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Yorba Linda wins Division 5 Dual title
Seniors Landon Myers and Michael Lugo were among the first eight wrestlers to join the Yorba Linda program four years ago.
Saturday night, the duo and the rest of the Mustangs took another big step as a program, winning the CIF-SS Division 5 Dual Meet Championships.
Yorba Linda beat Empire League rival Valencia, 38-18, for the title at John Glenn High of Norwalk.
"We've come a long way," Myers said. "From eight wrestlers to now CIF champs, that's a huge accomplishment."
Those two helped the Mustangs put some distance between themselves and the Tigers in the finals. Myers (152) won by major decision, 11-2, to give Yorba Linda a 13-6 lead.
Later, Lugo (170) won his match, 3-1. His victory kicked off a five-match winning streak for the Mustangs. The run included Carlos Molina's victory by fall at 220 that clinched the title, giving Yorba Linda a 32-12 lead with three matches remaining.
During that stretch, Nathan Emry (182) and Abraham Ochoa (285) won by fall. Hunter Priest won a major decision, 11-0, at 195 for the Mustangs.
The dual started at 120 pounds.
"This is an awesome experience," Lugo said. "We've worked hard and it all paid off ... definitely worth it all. We owe it to coaches. They put in just as many hours as we did and they worked like we did."
Yorba Linda, which claimed its first league title this season, was the top seed in the division. After a first-round bye, the Mustangs defeated La Sierra of Riverside, 44-18, and Mayfair of Lakewood, 50-16, to advance to the finals.
"This is huge for us," Yorba Linda coach Brian Fortenbaugh said. "We have to beg, borrow and steal to try and get kids out for this sport, whatever school you're at, every coach has to do it. Being such a new school, we've struggled to find kids that can compete.
"I think for these seniors that have been here the first four years, this means a lot to them. They've done a tremendous job and I'm really proud of them."
The other seniors include Chad Adams (113), Angel Ochoa (145), Michael Mashni (182), Christian Flores (195) and Molina.
Valencia started the day with a 72-9 victory over Magnolia, followed by a 64-15 victory over Norwalk and 35-19 victory over Norte Vista of Riverside in the semifinals. Also, Western went 1-1. Irvine and Beckman lost first-round matches.
In Division 1:
San Clemente won its first two matches at Los Alamitos High, but lost to Santiago of Corona in the semifinals.
Second-seeded Temecula Valley defeated Santiago, 30-24, in the finals. Marina and El Modena lost in the first round.
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