Wrestling: Team loses close match to Mt. SAC

Cerritos loses in conference championship match
Cerritos loses in conference championship match

With the Southwest Conference title on the line, the Cerritos College wrestling team suffered a 22-12 loss at the hands of host Mt. San Antonio College on Wednesday night. The Falcons, (11-2, 3-1), ranked #2 in the state, defeated the #3-ranked Mounties, 20-15 (10-3, 4-0) in the finals of the Southern California Team Duals, with Mt. SAC recording the other win over Cerritos, 22-17 at the Mt. San Antonio Duals.

Trailing the entire match, Cerritos had one last chance to pull out the win at 285 pounds, but freshman Jose Ramirez-Araujo (Troy HS) was pinned by Gabe Herrera. The team got as close as 16-12 after freshman 197-pound Ethan Bakker (Los Alamitos HS) posted a 6-4 win over Luis Melecio. The team missed out on coming away with an upset win at 174 pounds, where freshman Zack Gonzalez (Lakewood HS) was defeated, 8-6 in overtime against Matthew Mejia, who is ranked #4 in the state at 165 pounds.

After trailing, 4-0 after 125 pounds, #4-ranked freshman 133-pound Joshua Brown (Esperanza HS) finished off Julian Melecio, 8-4, which was followed by freshman Nick Camacho (Paramount HS) getting beat, 6-1 at 141 pounds. Camacho, who's ranked #2 at the weight, was defeated by Joseph Dominguez, who is ranked #2 in the state at 149 pounds. Sophomore Wyatt Gerl (Calvary Chapel HS), ranked #2 at 157 pounds, earned a 7-1 win, while #3-ranked Blake Vasquez (Fountain Valley HS) picked up a 4-0 win at 165 pounds for the Falcons.

Cerritos competed without the services of #1-ranked Aaron Negrete (Calvary Chapel HS) at 157 pounds and #1-ranked 197-pound David Van Weems (Corona Centennial HS), who were both out due to illness and injury.

125 Pounds - #8 John Whisner (MSAC) def. #4 Messiah Owens (CERR), 16-6 (MSAC leads, 4-0)
133 Pounds - #4 Joshua Brown (CERR) def. Julian Melecio (MSAC), 8-4 (MSAC leads, 4-3)
141 Pounds - #2 (149 pounds) Joseph Dominguez (MSAC) def. #2 Nick Camacho (CERR), 6-1 (MSAC leads, 7-3)
149 Pounds - Manuel Salcido (MSAC) def. #7 (141 pounds) Devin Daugherty (CERR), 10-8 (MSAC leads, 10-3)
157 Pounds - #2 Wyatt Gerl (CERR) def. #8 Joseph Valdez (MSAC), 7-1 (MSAC leads, 10-6)
165 Pounds - #3 Blake Vasquez (CERR) def. #6 Apollo Santos (MSAC), 4-0 (MSAC leads, 10-9)
174 Pounds - #4 (165 pounds) Matthew Mejia (MSAC) def. Zack Gonzalez (CERR), 8-6 (ot) (MSAC leads, 13-9)
184 Pounds - #1 (174 pounds) Hector Vargas (MSAC) def. Ryan Gutierrez (CERR), 9-5 (MSAC leads, 16-9)
197 Pounds - #2 Ethan Bakker (CERR) def. #6 (184 pounds) Luis Melecio (MSAC), 6-4 (MSAC leads, 16-12)
285 Pounds - Gabe Herrera (MSAC) pinned Jose Ramirez-Araujo (CERR) (MSAC win, 22-12)