Gilroy’s Adrianna Orozco Rocha was two spots away from a trip to the California Interscholastic Federation state championships.
The 143-pound Mustang wrestler took fifth at the Central Coast Section Tournament Saturday. Christopher’s Gianna Fernandez finished 3-2.
Orozco Rocha secured fifth place by pinning Emma Rodriguez of Aptos just at the 2:29 mark. She landed in the fifth place match after losing by pin to Caroline Mundo from Alisal in the consolation semifinals.
Orozco Rocha won her first two matches by pin over Capuchino’s Jasmine Gonzalez and Monterey’s Jennifer Boughton, respectively. She dropped to the consolation bracket after losing 5-2 to Sequoia’s Hannah Dosen in the quarterfinals. She won her first consolation round bout by forfeit and her second by fall over Alex Tellez of Santa Clara at 2:54.
All of Fernandez’s CCS bouts were decided by pin.
The 101-pound Cougar wrestler finished 3-2 in the tournament, but unfortunately for Fernandez her season ends here. She was eliminated in the consolation round by Alexis Talmadge of Cupertino after being pinned at the 2:42 mark.
Fernandez won her first bout by pin at 3:35, beating Nina Pham from Yerba Buena. She then dropped to the consolation bracket after Hiba Salem pinned her just 57 seconds into their bout.
The Cougar won her next two matches, notching quick falls over Victoria Oehlerkin, Capuchino, and Roseann Roceta of John O’Connell at the 35 and 43 second marks, respectively.
Cougars escape Balers
Friday’s game between Christopher and San Benito came down to a single point—and it was in the Cougars’ favor.
Christopher swept the season series against Balers, winning 49-48 at San Benito.
Chad Hartman led the Cougars with 18 points and Dillon Day was close behind with 14. Alec Cordova and Xander Bowers both added seven points.
The Cougars (14-6 overall, 4-4 in league) will be back on the court at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Salinas. They will play their final home game of the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday.
Cougars’ Siason, Myers and Gilroy’s Melendez take first at Colt Classic
Christopher’s Riley Siason and Jacob Myers as well as Gilroy’s Gavin Melendez all claimed first place finishes at the 6th Annual Colt Classic at El Camino High School Saturday.
Siason, 108, won his finals bout by a 1-0 decision over Daniel Borrego from Terra Nova. He won his first two matches by tech fall and fall before beating Oceana’s Sandeep Singh by an 8-5 decision in the semifinals.
Myers, 154, also won his championship match 1-0. He topped El Camino’s Eric Goff for the crown. Myers won his opening and quarterfinals bouts by fall and his semifinal match by a 15-3 major decision over Austin Baker from Sequoia.
Melendez, the lone Mustang at the tournament, had the same result in his finals match. He edged Christian Diokno, El Camino, 1-0 in the championship bout. He won his first and quarterfinals by pin and his semifinals match with Gio Zacarias, Aptos, by a 9-2 decision. 29-7
Collins Orknowko, 222, placed 4th for Christopher. He was pinned by Independence’s Eddie Deanda at the 25 second mark in the third place bout. He had byes for his first two rounds and won his quarterfinal match by fall over Cecil Fisher from Aptos. He lost the semifinal match to Lofi Malepaei from South San Francisco by pin.
Alexander Ayon, 222, finished sixth after he was pinned by Devyn Ito, Lynbrook, at 1:49 in the fifth place match. He was pinned by Malepeai in his first match and won his consolation bracket bout over Cecil Fisher of Aptos.
Ray Tapia was the final placer for Christopher, taking eighth. The 184-pounder won his first match by a 1-0 decision over Trent Nuzum from Leigh. He then lost his next two bouts by fall to Cris Sanchez, Lowell, in the quarters and Ares Johnson of Pioneer in the consolation bracket.
Christopher will wrestle at Alisal Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Gilroy will take on San Benito at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in Hollister.
Cougars blank Alisal
A first half goal was all Christopher need to win 1-0 over Alisal on the road Friday.
The Cougars’ Jaime Boutee netted the game winner in the 30th minute. It’s her sixth of the season.
Christopher (6-9 overall, 4-5 in league) will host Everett Alvarez at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Mustangs tie with Eagles
Neither Gilroy nor Everett Alvarez could gain an edge on the other after 80 minutes.
The teams had to settle for a scoreless tie Friday on the road.
The Mustangs (5-8-2 overall, 4-2-2 in league) will play at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Alisal.
Find out when and where your favorite Cougar and Mustang teams are playing this week:
2.10 — Boys soccer at Monterey*, 3 p.m.; Girls basketball vs. San Benito*, 7 p.m.
2.11 — Girls soccer vs. Everett Alvarez*, 5:45 p.m.; Wrestling at Alisal*, 6:30 p.m.; Boys basketball at Salinas*, 7 p.m.
2.12 — Boys soccer vs. Monte Vista Christian*, 5:45 p.m.; Girls basketball at Salinas*, 7 p.m.
2.13 — Boys basketball vs. Seaside*, home finale, 7 p.m.
2.10 — Boys soccer vs. Everett Alvarez*, 5:45 p.m.; Girls basketball at North Salinas*, 7 p.m.
2.11 — Girls soccer at Alisal*, 5:45 p.m.; Boys basketball vs. North Salinas*, 7 p.m.
2.12 — Boys soccer at North Monterey County*, 5:45 p.m.; Girls basketball at Hollister*, 7 p.m.
2.13 — Girls soccer vs. Notre Dame*, 5:45 p.m.; Boys basketball at Everett Alvarez*, 7 p.m.
*Denotes league contest