By John M. Sherrard
(Stockton, CA) After day one of the California Community College Athletic Association State Wrestling Championships, the So Cal Champion Mt. SAC Wrestling Team sits in second place behind defending state champion Fresno City. Top-ranked Fresno has 98.5 points and the third-ranked Mounties are 18 behind at 80.5 after the opening day at San Joaquin Delta College.
The championships continue on Saturday with two sessions, concluding with the 10 weight class finals in the evening.
In addition, an amazing 11 of the 12 Mountie wrestlers who qualified for the CCCAA state championships advanced to day two, which includes five semifinalists.
"(Mt. SAC) has 11 of 12 wrestlers still in today," Mt. SAC coach David Rivera said. "We look forward to waking up (Saturday) and competing."
"Joseph had a good first day," Rivera said.
Day one highlights for the Mounties:
Mt. SAC qualified two wrestlers, Whisner and Diaz, who both advanced to the quarterfinals but lost. Diaz received a first-round bye and fell short in the quarterfinals, while fifth-ranked Whisner won his first-round match by technical fall (18-3) and lost to top-ranked Brandon Betancourt of Fresno City College.
In his next match Diaz won by technical fall (18-3) and Whisner pinned his opponent in the third period. Whisner and Diaz will face each other in their first match of the day.
Valdez, wrestling down from his 141 Lb. weight class where he is ranked seventh, won both his matches in route to the semifinals. The first match he pinned his opponent at 1:43 of the first period and won by major decision (19-7) over No. 3-ranked Tyler Poalillo in the quarterfinals.
Dominguez, who placed third at 149 Lbs. at state last year, received a first-round bye and pinned No. 4-ranked Brandon Rullan of San Joaquin Delta in the quarterfinals at :25 of the first period to advance to the semifinals. Dominguez is ranked second at 149 Lbs. but is also wrestling down a weight class.
Salcedo won his first-round match by technical fall (25-8), lost in the quarterfinals to No.1 ranked Dylan Martinez of Fresno CC, received a bye in his next match and won his third match by pin in the second period.
Valdez won his opening round match by a 12-4 decision, lost a quarterfinal match to fifth-ranked Josh McMillion of Fresno City and won his third match by a 6-3 decision.
Two Mountie wrestlers qualified, with fifth-ranked Santos advancing to the semifinals with two wins, a 17-3 major decision and a 5-4 decision. Mejia, ranked third, received a first-round bye, lost in the quarterfinals and won an 11-4 decision in his second match.
Vargas, who is ranked first in the state, received a first-round bye and a won a 9-7 decision to advance to Saturday's semifinals.
No. 4-ranked Melecio became the fourth Mountie to advance to the semifinals with two wins, a 16-3 major decision and an 8-3 decision.
Chavarria, ranked sixth, won his opening-round match in a close 2-1 decision, lost a quarterfinal match and won a 10-6 decision in his third match.
Gabe Herrera lost a close 2-1 decision in his first-round match, received a bye in his second match and fell in another close decision, 4-3.
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