Coaches: Send OCVarsity your winter all-league teams

OCVarsity is asking the Orange County coaches and athletic directors to email their winter all-league teams to

Please email complete lists by Monday, March 23 and include the words ALL-LEAGUE TEAM in the email header. We’ll begin publishing the all-league teams on Tuesday, March 24.

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Esperanza’s Aaron Nagao, Calvary Chapel’s Andrew Sparks capture titles at CIF State Wrestling Championships

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Esperanza’s Aaron Nagao is a now a two-time state champion, as he was one of two Orange County wrestlers to capture a title at the CIF State Boys and Girls Wrestling Championships on Saturday at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield.

Nagao defeated Hunter Leake of Buchanan, 8-2, to win the 132-pound title.

Nagao won the 126-pound title last season and was a state finalist in 2018.

Calvary Chapel’s Andrew Sparks won a 7-1 decision against St. John Bosco’s Cael Valencia to capture the 160-pound championship.

Sparks avenged his defeat against Valencia in the finals at last week’s CIF Southern Section Masters Tournament.

Servite and the Eagles both finished with three placers among the top eight.

The Friars, for the second year a row, finished 10th and were the highest placing county team, also for the second year in a row.

Servite’s Tristen Wilson lost his semifinal match, 6-4, to Tyler Gianakopulos of Clovis, but came back to finish third with a victory by forfeit over Felipe Rodriguez of Clovis West.

Servite’s Valor Buck, seeded sixth, finished fifth at 170, and his teammate, Josh Medina (138), finished sixth.

“It was a very, very successful year for us,” Servite coach Alan Clinton said.

Luke Gayer (145) and Luis Ortiz (113) placed sixth and eighth, respectively, for Calvary Chapel.

“They are starting to have a resurgence,” Clinton said of the Eagles. “They’ve got a very good team.”

In the girls tournament, Westminster’s Aine Drury (143) finished second for the second year in a row. Drury, a state champion two seasons ago, was pinned in the second period of the championship match by Cheyenne Bowman of Rowland.

Other county wrestlers to go home with medals were Fountain Valley’s Max Wilner (fifth at 160), Villa Park’s Joaquin Garcia (sixth, 182) and Dana Hills Josh Harkey (fifth, 195).

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Nallely Rivadeneira, Aine Drury highlight Lady Aztec Wrestling Tournament

ANAHEIM >> Twenty-three Orange County wrestlers won medals at the finals of the Lady Aztec WrestlingTournament held Saturday at Esperanza High School.

Of those, seven wrestled in the finals.

Two walked off the mat as champions.

Estancia’s Nallely Rivadeneira was in control from the first whistle in a 12-2 victory over Garden Grove’sKellie Bendezu in the 131-pound championship.

A state freestyle champion and Fargo All American, Rivadeneira, a junior, improved to 12-0 with thevictory.

Rivadeneira said training with college wrestlers and getting instruction from college coaches has madeher a better wrestler this season.

“I’m staying tough in my head,” Rivadeneira said. “I’m pushing myself every single second … thinking ifthis is how far I went last time, I’m going to try and take it further.”

Westminster’s Aine Drury, who is ranked No.1 in the CIF Southern Section at 131 pounds, had noproblem wrestling at a higher weight class for the two-day tournament.

Drury came away with a first period pin of Garden Grove’s Fernanda de la Cruz to capture the 137-pound tournament.

Birmingham Community Charter High School of Van Nuys won championships in five weight classes andhad 10 placers, easily winning the tournament with 246 points.

Garden Grove finished second, with 10 wrestlers placing among the eight in their respective weightclasses.

“We train really hard to try to get the best out of our girls,” Argonauts coach Aaron Shahrestani said ofhis team. “To come in here and walk away with a trophy in a pretty tough tournament is rewardingbecause they get to see all the hard work pay off. The girls are pretty tough.”

The next best county team was El Modena, which finished ninth, thanks in part to Abby Jolley’s secondplace finish at 143 pounds.

Jolley, who lost in the finals to Birmingham’s Tiffany Calderon, was among five Vanguards finishingamong the top eight.

