Big debut: “Debuting first and scoring this goal is a dream.”How was the time to leave: “The mister had decided to support me, told me to go out and try to score something that thank God I have done” The player had been in the field for a very short time, since he had entered in the 87th minute of the match, to end up scoring the goal of his team’s victory two minutes after being on the field. The goal: “I have seen the opportunity to enter the space, it is true that Manu has given me a great pass and I have seen the option of finishing off the door. The truth is that when I have seen the option I have decided to hit it hard and I have closed my eyes in the beating, and when I have opened them I have seen the ball inside. ”Quarry Club: “I know that I am in a club that is committed to the people of the quarry, I am in the third team, but I have always had the support and confidence of the coach.”To follow the same: “My thing is to work and wait for my chance, so that’s my idea right now.”
Marcus Johnson has strenuously tested the shoulder largely responsible for keeping him out of last season’s state wrestling tournament. The Diamond Bar senior’s father/assistant coach hadn’t seen anyone drop Johnson this season like he was 30 seconds into his CIF title match Saturday. But he doesn’t plan on his 42nd win being his last. “I’m shooting to be the best,” said Johnson, the No. 2-seed in his class, Saturday following his 8-4 title match victory. “I’m not going to let anything stop me this year.” Johnson finished sixth at last season’s Masters, but couldn’t continue due to his shoulder. This year, however, Johnson has taken his wrestling to a new level. His coach, Rob Wagner, can practically count on his thumbs the number of Johnson’s matches that weren’t runaway victories. After much grimacing and clutching the shoulder surgically repaired this summer, the 215-pound Johnson resumed the match and eventually his quest for the state tournament, advancing to today and Saturday’s Masters meet at Carter High School. Even a bout with the flu just prior to the CIF Southern Section Southern Division meet that robbed him of 10 pounds didn’t stop Johnson from maintaining his undefeated record. “He’s put himself in the best position possible,” said Wagner, in his first year at Diamond Bar. “Now he wants to go to the state tournament.” Other CIF division champions include: Angel Garcia (San Dimas, 119 pounds), Aaron Kunihiro (Damien, 125), Ryan Eagleson, (Rancho Cucamonga, 130), Clark Alton (Alta Loma, 145), Isaac Whisner (Rim of the World, 145) and Marcus Austin (Etiwanda, 275). The preliminary rounds will begin this morning, with the finals scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. The top eight in each weight class advance to the state meet next week in Bakersfield. Besides Johnson and the other CIF winners, there are many more wrestlers to look for today and tomorrow. At 103 pounds, Huntington Beach Marina’s Victoria Anthony will wrestle. Carter athletic director Joe Paluba said Anthony is believed to be the first girl to ever wrestle in a Masters Meet. More wrestlers to watch at Masters are:Rudy Muniz (Upland) and Jess Torres (Rialto) at 112 pounds; Thomas Richard (Colony) at 119; Jorge Carrillo (Montclair) at 135; Michael Orona (Ayala) and Julian Miramontes (Diamond Ranch) at 140; Divid Stubblebean (Bonita) at 145; Nico Phillips (Rancho Cucamonga) at 152; Vincente Polanco (Colton) at 160; Jacob Tranberg (Chino Hills) at 171; Skye Severns (Claremont), Jorge Monge (Colony), Garrett Jones (Diamond Bar) at 189 and Chris Givens (Colony) at 215. This is the first time Carter has hosted the event, after about a quarter-century at Fountain Valley High School. Carter athletic director and co-meet director Joe Paluba said he expects a total of 3,000 fans to attend the two-day event. There will be a total of eight mats in use today, with six of them borrowed from Upland High School. Six separate food vendors will be operating to feed the horde of fans and wrestlers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!