Prep boys wrestling


Marchese wins state title


As soon as the referee awarded takedown points to Robert Marchese with five seconds to go in overtime Saturday giving the Oak Hills senior the CIF State Wrestling Championship 195-pound title his celebration went a little haywire.


After shaking hands with his opponent, Clovis' Dakota Gordon, and hugging his own coaches, Marchese ran off the stage and jumped the partition between the Rabobank Arena floor and the stands, ran up the stairs and hugged his father Bruce Marchese.


"I was planning to just point at him and wave if I won," Marchese said. "I don't know, excitement just overcame me. He's always been there for me, always said I could do it when nobody else did, of course my coaches (believed). He always believed in me, I just had to hug him."


Marchese decisioned Gordon 3-1 in the only overtime championship match of the day to complete a perfect 51-0 season and bring home Oak Hills' first state title. As the Bulldogs' only competitor, he alone made the school finish 29th out of 277 teams that came to the tournament.


"Hat's off to Robert. What a journey," Oak Hills coach Dave Stidham said. "51-0, unbelievable."



Sultans' Griego takes fifth at state


After getting pinned by eventual state champion Isaiah Martinez of Lemoore in the semifinals Saturday and then dropping his first consolation match, Sultana sophomore Corey Griego was disappointed.


But with just his fifth-place match still to go at the CIF State Wrestling Championships, Griego (152 pounds) still had some motivation.


"I wanted that match," Griego said. "I wanted fifth place. I didn't want to go 3-3."


Griego faced Del Oro's Austin Branum, who he beat in the quarterfinals, and decisioned him 3-1 to finish fifth. He's only the second Sultana sophomore to place Juan Archuleta also took fifth in 2004.


Prep boys soccer


Oak Hills falls in penalty kicks


Oak Hills boys soccer coach Darren Goodman said it best once a game goes to penalty kicks, it can go either way.


Nearly two weeks ago, things went the Bulldogs' way in PK's in a second round win over North/Torrance.


Last week against No. 3 Crescenta Valley in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 semifinals, it didn't go Oak Hills' way.


The Falcons converted all of their opportunities to win 5-3 in penalty kicks and end the Bulldogs' bid for a third consecutive division title game appearance.


Prep boys tennis


Scorpions win 'Cops 'N' Jocks' for first time


For 14 years Hesperia hosted the boys version of the Cops 'N' Jocks Invitational, but the tournament hosts never claimed the team title, often finishing second or third.


On their 15th try, the Scorpions broke through and won the tournament, finishing three points ahead of second-place Lancaster.


"It's always good to get a win, and it kind of rewards some of the senior players who have put in the time," Hesperia coach Jim Taper said. "The team as a whole kind of pulled together on this. We got contributions point-wise from players who didn't make it to the afternoon, but they won their first match and get points for the team. Some of those players that won early, they really helped."