“This is a very tough tournament but I feel like we could do a lot better,” Vanguards’ coach AnthonyAlcala said. “I feel like we are not peeking yet and we have league finals and that is where we expect togo and perform well and we expect to be peeking by the time CIF starts in a couple of weeks.”

Anaheim’s Victoria Buchholz finished second at 106 pounds, losing in the finals to Cayden Condit ofJefferson.

Condit went on to earn Lower Weight MVP honors, finishing with four first round pins.

Kameron Sudol of Yorba Linda, a two-time state qualifier, who is ranked third in the Southern Section at121 pounds, lost in the finals, 13-7 against Birmingham’s Katie Gomez.

Athena Willden of Oak Hills (126) was the Middle Weight MVP, finishing with three pins, and ChamiraCooper (160) was named Upper Weight MVP, also finishing with three pins.

The Los Angeles Unified school District teachers strike forced several schools in that district to drop outof the tournament, which was held for the fourth consecutive year.

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CIF State Wrestling roundup

Joey Daniel of Santa Ana became the school’s first CIF wrestling state champion Saturday when he won the state title at 220 pounds.

Daniel, a senior, defeated Isaiah Perez of Pitman by decision 6-2 in the state finals at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Two other Orange County wrestlers, junior Trey Munoz of Trabuco Hills and Esperanza sophomore Aaron Nagao, advanced to state finals. Munoz lost a 1-0 decision to Domomic Mata of Poway in the 152 final. Nagao lost to Maximo Renteria of Buchanan of Clovis in the 113 final by a 9-1 major decision.

Buchanan won the state team championship with 219 points. Gilroy was second at 180 points followed by Poway at 171.5.

Results of the CIF State boys wrestling finals are here.

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Winter sports: How to report scores to the Register

Coaches and team representatives can report scores to the Register this season the following ways:

1.) report the information by calling the Register (714-796-7804) between 5 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. the day of the game.

2.) email the information to the Register ( by 9:40 p.m. the day of the game.

Information received by 9:40 p.m. will be published in the next day’s Register and online on the OCVarsity pages.

The Register no longer uses the Admin Tool database, which in the past allowed coaches to enter a team’s information directly into our system. The Register also no longer accepts scores or team information by fax.

If you have questions, please contact us at 714-796-7804 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Here are the stats and information the Register will accept for each sport. We’ve included the format that team’s should use for emailing us their information.

1.) Final score.
2.) Game highlights or stats for up to 3 players per team.
Santa Margarita 56, Canyon 51
Santa Margarita: Johnson 21 points, Phillips 13 points, Anderson 9 points, 12 rebounds. Canyon: Martinson 6 3-pointers, 19 points, Sampson 5 blocks.

1.) Final score.
2.) Up to 3 goal scorers for each team.
3.) Goalie saves by player for each team.
Fountain Valley 13, Westminster 9
Goals: Elliott (FV) 6, Smith (FV) 3, Johnson (W) 4, Briggs (W) 4.
Saves: Garcia (FV) 5, Allen (W) 7.

1.) Final score.
2.) Game highlights or stats for up to 3 players per team.
3.) Goalie saves by player for each team.
Canyon 2, Anaheim 2 OT
(Canyon won in penalty kicks, 5-3.)
Canyon: Collins 1 goal, 1 assist, Kirkpatrick 2 assists. Anaheim: Carpenter 1 goal, Holland 1 goal.
Saves: Alexander (C) 6, Sampson (A) 5.

League and nonleague matches: Final score only. (The Register will not publish individual match results for nonleague or league matches.)
Saturday tournaments: The Register will publish the top five team scores and last names of division champions if the information is submitted by 8:30 p.m. on the day of the competition.
At Fountain Valley High
Team results: 1. TeamA 123 points; 2. TeamB 111 points; 3. TeamC 98 points; 4. TeamD 86 points. 5. TeamE 71 points.
102: Easton, Marina
109: Fisher, Edison
116: Roberts, Los Alamitos
List all division winners in this format.






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