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Two Lompoc High wrestlers won individual titles Saturday as Dos Pueblos earned the team championship at the Santa Ynez Invitational at Santa Ynez High School.

Four area wrestlers in total grappled their way to titles.

The Chargers out-scored second-place Santa Fe 221-202 for the team title.

Lompoc teammates Conner Hayes (152 pounds) and Nathan Barcelona (138), along with Frank Lopez of Santa Maria (160) and Trevor Melsheimer of Arroyo Grande (145) all won individual titles.

Hayes was in control of his match throughout against Lee.

"This is the first time I've won at a tournament this year," Hayes said.

"The duck-under move was really working well for me today. I was just focusing on being defensive on my feet."

Hayes, a senior, has moved up steadily in weight classes, from 113, to 132, to 145, and finally to 152 his senior year.

"I finished second at the LPL Finals last year, and sixth at the CIF Finals," Hayes said. "I'm going after a league championship this year."

Barcelona scored points quickly in his championship match and kept the momentum until he notched a technical fall.

"I knew I had to start fast," he said. That's what he did.

Barcelona is another four-year wrestler who has moved steadily up in weight class. "I was wrestling at 106 when I started wrestling in high school," he said. "I won the league championship at 126 pounds last year. I didn't place at CIF last year. My goal this year is to place at that meet."

Lopez, Hayes and Melsheimer were three of the 10 top seeds who won titles Saturday.

Melsheimer made sure he wouldn't have to work long in the championship match to get his title. He pinned Obadiah Salas of Santa Fe in 32 seconds.

Lopez pinned Ben Donoro of La Canada 55 seconds into the second round of the 160-pound title match. Hayes scored a 9-2 decision over Conner Lee of Dos Pueblos for the 152-pound championship, and Barcelona scored a technical fall over Felix Osorio of Santa Fe in the 138-pound title match.

Lopez was an All-Northern League and All-Area linebacker for a Santa Maria football team that made it to the 2017 CIF Southern Section Division 12 championship game.

After wrestling at 138 pounds his sophomore year, Lopez won a Los Padres League title and finished third at the CIF Southern Section Finals, at 145, last year.

Saturday, the Santa Maria senior won a title in just his second wrestling tournament of the season.

"I didn't have any favorite move today, really," Lopez said afterward.

"I was taking what was open. The thing was, I was trying to open (Donoro) up. You have to take what they give you."

Millikan's Jakob Clinton, the No. 2 seed, blanked top-seeded Richard C. Sandoval of Santa Ynez 6-0 for the 113-pound championship. Clinton was named the Outstanding Lower Weights Wrestler.

Santa Fe's James Cortez was the Outstanding Upper Weights Wrestler. The top seed at 195 pounds, Cortez won the title with a technical fall over Santa Barbara's Jose Herrera.

Heavyweight Rivaldo Arellano of Arroyo Grande won the award for Quickest Pin, in 16 seconds in a consolation match.

Arroyo Grande's squad finished fourth with 156 points. Lompoc was fifth in the 37-team field with 149.

Santa Maria was eighth with 116, Righetti placed 10th with 81, Santa Ynez was 12th with 65 and Cabrillo finished 13th with 56.

Men's basketball

Ventura 77, Hancock 67

VENTURA — John Williams scored 24 points, and the Pirates (13-7, 1-0) beat the Bulldogs (13-8, 0-1) in a Western State Conference North Division opener at Ventura College on Saturday.

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The Pirates were better than the Bulldogs in all shooting categories, and that helped up to a Ventura win.

The Pirates were 26-for-60 from the field to the Bulldogs' 24-for-58, 6-for-21 from 3-point range to Hancock's 4-for-18, and 19-for-25 on free throws to the Bulldogs' 15-for-23.

Isiah Reyes scored 17 points for Ventura, and Darrell Hardy-Johnson added 12.

Trenton Mitchell led Hancock with 13 points, Devin Davis had 12 and Glenn Jordan added 10.

Mitchell snared 13 rebounds to go with his 13 points. Kevin Baines snatched six rebounds for Hancock.

Hancock was scheduled to host Moorpark Wednesday night in a WSC North game. But that game was been moved back to Jan. 31 due to the closure of U.S. 101 after the Montecito mudslides.

Women's basketball

Ventura 60, Hancock 38

VENTURA — The Bulldogs (8-9, 0-1) couldn't score much and lost this Western State Conference North Division opener at perennial conference power Ventura (15-6, 1-0).

Hancock shot just 16-for-52 from the field.

Taylor Lee-Hammer led Hancock with 15 points. Grace Rosa scored 10 and snared eight rebounds. Calley Pruett had seven rebounds for Hancock.

Jasmyne Martin scored a game high 23 points for the Pirates. Davina Del Castillo added 11.

The Bulldogs did not shoot a free throw. The Pirates shot just seven. They made all seven.

Sports Budget for Santa Ynez Valley News --- Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

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