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Millikan Boys’ & Girls’ Wrestling Staying Busy In Finals

All of the local wrestlers were busy last week as the Millikan boys’ reached the CIF Southern Section Division 3 dual meet team championship while the Moore League girls’ battled for the individual titles.

On Saturday, Millikan steamrolled Colton (69-6) and California (68-6) before being challenged by Hillcrest in the semifinals, but still coming out on top 49-29. The Rams were edged by host Fountain Valley 31-30 in an exciting final.

Millikan’s Santos Salas (285 pounds) had a pin victory in all four of his matches. Gavin Laverde (106), Samuel Winters (120), Alan Patino (145), Robert Pallares (152) and Edwin Samayoa (220) all had three pins on the day.

The boys’ CIF qualifier starts Friday Feb. 14.

Millikan girls’ wrestling led the Moore League individual finals with six titles last Thursday at Lakewood High. Wilson led the way with 12 CIF-SS qualifiers. Millikan and Long Beach Poly both had 10. Lakewood finished with six.

The Rams dominated the lightweight divisions as Peyton Roberts (101 pounds), Isabella Moreno (106), Destiny Moreno (111), Allison Doppenberg (116), Sophia Miller (121) and Kylie Hensen (126) all took the titles.

Long Beach Poly’s Christine Jane Yuson (160), Tessa Thom (189) and Samantha Garcia (235) all won titles. Lakewood’s Jazmine Leivas (137), Zainab Hakeem (150) and Saiheron Preiado Meza (170) as well as Wilson’s Evany Mesina (131), Gracie Kirazian (143) also finished first in their weight class.

The girls’ CIF qualifier is Saturday Feb. 15.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.