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Palomar 184-pounder Alex Graves (left) and Comet heavyweight Seville Hayes (right) get their hands raised in victory after their first-place finishes in the CCCAA State Championships on Saturday night in Fresno. -- Courtesy photos by John Sachs

Graves (20-5 tech fall), Hayes both win state

FRESNO (12-12-2015) -- Palomar's Alex Graves became Palomar's first California community college state wrestling champion in eight years on Saturday night, manhandling Santa Rosa's Jhaylyn Hall in the 184-pound title match at the CCCAA State Championships via technical fall 20-5.

Graves was joined two bouts later by Palomar freshman heavyweight Seville Hayes, who decisioned Cerritos' Jesse Gomez 3-2 to win the Comets' second gold medal of the night. Their performances led Palomar to fourth in team scoring out of 20 colleges in the tournament hosted by Fresno City College.

The state titles are the first for the Comets, which dominated the community college level in California in the 1980s, since Lewis Gonzales captured the 165-pound championship in 2007. The last time Palomar won two weight-class championships was in 2003.

Graves, a sophomore out of San Marcos High School, had the most dominant first period in the two-day tournament, registering six takedowns and a pair of near-falls en route to an 18-5 lead after three minutes. He ended the match just 14 seconds in the second period with a takedown for the technical fall.

Hayes, a freshman out of Mar Vista High School via the U.S. Marine Corps, denied Cerritos' Gomez a state title in Gomez's second straight state championship-match appearance. Gomez also placed second in the heavyweight class last season, to Cerritos teammate Robert Chism.

Graves, who finished third at 184 in last year's state tournament, advanced to the title match by pinning Sacramento City College's Nick Rorer in 1:02 in the semifinals earlier in the day.

Hayes decisioned D'Juan Ewing-Smalls from Sacramento City College 3-2 in his semifinal match.

The Comets' Chris Kimball was decisioned by Cerritos' Anthony Vargas 3-2 in the 133-pound semis.

Two Palomar wrestlers took home third places in the state in Saturday morning's session. Jake Schaefer turned back Chabot's Darren Nguyen by major decision 10-2 at 133 pounds. Alex Gallo decisioned Skyline's Stephen Martin 6-5 at 174.

Also for the Comets, Kimball and 165-pouder Louie De La Torre both took sixth places. Kimball dropped a 5-4 decision to Sacramento's Isaac Pilgrim in the 133-pound fifth-place match, while De La Torre was decisioned by Rio Hondo's Roger Arce 4-1 for fifth place at 165.

Palomar's Raul Briseno pinned Rio Hondo's Josh Escobedo in 3:43 for seventh place at 197 pounds. Erik Collin settled for eighth place at 165 when he was pinned by Shasta's Jamal Halvorson in 4:15 in the seventh-place match.

Sacramento City College took home the state team championship with 158 points, followed by Fresno City College (137 points) in second, 2014 state team champion Cerritos (116 points) in third, the Comets (106.5 points) in fourth place and this year's state duals champion Mt. SAC (85.5 points) fifth in the 20-team field.

The top five teams were followed in order by Santa Ana (61.5) in sixth place, Modesto (50.5) in seventh, Santa Rosa (43.5) in eighth, Bakersfield (41.5) in ninth, West Hills-Lemoore (36.5) in 10th, Rio Hondo (36) in 11th, Sierra (27) in 12th, Cuesta (25) in 13th, Skyline (24) in 14th, Shasta (22.5) in 15th, Chabot (19.6) in 15th, East Los Angeles (17) in 17th, Lasen (5) in 18th, and San Joaquin Delta and Victor Valley both with 0 points.

State Hwt. champ Hayes is conference's AOTW

SAN DIEGO (12-15-2015) -- Palomar freshman wrestler Seville Hayes, the CCCAA heavyweight champion, has been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week.

Hayes (left) , a Mar Vista High School product out of the U.S. Marine Corps, decisioned Cerritos' Chris Gomez for the 284-pound title last Saturday night at Fresno City College.

Gomez also placed second in the heavyweight weight class in last year's state tournament.

Gold medals by Hayes and 184-pounder Alex Graves powered coach Brody Barrios' Comets to a fourth-place team finish in the state. 

Palomar, shown with coach Brody Barrios, took two home two weight-class titles and qualified nine wrestlers for state in the Southern California Regionals hosted by Mt. SAC on Saturday. -- Courtesy photo

3rd-place Comets nab 2 titles, qualify 9 for state

WALNUT (12-05-2015) -- With Alex Graves and Erik Collin capturing weight-class titles, Palomar placed third and qualified nine wrestlers for next weekend's CCCAA State Championships during the Southern California Community College finals on Saturday at Mt. SAC.

