The Atascadero High wrestling team sent notice to the rest of the PAC 7 that it has no intention of letting go of its five-year unbeaten streak, beating Pioneer Valley 74-3 and newcomer St. Joseph 77-6 on Tuesday in Santa Maria.
The Greyhounds (8-1, 2-0 PAC 7) won 26 of 28 matches, including 23 via pin.
“Today was a reflection of our Christmas break,” Atascadero coach Jeff Spiller said. “We had the highest number of kids in the weight room during the break training that we’ve ever had. To have 75 kids come to practice — it’s hard to have 75 show up at all, let alone practicing over break.”
Michael Clemensen (112), Jack Clemensen (119), Randy Armas (125), Abe Halterman and Garrett Rose won both matches by fall for the Greyhounds.
Spiller said his lineup still needs some fine tuning before the season comes to a close.
“I don’t know where the lineup is going to be at the end of the year,” Spiller said. “We had some kids today that weren’t in our lineup and should be. We’ll push for another month and see where we are.”
Righetti 61, Arroyo Grande 8
The Eagles wrestled with just half a team, as seven wrestlers had to forfeit because of illness or injury.
Valley Christian 43, North County Christian 42
Valley Christian snapped the Crusaders’ 42-game Coast Valley League winning streak on a backdoor layup by Conley Runions with 20 seconds left in regulation.
North County Christian (2-8, 2-1 CVL) had a chance with plenty of time left on the clock but turned the ball over and was forced to foul in a desperate attempt to keep their hopes alive.
The Crusaders lost the game at the free-throw line where they were 5 of 22. Even worse, they were 1 of 9 in a fourth quarter where North County Christian was held to five points. Valley Christian didn’t have an incredible fourth quarter in its own right, tallying four points.
Daniel Katches had a double-double for the Crusaders with 20 points and 22 rebounds. Austin Wiemann was the second-leading scorer with eight and six assists.
Coast Union 67, Coastal Christian 32
The Broncos got well-rounded scoring from Eddie Salazar (13), Connor Cunningham (11 points), Sean Mertens (11) and Sam Rivera (10).
Cunningham added seven assists and seven rebounds for Coast Union (6-6, 3-0 CVL).
Curtis Henry led Coastal Christian (0-5, 0-2) with 21 points.
North County Christian 60, Valley Christian 49
Cristy Scarson had 30 points, eight rebounds and eight steals in the Crusaders’ victory.
Brianna Feld added 15 points, 19 rebounds, five steals, six blocks for North County Christian (5-5, 3-0 CVL).
Coast Union 55, Coastal Christian 27
Nicky Ortiz scored 13 points, Ashley Lorenz and Roxy Mertens added 12 each, and the Broncos coasted.
Mertens narrowly missed a triple-double, collecting 10 rebounds and seven assists. Autumn Raethke added eight points, seven steals and three assists for Coast Union (3-9, 2-1 CVL).
Grace Napier led Coastal Christian (1-3, 0-2) with 14 points.
Nipomo 4, Morro Bay 3
Buddy Kichler had a hat trick as the Titans (5-8-2, 1-2 Los Padre League) edged the Pirates.
Ben Jimenez was the other goal scorer for Nipomo, and Erubey Ponce had 11 saves in goal.
Santa Maria at Templeton
The game was postponed because of field conditions. The game will be made up at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Templeton.
Nipomo 1, Morro Bay 0
The Titans got a goal with one second remaining to beat Morro Bay.
Hanna Meisinger made three saves for the Pirates (2-7-2, 1-2 LPL).
Macey Burgeson had six shots, three on goal, for Morro Bay.
Templeton 4, Santa Maria 2
The Eagles (1-1 LPL) won on the strength of two goals by Lindsey Wyatt.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Arroyo Grande 14, Atascadero 2
Katie Sverchek, Alexa May and Emily Potter scored two goals apiece for the Eagles (8-2, 3-0 PAC 7).
Arroyo Grande led 8-0 after one quarter.
Kylie Anderson made five saves for the Eagles.
San Luis Obispo 10, Paso Robles 2
Kennedy Peters had four goals for the Tigers (5-4, 2-0 PAC 7).
Eva Bakker and Elizabeth Waddell each contributed two goals to the winning effort. Elizabeth Culpepper and Caryn Gibson scored the other two goals. Zoe Berkowitz had six saves for the Tigers.