Prep Impressions: Jan. 7, 2012

I covered the 2012 Riverside County Wrestling Championships for The Press-Enterprise on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, and came away thinking there are way too many tiny little details at a meet this size to ever get everything right, and still write a compelling article.

First, my mistake(s): I wrote that this was Corona Centennial’s third consecutive team title Riverside County Wrestling Championships. It’s actually the Huskies’ fifth consecutive county title. Also, I wrote that Centennial’s Andrew Schulte was the reigning CIF-Southern Section Master’s champion at 138 pounds. Actually, he’s the reigning 132-pound champion.

How did I get these details wrong? Not sure. But I did.

What’s interesting/confounding is that this isn’t the first time I’ve incorrectly reported details re: Centennial wrestling. I once wrote that former Husky Denzel Hawkins won a CIF-Southern Section Individual championship by decision, whereas he actually pinned his opponent. I still feel bad about about that one, but I apologized to both the wrestler and the coach and both are gracious humans.

Beaumont's Mike Cade (top) wrestles Chaparral's Matt McCullough on Saturday for 5th place at 285 pounds at the Riverside County Championships at Arlington HS.

That experience has, in part, shaped my point-of-view on the matter. Seems that if you’re in the business of stating facts, you’re going to get some wrong from time to time. At a certain point it’s just a numbers game.

In response, all you can do is the best you can. Oh, and make absolutely certain everyone’s name is correctly spelled. Then hope no one takes themselves so seriously that a few scant, albeit incorrect, details ruin their day (and yours).

Coincindently, I’ve seen Centennial’s wrestling team (coaches included) wear shirts that have a sort of winner’s mantra. One of the tenets of the mantra is “Always give 100 percent.” Another is “No excuses.”

I think those tenets apply here. I gave my 100-percent. I had a lede and I stuck with it, and had a story written less than 30 minutes after walking out the door. Any sports desk in the country can appreciate that. NO EXCUSES. I made the mistakes. I accept them and move on, as any rational writer would.

And hey, at least I got all the match results correct this time.

Centennial, by the way, is a-w-e-s-o-m-e. As I wrote (correctly) in the link above, the Huskies placed seven wrestlers in the first seven finals. That’s right. There was a Centennial wrestler in the 103, 113, 120, 126, 132, 145 and 152-pound finals. And Huskies won five of those matches.

Corona Centennial coach Randy Campbell:
“Unity, unity, it’s all about our team. They support each other all day long. They don’t sit up there and eat, and chew crackers. We’re down here supporting each other and that’s what it’s all about. We preach that from Day 1 when they walk in the door. It’s about us, not you, not you, not me. It’s about us. And that’s what they do. They’re all down here supporting each other.”

Riverside Norte Vista coach Ernie Ledesma:
“It’s (seeing Corona Centennial’s success) definitely a motivator. Definitely want to go ahead and start a feeder program. I think Randy (Campbell) has a good feeder program there. He gets a lot of kids that have been wrestling for a while. I think at that level, that’s what it takes to get seven guys in the finals. It’s something where you have a good program but you also have kids that’ve been growing up, being made to wrestle. So by the time they get to the program it goes with Randy, and it feeds into Randy, and it’s just a lot easier for the whole program. I know other teams have feeder programs, it just depends upon how established their program is.”

