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  • O.C. wrestler of the year: Liam Cronin, Servite BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Last year, Servite’s Liam Cronin had the best and worst view of the action at the CIF-SS Masters Meet. Because he didn’t qualify for the tournament, he spent the day as a runner for the team, taking bout sheets to and from the head table. The close-up view left him frustrated over being a spectator as his teammates com
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • O.C wrestling coach of the year: Alan Clinton, Servite BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    There was no easy road to success for the Servite wrestling team. All of the extra work in the offseason, practicing and travelling to duals and other competitions, paid off with a remarkable season for the Friars. “It was one of those years that made you go wow,” Servite coach Alan Clinton said. “Accompl
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • All-County wrestling team BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    The Register’s All-Orange County wrestling team for 2014-15. WRESTLER OF THE YEAR Liam Cronin, Servite Read about Cronin.
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • 2014-15 All-County winter sports teams
    Here are links to All-County teams for the 2014-15 winter sports season Boys basketball Girls basketball
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • All-County wrestling: 2nd, 3rd teams BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    All-County teams for the 2014-15 season. Second team 106 - Elijah Palacio, Calvary Chapel, Fr. 113 - Jacob Gunter, Esperanza, Jr. 120 - Diego Jimenez, Villa Park, Jr. 126 - Noah Blakley, Servite, Sr. 132 - Johnny Knowles, Calvary Chapel, Jr.
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • Sonora's Rohlfing off to good start at Nationals By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Sonora's Russell Rohlfing (126) has advanced to the quarterfinals at the 26th Annual NHSCA High School Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Rohlfing had a bye in the first round and then picked up a 10-4 and 5-2 decision. He will face Austin Jamison (North Carolina) in the quarterfinals. Rohlfing finished sixth at
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Picking up the pieces By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys discuss the conclusion of Damian's winter sport, wrestling, by breaking down what happened last weekend at the CIF State tournament. Which local wrestlers medaled? Did Servite clean up? And what were the guys doing the last
    Thu Mar 12, 2015
  • Wrestler of the week: Liam Cronin, Servite BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Liam Cronin Servite Cronin (106) made a bit of history advancing to the finals at the CIF State Wrestling Tournament. By doing so, he became the first ever state finalist for the Friars. He eventually lost in the finals to Cade Olivas (St. Jo
    Mon Mar 09, 2015
  • Servite's Cronin finishes second in state at 106 BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    BAKERSFIELD – Liam Cronin’s dream of winning a CIF State wrestling title was denied Saturday night, but his final-match loss serves as motivation to drive him next year. Cronin, a junior from Servite, ran into Trinity League rival Cade Olivas of St. John Bosco in the 106-pound final at Rabobank Arena, and for th
    Sat Mar 07, 2015
  • CIF State Wrestling Tournament: Day 2 Live updates By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    3:50 p.m. Your 2015 county state medalists: 106 - Liam Cronin, Servite, finalist 126 - Russell Rohlfing, Sonora, 6th 170 - Andrew Morgan, Fountain Valley, 3rd; Mike Marshall, San Clemente, 5th; Jed Smith, Mater Dei, 7th 182 - Leangelo White, Western, 4th; Michael Vasquez, Servite, 7th 220 -
    Sat Mar 07, 2015
  • Sonora's Rohlfing advances to state semifinals BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    BAKERSFIELD – Russell Rohlfing’s day at the CIF State Tournament had an awkward beginning. The Sonora senior didn’t have to wrestle his first match in the 126-pound division because his opponent defaulted, so he had a lot of free time until his second match. It was worth the wait as Rohlfing won three con
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • CIF State Wrestling Tournament: Live updates By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    9:25 p.m. Here are the first day OC survivors Me (I don't live in the OC, but I work there, so that counts. OC wrestlers in semifinals 106 –  Liam Cronin (Servite) 126 – Russell Rohlfing (Sonora) 170 – Andrew Morgan (Fountain Valley)OC wrestlers i
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • Brea Olinda's Gutierrez battles through the pain BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Wrestling has been the perfect outlet for Brea Olinda’s Ryan Gutierrez. As a sophomore, he suffered a loss greater than any wrestling match with the death of his father. Faced with adversity, Gutierrez said he did what he was taught to do. “I had to flip the switch,” he said. “I couldn&rsquo
