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La Cañada High wrestling advances four into second day

Wrestling: Spartans senior Alex Bache is in contention for title, while three others are hoping to advance to Masters.

February 22, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

Aquartet of La Cañada High wrestlers will attempt to prolong their season beyond this weekend and earn a major accomplishment when the second day of the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Individual Wrestling Championships gets underway at Perris Citrus Hill High.

The goal for Spartans junior Jesse Leamon and seniors Alex Bache, Christian Tichon and Guillermo Padilla is now set on earning a berth to next week’s CIF-SS Masters Meet in Ontario.

“I thought overall we had a good day,” Spartans first-year Coach Justin Luthey said of Friday’s first day. “We won some matches that I don’t think we expected and we lost close ones that were difficult. The good thing is we still have four guys going.”

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Not only do the Spartans have a handful of wrestlers still vying for Masters berths, but Bache is still alive for a possible championship.

The 182-pound senior, the divisional third seed, advanced to the championship semifinals after a 3-0 first-day run and will face Hemet’s Tristan Sutton, the second seed, at noon.

“I really don’t think Bache is surprising anyone,” Luthey said. “He had some tough draws, but battled through them and now has a chance.”

Bache defeated Fountain Valley’s Quentin Gomez, 4-0, in the first round before pinning Lancaster’s Zack Calderon in 1:18.

In his final match of the day, Bache punched his ticket to the semis with a 9-1 victory over Oak Hills’ Jesus Madrigal.

The area’s biggest lock to advance heading in, Spartans senior Padilla, has a fight on his hands.

The second-seeded Padilla opened championship bracket action with a bye before pinning Serrano’s Chris Valois in only the third total bout Padilla has engaged in this year.

That rust, though, caught up to Padilla in his next bout as the two-way athlete was beaten by San Juan Hills’ Gilbert Johnson, 7-2.

The defeat thrusts Padilla in a do-or-die bout versus San Gorgonio’s Demonyae Williams at 11 a.m. with the loser going home.

Padilla’s teammate, 220-pounder Tichon, is also in the same predicament as Padilla after opening with pins over Dylan Mukhar (2:41) of Lancaster and Eric Kidwell (2:33) of San Juan Hills.

Tichon ran into a buzz saw in Citrus Hill’s Matthew Ruvalcaba, who collected a pin in 3:04 of their quarterfinals match.

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