Wrestling dual meet brackets released, four desert teams know their playoff paths

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The Palm Desert boys' wrestling team was put into what is essentially an elite Final Four for the team dual meet when the brackets were released by CIF-SS on Thursday.

The Aztecs are part of a Division 1 bracket that has only four teams, the top four in Southern California.

Palm Desert is seeded third out of the four teams and will face No. 2 seed St. John Bosco in one semifinal.

Top seed Temecula Valley will face fourth seed Calvary Chapel Sana Ana in the other semifinal.

The matches will take place at Temecula Valley on Saturday, with the two winners squaring off for the title on Wednesday. That title match will take place at the site of the highest-ranked remaining team. So if the Aztecs reach the final, they will either be at Temecula Valley or host Calvary Chapel Santa Ana.

Palm Desert wrestlers warm up before their meet against La Quinta at Palm Desert High School, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Palm Desert, Calif.
Palm Desert wrestlers warm up before their meet against La Quinta at Palm Desert High School, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Palm Desert, Calif.

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Desert Valley League champion Indio made the Division 4 field, which will take place at South Torrance High School on Saturday.

The Rajahs will face North Torrance in the first round. With a win, they would advance to meet Redondo Union in the quarterfinal. The first three rounds will all take place Saturday. If Indio advances to the final, that will take place Wednesday at the site of the highest-ranked remaining team.

Girls' wrestling

A pair of Desert Empire League teams qualified for the girls' dual meet tournament, which consists of one huge division of 29 teams.

The champions from Shadow Hills will open their playoff run on Saturday by facing South El Monte with the action taking place at Northview High School. The Knights' first four rounds will all be Saturday. If they make the finals it will be Wednesday at the site of the highest-seeded remaining team.

Palm Springs, meanwhile, also will start Saturday, but at Bonita High School. The Indians open with a match against La Canada. The same set-up applies, if the Indians make it to the final, it will be Wednesday.

Shad Powers covers high school sports for The Desert Sun. Reach him at shad.powers@desertsun.com.

This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: High school wrestling: Palm Desert, Indio make CIF-SS dual meet field

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