By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
MONTEREY PARK -- Bakersfield College's Max Ramirez won the Southern California title at 149 pounds to highlight BC's seventh-place finish at the SoCal Regional Wrestling Championships at East Los Angeles College Saturday.
Ramirez, a Bakersfield High graduate who has only one loss this season, had a pin, major decision and two close decision wins Saturday. He is one of five Renegades to qualify for the state meet Friday and Saturday at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.
BC scored 79-1/2 points Saturday. Mt. San Antonio placed first with 184.
Other state meet qualifiers for BC were Jose Leandro, who was sixth at 125; Jonathan Gomez, who was fifth at 149, giving BC two qualifiers at that weight; Dillon Harroun, who was third at 174; and heavyweight Josh Davis, who also took third.
Not qualifying for the state meet but placing at the SoCal meet were James Fambrough at 157 and Armando Saldana at 174. Both finished eighth.
"This meet is a lot tougher than a lot of high school coaches think," said BC coach Bill Kalivas. "It is a much more difficult, more mature group of kids who compete because the kids want to compete. A lot of them are well known from competing at the (high school) state meet."
Condors-Wranglers game postponed
For the first time in Condors history, a home game has been postponed.
Technically, one could say it was postponed due to snow, even though not a flake dropped in Bakersfield.
The Condors were supposed to host the Las Vegas Wranglers on Saturday night at Rabobank Arena, but weather and a crash kept that from happening as the Wranglers' bus was stuck on the wrong side of the Tehachapi Mountains.
The Condors played in Las Vegas on Friday night and headed back to Bakersfield right after the game.
The Condors made the best of a bad situation as the players hit the ice for a practice session, and Daniel Cormier, the third-ranked MMA heavyweight was still on hand to pose with fans and sign autographs.
All tickets to the postponed game can be used for any home game through January.
Las Vegas has a home game set for 2 p.m. today so playing Bakersfield today was not a possibility. The Condors are off until Friday when they play host to Utah.
CSUB wrestlers 17th at Vegas tourney
LAS VEGAS -- Cal State Bakersfield's wrestling team placed 17th with 40 points among the 33-school field at the Las Vegas Invitational.
The highest finishes for the Roadrunners were sixth-place by senior Jose Mendoza at 133 pounds and sophomore Bryce Hammond, ranked 14th by Intermat at 174.
Mendoza beat Colton Rasche of Navy 13-2 in the consolation quarterfinals, then was beaten 8-1 by fourth-ranked Joe Colon of Northern Iowa and lost 6-4 in overtime to No. 18 Rosario Bruno of Michigan.
Hammond had wins over Northern Iowa's Cody Caldwell (15-0) and Arizona State's Kevin Radford (15-7), then lost 3-2 to No. 11-ranked Stephen Doty of Virginia and 15-5 to Lelund Weatherspoon of Iowa State.
Cal Poly women top CSUB
SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Cold-shooting Cal State Bakersfield dropped a 63-54 non-conference women's basketball game at Cal Poly.
CSUB (2-5) made only 32 percent of its shots (19-of-59). The Roadrunners trailed 29-28 at halftime, took a 32-31 lead on Melissa Sweat's layup with 18:49 left in the game but never led again.
Cal Poly (5-4) held CSUB scoreless for nearly six minutes starting at the 10:45 mark and the Roadrunners never recovered.
Brooklyn Hinkens led CSUB with 11 points and Batabe Zampare had 14 rebounds. CSUB's Tyonna Outland, who began Saturday averaging 21.5 points per game, was held to a season-low five points.
BC men roll past Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA-- Van Holloway scored 17 points to lead Bakersfield College to a 60-42 victory over Santa Barbara City College.
Dequan Green added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Renegades (6-2).