The Morro Bay High wrestling team finished ninth at the 72-team North Torrance Tournament of Champions on Wednesday. The Pirates had 112 points, thanks in large part to six grapplers who placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes.
The Pirates’ previous best at the tournament was two placers. Selma won with 201 points, but the teams in second through 10th were separated by just 12. The Pirates entered the week ranked No. 1 in Division VI of the CIF-Southern Section.
“We got to see a lot of CIF competition here,” Morro Bay coach Mike Aanerud said. “Going up against all those guys we might see in the postseason bodes well for us.”
Kent Beecham, a sophomore who received an honorable mention in TheCaliforniaWrestler.com’s statewide rankings a week ago, led Morro Bay with a fourth-place showing at 125 pounds. He was followed by Dolin Mininni (fifth at 130), Patrick Kelly (sixth, 135), Aaron Mininni (seventh, 145), Trevor Reddell (eighth, 189) and Jim Tomac (eighth, 215).
GIRLS WATER POLOArroyo Grande 7, Ventura 6, OTThe Eagles (8-0), ranked No. 1 in Division IV, broke a 5-5 regulation tie to stay undefeated.Goalkeeper Briana Lippert had 14 saves for Arroyo Grande, and Kim Johnson was the Eagles’ leading scorer with two goals.
GIRLS BASKETBALLArroyo Grande 55, Lompoc 35Rachel Ventura led Arroyo Grande (8-4) with 16 points, and Haley MacDonald and Jenna Sverchek added 10 apiece. Arroyo Grande led 31-10 at halftime of the nonleague, standalone contest.
Righetti TournamentPioneer Valley 59, Nipomo 40Tessa Underwood led Nipomo (5-8) with 20 points, and Cami Castillo contributed 10.
Valley Christian Academy TournamentSanta Maria 44, Templeton 37Katie Hunter paced Templeton (4-7) with 14 points, and Jeanine Madson chipped in 12. Templeton trailed 24-18 at halftime.
“We got into foul trouble pretty quickly,” Eagles coach Shawn Koehler said. Eagles starters Katie Koehler, Madson, Hunter and Carly O’Sullivan fouled out by the fourth quarter. “You can’t let (Santa Maria) shoot 48 times from the free-throw line and expect a win.”
North County Christian 57,Coast Union 36Cristy Scarson led North County Christian, which finished 2-2 at the tournament, with 22 points. Ashley Lorenz led Coast Union with 10.
BOYS SOCCERMustang Invitational at TrabucoEdison 2, Arroyo Grande 0The Eagles, who lost in the championship game, had Jairo Diaz and Morgan Wack make the all-tournament team, and Bryan Rivas made 10 saves in the final.
“This has been an excellent experience for the team,” Arroyo Grande coach Brad Bowdey said of the tournament as a whole.
GIRLS SOCCERSt. Margaret’s TournamentMission Prep 4, St. Monica 1; Grace Brethren 1, Mission Prep 0Natalie Brescia led Mission Prep (6-9) with two goals in the first half against St. Monica. Kori Disarufino also scored in the first, and Marissa Hay added a final score for the Royals in the second.