:17 a.m.

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. The moment you've all been waiting for. Another live update blog from the CIF State Wrestling Championships. I'm your guy. So sit back and relax and keep hitting F5 (not the Brock Lesnar finishing move), but you know what I'm talking about.

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