Graves and Collin, a pair of former San Marcos High School wrestlers who both came into the Regionals ranked No. 1 in the state, led the Comets to a third-place team finish. Graves defeated Mt. SAC's Kolton Martin in the 184-pound finals. Collin defeated Roger Arce from Rio Hondo for the 165-pound championship.

Defending state champion Cerritos won the Southern California title with 173 points, followed by state dual champion Mt. SAC in second with 161 points.

Coach Brody Barrios' Comets accumulated 152 points in finishing third, followed by fourth-place Bakersfield (104 points), fifth-place Cuesta (93.50), sixth-place West Hills Lemoore (89.5), seventh-place Rio Hondo (89), eighth-place Santa Ana (82.5), ninth-place East Los Angeles (40.5) and 10th-place Victor Valley (16).

Palomar's qualifiers for the state finals on Friday at Sacramento City College, along with Graves and Collin, are Jake Schaeffer and Chris Kimball (second and third, respectively, at 133 pounds), Alex Gallo (third at 174), Louie De La Torre (fourth at 165), Raul Briseno (fourth at 197), Seville Hayes (fourth at heavyweight) and Kirk Kaliszewski (sixth at 157). The Comets' other place-winner was Ernie Chambers, who finished eighth at 141 pounds.

Palomar's wrestling team is all smiles after winning five weight classes in "The Brawl" tournament at East Los Angeles College. The Comets, missing one state No. 1-ranked wrestler and another state No. 2-ranked wrestler, placed second out of 11 teams. -- Courtesy photo

Short-handed PC wins 5 weights but takes 2nd

MONTEREY PARK (11-21-2015) -- Palomar wrestlers won half of the weight classes in the fifth renewal of  "The Brawl" tournament on Saturday at East Los Angeles College -- but finished second.

Defending state champion Cerritos, which won only two weight classes, utilized its depth to capture the team title. The Falcons outscored the runner-up Comets 213.5 points to 192.5 points. Coach Brody Body Barrios PC team, which hasn't been at full strength for three weeks, was missing one state No. 1-ranked wrestler and another state No. 2-ranked wrestler.

Palomar's weight-class champions were Jake Schaeffer at 125 pounds, Chris Kimball at 133, Kirk Kaliszewski at 157, Alex Gallo at 174 and Seville Hayes in the heavyweight division.

Schaeffer, returning from a leg injury, decisioned Estevan Cabanas of Cerritos 19-9 in the 125-pound finals. Kimball decisioned Preston Gannon (Rio Hondo) 15-4 at 133. Kaliszewski won the 157-pound class over Cerritos' Dylan Moreno. Gallo decisioned Victor Bryson (Cuesta) 11-1. And Hayes defeated Rio Hondo's Ian Poling by technical fall 21-6 in the heavyweight final.

The Comets also had third-place finishes from Ernie Chambers (165 pounds), Louie De La Torre (165), Alex Gomez (174) and Jorge Rodriguez (197). Alturo Osorio (149) earned a fourth place.

Bakersfield College (126.5 points) placed third behind Cerritos and Palomar, followed in the 11-team field by fourth-place Cuesta (93), fifth-place Rio Hondo (79.5), the USC Club Team (45) in sixth place, the UCLA Club Team (31.5) in seventh, eighth-place East Los Angeles (27), ninth-place Victor Valley (7), West Hills Lemoore (7) in 10th place and the Southern Utah University Club Team (6 points) in 11th place. 

Kimble wins in 31 seconds but Comets upset

Description: http://www.palomar.edu/athletics/wrestling/15.kimball.mug.jpg Description: http://www.palomar.edu/athletics/wrestling/15.gallo.mug.jpgSAN MARCOS (11-04-2015)  --Wrestling without the state's No. 1-ranked 184-pounder, No. 2-ranked 125-pounder and No. 2-ranked 165-pounder, Palomar was upset by visiting Rio Hondo 23-18 on Wednesday night at The Dome.

The Comets (7-4 overall, 1-2 in the Southwest Conference managed only four wins against the Roadrunners -- one of them coming by forfeit.

The one big bright spot for Palomar was the performance of Chris Kimball (left), a freshman from San Marcos High School who pinned Rio Hondo's Michael Robles in just 31 seconds at 133 pounds.

The other winners on the mat for the Comets were Alex Gallo (right, 5-0 over Josh Escobedo at 184) and heavyweight Seville Hayes (6-2 over Brandon Ramos). Raul Briseno won by forfeit at 197.

The state No. 9-ranked Roadrunners (7-5, 1-2 in conference), trailing 6-4 after Kimball's first-period pin victory, took the lead for good on when Daniel Romero wom by pin at 141. They led 23-6 before the Comets won the last three matches.

