Wrestling: Pair of Falcons win titles as team takes second place

File Photo: Felix Osorio won the 149-pound title at the Fresno City Open
File Photo: Felix Osorio won the 149-pound title at the Fresno City Open


Two Cerritos College wrestlers won individual titles at the Bill Musick Open in Fresno on Saturday, while the team took second place. The Falcons were led by sophomore 149-pound Felix Osorio (Santa Fe HS) and sophomore 165-pound Armando Murillo (Rowland HS), who won their weight championships and helped Cerritos compile 150.5 team points. They finished just three points behind the host Rams, who had four individual champions. The Falcons will close out Southwest Conference action on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. when they host Palomar College.

Osorio opened with a 15-0 technical fall over Dominic Gutierrez, which ended in the second period on a four-point near fall. That was followed by a pin over Tony Yuke, Jr. of Sierra College in 5:24. At the time of the pin, Osorio was leading, 13-7. In the semifinals, Osorio only allowed three escape points against Anthony Nunes of Modesto College and recorded a 9-3 victory. That advanced him to the championship match, where he faced Fresno City's Nicholas Dehart. Trailing 3-1 after the first two periods, Osorio recorded an escape and takedown for a 4-3 lead until Dehart escaped with :57 seconds remaining. As time was running out, Osorio secured the victory on a takedown with :15 seconds left and earned an extra point for riding time.

With Murillo, he only needed three victories to win the 165-pound title. After a first round bye, he opened with a pin over Fresno City's Ricardo Ugalde in 1:46, which was followed by an 11-0 major decision against Jesus Gutierrez of Victor Valley College. In that win, he almost recorded a pin, but had to settle for a takedown and four-point near fall. In the championship match, Murillo faced Anthony Aguilera of Arizona Christian College. He broke open a close 4-3 score after two periods with a late reversal and a pair of two-point near falls in the final seconds for a 10-4 win.

Both freshman Anthony Pereyra (Lakeside HS) and freshman Raul Jimenez (St. John Bosco HS) each advanced to the semifinals at 133 pounds. Pereyra picked up wins over Jakob Courtney of Vanguard University (16-1) and then pinned CJ Howard of Palomar in 2:47 before an 11-2 loss to Devon Murphy of Fresno City. As for Jimenez, a pin over Ernesto Huarach of the Fresno State Wrestling Club was followed by a 13-2 major decision over Trevor Bass of Victor Valley. He was then pinned by eventual champion Terrell Kinlicheenie of Arizona Christian College. The duo each won their next match and faced each other for third place. A late takedown by Pereyra broke a 1-1 tie and he came away with a 3-2 victory.

At 141 pounds, freshman Mario De La Torre (Temescal Canyon HS) started off a with a bye in the first round before pinning Manuel Lopez of Simpson College in 3:45. That was followed by a a tough 2-0 win against Abraham Cerda of Fresno City. After a scoreless first two periods, De La Torre picked up an escape point early in the third period and held off Cerda the rest of the way, while picking up a point for riding time. In the semifinals, De La Torre escaped a 5-4 decision against unattached Hayden Zinkin. Leading, 3-2 heading into the third period, De La Torre scored a takedown with :51 seconds left and was then reversed by Zinkin with five seconds left before coming away with the win. Taking on defending state champion Wayne Joint of West Hills-Lemoore College in the finals, De La Torre was almost pinned in the second period, and trailed 6-1 heading into the third period. He could only add a pair of escape points and suffered a 9-4 defeat.

Freshman Trevor Thompson (Long Beach Millikan HS) finished in third place at 157 pounds after opening with a pair of wins by pin. He dropped an 18-2 decision to eventual champion Jackson Morgan of Fresno City, but battled back and defeated teammate Mateo Jaramillo (Yorba Linda HS), 8-2 to advance to the third place match. Thompson pinned Ruben Rodriguez of Vanguard University in :36 seconds, while Jaramillo defeated Noah Cortez of Fresno City in the fifth place match.