After two days of wrestling in the CIF Southern Section individual divisional tournaments, 22 local wrestlers qualified for next weekend’s CIF Masters Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Palm Desert led the valley’s contingent with a fourth-place finish in the Coastal Division out of 51 teams, qualifying five wrestlers for next weekend by finishing in the top five of their respective weight classes.
Four Aztecs took home individual CIF titles, led by senior Anthony Mantanona (170 pounds), who won his fourth such title in his high school career and was named the Upper Weight MVP at the Coastal Division meet. Junior Eric Santana (113), sophomore Troy Mantanona (145) and senior Gabe Herrera (285) also took home individual titles, while senior Cameron Van Dyke (182) finished in fourth.
La Quinta qualified four in the Coastal Division, led by individual champ senior Jacob Tessandore (138). Juniors Joe Garcia (145) and Noel Magallanes (160) both took fourth, while Joseph Ferrara (220) finished fifth.
Coachella Valley had four wrestlers qualify for next weekend in the Northern Division meet, led by junior Emanuel Huesca (195) who took second, along with fifth-place finishes from juniors Ian Vasquez (170) and Christian Brenes (182) and senior Jose Cano (145).
Rancho Mirage qualified two wrestlers at the Northern Division meet with senior Miguel Roman (160) taking second and junior Kurt Tan (113) finishing fifth. Palm Springs also qualified two with sophomore Aurek Boutte (195) in third and senior Alexander Salazar (106) in fifth.
Shadow Hills sent three wrestlers on with seniors Dylan Vanbuskirk (152) in second and Tommy Rojas (170) in fourth, while junior Gabriel Felix (113) finished sixth and qualified as an alternate. Cathedral City senior Daniel Morales (195) took second, while Indio junior Jesus Garduno (132) finished fifth for berths next weekend.
Coachella Valley 56, Mesa Grande 40: The Arabs moved on to the second round of the Division 5AA and earned a chance to host a quarterfinal game against Westridge on Wednesday. Vanessa Madera led the way for the Arabs on the road with 24 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Maggie Barajas followed with 11 points.
Desert Christian Academy 55, San Jacinto Academy 24: The Conquerors clinched their second consecutive trip to the quarterfinals with a road win Saturday in the first round of the Division 5A bracket.
Katie Schmidt led the way with 12 points — all on 3-pointers. Ashley Klopfenstein and Jayla Grubbe followed with nine points each. The Desert Christian Academy defense held strong, allowing just six points in the first half.
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Village Christian 44, Palm Desert 22: Seline Schinke led the Aztecs with 13 points in the Division 4AA road loss that ends Palm Desert’s season. Alexis Legan followed with six points.
Palm Desert finishes the season 15-14.
Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
Due to rain Friday night and Saturday during the day that left fields in poor conditions, all of Saturday’s games in the first weekend of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic were cancelled. Sunday’s schedule of games will be as follows:
9 a.m.: Oregon vs. Illinois (Wrigley), St. Mary’s vs. Kent State (Fenway), Cal Poly vs. Liberty (Des Moines), Arkansas vs. San Diego (Pawtucket)
10 a.m.: Cal vs. LMU (Yankee)
11:30 a.m.: UCLA vs. UC Davis (Wrigley), St. Mary’s vs. CSUN (Fenway), Cal Poly vs. Utah Valley (Des Moines)
12:30 p.m.: Cal vs. Kent State (Yankee)
2 p.m.: UCAL vs. Liberty (Wrigley), LMU vs. CSUN (Fenway), UC Davis vs. Utah Valley (Des Moines)