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2015 Season ...

Comets open year in Mt. SAC Duals on Sept. 19

SAN MARCOS (8-25-2015) -- Coach Brody Barrios' Palomar wrestlers will open the 2015 season when they defend their Mt. SAC Duals championship on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Walnut.

The Comets "slipped" to ninth place in the CCCAA State Community College Championships last season, but were 10-4 in duals, finished third in the Southern California Regionals, placed third in the Southern California Dual Championships, won the Meathead Movers Tournament championship at Cuesta College and demolished USC's club team 47-11.

Wrestling Alumni ...

Former Palomar All-American wrestler Aaron La Farge placed second at at 125 pounds in the 2015 NAIA National Championships on March 6-7 at Topeka, Kansas. La Farge helped Oklahoma City University to a fifth-place finish in the nation out of 43 teams. -- OklahomaWrestling.org photo

Ex-Comet La Farge takes second in NAIA finals

TOPEKA, Kansas (8-25-2015) -- Ex-Palomar wrestler Aaron La Farge, representing Oklahoma City University, placed second in the nation at 125 pounds in the 58th NAIA National Championship Tournament at the Kansas Expocentre.

La Farge, who came to Palomar from La Habra High School, placed fourth at 125 in the CCCAA California State Championships at Victorville in 2010 as a freshman for the Comets. After two seasons wrestling at Montana State University-Northern on the NAIA level, he transferred to Oklahoma City for his senior season.

In the NAIA national tournament, La Farge advanced to the 125-pound championship match with four wins, eventually losing by decision to the defending champion, Ryak Finch of Grand View University in Des Moine, Iowa. Grand View went on to win its fourth consecutive national team championship, while La Farge's performance helped the Oklahoma City Stars to fifth place in a 43-team field.

La Farge earned All-American honors in three of his four collegiate seasons, all at 125 pounds, once on the community college level and two other seasons as an NAIA All-American. He was a 2013 All-American as a sophomore at Montana Northern, placing fifth in the nation. La Farge was ranked No. 1 in the nation as a junior at Montana Northern in 2014 until his season was cut short by a car accident.

2014 Season ...

ABOVE: Wrestlers vie on four mats in the CCCAA State Championships at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. -- Courtesy photo. BELOW LEFT: Alberto Garcia, who placed second at 133 pounds. BELOW RIGHT: Alex Graves, who placed third at 184

Garcia loses in championship bout; Graves 3rd

SAN LUIS OBISPO (12-13-2014) -- Palomar's Alberto Garcia lost in the 133-pound finals, while teammate Alex Graves finished third at 184, as the CCCAA State Wrestling Championships concluded a two-day run on Saturday at Cuesta College.

The Comets placed ninth in the state with 48 points.

Garcia, a freshman from Orange Glen High School, decisioned Sierra's Travis Roberts 5-3 in the quarterfinals, then decisioned Albert Landeros of Bakersfield 8-0 in the semifinals.

In the finals, Garcia squared off against Dustin Kirk from eventual state team champion Cerritos. Garcia had handed Kirk his only loss of the season 10-9 in the 133-pound championship match at last week's Southern California Regionals.

Kirk, a sophomore appearing in the state tournament for the second year in a row, led 4-2 after the first period but Garcia tied the match 4-4 with a reversal late in the second period. Kirk escaped with 20 seconds remaining in the period to regain the lead and put the match out of reach on a takedown with 32 seconds remaining in the third period. He went on to defeat Garcia 9-5, avenging last week's loss.

In the 184-pound division, No. 1 seed Graves, a freshman from San Marcos High, recorded one of the fastest pins of the tournament in 58 seconds against Shasta's Thomas Cross in the quarterfinals but was upset by Will Gockel-Figg of team runnerup Fresno City College 5-1 in the semis. Graves rebounded to decision Sacramento City College's Logan Paxon 6-1 in the third-place match.

Among other Palomar wrestlers, Peter Donchev pinned Cuesta's Joseph Else in 6:27 for fifth place at 165 pounds. Eric Collin placed eighth, also at 165.

Cerritos, out of the Southwest Conference in which Palomar is also a member, outscored second-place Fresno 167-159 to in capturing the team title. The Falcons and Rams were followed in the top 10 by Mt. SAC in third with 111.5 points, fourth-place Chabot (72 points), fifth-place Santa Ana (69), sixth-place Sacramento (66.5), seventh-place Cuesta (56.5), eighth-place Bakersfield (55), the Comets in ninth place and Rio Hondo (43.5 points) in 10th.

Garcia was attempting to become Palomar's 32nd state community college champion. The most recent Comet to win a state title was Lewis Gonzales at 165 pounds in 2007.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's wrestlers after finishing third at the Southern California Regionals. DIRECTLY ABOVE: The Comets' 133-pounder Alberto Garcia (left), the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week, and 184-pounder Alex Graves (right), who won their respective weight classes. -- Courtesy photos. BELOW: Peter Donchev, who placed fourth at 165

PC 3rd, advances 7 to state; Garcia, Graves win

NORWALK (12-06-2014) -- Palomar, getting championships from Alberto Garcia at 133 pounds and Alex Graves at 184, placed third in Saturday's Southern California Community College Regionals at Cerritos College and advanced seven wrestlers to next weekend's CCCAA State Championships.

