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  • Servite dominates Mann Classic BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ORANGE – Heavyweight VJ Leuta put the wraps on another big weekend for the Servite wrestling team in his finals match in the Mann Classic. Leuta won his finals match by fall, giving the Friars six individual champions, 14 medalists (entire lineup) and 382 team points to conclude the two-day tournament at Santiago Canyon Coll
    Sat Dec 20, 2014
  • Servite dominates first day of Mann Classic BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ORANGE – Depending on your perspective, the Servite wrestling team is either halfway to another impressive showing in a tournament or already there. One week after a second-place finish at the Clovis West Shootout, the Friars kicked off the first day of the Mann Classic with 14 wrestlers combining to go 34-0 and advancing to the se
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Episode 8 By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys celebrate their two-month anniversary by hosting OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly (again) and Nathan Percy. How does St. Margaret's feel about playing a 16th football game? And how important are head coaches to gridiron success?
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Wrestling: 2014-15 O.C. Dual Meet Results By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    This page will be updated throughout the season with the dual results throughout the county. Feel free to email your results to or Thursday, Dec. 18 Sea View League ALISO NIGUEL 51, EL TORO 21 106 Flores (AN) pin Soto; 113 Lopez (ET) dec. Vega; 120
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Winter notebook: University's Farah an emerging force
    WRESTLING University’s John Farah is picking up things quickly in the wrestling room and the results are showing this season. Farah, the fourth-ranked heavyweight in the county, picked up Upper Weight MVP honors at Saturday’s Andrew Pena Classic, winning all four matc
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Wrestling O.C. Top 10 (12-15-14) By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    1. Servite 110 points (11 first-place votes) 2. Laguna Hills 92 3. Trabuco Hills 84 4. Yorba Linda 78 5. Fountain Valley 68 6. Dana Hills 57 7. Santa Ana 46 8. San Clemente 31 9. Calvary Chapel 15 10. Irvine 12 Others: El Dorado 6; Villa Park 3, Marina 3
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Wrestling AOW: Jared Salinas, Estancia BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Jared Salinas Estancia Salinas (126) earned Lower Weight MVP honors at the Edison Beach Bash Saturday. Salinas won all four of his matches by fall. He defeated the top two seeds during the tournament. Contact the writer:
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Wrestling: O.C. individual rankings (12-15-14) By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Here are the updated O.C. individual rankings. Please send any spelling corrections or grade corrections to 106: 1. Liam Cronin, Servite, Jr. 2. Dexter Viengvialey, Laguna Hills, Sr. 3. Adrian Curiel, Buena Park, Sr. 4. Taylor Williams, Dana Hills, Sr. 5. Josh Mabale
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Trabuco Hills grows up quickly BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    It could have been a season of transition for the Trabuco Hills wrestling team, but all of the work in the offseason has the new faces fitting in nicely this season. The Mustangs, ranked fifth in the county, turned in another solid weekend of work, winning the Andrew Pena Classic at Irvine High on Saturday. Trabuco Hills had 10 m
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • Sonora's Kawaguchi bigger, wiser and back on track BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Josh Kawaguchi didn’t get a chance last season to accomplish his goal of making the CIF State Tournament. As a sophomore at Sonora, Kawaguchi quickly established himself as a wrestler to watch with his title at 106 pounds in the El Dorado Invitational. He also had a first-place finish at the Tournament of Champions and a sec
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Motivated Servite breezes to victory BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    LAGUNA HILLS – There is no resting on last year’s accomplishments for the Servite wrestling team. The Friars, who started the season with a victory at the Cossarek Classic, opened their dual season in dominating fashion Wednesday night. The top-ranked Friars won 13 of 14 matches in the seventh annual Dinner Dual again
    Wed Dec 10, 2014
  • Plumb, Dana Hills refuse to lose to San Clemente BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    DANA POINT – Sammy Plumb proved that hard work does pay off. The junior survived a couple of hair-raising moments in his 220-pound match Tuesday, eventually pulling out the victory by fall for sixth-ranked Dana Hills. His victory tied the dual against eighth-ranked San Clemente, and Dana Hills received a forfeit at h
    Tue Dec 09, 2014
  • Wrestling O.C. Top 10 (12-8-14) By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    1. Servite 110 points (11 first-place votes) 2. Laguna Hills 97 3. Yorba Linda 76 4. Fountain Valley 67 5. Trabuco Hills 62 6. Dana Hills 58 7. Santa Ana 50 8. San Clemente
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Wrestling AOW: Andrew Gomez, Yorba Linda By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Andrew Gomez Yorba Linda Gomez was the seventh seed at the El Dorado Invitational and went on to finish first at 138 pounds. Gomez won one match by major decision, one by fall and three by decision including 7-6 in the finals against Johnny Knowles (Calvary Chapel). Gomez also had a 9-5 victory over Aaron Mora of Cl
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Wrestling: O.C. individual rankings (12-8-14) By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Here are the updated O.C. individual rankings. Please send any spelling corrections or grade corrections to 1061. Jacob Gunter, Esperanza, Jr.  2. Liam Cronin, Servite, Jr.  3. Dexter Viengvialey, Laguna Hills, Sr.  4. Adrian Curiel, Buena Park, Sr. 