Chris Lacayo (Corona Centennial) decision Mario Torres (Riverside La Sierra), 4-0; 3rd: Anthony Vargas (Perris Citrus Hill) dec. Steven Ramos (Lake Elsinore Lakeside), 3-1; 5th: Jose Espinoza (Menifee Paloma Valley) dec. Michael Smith (MoVal Canyon Springs), 4-2; 7th: Richie Gibbons (Hemet) default Brandon Salgado (Temecula Chaparral), na.
113: Dean Parker (Centennial) dec. Eli Macias (Riverside King), 4-0; 3rd: Jose Perez (Citrus Hill) dec. Will Bitonti (Chaparral), na; 5th: Corey Skiles (Vista Murrieta) dec. Aaron Allard (Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon), 8-7; 7th: Colby Cordova (Elsinore) pinned Miko Flores (Riverside Arlington), 3:10.
120: Giovanni Castillo (Centennial) pinned Taylor Hall (MoVal Canyon Springs), 4:30; 3rd: Dustin Kirk (Elsinore) pinned David Torres (MoVal Rancho Verde), 2:36; 5th: Matt L’Huillier (King) major dec. Ryon Schafer (Arlington), 9-0; 7th: Chris Lechuga (Temecula Great Oak) dec. Jed Williams (Temescal Canyon), 8-1.
126: Terrill Sidener (Beaumont) dec. Dyllon Ryan (Centennial), 4-0; 3rd: Spencer Glasheen (Riverside King) pinned John Swan (Citrus Hill), 0:55; 5th: Dominic Hernandez (Canyon Springs) dec. Kevin Reyes (Corona), 8-2; 7th: A.Rendon (Riverside Ramona) major dec. Anthony Abarca (San Jacinto), 13-2.
132: Christian Pagdilao (Centennial) tech. fall Jacob Beas (Temescal Canyon), 15-0; 3rd: Nolan Kistler (King) dec. Austin Olshefski (Palm Springs), na; 5th: Tracie Hollis (Ramona) dec. Daniel Arreola (Citrus Hill), 4-0; 7th: Devin Dourseau (Canyon Springs) dec. Tyshaun Benjamin (Hemet West Valley), 7-3.
138: Andrew Schulte (Centennial) pinned Daniel Riverside (San Jacinto) 3:35; 3rd: Mike Behnke (Arlington) dec. Jason La Croix (Norco), 9-6; 5th: Ronnie Downs (Beaumont) default Cody Capellino (Temescal Canyon), injury; 7th: Preston Mitts (Canyon Springs) pinned Mason Saitman (La Sierra), 4:50.
145: Taylor McCormick (La Sierra) dec. Richard Muniz (Centennial), 5-1; Danen Calvin (Chaparral) dec. Eddie Rogers (King), 4-2; 5th: Erick Ambriz (Temescal Canyon) dec. Michael Esqueda (San Jacinto), 4-3; 7th: David Ortiz (Elsinore) dec. Marshal Palmer (Paloma Valley), 3-2.
152: Lon Chaney (Palm Springs) dec. Yopoldo Rodriguez (Temecula Chaparral), 1-0; Jacob Valdez (Temescal Canyon) dec. Cyrus Sanai (Corona), 3-2; 3rd: Eduardo Ponce (Canyon Springs) pinned Cesar Sanchez (Citrus Hill), 0:51; 7th: Julio Suarez (Palm Desert Shadow Hills) default Nick Toia (Centennial), na.
160: Bradley Johnson (Chaparral) dec. Louie De La Torre (Temescal Canyon), 9-7; Dennis Robinson (King) dec. Devon Dourseau (Canyon Springs), 6-5; Andrew Brown (Elsinore) dec. Darin Pazmino (Arlington), 4-1; 7th: Andrew Christenson (Paloma Valley) default Steve Villigan (La Sierra), na.
170: Immanuel Barber (Canyon Springs) dec. Robbie Crider (La Sierra), 7-0; 3rd: Harlin Kistler II (King) dec. Andrew Tiedman (Palm Springs), 3-2; 5th: Edward Cornejo (Rancho Verde) pinned Isaiah Leyva (San Jacinto), 4:52; 7th: Nathaniel Bareis (Centennial) pinned Sandoval (Eastvale Roosevelt), 3:41.
182: Jon Wixon (Vista Murrieta) major dec. Ignacio Montor (Riverside Norte Vista), 10-0; 3rd: Nick Johnson (Murrieta Valley) dec. Cole Cook (Centennial), 5-1; 5th: Tyler Moulton (Menifee Heritage) dec. Michael Palafox (Temescal Canyon), 5-4; 7th: Moor (Roosevelt) pinned Jesse Parra (Elsinore), 2:58.
195: Joe Arellano (Vista Murrieta) dec. Armani Bains (Lake Elsinore Lakeside), 5-3; 3rd: Chase Lemmermann (Palm Desert) dec. Daniel Gonzalez (Temescal Canyon), 1-0; 5th: Marco Urena (Norte Vista) pinned Oscar Martinez (Centennial, 1:40; 7th: Martin Chavez (Beaumont) dec. Adam Huerta (La Sierra), 3-2.
220: Diego Vazquez (Vista Murrieta) dec. Anthony Briones (Riverside Ramons), 7-1; 3rd: Kyle Martin (San Jacinto) major dec. Michael Pacheco (Temescal Canyon), 9-0; 5th: Jay Cepada (Centennial) pinned Marco Gonzalez (Shadow Hills), 3:47; 7th: Evan Roberts (Beaumont) pinned Eduardo Hernandez (Corona), 1:18.
285: Nour Abdullatif (Eastvale Roosevelt) dec. Rigo Gonzalez (Shadow Hills), 6-2; 3rd: Jose Villa (Rancho Verde) pinned Shane Gonzalez (Temecula Great Oak), 4:21; Matt McCullough (Chaparral) dec. Mike Cade (Beaumont), 3-0; Chris Kocay (Paloma Valley) pinned David Cervantes (Desert Hot Springs), 2:08.

One Response to “Prep Impressions: Jan. 7, 2012”
  1. T.C. says:

    Much better article than the previous one!

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