With league match-ups starting next week, Bear wrestlers stay active

DOWNEY – The Warren High School wrestling team has been busy this preseason participating in several tournaments.

The Bears competed in the Spartan Classic Kick-off at South Torrance on Nov. 24 where they finished fourth overall with a total of 130 points.

Villa Park finished first with a total of 241 points, Paramount finished second with a total of 150 points, South Torrance finished third with a total of 130.5 points and West Torrance finished fifth with a total of 116 points, respectively.

The Bears had six wrestlers place in the top six of their respective weight classes. Warren’s Josh Mariscal finished third at 106 pounds, Carlos Durazo finished second at 113 pounds and Salvador Alvarez finished sixth at 120 pounds. Joel Gutierrez finished sixth at 152 pounds, Naethan Guerrero finished sixth at 182 pounds and Kaleb McIntyre finished fifth at 220 pounds. Warren also competed in the Millikan Duals on December 1.

The Bears competed in the Edison Beach Bash December 7-8 at Edison High School in Huntington Beach. Warren finished in 13th place overall with a total of 81 points.

Rowland finished first with a total of 213 points, Mayfair finished second with a total of 205 points, La Quinta finished third with a total of 182.5 points, Edison finished fourth with a total of 137 points and Beaumont finished fifth with a total of 135 points, respectively.

Warren had five wrestlers place in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Andrew Lopez placed second at 106 pounds and Joshua Mariscal placed third at 106 pounds. Salvador Alvarez placed third at 120 pounds, Andrew Martinez placed eighth at 160 pounds and Naethan Guerrero placed fourth at 182 pounds.

The Warren High School wrestling team competed in the Mann Classic at Marina High School on Dec. 14-15. The Bears finished in 29th place overall with a total of 42.5 points.

Servite finished first with a total of 259.5 points, Bakersfield finished second with a total of 220.5 points, Villa Park finished third with a total of 179.5 points, Fountain Valley finished fourth with a total of 159.5 points and Calvary Chapel finished fifth with a total of 138.5 points, respectively.

The Bears had two wrestlers place in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Carlos Vasquez placed fifth at 106 pounds and Salvador Alvarez placed fifth at 120 pounds.

The Warren wrestling team also participated in the Ed Springs Classic Wrestling Tournament December 21st and 22nd at Brea-Olinda High School. The Bears finished in eighth place overall with a total of 102 points.

Photo courtesy Warren High wrestling.

Photo courtesy Warren High wrestling.

Valencia finished first with a total of 176 points, Sonora finished second with a total of 148 points, Dos Pueblos finished third with a total of 131.5 points, Brea-Olinda finished fourth with a total of 128 points and Aliso Niguel finished fifth with a total of 117.5 points, respectively.

The Bears had six wrestlers place in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Joshua Mariscal placed seventh at 106 pounds, Carlos Vasquez placed third at 113 pounds and Salvador Alvarez placed fifth at 120 pounds. Carlos Durazo placed third at 160 pounds, Troy Garza placed sixth at 170 pounds and Kaleb McIntyre placed eighth at 195 pounds.

Warren will begin their league match schedule when they host Gahr at Warren on January 3. The Bears will then travel to cross-town rival Downey on January 8, will host Dominguez at Warren on January 10th and will travel to Paramount to face the Pirates on January 22nd. Downey and Paramount will once again be the teams to beat in league competition.

Warren is scheduled to wrestle in the Tournament of Champions at Cerritos College on January 5 and the La Puente Duals on January 12.

Coach Brogden, his staff and wrestlers are all looking forward to competing for a S.G.V.L. and C.I.F. championship.


DOWNEY WRESTLING: The Downey High School wrestling team has been busy this preseason getting ready for the start of their league dual match schedule, competing in the Edison Beach Bash at Edison High School in Huntington Beach on Dec. 7-8.

Downey finished in eighth place overall with a total of 115 points. The Vikings had five wrestlers finish in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Matthew Mendoza placed eighth at 113 pounds, Isaac Medina placed seventh at 126 pounds, Josh Burtle finished eighth at 138 pounds, Matthew Rauno finished fifth at 160 pounds and Nelson Cruz finished second at 220 pounds.

Rowland was the Edison Beach Bash Tournament champion with 213 points, respectively. Downey finished eighth and cross-town rival Warren finished 13th.

The Vikings also hosted the Downey 32 Way Varsity Tournament December 14th and 15th. Downey finished in ninth place overall with a total of 64 points.

Paramount finished first with a total of 116.5 points, Monache finished second with a total of 97 points, Arroyo finished third with a total of 92.5 points, Beaumont finished fourth with a total of 89 points and Millikan finished fifth with a total of 85.5 points, respectively.

Downey had one wrestler qualify for the semifinals and that was Isaac Medina at 126 pounds. Other Viking wrestlers were in the mix but did not finish in the top two (bout sheet was incomplete at press time).

New Viking head coach Kyle Acevedo, his staff and wrestlers are all looking forward to league competition. Cross-town rival Warren and Paramount will be the teams to beat in San Gabriel Valley League dual meet action.


DOWNEY BOYS SOCCER: The Downey High School boys’ soccer team currently has an overall record of 5-1-2 and will begin league play next week.

In recent competition, the Vikings defeated Los Alamitos 4-1 at Downey on December 13, defeated Alisal of Salinas (California) 1-0 at Downey on December 14, defeated El Toro 2-0 at Downey on December 15 and defeated Schurr of Montebello 2-1 at Downey on December 18.

The Vikings are scheduled to compete in the Arizona Showcase beginning tomorrow and will play Hamilton of Arizona in their tournament opener. Downey will also compete in the Flower Mound Marcus Tournament against Naaman Forest of Garland, Texas, on January 3.

The Vikings will then begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Dominguez at Downey on January 4th. Downey will then travel to Lynwood to play the Knights on January 8th and also travel to cross-town rival Warren to play the Bears on January 10th.

The Vikings will then host Gahr at Downey on January 15th and also host Paramount at Downey on January 17th. Paramount and Warren will once again be the teams to beat in league play.

Head coach Marvin Mires, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of San Gabriel Valley League play and competing for another league championship. The Vikings are the 2018 S.G.V.L. champions.

Downey is also looking forward to qualifying for and making a deeper run in the C.I.F. Division One playoffs.

SportsMark Fetter