by John Van Gaston, CCCSIA
FRESNO - Although the overall team champion was decided prior to the individual championships, the 2015 CCCAA State Wrestling Championships at Fresno City College had plenty of excitement. Of the 10 weight classes, four teams won two individual championships, with two other schools winning one. Sacramento City College won their second state championship in the last three years with only one individual champion. They finished with 158 team points and outdistanced the second place host Rams, who won two titles and concluded with 137 team points. Last year's state champion, Cerritos, also won two titles and finished with 116 team points, with Palomar College in fourth place with 106.5 points and two individual champions.
125 Pounds - Gio Castillo (Mt. San Antonio) def. Julian Gayton (Fresno City), 8-6
In a battle of #1 vs. #2, Castillo was able to take an early lead and hold on for the victory. Looking more comfortable when he and Gayton were even, Castillo turned a 4-2 first period lead into an 8-5 advantage with three second period takedowns. Gayton had a good chance of evening the score with :25 seconds left in the match, but Castillo was able to elude him for the championship.
3rd Place - Adrian Camposano (Fresno City) vs. Estevan Cabanas (Cerritos) Dec 18-12
5th Place - Norman Abas (Bakersfield) vs. Cristian Vasquez (Modesto) TF 16-0
7th Place - Tyler Poalillo (Santa Rosa) vs. Michael LeFuel (Shasta) Fall 6:22
NOTES: Gio Castillo finished in 3rd Place last year
Adrian Camposano finished in 2nd Place last year
Estevan Cabanas was the 2010 State Champion
133 Pounds - Jonas Gayton (Fresno City) def. Anthony Vargas (Cerritos), 9-1
Able to accomplish what his brother wasn't able to, Gayton controlled #2-ranked Vargas from the outset. Takedowns in each of the three periods, and then control on top were enough for Gayton to finished the season ranked #1 in the state.
3rd Place - Jake Schaefer (Palomar) vs. Darren Nguyen (Chabot) Maj 10-2
5th Place - Isaac Pilgrim (Sacramento City) vs. Chris Kimball (Palomar) Dec 5-4
7th Place - Brady Huang (Skyline) vs. Seth Hood (Fresno City) Fall 1:49
141 Pounds - Josh Bennett (Sierra) def. Daniel Romero (Rio Hondo), 5-4 Sudden Victory
Looking to be holding a comfortable 3-1 lead late in the third period, Bennett was called for a pair of one-point penalties in the final three seconds of the match, which sent it to overtime. Neither wrestler scored in the 1:00 overtime, with the match moving to sudden victory. Bennett, who was the less aggressive of the two, was able to score a reversal with :11 seconds in the first sudden victory period. Romero recorded an escape point with :03 seconds remaining, but it wasn't enough to pull out the win.
3rd Place - Isaiah Alva (Fresno City) vs. Andrew Gomez (Santa Ana) Dec 6-3
5th Place - Mario Lopez (Mt. SAC) vs. Antonio Jimenez (Sacramento City) SV-1 7-5
7th Place - Ezra Clark (Skyline) vs. Elias Mercado (Rio Hondo) SV-1 6-4
NOTES: Daniel Romero came in 5th Place last year
Isaiah Alva came in 3rd Place last year
149 Pounds - Terrill Sidner (Mt. San Antonio) def. Martine Sandoval (Fresno City), 15-6
The way the first period went for Sandoval, it looked like he was on his way to a comfortable win. He led 6-0, which included a four-point near fall. However, Sidner earned a two-point and four-point near fall in the second period to take an 8-6 lead with 2:00 minutes remaining. He followed that with a pair of four-point nar falls in the third period, as he scored 15 straight points to record the win.
3rd Place - Kody Davis (Cerritos) vs. Brock Dias (West Hills) Maj 15-5
5th Place - Mark Taijeron (Modesto) vs. Reese Chew (Sierra) Maj 8-0
7th Place - Chris Vaughan (Sacramento City) vs. Tristan Steinman (Santa Ana) Dec 9-6
NOTES: Terrill Sidner won the 141-pound state championship last year
157 Pounds - Aaron Negrete (Cerritos) def. Jose Regama (Mt. San Antonio), 12-2
Competing with an injured knee that he suffered in the semifinals, Negrete was still able to be the aggressor, as he earned takedowns in each of the three periods. He turned a 3-1 second period lead into a 6-1 lead when Regama was penalized a point for stalling and Negrete followed with a takedown late in the period.