    Thu Mar 05, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Championship weekend By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys discuss last weekend's CIF Masters Meet, and Damian looks ahead to this weekend's CIF State tournament in Bakersfield. How come wrestling teams from Northern California have done so well at this level in the past? Is Yorba Linda's Abe Och
    Thu Mar 05, 2015
  • Wrestling O.C. Top 10 (3-2-15) By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    1. Servite 2. Fountain Valley 3. Yorba Linda 4. Calvary Chapel 5. Villa Park 6. Laguna Hills 7. Sonora 8. El Dorado 9. San Clemente 10. Santa Ana
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • Wrestler of the week: Gabby Garcia, Valencia BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Gabby Garcia Valencia Garcia captured her third consecutive CIF State title when she defeated Kennedy’s Miyuki Pugrad, 3-1 in the 126-pound final, Saturday at the Visalia Convention Center. Garcia won two matches by fall and defeated Maddy Tung (Santa Monica), 4-2 in the semifinals. Garcia also won state title
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • Girls wrestling: Valencia's Garcia makes it three in a row By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    After another CIF State wrestling tournament, Valencia’s Gabby Garcia finds herself sitting at the top of her weight class. Garcia entered this year’s tournament as third seed at 126 pounds. She won two matches by fall on the first day and wrapped up her third consecutive CIF State title with a 4-2 victory over Madd
    Sun Mar 01, 2015
  • Wrestling: O.C. qualifiers for CIF State Tournament By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    O.C. qualifiers for CIF State Tournament 106 – Liam Cronin (Servite); Dexter Viengvilay (Laguna Hills); Elijah Palacio (Calvary Chapel) 113 – Ryan Gutierrez (Brea Olinda) 126 – Noah Blakley (Servite); Russell Rohlfing (Sonora); Christian Claudio (Calvary Chapel) 132
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Yorba Linda's Ochoa captures Masters Meet title BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ONTARIO – Abe Ochoa said he’s ready for what’s ahead of him at this year’s CIF State Tournament. If his performance this weekend is any indication, then Yorba Linda’s heavyweight could have another productive Saturday. Ochoa, who won a CIF title last weekend, won four matches by fall and then defeated
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Girls wrestling: Four county wrestlers advance to semifinals By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Canyon’s Aleeah Gould (106), Kennedy’s Miyuki Pugrad (126), Valencia’s Gabby Garcia (126) and Magnolia’s Arlene Hernandez (150) advanced to the semifinals at their respective weights at the CIF State Tournament in Visalia. Gould won her first match fall and her second by decision to adv
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Marina's Coppa keeps streak going at Masters BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ONTARIO – Last week, Marina’s Ryker Coppa pinned his way to the 195-pound CIF title. After the first day of the CIF-SS Masters Meet, Coppa is sticking with what is working. The senior won his first three matches, all by fall, to guarantee himself a trip to next week’s CIF State Tournament and a spot in to
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: All the drama!!! By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys discuss last weekend's CIF Individual Wrestling Championships, and Damian looks ahead to Friday, the first day of CIF Masters. Can Servite send 13 wrestlers to State? Can Fountain Valley build off its first CIF championship in 30 years? W
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Girls wrestling: O.C. qualifiers for CIF State tournament By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    O.C. GIRLS STATE QUALIFIERS 106 - Aleeah Gould, Canyon; Maria Alvarez, Aliso Niguel 111 - Michaela Kim, Sunny Hills 121 - Diana Hernandez, Godinez; Casandra Para, Santa Ana; Michelle Garcia, Buena Park 126 - Miyuki Pugrad, Kennedy; Gabby Garcia, Valencia 131 - Kayla Czelusniak, Kennedy 137 -
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Wrestling: O.C. qualifiers for CIF-SS Masters Meet By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Here is the list of county wrestlers qualified for the CIF-SS Masters Meet, Feb. 27-28 at Citizen Business Bank Arena in Ontario. *********************************************** Servite (13) 106 – Liam Cronin, 2nd at Inland 112 – Matt Rodriguez, 2nd at Inland 120 – AJ Silva, 4th at
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Wrestler of the week: Abe Ochoa, Yorba Linda BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Abe Ochoa Yorba Linda Ochoa (heavyweight) was selected Upper Weight MVP after he recorded five first-period pins on the way to securing the title at the CIF-SS Central Division Individual Championships. Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com
    Mon Feb 23, 2015