Wrestling: Final tournament nets eighth place results

Wrestling took eighth place at the East LA Brawl
Wrestling took eighth place at the East LA Brawl


In their final tournament of the season, the Cerritos College wrestling team came in eighth place at the East Los Angeles Brawl on Saturday. The Falcons, who held out their starters in preparation for the CCCAA Team Dual State Championship match against Fresno City College on Sunday, had one individual champion. They finished with 33 team points.

At 184 pounds, freshman Jakob Edwards (Cypress HS) won all three of his matches to capture his weight championship. He opened with a pin of Noah Skoog of USC in 3:43 and followed that with a default victory to advance to the championships. In the semifinal, Edwards was awarded a win when East Los Angeles's Troy Garza had to default due to an injury. In the championship match, Edwards pulled out a 5-4 victory over top seeded Justin Tripp of West Hills-Lemoore College.

Cerritos also had a second place finisher, as well as two who came in fourth place. At 197 pounds, sophomore Justin Sawai (North Torrance HS) was one of three Cerritos wrestlers competing at that weight. He opened by pinning Richard Cardona of Rio Hondo College in 4:21 and then needed just 2:21 to finish off Armando Medrano of Bakersfield College to reach the finals. In the championship match, Sawai was defeated, 12-5 by Tim Saunders of USC.

After dropping his first match at 133 pounds, freshman Raul Jimenez (St. John Bosco HS) posted a pair of wins to reach the third place match. He pinned Makoa Shefte of Rio Hondo College in 1:55 and then earned a 4-1 victory against CJ Howell of Palomar College to advance to the third place match. In that match, Jimenez was pinned in 5:00 by Santa Ana College's Nathan Ramirez. In his first 197-pound match sophomore Owen Ormsby (South Torrance HS) was pinned by Saunders in 2:28, but came back to pin teammate Angel Anguiano (Capistrano Valley HS) in :48 seconds in his first match of the consolation round. That was followed by a 6-4 victory over Medrano, with his third place match ending by getting pinned in 5:15 by Devin Peries of East Los Angeles.