Valencia wrestling locks up league for second consecutive year
By Haley Sawyer
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Valencia High wrestling team won a Tri-Valley League dual against Fillmore High, 57-12, Wednesday night at Peterson Grapplers in Valencia.

With the victory, the Vikings claimed their second league title in as many years and will represent the league in the CIF team tournament in February.

MORE: Valencia wrestling ready for league title

Seven Vikings had pins, including Peyton Kirk, who had his first varsity pin at the 152-pound weight class. Israel Galvan (120), Anthony Galvez (145), Derrick Top (160), Nick Lopez (170), Tyler Yost (195) and Cory Faulconer (113) also earned pins.

Additionally, Braden Smelser (138), Ben Gould (182) and Akira Bersamira (heavyweight) each won their matches.

“They know you always want your guys to stay hungry,” Valencia coach Brian Peterson said of his team’s confidence. “They can’t stick their chest out too much because every weekend we go to a tough tournament and that’s going to be hard. But when we wrestle in league … they know we’re going to win.”

The Vikings will compete in the California Invitational Tournament at Morro Bay High School on Friday and Saturday.

About the author

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and is the sports editor at The Signal.

Valencia wrestling locks up league for second consecutive year

The Valencia High wrestling team won a Tri-Valley League dual against Fillmore High, 57-12, Wednesday night at Peterson Grapplers in Valencia.

With the victory, the Vikings claimed their second league title in as many years and will represent the league in the CIF team tournament in February.

MORE: Valencia wrestling ready for league title

Seven Vikings had pins, including Peyton Kirk, who had his first varsity pin at the 152-pound weight class. Israel Galvan (120), Anthony Galvez (145), Derrick Top (160), Nick Lopez (170), Tyler Yost (195) and Cory Faulconer (113) also earned pins.

Additionally, Braden Smelser (138), Ben Gould (182) and Akira Bersamira (heavyweight) each won their matches.

“They know you always want your guys to stay hungry,” Valencia coach Brian Peterson said of his team’s confidence. “They can’t stick their chest out too much because every weekend we go to a tough tournament and that’s going to be hard. But when we wrestle in league … they know we’re going to win.”

The Vikings will compete in the California Invitational Tournament at Morro Bay High School on Friday and Saturday.

About the author

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and is the sports editor at The Signal.