AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Before the season,” Timson said, “either people didn’t know about it or didn’t want to do it. Now a lot of them want to do it.” The Antelopes, who finished the regular season 13-3 overall and 6-0 in league, received victories from Timson, Timothy Javines (145), Justin Marks (152), Justin Paulson (171), Luis Michel (189), William Carranza (103) and Matt Najera (112) in the decisive triumph. A.V. claimed the league’s 1 entry into the Southern Section Div. V Dual Meet finals Feb. 11 at Kaiser High in Fontana. Highland’s winners were Jordan Wreesman (119), Josh Purpus (125), Paul Petros (130), Jerry Galaviz (135), Ryan Gifford (160), Robert Davis (215) and Jesus Lopez (heavyweight). The Bulldogs also advanced to the Div. V finals at Kaiser. They are seeking their third section Dual Meet title in four years and fourth overall. Looking back: Antelope Valley last won a league wrestling title in 1987, when an Antelopes team coached by Al Chronister shared first place with Quartz Hill, each losing on the other’s mat. Coleman was a wrestler on that Quartz Hill team, which was coached by Jim McNaughton. The glow of Antelope Valley’s first Golden League wrestling championship in 19 years extended into the classroom on the Antelopes’ Lancaster campus Thursday morning. One of coach Ron Coleman’s wrestlers was greeted with applause upon his arrival. The school public-address system helped get the word out early in the wake of the Antelopes’ victory Wednesday night over 12-time Golden League champion Highland, when A.V. prevailed on the ninth tiebreaker after rallying for a 29-29 draw. “The announcement this morning said, ‘This is the first time we’ve won league in 20 years, so if you meet wrestlers, congratulate them,’ ” senior 140-pounder Eric Timson reported. “Everybody’s all into wrestling now.” That hasn’t always been the case at Antelope Valley. Antelope Valley, which shifted from the Channel League after the Golden League was formed in 1960, also won league titles in 1965, ’66, ’67 and ’68. Looking ahead: The Golden League’s Southern Section individual qualifying tournament will be held today at Quartz Hill, with elimination matches starting at 10 a.m. Three wrestlers from each of 14 weight classes advance to the Feb. 17-18 Central Division championships at Brea Olinda High. Antelope Valley’s Timson has qualified for three Southern Section finals, but he is seeking his first league title after placing second the past three seasons. He lost to Lancaster’s Chris Day at 135 pounds in the 2003 final, to Palmdale’s Matt Kennedy at 140 in the 2004 final, and to Highland’s Steve Frehn at 145 last season. Timson, who competes at 152 pounds in freestyle wrestling in the high school offseason, enters the league finals with a 27-3 record, 21 pins, five technical falls and a major decision. “Timson has had a Timson season. Every season is a Timson season,” said Coleman, whose three-year captain went 26-14 as a freshman, 43-8 as a sophomore and 42-8 last season. Timson has 58 pins since the end of his freshman year. His most recent, against cousin Greg Burton of Highland, started the Antelopes on their comeback from a 15-point deficit at Highland. Timson credited Coleman and camaraderie for the victory over Highland. “He gave us the talk, he got us ready and we did it,” Timson said. “This team is really close. I’ve never been on a team like this, never seen a team like this. That’s why we won.” Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!