Northview denied in Division I

first_imgIn Saturday’s Division I finals at El Dorado, the Vikings faced Temecula Valley and the Golden Bears prevailed 40-13 to win their sixth consecutive Division I championship. “We knew all season long that Temecula Valley was the team to beat, and they showed why,” Northview assistant coach Bobby Bellamy said. “They’re awfully tough.” Northview had four winners in the finals, including Tatiana Padilla, whose late takedown in the third round proved to be the decider in an 8-7 victory over Justin Whitaker in the 130-pound weight class. It was her third win of the all-day tournament. The Vikings had three other wrestlers claim victories in the finals. One problem, however. This season, Northview was elevated to Division I, which has been dominated by powerhouse Temecula Valley. PLACENTIA – Northview High School’s wrestling team was seeking a fourth consecutive CIF-Southern Section dual-meet division championship Saturday. The Vikings had won the Division II title the past two seasons and the Division III crown in 2004. center_img Nick Inclan (152) gave Northview a 3-0 lead when he scored a 7-4 decision over Chad Beeson to get the finals started. Steven Salinas (103) snapped a string of five consecutive wins to give the Golden Bears a 19-3 lead. Oscar Molina (119) scored four points for Northview when he shut out Marco Decaro 9-0 to close the gap to 22-10. Inclan was a four-time winner, including three falls, on the day. Molina also had four victories, including two falls and one by injury default. “There are some positives we leave this tournament with,” Bellamy said. “One thing is no new injuries and that’s always a good thing. “The kids should be proud. They left everything on the mat and have nothing to be ashamed of.” Northview, the Valle Vista League dual-meet champion, advanced to the finals with a 45-15 victory over Sultana in the semis. The Vikings trailed 15-12 but rolled off seven consecutive wins, including four consecutive pins by Zeke Sanchez (285), Salinas (103), P.J. Martinez (112) and Molina (119), to take control. “That was a big win for us,” Bellamy said. “Sultana’s a good team. Our kids really battled.” The Vikings opened Saturday’s action with a 57-12 win over Los Alamitos when they recorded seven victories by pins. In the quarterfinals, Northview defeated Atascadero, 57-15. Robert Alcatar (215), Inclan and Salinas all recorded victories by fall. “Next week is what really counts,” Bellamy said, referring to the CIF-SS individual championships when the Vikings will be represented in all 14 weight classes. “We know we just have to work a little harder.” San Dimas, the Valle Vista League’s No. 2 team, fell in the first round to San Clemente, 56-14. when he got past Eric Reyes 4-2 [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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