Wrestling: Falcons open season with three wins

Falcons won three of four matches at Mt. SAC Duals
Falcons won three of four matches at Mt. SAC Duals

In their first competition of the season, the Cerritos College wrestling team put up three victories at the Bakersfield Duals on Saturday. The Falcons (3-0) recorded wins over the host Renegades (33-20), West Hills-Lemoore College (28-15) and Moorpark College (29-22), who just reinstated their program this season. The team will now travel to Mt. San Antonio College for more dual meets next Saturday.

Cerritos vs. Bakersfield: Led by three wins by pin and also receiving a forfeit win, the Falcons got the season started with a strong result. Cerritos opened a 33-3 lead after pins by 141-pound freshman Devin Daughtery (Cypress HS), 149-pound Alex Hernandez (West Valley HS) and sophomore 174-pound Blake Vasquez (Fountain Valley HS), along with sophomore Oliver Elizalde (Warren HS) receiving a forfeit win at 165 pounds. Daugherty took a quick 8-0 lead in the first period before earning the team six points, with Hernandez leading 20-4 in the third period, while Vasquez made quick work in his match as he jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the way to his pin. Also registering a win for the team against the Renegades was freshman 133-pound Joshua Brown (Esperanza HS), who posted a 7-6 win.

Cerritos vs. West Hills: Five convincing wins, followed by a pair of pins helped lead the Falcons to their victory over West Hills. Freshman 174-pound Christian Gutierrez and sophomore 184-pound John Robles (Santa Fe HS) secured the win with their six-point pins after opening a 16-6 team score advantage through the first six matches. Brown started the team's upward swing with his 12-5 win at 133 pounds, with freshman Nick Camacho (Paramount HS) earning a 17-8 win at 141 pounds that included a pair of four-point near-falls. Hernandez came away with a 9-4 win at 149 pounds, while sophomore Wyatt Gerl (Calvary Chapel HS) wrestled to an 8-1 win at 157 pounds. Sophomore Kennith Kirk (Elsinore HS) was held scoreless in the third period, but held a 14-8 lead that he held on to for a win at 165 pounds. 

Cerritos vs. Moorpark: In their final match of the day, the Falcons opened up an 11-0 lead, but then trailed 18-11. They were able to come back because of a forfeit at 285 pounds and a first period pin by Brown at 133 pounds. In the final match, with Cerritos leading, 23-22, 141-pound Jacob Morales (Canyon HS) earned a six-point win when his opponent was injured in the first period and could not continue. Gerl recorded a first period pin at 157 pounds against the Raiders, while freshman Esteban Saucedo (Valencia HS) received a forfeit win at 285 pounds.