D-Bar’s Johnson stays unbeaten at 215

first_imgJohnson comfortably beat Kasradze in their first meeting, then edged him 3-0 in their second match. Damien’s Aaron Kunihiro (24-3) won the 125-pound class with an 11-5 victory over Victor Valenzuela, handing the Woodbridge senior his third loss of the season (he has 39 wins.) Kunihiro held a two-point lead beginning the third period before distancing himself. “If I had finished second here I don’t think I’d have nearly as much confidence as I do leaving with a win,” he said. Instead he qualifies for Masters, the tournament preceding state, on a winning streak. The top five finishers in each weight class advance to Masters. Kunihiro was Damien’s only Masters qualifier. Of the Sierra and Desert Sky League teams, Ayala, Barstow and Chino Hills are sending three wrestlers each, Diamond Bar two, Silverado and Granite Hills one each. Barstow’s Donavan Barela and Jose Acuna finished a distant second in the 130- and 135-pound classes, respectively, while Sean Silva won his third-place match via forfeit. Chino Hills’ Jacob Tranberg fell 17-2 to Orange Lutheran’s Kelan Bragg in the finals of the 171-pound class. Bien Ambrisio (119 pounds) and Kyle Angel (145) finished fourth for the Huskies. Diamond Bar’s second qualifier, Garrett Jones, was still steaming from a quarterfinal loss entering his third-place match in the 189-pound class. Matt Wardner of St. John Bosco lasted 1:49 before Jones pinned him. Carlos Haynie of Ayala produced a pin 3:20 into his 160-pound match. His win over Mater Dei’s Kevin Morganstein in the fifth-place match advanced him to Masters. Granite Hills’ Tym Quigg won his fifth-place match 11-4 to earn a Masters berth. Silverado’s Ray Rubio comfortably advanced to Masters, although he lost the 119-pound championship match 5-1 to Savanna’s Jimmy Martinez. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHINO HILLS – The flu that robbed Marcus Johnson of 10 pounds over the past two weeks was reduced to a secondary concern when the Diamond Bar senior was slammed on his surgically repaired shoulder less than 30 seconds into his match. The ensuing lengthy delay was followed by another due to Johnson’s bloody nose courtesy of a head butt. center_img But when Saturday’s 215-pound championship match was stopped for good, Johnson (42-0) was the CIF Southern Division champion. The CIF’s second-ranked wrestler (in his weight class) topped Mission Viejo’s Dovydas Kasradze 8-4 in their third meeting this year. “This is my last year, so there was no way I was letting anything stop me,” said Johnson, who dominated the match after trailing 2-0. last_img read more