FOUNTAIN VALLEY — The McDonnell brothers appeared to be in a hurry on Saturday.
Khale and TJ McDonnell won all of their matches for the Fountain Valley Boys Wrestling Team through Fall Saturday to win their weight class championships at the CIF Southern Section Inland Division Individual Championships at Fountain Valley High.
Fountain Valley won the team championship, his third CIF-SS team wrestling title in the last five years.
Khale McDonnell, a sophomore, won the 170-pound championship. Senior TJ McDonnell repeated as CIF SS Champion at 182 pounds.
Khale McDonnell pinned Serrano senior Blake Chaffee at 3:52 in the first place game.
Khale had split his previous two fights with Chaffee, including a 7-2 win at last month’s Five Counties meeting in Fountain Valley. He expected to do better this time against Chaffee.
“With all the coaching and training I’ve done,” Khale said, “I knew I could do a lot better than the 7-2 (score), open the gap and beat him a lot more.”
Third in the state in his weight class, TJ McDonnell of TheCaliforniaWrestler.com pinned his first opponent at 1 minute and 27 seconds into the match and followed up with pins at 1:47, 0:21 and 1:20 before pinning Laguna Hills senior Jeremy Kanter at 1:14.
TJ McDonnell was inspired to get the fast pins so he could win the Upper Weights Outstanding Wrestler award, which he did, but also for reasons of self-preservation.
“The less time on the mat, the less chance of injury,” he said. “The state tournament is coming up, so I’m really trying to prepare for this big show.”
The Barons scored 282 team points. Hesperia was second with 221 points and Oak Hills was third with 210.5 points. Corona del Mar finished fourth with 174 points, Newport Harbor sixth with 137 points, and Laguna Hills seventh with 111 points.
Fountain Valley finished second to Northview in the CIF-SS Central Division Finals last season. The Barons have won seven CIF-SS championships on the boys’ team wrestling team.
The top five wrestlers across all weight classes from the six CIF-SS divisional championships will qualify for the CIF-SS Masters Meet, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. February, will be held at Palm Springs High. Sixth place finishers can go to the Masters Meet as proxies.
The top 10 finishers at the Masters Meet will qualify for the CIF State Championships taking place February 23-25 in Bakersfield.
Fountain Valley junior Ryland Whitworth was the champion at 195 pounds. Whitworth, No. 2 in the state at 195 pounds and CIF-SS champion in that weight class last year, won his first four games of the fall before deciding 3-2 in the final, the Corona del Mar junior, Eugenio Franco, to beat .
“He’s strong,” Whitworth said of Franco. “He’s got some good defenses and moves really well.”
Fountain Valley junior Anthony Lucio won at 113 pounds via a 17-4 majority decision over Marina senior Adrian Jimenez.
Baron’s junior Hercules Windrath won the 138lb championship for a second straight CIF SS title. He pinned Matthias Valdez of Hesperia at 4:36.
Anthony Manno, a sophomore at Newport Harbor, won the 145-pound championship by a 9-4 decision over top seed Dominic Tamayo of Oak Hills.
“Six months ago I never thought I’d be here,” Manno said. “In my first week of my freshman year, I decided to stick with wrestling full-time. It has brought me many blessings.”
Marina Senior Haden Hernandez was thrilled to win the title at 126 pounds with his victory over Newport Harbor Senior Caleb Wheeler via technical fall.
“This is great,” Hernandez said. “It’s my first time CIF Champion and it’s my last year. I’m ready to do more.”
Corona del Mar junior Zion Hernandez won the championship at 160 pounds with a 7-4 decision over Oak Hills senior Dylan Bentz.
Dylan Bunbury, the Baron’s senior, reached the 285lb final in which he lost to Ramona senior Angel Fuentes.
Corona del Mar junior Antonio Aramburu lost at 152 pounds in a low-scoring final. Aramburu was defeated 4-2 by Oak Hills senior Julian Jeong.
https://www.ocregister.com/2023/02/11/mcdonnell-brothers-lead-fountain-valley-to-cif-ss-team-title-at-wrestling-championships/ McDonnell Brothers Lead Fountain Valley to CIF-SS Team Title in Wrestling Championships – Orange County Register