No. 2 Poway vs. No. 11 Servite wrestling: What you need to know

When: 7 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Van Dyne Gym, Cal Baptist University

State rankings: Poway No. 2; Servite No. 11

National rankings (by Intermat): Poway No. 12; Servite NR.

TV: https://www.youtube.com/cbulancers

Projected lineups (Poway wrestler listed first, state rankings by Flo California)

106 pounds: Jr. No. 1 Andre Gonzales vs. So. Julian Espinoza

113: So. No. 4 Brock Bobzien vs. So. Joshua De Vega

120: So. No. 5 Johnny Lopez vs. Jr. Nicholas Sanchez

126: Sr. No. 2 Jason Miranda vs. Sr. Anthony Sanchez

132: So. No. 8 Noah Tolentino vs.  So. No. 13 Marcus Medina

138: Sr. No. 6 Zane Stoddard vs. Sr. No. 5 Joshua Medina

145: Jr. No. 14 Christian Navida vs.  Jr. No. 12 Tyler Okada

152: Sr. No. 4 Aaron Gandara vs. Sr. Moises Segura

160: Sr. No. 16 Jacob Vale vs. Sr. No. 18 Neil Carter

170: Sr. No. 4 Alex Hernandez vs.  Sr. No. 6 Valor Buck

182: So. No. 12 Braden Pease vs.  Sr. Victor Villasenor

195: Sr. No. 10 Laith Gilmore vs. Sr. No. 4 Tristen Wilson

220: Sr. Charles Geffroy vs. Sr. Andrew Archuleta

285: Jr. Roberto Evangelista vs. So. Mason Graham

The Scoop

This dual meet could become a lopsided victory for the Titans as it has too much power. Especially, in the lower weights from 106 to 138. Poway boosts the top-rated wrestler in the country at 106-pounds in Andre Gonzales; Gonzales was triumphant last summer in claiming double titles at Fargo. Because of its overwhelming depth and outstanding balance, we could see Poway win many of their matches via bonus points. 12 Titans are ranked in the latest state rankings while Servite only has 6. As much as it pains me to say this, barring a total Poway collapse this really should not be competitive. Both schools are to be commended for keeping this must-happen meeting on the slate despite Servite being a better individual team than a dual-meet team. Poway is coming from dismantling the opposition at the Battle for the Belt tournament. Servite's lone shining moment was watching Tristen Wilson claim a 5 Counties title. As both the school’s battle, Cal Baptist University will take on Cal Poly on the other mat. This will just be a warmup for the Titans, as they must prepare for the inaugural CIF state duals slated to take place at Clovis North High.


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