State No. 5-ranked Palomar was without unbeaten Alex Graves (infection) at 184 pounds and the No. 2-ranked duo of Erik Collin (infection) at 165 and Jake Schaeffer (injury) at 125.

Wrestling Rio Hondo back on Sept. 19 with a full roster, the Comets won the first meeting of the two teams 34-12.

Coach Brody Barrios wrestled Gallo up a weight to replace Graves at 184.

UPPER PHOTO: Palomar's state No. 1-ranked Alex Graves pins Santa Ana's Ty Freeman in 3 minutes, 53 seconds Wednesday night at the Dome. Freeman had taken the unbeaten Comet sophomore to two overtimes in the semifinals at the Meathead Movers Tournament on Saturday night in San Luis Obispo. LOWER PHOTOS: The Comets' heavyweight, Sevile Hayes, eyes a much heavier opponent, the Dons' Abraham Aguilar, in the last bout of the evening. Then he slams Aguilar to the mat with a violent takedown. Hayes, ranked No. 2 in the state, won by major decision 12-4. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Graves pins foe in 3:42 as Comets bash Dons

SAN MARCOS (10-28-2015) -- Alex Graves kept his unbeaten record intact, pinning Santa Ana's Ty Freeman in 3:53 in the 184-pound bout, as Palomar won the teams' Southwest Conference wrestling match Wednesday night at The Dome 32-9.

Graves, ranked No. 1 in California in the weight class, methodically ran up the riding time clock to almost four minutes before disposing of Freeman with 7 seconds remaining in the second period. Freeman managed two escapes before he was pinned. Graves led at the time 5-2, controlling Freeman for most of the bout.

Palomar's other on-the-mat winners were state No. 2-ranked Jake Schaeffer (12-6 over Jose Chanoa at 125 pounds), state No. 2-ranked Erik Collin (10-2 major decision over No. 6-ranked Eric Roberts at 165), state No. 2-ranked Alex Gallo (9-6 over Armon Fayazi at 174) and Seville Hayes (12-4 major decision over Abraham Aguilar at heavyweight).

The Comets' Chris Kimball (133) and Raul Brieseno (197) both were awarded forfeit victories, while the Dons won three straight decisions at 141, 149 and 157 to briefly tie the match before Palomar outscored them the remainer of the night 21-0.

 Athlete of Week Graves, PC home Wednesday

SAN MARCOS (10-27-2015) -- Unbeaten Alex Graves (left), the Outstanding Upper Weight Wrestler at Saturday's Meathead Movers Invitational at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo and consequently the Pacific Coach Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports, and his Palomar team finally have a home match on Wednesday.

The Comets, ranked fifth in California, will host No. 12-ranked Santa Ana in a Southern California Wrestling Association Southwest Conference match in their first of only two home matches this season. The first bout is slated for 7 p.m. in The Dome.

Graves, the No. 1-ranked 184-pounder in California, is expected to square off against the Dons' Ty Freeman in his match. Graves defeated Freeman in two overtimes in the weight class semifinals at Cuesta. It was one of the rare times Graves hasn't pinned his opponent all season. Graves won by first-period pin over Will Thornton of Cuesta in the championship match Saturday night.

Graves is a sophomore out of San Marcos High School who placed second in last year's 184-pound finals in the CCCAA State Tournament.

Heavyweight Seville Hayes and 174-pounder Alex Gallo (above right), both ranked No. 2 in the state, also won their weight classes at Cuesta. Jake Schaeffer, ranked second in the state at 125 pounds, and Erik Collin, ranked second at 165, both placed second.

Santa Ana is led by Andrew Gomez, who is ranked second in the state at 141 pounds and placed second at Cuesta.

PC wrestlers 3rd at Cuesta; 3 Comets win titles

SAN LUIS OBISPO (10-24-2015 / REVISED 10-27/2015) -- Palomar sophomore Alex Graves (left) continued to power through the 2015 season unbeaten with a string of pins on Saturday and was honored as the Outstanding Upper Weight wrestler at Cuesta College's Meathead Movers Invitational.

Weight class championships by Graves at 184 pounds, Seville Hayes (right) at heavyweight and Alex Gallo at 174 pounds catapulted the state No. 5-ranked Comets to third place in a 26-team field behind catapulted the state No. 5-ranked Comets to third place in a 26-team field. Palomar trailed only state No. 4-ranked Sacramento City College, which won the team title and No. 2-ranked Mt. SAC.

Hayes won 6-4 in overtime in the heavyweight finals. Gallo, ranked No. 2 in the state at 174, decisioned No. 3-ranked Lukas Basham 10-5  in the finals.

Erik Collin, ranked second in California at 165, lost 8-6 in the finals to Sacramento's Dylan Forzani, who is ranked first.

