CERRITOS>> Some of the teams competing in the Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Cerritos College on Friday and Saturday were a bit diluted because they sent their top top wrestlers to the prestigious Doc Buchanan Tournament in Clovis.
For example, St. John Bosco, ranked No.2 in the state by California Wrestler, could have easily been among the top placing teams at the TOC but instead finished 21st with their B team, while the Braves best wrestlers were in Clovis.
No. 6 Poway, however, put their best wrestlers on the mat at the TOC, easily winning the tournament with 356 points.
Five Poway wrestlers won their respective weight classes and were among 12 who finished among the top eight.
First place finishers for the Titans included Brock Bobzien (113), Jason Miranda (126), Zane Stoddard (138), Alex Hernandez (160) and Andrew Johnson (285).
Cimarron-Memorial of Las Vegas was second with 181.5 and Northview of Covina was third with 173.
Fountain Valley, one of the teams who had who sent their standouts to Clovis, finished 22nd with 67.5 points and was the highest placing county team.
Freshman Kade Ayres finished sixth in the 106-pound class, freshman Zach Parker was eighth at 113 and Nicholas Damschen placed fifth at 170 for the Barons.
“Some of the other guys could have done better, but I’m a coach,” Fountain Valley coach Dennis Piramo said. “I think we’re doing all right. We’ll peek towards the end.”
Westminster brought five wrestlers to the TOC, with three winning medals.
Dat Bui (132) was eighth, Alex Godina (152) took sixth and Braylan Durazo (182), helping the Lions finish 24th with 62 points.
“I think we could have done a lot better, but this isn’t the final point,” Westminster wrestling coach Bryan Vasquez said. “But we’re getting better every week so I expect good things. This was a great tournament so we’ll definitely be back.”
El Dorado’s Josh Sparks finished third at 138-pounds, turning in the best individual performance of any county wrestler.
After winning his first match by forfeit, Sparks scored first period pins over his next two opponents to advance to the semifinal round.
Stoddard, the eventual winner of the weight class, defeated Sparks, 11-3 in their semifinal match.
Other county teams finishing with at least two medal winners included Los Alamitos, Cypress and Orange Lutheran.
El Dorado, Sonora, Marina, La Habra and Troy each had one wrestler finish among the top eight.
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