Palomar's qualifiers for the state tournament this upcoming Friday and Saturday at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo are the two regional champions, Garcia and Graves, along with Chris Jones (third at 149 pounds), Peter Donchev (fourth at 165), Brad Schwarze (fifth at 197), Frank Sandoval (sixth at 125) and Bruce Valdez (sixth at 157).

Garcia decisioned Dustin Kirk from host Cerritos 10-9 in the championship match at 133. Graves decisioned Cerritos' Max Kumashiro 10-3 in the 184-pound finals.

Garcia was named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week.

The Comets spent most of the day in second place behind eventual regional team champion Cerritos before slipping into third behind the Falcons (164 points) and runner-up Mt. SAC (104).

Fourth-place Santa Ana (71.5 points), Cuesta (58), Rio Hondo (51.5), East Los Angeles (48.5), Bakersfield (46.5) and West Hills LeMoore (16) trailed the leaders.

2015 Schedule and Results

Date Match Site Time / Result
Sat Sep 19 Mt. SAC Duals Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut 9 a.m.
Sat Oct 3 Santa Ana Tournament Santa Ana College 9 a.m.
Wed Oct 14 East Los Angeles Monterey Park 6 p.m.
Sat Oct 17 CCCAA Southern California Duals Cerritos College, Norwalk 9 a.m.
Wed Oct 21 Mt. SAC-+ Walnut 7 p.m.
Sat Oct 24 Meathead Movers Tournament Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo 9 a.m.
Wed Oct 28 Santa Ana-+ The Dome 7 p.m.
Wed Nov. 4 Rio Hondo-+ Rio Hondo College, Whittier 7 p.m.
Wed Nov 11 Cerritos-+ Cerritos College, Norwalk 7 p.m.
Sat Nov 21 East Los Angeles Tournament Monterey Park 9 a.m.
Sat Dec 5 Southern California  Regionals Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut 9 a.m.
CCCAA State Championships Fresno City College 9 a.m. both days

Home Matches in Bold

x-Southern California Wrestling Association Southwest Conference Match

2014 Roster

(2015 Roster To Come)

Name Wt Yr High School
Frank Sandoval 125 Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula, CA)
Ty Mata 125 Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
Alberto Garcia 133 Fr Orange Glen (Escondido, CA)
Travys Carus 133 So Morse (San Diego, CA)
Josh Lawson 141 Fr Vista (Vista, CA)
Chris Jones 149 Fr Poway (Poway, CA)
Peter Donchev 157 So La Jolla (La Jolla, CA)
Lee Valdez 157 Fr Beaumont (Beaumont, CA)
Erik Collin 165 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Cody Doyle 174/157 Fr Poway (Poway, CA)
Alex Graves 184/174/197 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Oscar Ramirez-Garcia 184 Fr Beaumont (Beaumont, CA)
Dalton Du 'Casse' 197 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Brad Schwarze 197 Fr New Egypt (New Egypt, NJ)
Blake Nash Hwt Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Adam Waller Hwt Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
Tyler Brown   Fr San Pasqual (Escondido, CA)
Louie De La Torre   Fr Temescal Canyon (Elsinore, CA)
Miguel Flores   Fr San Ysidro (San Ysidro, CA)
Kirk Kaliszewski   Fr Ramona (Ramona, CA)
Anothy Manuche   Fr Westview (San Diego, CA)
James Murphy   Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
Tony Piccolo   Fr Westview (San Diego, CA)
Ulysses Ramirez   Fr Beaumont (Beaumont, CA)
Mark Ramirez-Aceual   Fr Beaumont (Beaumont, CA)
Bruce Valdez   Fr Beaumont (Beaumont, CA)

2013 Season ..

Jr. Lule, Iraniha both take 2nd; PC team is 5th

STOCKTON (12-14-2013) -- With Junior Lule (left) and Shervin Iraniha leading the way, Palomar finished fifth in a field of 19 teams in the CCCAA State Wrestling Championships that conclued a two-day run Saturday night at San Joaquin Delta College's Joe Blanchard Gym.

Lule (left) placed second at 149 pounds, losing 7-6 on riding time to Fresno City College's Martine Sandoval in their title match.

Iraniha (right) finished second in suden death to team champion Sacramento City College's Taylor Hodel in the championship bout 157 pounds.

Earlier Saturday, Palomar's Marshall Palmer, also wrestling at 157, placed third. Drosko Bogdanovich (184) finished in fourth place. Peter Donchev (165) placed sixth, Ricky Lule (141) placed seventh and 285-pounder Charlie Rassel took eighth place.

Palmer decisioned Santa Ana's Mateo 4-2 in his third-place bout. Bogdanovich was decisioned by the Dons' Alfredo Nava 10-6 in his third-place bout.

Sacramento scored 171 points in winning the state team title, trailed by second-place Fresno City College (133.5), third-place Mt. SAC (113.5, fourth-place Santa Ana (98) and the Comets in fifth with 85 points. Cuesta (65.5), Modesto (60.5), Cerritos (56.5), Santa Rosa (38) and West Hills-Lemoore (36) rounded out the top 10 teams in the 19-team field.


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