3rd Place - Kaleio Romero (Sacramento City) vs. Landon Myers (Santa Ana) Dec 10-6
5th Place - Noor Kathem (Modesto) vs. Dylan Moreno (Cerritos) TF 17-2
7th Place - Josh Annis (Fresno City) vs. Luis Quintero (Cuesta) MFF
165 Pounds - Dylan Forzani (Sacramento City) def. Derek LeeLoy (Sacramento City), 22-4 TF
In the only weight where teammates faced off against each other, Forzani trailed 3-2 early in the match before he was able to gain control. In what turned out to be a "catch and release" match, Forzani recorded five takedowns to go along with three near falls to record the major decision.
3rd Place - Eric Roberts (Santa Ana) vs. Arman Fayazzi (Santa Ana) Dec 9-5
5th Place - Roger Arce (Rio Hondo) vs. Louie DeLaTorre (Palomar) Dec 4-1
7th Place - Jamal Halvorson (Shasta) vs. Erik Collin (Palomar) Fall 4:15
NOTES: Eric Roberts came in 3rd Place last year
Erik Collin came in 8th Place last year
174 Pounds - Mo Naser (Fresno City) def. Trevor Wright (Sacramento City), 16-6
Concluding his career as a two-time state champion, Nasar surrendered a quick takedown, but scored a quick reversal and went on to earn a two-point and four-point near fall in the span of 15 seconds to a 6-2 lead. By the end of the first period, it was one more four-point near fall that gave Naser a convincing 12-3 lead. He added a pair of takedowns in the second period to help post the convincing win.
3rd Place - Alex Gallo (Palomar) vs. Stephen Martin (Skyline) Dec 6-5
5th Place - Isaiah Smith (Sacramento City) vs. Lukas Basham (West Hills) Dec 7-6
7th Place - Juan Soto (East LA) vs. Javier Contreras (Lassen) Fall 1:57
NOTES: Mo Naser won the state championship last year and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler
184 Pounds - Alex Graves (Palomar) def. Jhaylyn Hall (Santa Rosa), 20-5 TF
In one of the most dominant first periods of the entire state championships, Graves registered six takedowns and a pair of near falls en route to an 18-5 lead after three minutes. He ended the match just 14 seconds into the second period with a takedown for the technical fall.
3rd Place - Nick Rohrer (Sacramento City) vs. Kolton Martin (Mt. SAC) Fall 4:15
5th Place - Will Thorton (Cuesta) vs. Ty Freeman (Santa Ana) Dec 3-1
7th Place - Zack Michell (Bakersfield) vs. Patrick Penick (Shasta) Dec 5-1
NOTES: Alex Graves came in 3rd Place last year
Kolton Martin came in 4th Place at 174 pounds last year
197 Pounds - Oscar Martinez (Cerritos) pinned Luke Brewer (Modesto), 6:50
Looking to finish what he wasn't able to last season, Martinez recorded a rare pin against the #2-ranked Brewer. Martinez, who was ranked #1 in the state, opened up a 4-1 lead against the long and lanky Brewer in the second period. With time running out, Martinez was able to get a late reversal and then finished it off with the pin.
3rd Place - Jose Robledo (Bakersfield) vs. Jason Zecchini (Sacramento City) Dec 4-3
5th Place - Fred Duerr (Santa Rosa) vs. Ned Estrada (East LA) Fall 0:46
7th Place - Raul Briseno (Palomar) vs. Josh Escobedo (Rio Hondo) Fall 3:43
NOTES: Oscar Martinez came in 2nd Place last year
285 Pounds - Seville Hayes (Palomar) def. Jesse Gomez (Cerritos), 3-2
The biggest upset of the finals came in the last match, as #4-ranked Hayes handed #1-ranked Gomez his first loss of the season. Gomez, who lost in the finals last season to teammate Robert Chism, was taken down in the first period, but was able to quickly escape. Both teams earned escape points in the next two periods, but Gomez was unable to get Hayes on his back. He did get Hayes down once, but it was near the out of bounds line, which negated his last chance for the win.
3rd Place - Casey Jones (Fresno City) vs. D'Juan Ewing-Smalls (Sacramento City) MFF
5th Place - Kyle Lincoln (West Hills) vs. Murrel Anderson (Chabot) Maj 10-1
7th Place - Andrew Cruz (Mt. SAC) vs. Josh Davis (Bakersfield) Dec 4-3
NOTES: Jesse Gomez came in 2nd Place last year
Andrew Cruz came in 4th Place last year