Lemoore’s Pendleton part of “United 4 Wrestling” exhibition

Former Lemoore High and Oklahoma State wrestler Chris Pendelton will participate in a friendly dual meet between the U.S. and Iran dubbed “United 4 Wrestling.”

Former Lemoore High standout Chris Pendleton is among the 14 participants in the “United 4 Wrestling” friendly exhibition dual between the United States and Iran scheduled for May 19 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Pendleton will square off against Iran’s Hamed Tatari in a 211-pound match. Pendleton was a CIF State Champion in 2000 for Lemoore before going on to win two NCAA Division I titles while at Oklahoma State.

The U.S. team is led by Jordan Burroughs and Coleman Scott, who captured gold at 163 pounds and bronze at 132 pounds, respectively, during the 2012 Olympics.

Leading the Iranian team is two-time world champion Mehdi Taghavi (145.5 pounds) and 2012 Olympic bronze medalists Ehsan Lashgari (185) and Komeil Ghasemi (264.5).

Ghasemi will face the U.S.’s Tervel Dlagnev in a rematch of their Olympic bronze medal match.

Tickets — priced at $13, $23 and $63 — are available at ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.

Sakaguchi places 5th at NCAA D-I Wrestling Championships

Oregon State junior Scott Sakaguchi earned his highest career finish at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, placing fifth at 149 pounds Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

The seventh-seeded Sakaguchi concluded his second straight All-American season with a victory, edging Missouri’s unseeded Drake Houdashelt 6-5 in the fifth-place match. He placed seventh at 149s last season.

Sakaguchi (30-8) opened the day with a shot at placing third, but dropped a 4-2 decision to Columbia’s fifth-seeded Steve Santos in the consolation semifinals. Santos went on to finish third.

A California high school champion at 145 pounds for Clovis in 2009, Sakaguchi has a three-year college career record of 94-28.

Sakaguchi becomes two-time NCAA D-I wrestling All-American

Oregon State’s Scott Sakaguchi (Clovis High) has reached the consolation semifinals of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, assuring himself All-American status.

Oregon State’s Scott Sakaguchi (Clovis High) became a two-time All-American on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa, at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Today, the former Clovis High standout aims for as high as a third-place finish to conclude his junior season.

The seventh-seeded Sakaguchi (28-7) avenged an early season loss to eighth-seeded Nick Brascetta of Virginia Tech with an 8-5 decision to reach the consolation semifinals. Sakaguchi will wrestle fifth-seeded Steve Santos of Columbia today for a berth in the third-place match opposite the winner of Minnesota’s sixth-seeded Dylan Ness and Missouri’s Drake Houdashelt.

Sakaguchi opened the day in the championship bracket, but dropped a 2-1 decision to Pac-12 rival and second-seeded Jason Chamberlain of Boise State in the quarterfinals. Chamberlain also beat Sakaguchi 3-1 in overtime at the Pac-12 finals.

But Sakaguchi bounced back with a 2-1 decision over Binghamton’s Donald Vinson to secure no worse than a top-eight finish and All-America status.

Sakaguchi, a 2009 state champion while at Clovis, placed seventh at 149 pounds at the NCAA’s last year.

Columbia’s Stephen West (Buchanan), meanwhile was knocked out of the 172-pound bracket with a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh’s Nick Bonaccorsi. West finishes his senior season 24-9.

Trio of Fresno-area wrestlers make NCAA Division I Championships field

Former Clovis High wrestler Scott Sakaguchi will be making his third straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Championships. He placed seventh at 149 pounds last season.

Former Fresno-area wrestling standouts Scott Sakaguchi, Stephen West and James Cook are in the field for the NCAA Division I Championships, scheduled for March 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Oregon State junior Sakaguchi (Clovis High) is the seventh seed in the 149-pound bracket and opens against Buffalo’s Blake Roulo. Sakaguchi (24-6, nine falls) earned his third trip to the NCAA’s as the Pac-12 runner-up. He placed seventh at 149 pounds last season.

Columbia senior West (Buchanan) is unseeded at 174 pounds and faces Virginia’s Jonathan Fausey in the first round. West (23-7, seven falls) received an at-large bid and will be making his first appearance in the tournament.

Campbell sophomore Cook (Madera/Clovis West) is unseeded and takes on No. 10 seed Jacob Swarts of Boise State in his opener. Cook (8-8, four falls) became an unlikely NCAA qualifier when he won the Southern Conference Championship tournament as its seventh seed, beating the top three seeds en route to the title. Cook entered the conference tournament 5-8 on the season.

Also in the field is Cal State Bakersfield 174-pounder Bryce Hammond (Bakersfield).

The opening two rounds are set for March 21, the quarterfinals and semifinals are March 22 and the finals are March 23.

Opening-night action will be televised on ESPN3, the second night on ESPNU and the finals will be shown on ESPN.

Selma announces 2013 Hall of Fame class

Joey Xavier, playing for Fresno State, scurries back to first base on a pickoff attempt by San Diego State in this undated Bee file photo. The former Selma High star played for the Bulldogs from 1982-85.

Lloyd Allen (baseball), Joey Xavier (baseball/football), Anthony Mosely (football/track and field), Gary Quintana (wrestling) and Selma High’s undefeated 1964 football team will be inducted into the Selma Athletic Hall of Fame on April 4.

Allen went on to play professional baseball for the California Angels, while Xavier, Mosley and Quintana all starred at Fresno State. The 1964 football team, coached by Bob Patterson, outscored opponents 278-82.

The induction banquet will be held at Selma’s Spike N Rail restaurant.

Details: (559) 891-2237.

Buchanan-Clovis wrestling showdown set for Thursday

Clovis’ Nick Nevills wrestles Anderson Palm from Collins Hills High, on Dec. 7, 2012. (MARK CROSSE/THE FRESNO BEE)

Buchanan High wrestling coach Troy Tirapelle gets a second shot at his father and older brother — Clovis coach and assistant Steve and Adam Tirapelle — in a dual meet setting when the Bears host Clovis on Thursday in a Tri-River Athletic Conference showdown.

The varsity match is expected to begin between 7-7:30 p.m.

Buchanan, in its second season under Troy Tirapelle, enter No. 23 in California while two-time defending state champion Clovis is tops in the californiawrestler.com’s state rankings.

The dual will feature several of the state’s top-ranked individuals, including Buchanan’s D.J. Loren (No. 7 at 106) and Eric An (No. 9 at 220) and Clovis’ Julian Gaytan (No. 8 at 113), Jonas Gaytan (No. 2 at 126), Jason Ladd (No. 4 at 145), Adrian Salas (No. 1 at 182), Matt Weiss (No. 5 at 195) and Nick Nevills (No. 1 at 285).

In all, the Bears have eight wrestlers in the state rankings while the Cougars have 14.

Clovis has won five in a row in the series and haven’t dropped an in-state dual since losing to Buchanan in 2007.