Clovis News: Sports

Cisneros wins wrestling title

Selma's Alex Cisneros added another championship to his growing wrestling résumé last week.

Cisneros went through six state champions to win the 112-pound division at the Western Junior Freestyle tournament for high school wrestlers April 8-10 in Las Vegas.

Cisneros pinned Iowa champion Eric DeVos in 1:59 in the final. This comes only more than a month after Cisneros became the first undefeated freshman champion in California history with his state title at 103 pounds.

Cisneros -- one of only two Californians to win titles at the Western Junior Freestyle tournament -- also beat state champions Christopher Ornelas (Arizona), Mike Fuenffinger (Minnesota), Ryan Nakagawa (Hawaii), Carson Kuhn (Utah) and Steven Romero (Washington).

Six other Fresno-area wrestlers medaled at national grade-level tournaments recently, led by Clovis' Madison Gambrell, who suffered a controversial loss at Yosemite Divisionals that kept him out of the CIF State Championships.

Gambrell rebounded at Senior Nationals in Virginia Beach, Va., by taking second place at 112 pounds. He fell to Estevan Cabanas of Canyon Springs 5-2 in the final.

Clovis teammate Scott Sakaguchi, a state champion and The Bee's Wrestler of the Year, was third at 145 pounds at Senior Nationals. He beat Minnesota's Robert Nash 4-1 for third place.

Clovis West's Zach Zimmer and Madera's Luis Contreras each placed at Junior Nationals, with Zimmer finishing fifth at 112 pounds and Contreras taking sixth at 285 pounds.

Selma had two medalists at Sophomore Nationals with Justin Lozano placing third at 152 pounds and Nathan Zarate finishing sixth at 135 pounds.