first_imgEagleson was one of three area wrestlers who saw their hard work result in CIF-Southern Section championships on Saturday at the Inland Division meet held at Los Osos. INLAND DIVISION “My biggest strength is my conditioning, so I knew I could wear him down,” Eagleson said. “The only thing I wanted more than this is (the) state (title).” Thanks to a regimen that includes weightlifting every day before school, in addition to the long runs, Eagleson actually trains more hours by himself than he does during practice with the team. “He’s worked harder than any wrestler I’ve had,” Cougars coach Rangi Smart said. “It’s just guts and conditioning.” Clark’s 5-3 victory against No. 1-ranked Jose Navarro at 145 pounds had as much to do with brains as it did brawn. Anticipating a meeting in the finals, the fourth-ranked Clark scouted each of Navarro’s bouts – even changing his stance to adjust to his opponent. “Every match, I was right at his side,” Clark said. “I out-smarted him, that’s all it was. “I wanted this guy bad. Now I’m on top of the world – it’s a great feeling.” Austin’s victory against second-ranked Lenny Romero was a 6-4 slugfest in which the Etiwanda senior held off a late attempt at a last-gasp takedown. “He was looking for an opening and being aggressive, but at the same time he had to be defensive because I’d already taken him down,” Austin said. “I couldn’t feel any prouder than I am right now – unless I won state.” State will have to wait. The first task is the CIF-SS Masters tournament at Carter High School next weekend. The top five finishers at Saturday’s meet qualified for the Masters. Rancho Cucamonga is sending four qualifiers (Eagleson, Corey Castillo, Nico Phillips and John Murray), followed by Jurupa Valley with three (Arnulfo Balderrama, Jonny Andersen and Daniel Turner). Two qualifers will come from Etiwanda (Austin and Tony Adez) and Claremont (Skye Severns and Greg Fehrs), with one apiece from Alta Loma (Clark), Upland (Rudy Muniz) and Kaiser (Sergio Aguiniga). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is the world to me,” said Eagleson, who won at 130 pounds. Eagleson was down 7-6 in the third period but fought back for a 12-9 victory. Alton Clark of Alta Loma (145 pounds) and Etiwanda heavyweight Marcus Austin also won CIF titles. But California High School’s Ruben Warr threatened to take Eagleson out of the winning Baseline League trio after surprising the unbeaten Cougars star with two takedowns. Eagleson (40-0), who also won the CIF title last year, is ranked fourth in the Southern Section – Warr is eighth. center_img RANCHO CUCAMONGA – During the 11-mile runs that Ryan Eagleson takes four times a week, the Rancho Cucamonga senior often finds his mind wandering to a variety of topics. But eventually, all thoughts lead back to one: winning the CIF title. last_img

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