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Area Roundup 2-22-13: Sultana's Griego punches ticket to state
TEMECULA • Sultana 170-pound junior Corey Griego won two matches during the first day of the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet on Friday to advance to the semifinals and qualify to state.
Griego, the top-ranked 170-pounder in the state, will face Martin Luther King’s Harlan Kistner in this morning’s semifinal match. He’s the only High Desert wrestler to punch his state ticket so far, but seven others are still in the running.
Sultana has three others in Trent Smith (126), Matthew Williams (182) and Dylan Bollinger (195). Each of them lost in the quarterfinals.
Victor Valley’s Blake Fifer (170) and Jonathan Oliveira (160) reached the quarterfinals and lost, while teammate Hector Ruvalcaba (120) is also still alive.
Oak Hills’ Anthony Hernandez (195) is the only other High Desert wrestler still competing in the consolation bracket.
Hernandez’ teammate Justin Gillham (HWT), Victor Valley’s Efrain Velasquez (138) and Hesperia’s Frank Francis (152) lost in the last consolation round on Friday. Other local wrestlers who were eliminated were Apple Valley’s Gabe Hawkins (106) and Nick Kang (195), Oak Hills’ Robbie Gajus (132) and Michael Santiago (120), Serrano’s Josh Mendoza (220), Sultana’s Ryan Gonzalez (132) and Victor Valley’s Renan Cruz (220).
Those in the consolation bracket can qualify to state by winning their first match this morning. Otherwise, they’re placed in a four-man, single-elimination bracket for the ninth and final state qualifying spot from the CIF-SS.
Prep Boys Soccer
• SILVERADO 3, CROSSROADS 2: At Santa Monica, Ariel Correa scored two goals, including one in the golden-goal period, to lift the Hawks to a win in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinals.
The Hawks will host Saddleback in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Correa had his second two-goal performance in a row and he assisted on the other goal, which was scored by Sylvan Gonzalez in the 16 minute. Silverado (17-4-3) held a 1-0 lead until the 65th minute when Crossroads tied it. The Hawks fell behind 2-1 seven minutes later.
Correa scored with 25 seconds to play in regulation on an assist from Omar Solario to force the golden-goal periods. He added the game-winner four minutes into the first golden-goal period off an assist from Joe Moreno.
Coach James Gleason complimented his team for its work ethic and commitment to not quit no matter the circumstances as well as the outstanding job that his bench players have been doing.
Gleason said the match was played on a short and narrow artificial turf field that gave Crossroads an advantage.
• ONTARIO 3, OAK HILLS 1: At Ontario, the Bulldogs led 1-0 at halftime, but allowed three second-half goals in a loss in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Div. 4 playoffs.
“We made a few mistakes and they capitalized,” Oak Hills coach Darren Goodman said. “Give them credit, they’re the best team we played all year.”
Jose Nuno scored in the 31st minute for the Bulldogs (23-3-2) with an assist from Isaiah Brewer. Chase Gentry made four saves in goal.
“It was a good year,” Goodman said. “I’m proud of the boys.”
Prep Boys Tennis
• OAK HILLS 13, KNIGHT 5: At Oak Hills, the Bulldogs cruised to an easy win in their season opener.
Singles player Missael Vasquez swept as did the No. 1 doubles team of Carlos Cortes and Andrew Kroeger and the No. 2 doubles team of Miguel Estrada and Abraham Cruz.
Oak Hills (1-0) hosts Victor Valley on Tuesday.
N/A 2-6, 0-6, 0-6; N/A 1-6, 2-6, 6-0; N/A 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-0.
N/A 2-6, 1-6, 6-4; N/A 1-6, 2-6, 6-4; N/A 1-6, 1-6, 2-6.
OAK HILLS SINGLES
Gutierrez 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1; Vasquez 6-2, 6-0, 6-0; Stults 0-6; Jimenez 0-6, 6-0.
OAK HILLS DOUBLES
Cortes-Kroeger 6-2, 6-1, 6-1; Estrada-Cruz 6-2, 6-1, 6-1; Rebollo-Acosta 6-2; Vargas-Franks 4-6; Collado-Kutch 4-6.