Servite, Santa Ana both fall in semis
WEST COVINA – The Santa Ana and Servite wrestling teams made runs to the semifinals in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 team duals, but that's where it ended for both Saturday afternoon at South Hills High.
Santa Ana lost to eventual champion St. John Bosco of Bellflower, 50-24. Servite fell to Northview of Covina, 55-13.
Santa Ana's Joseph Ruelas (160), Jose Salas (170) and Anthony Farias (220) all won by falls against Bosco.
"You want to show up and compete and continue the legacy of your program," said longtime Santa Ana coach Scott Glabb, who has orchestrated seven dual titles.
Bosco defeated top-seeded Northview, 39-24, to capture the team championship.
Santa Ana and Servite took slightly different paths to the semis.
"This is what it's all about," Servite coach Alan Clinton said. "You're down to your best four, and we were pleased and fortunate to be here. If you're going to go, you might as well go against the best."
Servite defeated Palm Desert, 61-18, in the first round and Santa Ana, the No. 3 seed, beat Westlake, 67-10. In the second round, Santa Ana easily defeated Troy, 47-15.
Servite, however, won on the final match at 285 pounds to narrowly defeat Royal of Simi Valley, 43-36, to reach the semis. The Friars were leading, 37-36, when Cameron Amador pinned Jesse Barbosa in 15 seconds to clinch the match. Servite recorded four pins.
Trailing 36-19, Servite won three of the last four matches with pins by Johnny Beltran (182), Jason Cone (195) and Amador. Beltran won all three of his matches.
"This was a confidence booster to make it to the semis," said Beltran, who is ranked first in the county.
Troy won its first-round match over Covina, 43-30. The Warriors held a 34-30 lead when Jose Ramirez (195) pulled out the victory on a takedown in overtime to win, 4-2. The three-point decision gave Troy a seven-point cushion with one match remaining.
"With a win like that, it was just showing heart," Troy coach Mike Thomas said.
Also in the first round, Buena Park, which was an at-large entry, tied Royal, 39-39, but lost on a tiebreaker rule for an unsportsmanlike move.