Coachella Valley sends 3 high school wrestlers to state

Coachella Valley sends 3 high school wrestlers to state

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Coachella Valley sends 3 high school wrestlers to state

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Three wrestlers advanced to the California State Championships with their impressive outings Saturday at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena. The three included Palm Desert’s Anthony Mantanona and Matt Holm and La Quinta’s Roy Galvan.

A total of 12 valley wrestlers competed in the CIF Southern Section Masters Championship over the weekend. Mantanona, Holm and Galvan will compete in the state championship Friday and Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Palm Desert: Mantanona, a freshman, and Holm, a senior, both qualified for state as Mantanona went 4-1 to place third at 132 pounds. Holm went 5-2 and placed ninth at 152 pounds.

Aztecs coach Tom Lee praised his wrestlers for their performance.

“Anthony wrestled well. He’s ready for state,” Lee said. “His final match he wrestled a smart match and did what he needed to do to win.”

Holm moved on to state for the first time.

“Matt had a tough field Saturday at 152, but he battled through and made it,” Lee said.

Other Palm Desert wrestlers who competed included Billy Weaver (126 pounds), who went 2-2. Payton Hammer (170) was 0-2, while Isai Serrano (182) finished in the top 12, one match from getting into the placing round. The top nine advanced to state.

La Quinta: Roy Galvan finished fourth to move into the state championship. No other information was reported.

Shadow Hills: The Knights sent their first four wrestlers in school history to Masters, but they were unable to advance to state.

Issac Flores (106) and Michael Suarez (147) both went 2-2, while Alex Lopez (154) finished 1-2. Manny Correa (160) was unable to pick up a victory.

Despite not advancing, the Knights had their best wrestling season in school history and set numerous records.

“We had a great year sending four guys to the Masters and placing sixth in CIF,” Shadow Hills coach Albert Perales said. “We’ve hung with the best schools and a lot of people and the school were very supportive and we’re looking forward to a bright future.”

Perales said they dedicated the season to former La Quinta wrestling coach Tom Jenkins, who passed away on Oct. 20, 2013, after a two-year battle with cancer.

“From myself and the coaching staff (Nick Meade, Heber Castillo and Dave Pudis), we want to thank coach Jenkins for everything he did for the sport and teaching us how to continue his winning ways. We’re forever grateful.”

Desert Mirage: Jake Ceja just missed advancing to state, finishing 10th.

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