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Wrestling preview: O.C. Top 10 BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    THE REGISTER'S O.C. TOP 10 1. Servite: Things are looking extremely bright for the Friars. They return 12 of 14 from last year’s lineup. Big things are on the horizon. 2. Fountain Valley: The Barons have a strong foundation as they return a trio of state qualifiers – Andrew Morgan,
    Mon Dec 01, 2014
  • Competition should be fierce for Century teams BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Things will be interesting in the newly formed Century Conference, which is made up of the seven teams that had been in the Century League plus Yorba Linda. In the Crestview League, El Dorado, El Modena, Villa Park and Yorba Linda are grouped together for duals. The North Hills League is comprised of Brea Olinda, Foothill, Esperanza and
    Mon Dec 01, 2014
  • Wrestling preview: Top wrestlers to watch BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    TOP 10 BOYS WRESTLERS TO WATCH Noah Blakely, Servite, Sr.: Blakely is a returning state qualifier for the Friars. He earned first-team all-county honors last year at 126 pounds. Ryker Coppa, Marina, Sr.: Another returning state qualifier. Coppa was sixth at Masters and went 2-2 at state. He’s ranked sev
    Mon Dec 01, 2014
  • Wrestling preview: O.C. individual rankings (12-1-14) BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    OC INDIVIDUAL PRESEASON RANKINGS (Please send any spelling corrections to Gunter, Esperanza, Jr2. Liam Cronin, Servite, Jr3. Dexter Viengvialey, Laguna Hills, Sr.4. Adrian Curiel, Buena Park, Sr.5. Josh Mabale,
    Mon Dec 01, 2014
  • Wrestling preview: Top girls wrestlers to watch BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    The Register's top girls wrestlers to watch for the 2014-15 season. TOP GIRLS WRESTLERS TO WATCH  Diana Castaneda, Godinez, Sr.: Castaneda has finished in the top 12 at the state in each of the previous two years. She enters this year ranked sixth in the state at 126. Clari
    Mon Dec 01, 2014
  • Wrestling preview: Important dates BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    IMPORTANT DATES Irvine at Yorba Linda, Dec. 3; El Dorado Invitational, Dec. 5-6; Cossarek Classic, Dec. 5-6; Lady Sents Invitational (Magnolia HS), Dec. 6; San Clemente at Dana Hills, Dec. 9; Servite at Laguna Hills, Dec. 10; Edison Beach Bash, Dec. 12-13; Magnolia 10-Way, Dec. 13; Irvine Invitational, Dec. 13; Lady Saints Tournam
    Mon Dec 01, 2014
  • Girls wrestlers open season with titles By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Aleeah Gould (Canyon, 111), Gabby Garcia (Valencia, 126), Adrianna Escobedo (Buena Park, 143), Arlene Hernandez (Magnolia, 170) and Janeet Garcilazo (Magnolia-B, 189) all claimed individual titles at their respective weights at the season opening Savanna High Girls Rebel Rumble Saturday. Gould won three matches by fall and then defeated
    Sun Nov 30, 2014
  • 2014-15 winter sports surveys
    Coaches, As we head toward the 2014-15 winter sports season, we need your help to supply us with rosters and other information about your teams. Click on a link below to download a team survey in Microsoft Word format (.doc). Fill out the survey, save it and e-mail it back to us at preps@ocre
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Wrestling: Preseason O.C. Top 10 team rankings BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Here is the preseason O.C. Top 10 wrestling team poll. Voting was done at the preseason OCWCA meeting on Oct. 20. Voting will be done every Monday during the season. 1. Servite 2. Fountain Valley 3. Laguna Hills 4. Trabuco Hills 5. San Clemente 6. Yorba Linda 7. Santa Ana 8.
    Mon Oct 27, 2014
  • Wrestling: Cal Baptist to meet Stanford outdoors BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Cal Baptist University wrestling team will move the mat outdoors next month when the Lancers host Stanford in the "Take It Outside" dual match, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. on the CBU front lawn. Admission and parking will be free. Visit
    Tue Oct 07, 2014