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    Newport Harbor wrestler Duda Rodrigues looks to repeat as champion at CIF State meet
    • February 23, 2024

    Newport Harbor wrestler Duda Rodrigues will try to repeat as a state champion this weekend at the CIF State Championships.

    Rodrigues, a senior who has not lost a high school wrestling match, is seeded No. 1 at 155 pounds going into the state meet at Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield. The meet began Thursday and ends Saturday.

    She won a state title at 150 pounds last year.

    Several other Orange County girls wrestlers are candidates to win medals, including: Marlee Solomon of Newport Harbor at 100 pounds; Alicia Serratos of Santa Ana at 105 pounds; Sophia Cornish of Tesoro at 110 pounds; Kylee Golz of Trabuco Hills and Santa Ana’s Annabelle Serratos at 115 pounds; Lilyana Balderas of Anaheim at 125 pounds; Samantha Arce of Mater Dei and Berlyn Davis of San Clemente at 145 pounds; Angela Salazar of Santa Ana at 170 pounds and Lorelei Hartman of Santa Ana at 235 pounds.

    Marina won the girls state title the past two years but no Vikings wrestlers advanced to this year’s state meet.

    The top eight finishers in each boys weight category and in each girls weight category are awarded medals.

    El Dorado senior Isaiah Quintero won a state championship as a sophomore in 2022 at 106 pounds. Quintero is wrestling at 120 pounds this year. He is seeded third in that weight class for the state meet.

    Fountain Valley has a strong contingent of boys wrestlers at the state meet, including Hunter Jauregui at 106 pounds, Anthony Lucio at 126 pounds, Hunter Windrath at 138 pounds, Khale McDonnell at 190 pounds, and Ryland Whitworthat 215 pounds.

    Corona del Mar has medals contenders in Antonio Aramburu at 157 pounds, Zion Hernandez at 175 pounds and Eugenio Franco at 190 pounds.

    Calvary Chapel’s Max McWilliams also is a medal contender at 175.

    Buchanan of Clovis will be going for an eighth straight team championship. Gilroy, Poway and the Trinity League’s St. John Bosco could be Buchanan’s top challengers for the state title.

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    ​ Orange County Register