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    Fountain Valley wrestler TJ McDonnell wins state title; Marina girls team finishes No. 1 at state meet
    • February 26, 2023

    Marina’s girls wrestling team and Fountain Valley senior TJ McDonnell were among Orange County’s big winners at the CIF State Championships for boys and girls wrestling Saturday in Bakersfield.

    McDonnell was champion at 182 pounds in the boys competition. He is the first individual champion in Fountain Valley’s history.

    Two weeks ago McDonnell won his third CIF Southern Section championship.

    El Dorado junior Isaiah Quintero, a state champion last season, advanced to the boys final at 120 pounds Saturday but was defeated, 1-0.

    The Marina girls team won the state title with 114 points as Walnut finished second with 88 points.

    Three seniors for Marina’s girls won individual championships: Carissa Qureshi (126 pounds), Saiheron Preciado-Meza (189) and Destiny Marquez (235).

    Newport Harbor junior Duda Rodrigues won by decision in the 150-pound final.

    Lilyana Balderas of Anaheim was second at 121 pounds.

    Cypress senior Vida Beckel lost in the final in the 160-pound division.

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    ​ Orange County Register