Four conference wrestling matches highlight the night

Cerritos defeated Mt. SAC to stay undefeated
Cerritos defeated Mt. SAC to stay undefeated

In his 16 years as the Cerritos College wrestling head coach, Donny Garriott has won a lot of matches. But one place he has had difficulty winning in conference play has been at Mt. San Antonio College. But on Wednesday, the #2-ranked Falcons (10-0, 2-0) posted a 25-16 Southwest Conference win over the Mounties. It was the first conference win for Garriott and the Falcons at Mt. SAC since 2010. Next up for the team will be the Menlo Open, which will take place on November 2.

Cerritos opened up a 9-0 lead in the team score, thanks to an 11-4 win by the #1-ranked 125-pound wrestler in the state, freshman Jonathan Prata, while sophomore Andres Gonzales followed with a pin early in the second period at 133 pounds. He was leading 11-2 heading into the second period and almost came away with the pin late in the first period. After Mt. SAC recorded a pin at 141 pounds, the Falcons won the next two weights, which also included a forfeit win at 157 pounds.

At 149 pounds, freshman V'Ante Moore earned a 9-0 win over Jimmy Adams after taking an early 6-0 lead after the first period, which included a four-point near fall. On the night, Falcon wrestlers recorded three shutout wins. Mt. San Antonio got as close as 19-16 in the team score after earning three straight wins, but Cerritos closed out the night with two more shutout victories.

Freshman Hamzah Al-Saudi broke a scoreless first period tie by earning an escape point in the second period and was then able to ride Mellad Ayyoub for the final two minutes of the third period to collect the extra point for a 2-0 win. Freshman 285-pound Randy Arriaga was also locked up in a scoreless first period in his match, but earned a two-point reversal in the second period against Jackson Clark. He added a two-point takedown and received a bonus one point for riding time to come away with a 5-0 win.


125 Pounds - Jonathan Prata (CERR) def. Connor Diamond (MSAC), 11-4
133 Pounds - Andres Gonzales (CERR) pinned Nicholas Weissinger (MSAC), 3:24
141 Pounds - Oscar Chirino (MSAC) pinned Stefano McKinney (CERR), 3:36
149 Pounds - V'ante Moore (CERR) def. Jimmy Adams (MSAC), 9-0
157 Pounds - Larry Rodriguez (CERR) win by forfeit
165 Pounds - Wetzel Hill (MSAC) def. Drake De La Cruz (CERR), 17-3
174 Pounds - Ian Vasquez (MSAC) def. Cobe Hatcher (CERR), 3-2
184 Pounds - Kevin Hope (MSAC) def. Jarrod Nunez (CERR), 10-6
197 Pounds - Hamzah Al-Saudi (CERR) def. Mellad Ayyoub (MSAC), 2-0
285 Pounds - Randy Arriaga (CERR) def. Jackson Clark (MSAC), 5-0


Santa Ana won eight of the 10 weights to record a Southwest Conference victory over Palomar College, who earned their 12 points on forfeits at 184 pounds and 285 pounds. The Dons posted four wins via pinfall to help them post the victory, which started with Isiah Calderon at 133 pounds and also included Ali Keva (141 pounds), Andrew Langmore (149 pounds) and Benjamin Navarrette (157 pounds) all coming away with consecutive pins.

125 Pounds -
 Hector Camarena (SAC) def. Juan Diaz (PAL), 6-3 (3-0)
133 Pounds - Isiah Calderon (SAC) pinned Anthony Cox (PAL), (9-0)
141 Pounds - Ali Keva (SAC) pinned Dylan Livingston (PAL), (15-0)
149 Pounds - Andrew Langmore (SAC) pinned Lance McNatt (PAL), (21-0)
157 Pounds - Benjamin Navarette (SAC) pinned Taro Harmon (PAL), (27-0)
165 Pounds - Christian Hernandez (SAC) def. Frank Sanchez (PAL), 8-3 (30-0)
174 Pounds - Daniel Serrano (SAC) def. James Rodriguez (PAL), 12-1 (34-0)
184 Pounds - Joseph Conroy (PAL) wins by forfeit (34-6)
197 Pounds - Joseph Nava (SAC) decision Thomas Rizk (PAL), 6-1 in sudden victory (37-6)
282 Pounds - Enrique Galicia (PAL) wins by forfeit (37-12)


After a slow start, Santa Rosa Junior College earned wins in the final six weights to come away with a 36-14 Coast Conference victory. The Bear Cubs were aided by three forfeits from Skyline, who won three of the first four matches. Greg Ewart got the tide turning in favor of Santa Rosa with his second period pin at 157 pounds, which was followed by a 9-4 victory for Bing Westbrook at 165 pounds. The comeback was complete after Anthony Martinez pinned Juan Diaz-Marques of Skyline in 2:30 at 174 pounds, with two of the final three weights being forfeit victories for Santa Rosa.

125 Pounds - Daniel Borrego (SKY) pinned Preston Bagan (SRJC), 0:52
133 Pounds - Daniel Shahruddin (SKY) dec. Jeopardy Banda (SRJC), 18-5
141 Pounds - Owen Jones (SRJC) win by forfeit
149 Pounds - Nico Cappabianca (SKY) dec. Nik Oba (SRJC), 14-3
157 Pounds - Greg Ewert (SRJC) pinned Vincent Blensdorf (SKY), 4:02
165 Pounds - Bing Westbrook (SRJC) dec. Jose Jerez (SKY), 9-4
174 Pounds - Anthony Martinez (SRJC) pinned Juan Diaz-Marques (SKY), 2:30
184 Pounds - Bobby Mello (SRJC) win by forfeit
197 Pounds - Jordan Monroe (SRJC) dec. Alvaleno Tavares (SKY), 7-2
285 Pounds - Javante Gregoire (SRJC) win by forfeit


125 Pounds - Brandon Mendoza (MOD) major dec. Andrew Aquino (CHA), 13-0
133 Pounds - Houston Scibek (MOD) pinned Christopher Do (CHA), 2:30
141 Pounds - Devin Holman (MOD) pinned Diego Ahumada (CHA), 3:38
149 Pounds - Ivan Gomez (MOD) pinned Evan Rios (CHA), :57
157 Pounds - Ranier Colina (MOD) win by forfeit
165 Pounds - Jose Estrada (MOD) win by forfeit
174 Pounds - Brandon Villalobos (MOD) def. Eddy Morales (CHA), 6-5
184 Pounds - William Schwertsharf (MOD) def. Gurbir Dhaliwal (CHA), 5-4
197 Pounds - Kevin Fernandez (MOD) tech Lazaro Carrasco (CHA), 23-8
285 Pounds - Cameron Machado (MOD) def. Henry Espinal (CHA) 5-0