Temecula Valley wrestling prevails again in CIF-SS Eastern Division dual meet
By Landon Negri
CORONA >> Temecula Valley didn’t build its wrestling legacy worrying about competition, and that certainly didn’t change Saturday.
The Golden Bears put an exclamation point on their CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division Dual Meet Championship, surging to a 54-12 victory over Carter in the tourney final at Santiago High School on the strength of four consecutive upper-weight pinfalls.
The victory was the Bears’ first dual-meet championship victory since 2015 but their 17th since they won the Division 2-A title in the first duals championships in 1992.
Temecula Valley, the top seed, eased through Saturday, earning a first-round bye, defeating Oak Hills in the quarterfinals (60-21) and Centennial (55-15) in the semifinals.
“Carter’s a great team,” said Bears coach Arnold Alpert, whose team won its Inland-record 30th consecutive league title last week. “They came out and fought. We were just on fire all day. I think we were really relaxed coming into this. We had the right attitude, and we never pressured ourselves all day to do more than we should have.”
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