Richie Castro-Sandoval and Marlen Carrillo

Wrestlers Richie Castro-Sandoval, of Santa Ynez, and Marlen Carrillo, of Lompoc High, hold up their Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table awards on Monday. 

A pair of wrestlers pinned down the Male and Female Athlete of the Week honor during Monday’s Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table.

Richie Castro-Sandoval of Santa Ynez won the male honor at Giavanni’s Pizzeria in Orcutt following his CIF Southern Section Inland Division championship for the 120-pound class. Marlen Carrillo of Lompoc High won the top female award after clinching the CIF-SS Northern Division championship in the 191-pound class.

Castro-Sandoval will now move on to the CIF Masters Meet at Cerritos College and continue his pursuit of a state finals bid.

“There were a lot of good competitors there – so I treated every match the same like each one is the best,” Castro-Sandoval said. “I now expect some really good, tough matches (at Masters) – just like the CIF section finals.”

Carrillo has continued to put together a strong season in LHS’s first year of having a girls varsity wrestling program. She will now head to Roosevelt High in Corona for the girls CIF-SS Masters Meet this Friday.

“It feels pretty amazing,” Carrillo said of her nomination. “I honestly didn’t know what to expect in going into a different weight class. But the girls were pretty good.”

Other highlights:


Dick Barrett spoke first and brought out an all-wrestling lineup at the Round Table.

Barrett introduced two boys wrestlers who took top 10 honors down in the CIF-SS meet down in Temecula: Dechlan Sparrow (182-pounds) who placed second in his class and Jacob Nunez (heavyweight) who took fourth overall. Both will now head to Cerritos College for the Southern Section Masters Meet.

Carrillo was joined by fellow wrestling teammate Jasmine Hernandez.

Santa Ynez

It was all wrestling that filled the back table of Giavanni’s for the Pirates.

Head coach Raul Omar Sandoval spoke about his team following their completion of the section finals. He brought out six wrestlers total: Castro-Sandoval, Chris Scaduto (138), Jacob Moran (182), Ben Nielson (120), Jose Rodriguez (heavyweight) and Andrew Burke.

St. Joseph

Boys soccer head coach Alex Spence spoke for his team on the eve of the CIF Central Section playoff pairings. His team took on rival Righetti at RHS in the first round of the Division 2 postseason.

Athletic director and boys basketball head coach Tom Mott then came next to introduce his trio of sophomores Isaiah Tell, Jincho Rivera and Samuel Bazunga.

The Knights will host Bakersfield Liberty on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in their first-ever CIF Central Section Division I playoff game.

Valley Christian Academy

The Lions boys basketball program were the fourth – and last – team to speak at the Round Table.

Head coach Chris Maples was the keynote speaker for both his team and the girls basketball team. Both Lion teams made the CIF-SS playoffs but have now been eliminated.

Andrew Sparlin and Richard Matias were present for VCA.

Not in attendance at the Round Table were: Pioneer Valley, Righetti, Santa Maria, Cabrillo, Orcutt Academy and Hancock College. The luncheon will not meet next Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents’ Day.


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