Archive for the 'Wrestling' Tag Under 'OC Varsity' Category

    Wrestling: Bobby Morales hired at St. Margaret's

    October 13th, 2015, 3:55 pm by DAMIAN CALHOUN

    Former Laguna Hills two-time All-County wrestler Bobby Morales was recently hired as the new wrestling coach at St. Margaret's.

    Morales finished seventh at the CIF State Tournament at 119 pounds in 2009 and second at 130 in 2010.

    Morales was simply dominant in his senior year, winning MVP honors at Five Counties and the Mann Classic. He won a CIF and Masters title, entering the CIF State Tournament undefeated. He would eventually finish second to Nick Pena of Selma.


    Western High still has an opening for a wrestling coach.

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    Wrestling: Jaime Flores steps down at Western

    May 29th, 2015, 6:37 pm by DAMIAN CALHOUN

    Western wrestling coach Jaime Flores confirmed that he’s stepping down as coach after 13 years.

    Flores, who will remain on campus as teacher, said the decision was made so he can spend more time with his children (ages 4, 5 and 8).

    “It was a hard decision,” he said.

    Flores helped turn Western into one of the more respectable programs in the county. He said his first team (2002-03 season) had 14 kids.

    The Pioneers will be returning a strong nucleus from last year’s team. Western will have nine returning varsity wrestlers from the team that the Empire League title and a pair of CIF medalists.

    Interested applicants in the job should contact Western AD Don Luethke at 714-334-2445 or

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    Wrestling: Coaching change at Villa Park

    May 15th, 2015, 10:57 am by DAMIAN CALHOUN

    Scott Lawson is stepping down as wrestling coach at Villa Park, he confirmed this week.

    Lawson will be replaced by Aaron Cross, who was on the Spartans’ staff and was the 2011-12 Orange County Register wrestling coach of the year.

    Lawson underwent surgery in October to have two discs replaced in his neck. He was scheduled for more surgery.

    “I probably came back sooner than I should have,” Lawson said. “My body is feeling it. It is time to pass things along to a new generation.”

    Lawson said he will remain at Villa Park as a teacher and believes the program will be in good hands with Cross.

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    Wrestling: CIF State tournament to remain in Bakersfield through 2020

    March 7th, 2015, 11:20 pm by DAMIAN CALHOUN

    It was announced Saturday night before the start of the CIF Wrestling Tournament at Rabobank Arena that the tournament will remain in Bakersfield through 2020 thanks to a new five-year agreement.

    The tournament has been in Bakersfield since 2004. There was a strong buzz circulating that this year would be the last in Bakersfield, with Ontario being a possible destination.

    According to the release: Official site visitations have concluded and the CIF Executive Committee will vote, March 26, to affirm the recommendation to extend the agreement with Bakersfield.

    "CIF and our almost 800,000 student-athletes are grateful to the city of Bakersfield, its community and Rabobank Arena for their commitment,” CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake said in a statement. “We are proud to continue to call Bakersfield the home of the CIF Boys Wrestling State Championships.”

    Next year's tournament will run March 4-5, 2016.

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    Wrestling: Pair of familiar names back on the mats

    February 15th, 2015, 9:28 pm by DAMIAN CALHOUN

    Gil Gutierrez (138) is back at Santa Ana and finished second at Golden West League finals. Late last month, Michael Rangel (120) enrolled at Buena Park. Rangel won the Freeway League title Saturday.

    Rangel earned second-team all-county honors as a sophomore at La Habra. He was first team last year at Calvary Chapel. He's a three-time state qualifier.

    Gutierrez was third team as a sophomore.

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    Wrestling: Remaining league finals schedule

    February 10th, 2015, 2:29 pm by DAMIAN CALHOUN

    Here is the schedule for the remainder of the league finals.


    Trinity League - at Servite HS, 2 p.m.


    Golden West League - at Santa Ana HS, 9:30 a.m.

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    Girls wrestling: County wrestlers in latest CIF-SS rankings

    January 27th, 2015, 3:51 pm by DAMIAN CALHOUN

    Here are the county wrestlers ranked in the latest CIF-SS girls individual wrestling rankings


    2. Aleeah Gould, Canyon, Jr.


    3. Normanee Brown, Savanna,

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    Wrestling: O.C. All-Star Classic set for Monday

    January 18th, 2015, 9:40 pm by DAMIAN CALHOUN

    The annual O.C. All-Star Classic is set for Monday night at Marina High at 6 p.m.

    The event is designed to have the county’s top two wrestlers at each weight class face off, however, there will be changes. The matches count toward a wrestler’s 40-match season limit. Wrestlers must be in attendance by 5 p.m. General admission is $5.

    Here is the projected lineup:

    106 – No. 1 Liam Cronin (Servite) vs. No. 4 Adrian Curiel (Buena Park)

    113 – No. 1 Jacob Gunter (Esperanza) vs. No. 2 Ryan Gutierrez (Brea Olinda)

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    Wrestling: Five Counties Invitational team list

    January 13th, 2015, 2:51 pm by DAMIAN CALHOUN

    Here is the list of teams competing at this year's Five Counties Invitational, starting Friday at Fountain Valley HS.

    Aliso Niguel; Alta Loma; Arbor View; Arroyo; Ayala; Beaumont; Bishop Alemany; Bishop Amat; Brawley; Buchanan; Buena Park; Calvary Chapel; Canyon; Carter; Corona del Mar; Charter Oak; Centennial (LV); Central High; Clovis West; Corona Centennial; Cypress; Dana Hills; Downey; Eleanor Roosevelt; El Modena; Elk Grove; Esperanza; Foothill (Palo Cedro); Fountain Valley; Hesperia; Highland; Imperial; Kingsburg ; Laguna Hills; Lakewood; Las Vegas; La Quinta; Lemoore; Loara; Long Beach Poly; Los Alamitos; Mills HS; Marina; Mission Oak; Montebello; Mt. Carmel (SD); Northview; Oxnard; Palisades; Palm Desert; Porterville; Rancho Bernardo; Redlands East Valley; Rim of the World; Rosemead; Royal; San Dimas; Santa Ana; Santa Margarita; Santa Teresa; Santiago/Corona; Selma; Servite; Sonora; St. John Bosco; Thousand Oaks; Trabuco Hills; Villa Park; Victor Valley; Vista Murrieta; Wasco; Westlake; Westminster; West Torrance; Yorba Linda

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    Wrestling: Upcoming O.C. Duals schedule (Jan. 6-8)

    January 4th, 2015, 10:05 am by DAMIAN CALHOUN

    Upcoming O.C. Wrestling Dual schedule

    Tuesday, Jan. 6

    South Coast League – Laguna Hills at Dana Hills; Mission Viejo at San Clemente

    Sunset League – Marina at Edison

    Trinity League – Servite at Orange Lutheran; St. John Bosco at Mater Dei

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