CHS starts strong, ends with loss

Wolfpack wrestling put in a dogged effort against the Chino Hills Huskies last Thursday night, winning 2 individual matches by technical decision and one by a pin. However, the Huskies’ upper weights took the final 5 matches of the night. Chino Hills won the overall meet by the score of 46-30.

Claremont’s first 3 wrestlers received scratch victories, so the first bout of the night involved 126-pound wrestler TJ Hinkson. He was pinned by Gabriel DeLeon after 2 rounds. Next up was Pedro Cordero in the 132 pound class. After 3 tough rounds, Cordero’s opponent Eugene Laksana won by technical decision.

Malik Webster took home Claremont’s first individual win of the evening. He wrestled Meldrick Hogg at 138 pounds, and worked his way to a 3-point technical win over 3 rounds. Matt Hagen followed with another match that went the distance at 145 pounds, but opponent Justin Metzger took the decision.

Gabe Vigil brought the momentum back to Claremont’s side in the 152 pound class. He scored points with a headlock takedown and a near fall. Vigil beat his opponent, Craig Worthley, by decision after 3 rounds. Following Vigil was Alex Merritt at 160 pounds against the Huskies’ Kevin Perez. Merritt scored a solid takedown and pinned Perez in only 56 seconds.

At this point, Claremont led Chino Hills 30-17 in overall points. Unfortunately, this is where the Wolfpack peaked as a team. The next 5 bouts of the match were all Chino Hills victories. Huskies upper-weight wrestlers won 4 victories by pin and one by decision, and Claremont was unable to come up with an answer.

Coaches Escalante and McGill praised the team, but had suggestions for improvement.

“We had so many close matches today and were just unable to finish them off. Our wrestlers got in good positions but could not take full advantage,” Escalante said.

“I was pleased with our hand-fighting technique. We have a lot of young wrestlers so it is encouraging to see them developing the fundamentals, but we need it all to come together,” McGill added.

The Wolfpack will take to the mats again when they travel to Charter Oak this Thursday, January 24 at 5 p.m.


CHS continues to make life hard on opponents

On Friday, Claremont’s soccer and basketball teams battled their counterparts from the Charter Oak Chargers and came out victorious in 3 of the 4 matches.


Wolfpack boys basketball outscored the Chargers by 21 points in the first half and never looked back, winning by a final tally of 68-37.

Kalil Glover and Andrew Guerra filled all statistical categories, each finishing with 10 points to supplement Korey Hackett’s 15 points. Brandon Brown shot 71 percent and finished with 14 points. Claremont travels to Ayala today at 6:30 p.m., and then hosts South Hills this Friday, January 25 following the girls varsity game at 6:30 p.m.


One point was all that separated Claremont girls basketball with Charter Oak. The Wolfpack made a spirited run at the Chargers, but fell just short, losing by a score of 56-55.

The girls basketball team will travel to Ayala today at 4:45 p.m., and then round out the week with a home game against South Hills this Friday, January 25 at 4:45 p.m.


Claremont’s boys soccer team followed up last week’s win with a 3-1 victory against the Chargers. The Wolfpack keep their 2nd-place position in the Sierra League, with important conference matches against Ayala and South Hills this week. Claremont travels to Ayala today at 5:30 p.m. and hosts South Hills this Friday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m.


A second-half offensive explosion gave Claremont girls soccer a win against the Chargers. Madison Stark scored 2 goals and an assist, Amanda Garvin had 7 saves in goal to preserve the shutout, and 4 other players scored to give the Wolfpack a resounding 6-0 victory. Claremont hosts Ayala, who are coming off back-to-back Sierra League wins. The match is today at 5:30 p.m. Claremont then travels to South Hills on Friday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m.

—Chris Oakley




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