VICTORVILLE: It was a banner semifinal round for Fresno City College, while Cerritos College dropped four of their six in the morning session on the second day of the CCCAA State Championships, which are being held at Victor Valley College. With their five wins in their six semifinals, the Rams, who have come in second place the last three years, opened up a 31-point lead over the Falcons. With their success in the consolation rounds, Cerritos was able to get to within five points heading into the medal rounds.
But heading into the championship matches, the Rams are holding a five-point lead over Cerritos (150.5-145.5) and are guaranteed at least one state champion, as Dylan Martinez takes on Dean Esquibel at 149 pounds. In both of the Falcons championship matches, they will be facing Fresno City wrestlers.
It's also a battle for third place between Mt. San Antonio and Sacramento City, with the Mounties guaranteed at least one state champion, as Casper Sherow faces teammate Kevin Kelly at 141 pounds. As for the Panthers, teammates Trevor Wright and Kalan Hastey will square off at 184 pounds. The deciding matches will be how Reed South does for Mt. SAC at 174 pounds and Derek Lee Loy fares at 165 pounds.
Below are the state championship match-ups:
125 Pounds - Landon McBride (Sierra) vs. Julian Gayton (Fresno City)
Julian Gayton - State runner-up in 2015
133 Pounds - Jake Schaeffer (Palomar) vs. Alberto Garcia (Palomar)
Jake Schaeffer - State 3rd Place in 2015
141 Pounds - Casper Sherow (Mt. SAC) vs. Kevin Kelly (Mt. SAC)
149 Pounds - Dylan Martinez (Fresno City) vs. Dean Esquibel (Fresno City)
157 Pounds - Joshua Annis (Fresno City) vs. Kevin James (Cerritos)
Joshua Annis - State 7th Place in 2015
165 Pounds - Derek Lee Loy (Sacramento City) vs. Ryan Soto (Victor Valley)
Derek Lee Loy - State runner-up in 2015
174 Pounds - Alex Garcia (Cuesta) vs. Reed South (Mt. SAC)
184 Pounds - Trevor Wright (Sacramento City) vs. Kalan Hastey (Sacramento City)
Trevor Wright - State runner-up at 174 pounds in 2015
197 Pounds - David Van Weems (Cerritos) vs. Kalvin Stuckey (Fresno City)
285 Pounds - Bradon Sotomayor (East Los Angeles) vs. Chance Eskam (Palomar)