Wrestling has officially closed their season now having a plenitude of successes. They placed third in the Pacific View League, coming close to qualifying for team CIFs.
Two of Buena’s wrestlers continued to CIF masters, competing in La Habra on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22. These wrestlers Jacqui Chavez and Nathan Sbriglio, were able to represent their team and finish at Masters.
At Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, Buena qualified for and participated at individual CIF. Nathan Sbriglio placed first, Jacqui Chavez placed seventh, Kai Daniels placed eighth, and Nidal Farah placed eighth.
At League Championships on Saturday, Feb. 8, Kai Daniels (170 lbs), Nathan Sbriglio (120), and Jackie Chavez (116) won the title Pacific View League Champion. Chavez maintained her undefeated status this season, being 15-0. Daniel Tinajera (113) placed third, Rocco Fischetti (126) third, Octavio Beltran (138) placed second, Jon Miller (152) placed second, Isaiah Castellanos (182) took second place, and Nidal Farah (195) placed third.
At the Oxnard Dual on Wednesday, Jan. 22, Buena won 41 to 33.
At the Ventura Dual on Tuesday, Jan. 14, Buena lost 56 to 6, with Nathan Sbriglio and Daniel Tinajera winning their matches and scoring points for Buena. Allmen noted the team’s improvement saying, “We did a lot better than last year, that was good.” Garner, who has been wrestling for eight years, said, “It looked like we didn’t have very much heart. Everyone thought that we were going to lose even worse than we did, but we stuck it out.”
Looking forward, Allmen has high hopes for the future of the team saying “We’ve got a really good group of young guys coming in, so we have a good chance at doing well next year.”
Team captain junior Nathan Sbriglio, who is ranked 35th in state, and he earned a title as league champion last year as well as this year. Sbriglio pointed out, “As a team, we are doing a lot better than last year, and there’s been a lot of improvement… It has to do with the style because we’ve mixed things up…now it’s a lot more technique, and I think we are closer as a team. Everyone’s helping each other out.” Sophomore Aidan Diaz confirms the camaraderie of the team and says that he looks forward most to “bonding with my teammates, for sure” as the season progresses.