One of the top prep wrestling tournaments of the season unfolds Friday with the start of the Five Counties Invitational at Fountain Valley High. The two-day, annual event continues Saturday and culminates with championship finals in each weight class division.
Ninety-six teams are entered in this year's 64-man, double-elimination tournament. In addition to host Fountain Valley, teams competing at this year's invitational are: Marina, Also Niguel, Arbor View (Nevada), Artesia, Nyala, Beaumont, Beck man, Bishop Aleman, Bishop Amat, Brawley, Buchanan, Buena Park, California, Camarillo, Capistrano Valley, Carson, Carter, Corona Centennial, Channel Island, Chino Hills, Coronado (Colorado), Crespi, Cypress, Damien, Dana Hills, Desert Mirage, Diamond Bar, Downey, Durham, Eleanor Roosevelt, El Cajon, El Camino Real, El Modena, Foothill, Great Oak, Holtville, Imperial, Julian, Kingsburg, Laguna Hills, Las Vegas (Nevada), Westminster La Quinta, Long Beach Poly, Newbury Park, Northview, Norwalk, Mater Dei, Mira Costa, Mission Viejo, Montebello, Mt. Carmel, Norwalk, Northview, Oak Hills, Palisades, Palm Desert, Palo Verde (Nevada), Peninsula, Porterville, Redlands, Redlands East Valley, Rim Of the World, Royal, San Clemente, San Dimas, Santa Ana, Santa Fe, Santa Margarita, Corona Santiago, Selma, Servite, Sonora, South High, Sunny Hills, Torrance, Tustin, University, Upland, Trabuco Hills, Valencia, Victor Valley, Villa Park, Vista Murrieta, Wasco, Western, Westminster, Yorba Linda.
Below is the tournament schedule. All times are approximate.
Championship Round 1: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Championship Round 2: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Consolation Round 2 only: 4:30-6 p.m.
Championship Round 3, and Consolation Round 3: 6:30-8 p.m.
Consolation Round 4: 8-9 p.m.
Championship/Quarterfinals: 9-10:45 a.m.
Consolation Round 5: 9-10:45 a.m.
Consolation Round 6: 10:45 a.m.-noon
Championship/Semifinals: Noon-2 p.m.
Consolation Round 7: Noon-2 p.m.
Consolation Semifinals: 2-3 p.m.
Medal Round (3rd-4th/5th-6th/7th-8th): 3-4 p.m.
Gym clearance (finals setup): 4-5 p.m.
Finals and awards: 5:30-7 p.m.
Fountain Valley improved to 2-0 in Sunset League play Tuesday by defeating visiting Huntington Beach, 3-1. Kasey Reeve scored twice, Hannah Daye once and Allison Marlow had 10 saves for the Barons, ranked 10th in CIF Southern Section Division 1.
Emelee Jacobs scored for the Oilers (1-1).
Edison squared its Sunset record (1-1) Tuesday by taking a 2-0 halftime lead on host Newport Harbor and turning that advantage into a 3-2 victory over the Sailors (0-2). Sophomore Amanda Erickson scored both first-half goals, and senior captain Mackenzie Cerda scored 10 minutes into the second half, five minutes after Newport Harbor had scored to trim the Edison lead to 2-1.
Freshman goalie Zoe Clevely had two saves.
"Our young squad continues to gain experience," Edison Coach Kerry Crooks said.
In the other Sunset match Tuesday, Marina and visiting Los Alamitos battled to a scoreless tie.
Vikings Coach Rafael Llorente said his team, now 1-0-1 in league, turned in a "strong defensive performance."
Marina had defeated Edison, 2-1, getting two goals from Kayla Perry, on the opening day of league play Jan. 9. In other Jan. 9 openers, Laura Lainson and Sawyer Koelsh scored for Huntington, which shut down visiting Newport Harbor, 2-0, and Kasey Reeve and Valerie Holler scored for Fountain Valley, which got past host Los Alamitos, 2-1.
