NEW YORK – Former Lemoore High standout Isaiah Martinez is now three wins away from a second straight NCAA national championship.
Martinez, the defending national champion at 157 lbs. won his opening matches to advance to the quarterfinals in his weight class at the NCAA tournament in Madison Square Garden.
Martinez opened the tournament with a technical fall victory. In the round of 16, he knocked off Markus Scheidel (Columbia) by major decision, 15-4.
With the win, Martinez is now 29-1 on the season. He went undefeated as a freshman and avenged his only loss of the season, which came against the then No. 1 ranked wrestler in the nation.
Martinez went into the NCAA tournament ranked No. 1 in the weight class and is the No. 1 seed.
Quarterfinals and semifinals are today. Championship matches are Saturday.BASEBALL
Memorial 6, Hanford 3
Quinn Jones broke up a perfect game with a solo home run in the fifth inning, but a late Bullpup rally wasn’t enough against the Panthers in a nonleague game Wednesday.
Memorial led 6-0 by then and two runs by Hanford in the bottom of the seventh wasn’t enough to rally. Jensen Brotherson also had a double for the Bullpups, who had a total of five hits. Trevor Furtado picked up the loss on the mound.
With the loss, Hanford falls to 9-2 on the season.
The Bullpups open play in the Fresno Easter Classic with two games on Monday.
Hanford West 6, Ridgeview 0
BAKERSFIELD – Justin Miller went the distance, striking out five and allowing just two hits as the Huskies knocked off the Wolfpack in a nonleague makeup game Wednesday.
Jacob Patton was 2-for-3 with a triple. Damian Holmes had two RBIs as the Huskies scattered 10 hits on the day.
Hanford West has now won three straight games and is 4-5 overall. The Huskies open play at the Fresno Easter Classic on Monday against Buchanan.
Mission Oak 1, Hanford 0
TULARE – Anyssa Garvin tossed a one-hitter but the Bullpups could overtake the Hawks’ lone run in a nonleague matchup Thursday.
Garvin had five strikeouts but walked six in the loss.
Taylor Jacobsen was 2-for-3 with a double.
Hanford is now 4-6-1.
Lemoore 8, Mt. Whitney 1
VISALIA – Mike Sinaga beat Abraham Bonilla 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and the Tigers knocked off the Pioneers in a West Yosemite League matchup Wednesday.
Lemoore’s only loss came in a super set tiebreaker.
In doubles Sinaga and Arnold Cabuhat also won at No. 1 doubles 8-5.
COLLEGE MEN’S GOLF
West Hills 3rd at CVC match
RIPON – Bruno Romero shot a team-best score of 5-over 76 and West Hills College Lemoore finished third at a Central Valley Conference mini-tournament at Spring Creek Country Club.
Reedley won with a team score of 366 and was followed by Modesto (384), West Hills (400) and Fresno City (404).
Other scores for West Hills included Toby Lane (77), Joe Nakazawa (81), Garret Peterson (82), Sebastian Fuenzalida (84) and Nick Rhyne (91).
Fresno’s Cody Avila and Reedley’s Ben Hallam shared medalist honors with a pair of 1-under 70s.