BREA — El Dorado’s Isaiah Quintero barely worked a sweat during the CIF Southern Section Northern Division Individual Championships that concluded at Brea Olinda High School on Saturday.
Quintero pinned all five of his opponents in the two-day tournament, including four in the first period, to win the 120-pound championship and walk away with Lower Weight MVP honors.
The Purdue Commitment repeated his feat at last year’s Northern Division Finals when he took home the Lower Weight MVP award and won the 106-pound championship.
“Every tournament is different,” said Quintero. “It definitely feels great to get it for me, but also for my team and my coaches.”
Quintero, a junior, won the state championship at that weight last season and feels timely peak and ready to compete in another state championship, this time at 120 pounds, one of the toughest weight classes in the state.
“Reaching the peak in the postseason has been my goal all year,” he said. “I’m just being dialed in this month of February. Physically and mentally.”
The top five finishers in each weight class will qualify for the CIF-SS Masters Meet taking place on February 17th at Palm Springs High School. The CIF State Meeting will take place February 23-25 in Bakersfield.
Etiwanda won the team competition with 195.5 points.
Seven Orange County teams finished in the top 12, including a close battle for second place between Cypress and Yorba Linda.
Centurion and Mustang wrestlers went head-to-head in the 152- and 160-pound championship bouts, making the battle for second place all the more exciting
Cypress went into the championship round with a nine-point lead and Tyler Thienngern pretty much cemented second place for the Centurions by coming off Yorba Linda’s Wyatt Wheeler by a pin in the first period in the 152-pound final.
Will Cox returned for the Mustangs with an 11-4 win in the 160-pound final, but the Centurions finished second on 158 points, nine points ahead of the Mustangs, who finished third.
“That kind of made the difference,” says Cypress trainer Jon Lundberg from Thienengern. “If we had both lost, we probably would have finished third.”
Villa Park finished fifth with 131 points and Sonora sixth with 127.5 points.
Western, El Dorado and Esperanza finished ninth, eleventh and twelfth.
The Spartans crowned two singles champions.
Roy Haroun pinned Valencia’s Farid Sawaya in the first half to win the 170lb championship for Villa Park and the Spartans’ Kevin Cardenas beat Damien’s Nicholas Salabaj 5-4 in the 220lb final.
In a match between two Orange County heavyweights, Valencia’s Dib Sawaya won 2-1 over Sonora’s Emiliano Gonzalez.
Sonora’s Rob Herrera, Quintero’s cousin, won the 113-pound championship with a pin in the first period over Southern Torrance’s Alex Morales.
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