In a Golden West League opener Tuesday, Ocean View took down visiting Loara, 2-0. Darshalle Cardoso and Sam Romo scored goals, Cintia Ruiz had an assist and Malia Hayes recorded eight saves as the Seahawks, ranked seventh in CIF Southern Section Division 6, evened their overall record at 7-7-1.
"We played soft and struggled adjusting to the kick-ball style that Loara plays," Ocean View Coach David Deaton said. "Once we started the second half and played our game, we dominated play."
In Sunset League action at 5 p.m. Thursday, Edison hosts Los Alamitos, Huntington is home to Marina and Fountain Valley travels to face Newport Harbor. In Golden West League play Thursday, Ocean View hosts Santa Ana at 3 p.m.
The Sunset League got underway last week and in games Friday, Edison defeated Marina, 2-0, Huntington fell, 3-2, to Newport Harbor and Fountain Valley was edged, 2-1, by Los Alamitos.
Edison, the third-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1, improved to 2-0 in league by blanking visiting Marina. Connor Gordon and Ty O'Connor scored for the Chargers (14-0-1), who blanked Fountain Valley, 3-0, in a league opener Jan. 8.
Marina, which defeated Newport Harbor, 1-0, in a league opener Jan. 8, fell to 1-1 in league.
Taylor Sanchez and Andy Duong both scored for Huntington in its 3-2 loss at Newport Harbor. The Oilers (0-2 league) dropped their league opener Jan. 8, 2-0, to Los Alamitos.
Fountain Valley's 2-1 loss to visiting Los Alamitos dropped the Barons to 0-2 in league.
In a Golden West League opener Friday (Jan. 10), Ocean View was upended, 5-1, by host Loara.
Sunset League games scheduled for Friday include Huntington at Marina (3 p.m.), Edison on the road to face Los Alamitos (5 p.m.) and Fountain Valley at Newport Harbor (5 p.m.). In the Golden West League Friday, Ocean View hosts Segerstrom at 3 p.m.
Girls' Water Polo
Ocean View, which this week took over the No. 1 spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 7 rankings, started its Golden West League season Tuesday and sprinted past visiting Loara, 19-4.
In Sunset League openers Jan. 8, Huntington Beach rolled past Fountain Valley, 17-2, Edison fell, 3-1, to Newport Harbor, and Marina lost, 21-3, to Los Alamitos.
Delaney Cleveland scored for Edison, the seventh-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1, which lost a defensive battle against fourth-ranked Newport Harbor. Josette Santos had 10 saves for the Chargers.
The Chargers, who trailed, 1-0, at the half, played the game without team captain Natalie May, a sprinter and anchor on defense who was on a Model UN trip with the school in Europe, Edison Coach Diggy Riley said.
"Our girls were prepared, not just from game film we watched, but mentally as well," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said. "There was no doubt in their minds they could beat Newport and they played like it, especially on the defensive end. Our offense started getting some good looks in the third quarter and if it wasn't for some miraculous saves by their goalie, we would have won this game.
"I am so proud of these girls and how hard they are training and it is showing in the games."
Edison bounced back Saturday in a nonleague road game against Irvine and scored a 6-5 nonleague victory. Cleveland and Sabrina Jensen each scored twice, and Bree Marmion and Lyndsie Williams each scored once.
Kendyl Riley scored twice for Marina in its loss to fifth-ranked Los Alamitos.
CIF Weekly Rankings
Girls' basketball: Huntington Beach (No. 4, Division 1A); Marina (No. 15, Division 2AA); Ocean View No. 10 (Division 3A).
Boys' basketball: Edison (No. 7, Division 1A); Brethren Christian (No. 5, Division 5AA).
Girls' soccer: Fountain Valley (tie-No. 10, Division 1); Ocean View (No. 7, Division 6).
Boys' soccer: Edison (No. 3, Division 1).
Girls' Water Polo: Edison (No. 7, Division 1); Ocean View (No. 1, Division 7).
Wrestling: Fountain Valley (No. 7, Division 1).