Despite missing several key members, the Morro Bay High wrestling team finished seventh out of 54 teams at the Nogales Super Champs Tournament in Nogales on Saturday.
“This was a good team effort,” Morro Bay coach Mike Aanerud said. “Everybody we brought was winning at least one match to keep us scoring.”
Aanerud said the Pirates, ranked No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section Division VI, could have placed higher with its full complement of wrestlers.
Aaron Mininni was Morro Bay’s top overall finisher, claiming third place at 140 pounds.
Six Pirates earned medals overall, including Jaccob Carlson (fifth place at 119), Kent Beecham (fourth at 125) and Dolin Mininni (fourth at 130).
“Our string of lightweights getting a medal in all of those weights was big,” Aanerud said. “It just shows that we have a lot of solid kids.”
Also placing for Morro Bay were Frank Martinez (fourth at 171) and Trevor Reddell (eighth at 189).
Atascadero wins tournament
Atascadero (7-0) finished first with 275 points and five individual champions, as well as 12 placewinners, at its home New Year’s Revolution tournament.
Kyle Ward (125), Ben Giggy (140), Paul Woodman (145), Elijah Jackson (152), and Brandon Armstrong (171) were the Greyhounds’ champions. Jackson was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.
San Luis Obispo finished 16th with 63 points, and Nipomo came in 19th with 29.
“This is the third tournament we’ve won,” Greyhounds coach Jeff Spiller said. “ It’s nice to wrestle at home.”————
Valencia 74, Mission Prep 30
Kevin Laird had a team-high 12 points for the Royals (8-9), who were outscored 27-5 in the opening quarter.
“They jumped on us early,” Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris said. “They made a lot of shots quickly and we never recovered from that.”
Pat Woolpert added eight points for the Royals.
Fowler 67, Coast Union 57
Ramiro Medina led Coast Union with 13 points, Connor Cunningham added 11 and Eddie Salazar scored 10.
The Broncos (8-8) trailed by three points at halftime, but Fowler outscored Coast Union 26-16 in the third quarter to pull away.
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Arroyo Grande Winter Classic
Arroyo Grande 5, Rio Mesa 4; Murrieta Valley 10, Arroyo Grande 3;Arroyo Grande 8, Chadwick 3
Katie Sverchek, Stephanie Stern, Alexa May, Kim Johnson and Melanie Johnson each scored one goal for Arroyo Grande (14-1, 3-0 PAC 7) against Rio Mesa at the Arroyo Grande Winter Classic tournament.
The Eagles trailed 3-1 at halftime. The teams were ranked No. 1 and 2 in the CIF-Southern Section Division IV rankings.
May, Aly Greene, and Melanie Johnson scored one goal each against Murrieta Valley. The Nighthawks went on to win after outscoring the Eagles 3-0 in the third and fourth quarters.
In its third game, Stephanie Stern led Arroyo Grande with three goals, and Kim Johnson added two. Arroyo Grande went on to take second place behind Murrieta.
Atascadero 6, San Luis Obispo 5; San Luis Obispo 5, Paso Robles 2
The Tigers (9-5, 3-0 PAC 7) played two PAC 7 rivals during day two of the Arroyo Grande Winter Classic, splitting a pair of games.
Kim Bellis scored three times in the loss to Atascadero. The Greyhounds seized control with four goals in the third period.
“We’ve played (Atascadero) before in league and we won that by one,” Tigers coach Kim Poochigian said. “All our games have been close, so it’ll be interesting when we get them again in league.”
San Luis Obispo rebounded against Paso Robles, sparked by a four-goal first period.
Kennedy Peters scored four times for the Tigers while goalie Andie Judson made seven saves in each game.
Fowler 6, Coast Union 0
The Broncos (2-4) were shut out at Fowler.
“This was a long trip and it’s hard to play on this field,” Coast Union coach Luis Plasencia said. “It’s cold and a long drive, so hopefully we have more motivation our next game.”