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Mayfair wrestling takes fourth at CIF, qualifies six for Masters

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Coming off a CIF Southern Section Western Division Dual Championship, the Monsoon boys wrestling team traveled to Oak Hills for the Central Division Individual Championships. Competing against some of the best teams and wrestlers in the state of California, Mayfair placed fourth with 179.5 points and qualified six wrestlers for the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet.

“It was one of the hardest divisions,” said coach Ibee Atalla. “Any other division, except for the one with Northview, we would have won. I am very happy with how we wrestled.”

Seniors Jose Alvarez and Favian Real were both finalists for the Monsoons. After spending much of the season on the sideline with an injury, Alvarez advanced to the finals with two wins on Friday and a semi-final win on Saturday morning before falling to St. John Bosco’s Jesse Vazquez in the finals. The second place finish improved upon last year’s third place divisional finish.

Real picked up three wins on Friday and a fourth win on Saturday to advance to the finals. He was unable to get much going in the final, however, and was forced to settle for second place.

Ernie Aguilera and Khalil Howard each picked up third place finishes for the Monsoons. Both went unbeaten on Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. They lost their semifinal bouts, but bounced back in the consolation semifinals to earn a spot in the third place match.

Robert Eredia and Jarrod Nunez were the final qualifiers for the Monsoons with fourth place finishes. They advanced to the semifinals before losing to fall into the consolation bracket.

“We have more work to do now,” Atalla said. “We are looking forward to Masters and State.”

Ez Estrada finished in sixth and will head to Masters as an alternate.

Sultana took home the team title with 279.5 points while Bosco finished in second. Bosco took home both MVP honors, with Vazquez earning Lower Weight MVP honors and Danny Salas taking the Upper Weight MVP.

The Masters Meet will take place next week in Ontario