Wrestling: Cerritos wins Meathead Movers Tournament

Falcons capture championship of Meathead Movers Tournament
Falcons capture championship of Meathead Movers Tournament


With two individual champions, along with a pair of second and third place finishes, the Cerritos College wrestling team compiled enough team points to win the championship of the Meathead Movers Tournament at Cuesta College on Saturday. The Falcons, ranked #2 in the state, finished with 213 team points and finished ahead of rival Mt. San Antonio College, who had 199 team points. The two schools will face off in a dual for the third time on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in a Southwest Conference match. Each team has won once this season.

At 174 pounds, sophomore Stone Robledo (Villa Park HS) came in as the #2-seed and pinned three opponents and posted a technical fall on his way to the championship match. After pinning Brenden Nya of Shasta College in 6:22, Robledo took care of Jeremy Mora of Mt. San Antonio in 5:30. That was followed by a 16-0 technical fall over Steven Ceja of East Los Angeles College before a pin against Luke Combs of Bakersfield College in 2:41 advanced him to the finals. Facing Logan Cilders of the Menlo Wrestling Club, Robledo earned a 6-1 win.

Rafael Guerra (Downey HS) only needed four matches to capture the title of the 184-pound division as the #1-seed. After a bye in the first round, he earned a 21-2 technical fall over Jordan Van Rys of Menlo Wrestling Club, which was followed by a 14-7 decision against teammate Jakob Edwards (Cypress HS) in the quarterfinals. Guerra followed that by pinning Troy Garza of East Los Angeles College and capped off his day by winning, 7-2 over Celso Silva of Palomar College.

Sophomore Armando Murillo (Rowland HS) was on his way to winning the championship at 165 pounds, but an injury forced him to default in the championship match. Opening with a pin over Andrew Jimenez in 1:43, that was followed by an 8-1 victory over Payton Anderson of the Cal Poly Club team. In the quarterfinals, Murillo pinned Armando Renteria of Moorpark in 3:39 and although he finished off Connor Cormier of Menlo Wrestling Club, 6-2 in the semfinals, he got injured and could not compete in the finals.

At 197 pounds, freshman Malachi Lyles (Mayfair HS) came in as the top seed and opened with a pin of Isaiah Bustamante of East Los Angeles College and followed with a 17-2 technical fall over Rio Hondo College's Ricardo Cardona. A tough 7-5 win over Andrew Mannion of the Menlo Wrestling Club was followed by an 8-4 victory in the semifinals against Ruben Mofin of Sacramento City College, Lyles squared off against Michael Rhea of the Menlo Wrestling Club. It was a back-and-forth battle, but Lyles came up short, 5-4.

Other Falcons who wrestled well included 125-pound Diego Jasso (South Torrance HS), who lost his third match, but battled back to win his next four and come in third place. After 285-pound Kobe Pablo (Cypress HS) posted a major decision in his first match, he was defeated in the quarterfinals, but came back to pin three of his next four opponents and came in third place.