Palomar also picked up a second place at 125 pounds, where Jake Schaeffer, ranked second in the state, lost to No. 1-ranked Gio Castillo from Mt. SAC 9-7 in the finals. Castillo was voted Outstanding Lower Weight Class Wrestler.

The Sacramento City Panthers, the defending state community college dual champions, also won three weight classes and finished with 179 points. Mt. SAC accumulated 118.5 points to edge the Comets (117 points) for second place.

Host Cuesta (106 points), West Hills Lemoore (76.5 points), Bakesfield (71.5 points) and Santa Ana (63 points).

State No. 2 Mt. SAC edges No. 5 Palomar 22-18

WALNUT (10-21-2015) -- State No. 2-ranked Mt. SAC held off No. 5 Palomar 22-18 to win the teams' Southwest Conference wrestling opener Wednesday night on the Mounties' mat.

It was the second time Mt. SAC has beaten the Comets in less than a week. On Saturday, the Mounties won 22-15 in the championship match at the Southern California Duals tournament.

In one of the best bouts of the night, Palomar's Chris Kimball, the state's No. 4-ranked 133-pounder, decisioned No. 5-ranked Adrian Cisneros 7-6.

The Comets' Alex Graves, top-ranked in the state at 184 pounds, pinned the Mounties' Triunfo Torres.

Palomar's other winners were state No. 2 Jake Schaeffer (5-4 over Jonathon Atherton at 125) pounds), state No. 5 Erik Collin (13-7 over No. 4-ranked 157-pounder Reed South at 165 pounds) and No. 9-ranked heavyweight Seville Hayes (7-3 over Andrew Cruz).

Mt. SAC, which trails only No. 1-ranked Sacramento City College in the state poll, moved to 5-0 on the season, 1-0 in conference. Palomar, whose only defeat other than the two losses to the Mounties was to defending state champion Cerritos, is 6-3, 0-1.

The Comets later avenged that loss by beating Cerritos.

PC makes finals at SoCal Duals, falls to Mt. SAC

NORWALK (10-17-2015) -- Palomar's wrestlers reached the championship match at the Southern California Community College Duals on Saturday, losing 22-15 to Mt. SAC in the finals at Cerritos College.

In their first two matches of the day, the Comets defeated Rio Hondo 35-13 in the first round and turned back defending state champion Cerritos 24-18 in the semifinals.

Palomar wrestlers Alex Graves (left, 184 pounds), Erik Collin (165) and Jake Schaeffer (right,125) were 3-0 on the day. Graves is the state's No. 1-ranked 184 pounder.

The Mounties move on to face Fresno City College, a 32-13 winner over Sacramento City College in the finals of the Northern California Duals at Sierra College in Rocklin, for the CCCAA State Dual Match championship.

Comets go back on road and shut out Huskies

MONTEREY PARK (10-14-2015) -- Palomar's wrestlers, who are ranked fifth in the state, went back on the road on Wednesday evening and overwhelmed East Los Angeles 44-0 in a non-conference match.

Coach Brody Barrios' Comets, who won't have a home match until Oct. 28, advanced to 4-1 in duals as Mario Beltran (left, 141 pounds), Kirk Kaliszewski (right, 147) and Raul Briseno (197) recorded wins by fall.

Jake Schaeffer (125 pounds) won by technical fall 17-2, and Palomar got major decision victories from Erik Collin (14-4 at 165) and Alex Graves (13-4 at 184, where he is ranked No. 1 in the state).

The decision winners were Zack Moistner (5-4 at 133 pounds), Arturo Osorio (11-4 at 149), Alex Gallo (10-4 at 174) and heavyweight Seville Hayes (12-7).

Beltran is a freshman from Fallbrook High School, Kaliszewski a sophomore from Ramona, Briseno a freshman from Ramona, Schaeffer a freshman from Otay Ranch, Collin sophomore from San Marcos, Graves a sophomore from San Marcos, Moistner freshman from Fallbrook, Osorio a freshman from Ramona, Gallo a sophomore from Escondido and Hayes a freshman from Mar Vista by way of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Schaeffer is ranked second in the state in his weight class, Gallo third, Collin fifth and Kaliszewski eighth.

Next up for the Comets: the Southern California Duals on Saturday at Cerritos College.

Graves top upper weight wrestler; PC team 5th

SANTA ANA (10-3-2015) -- Alex Graves (left), who went 4-0 with three falls and a technical fall to win the 184-pound title, was selected Outstanding Upper Weight Wrestler at the 19th Annual Santa Ana Tournament on Saturday, leading Palomar to a fifth-place team finish among 24 teams.

Coach Brody Barrios' Comets, ranked No. 5 among California community college wrestling teams, totaled 111.5 points in a field that included most of the best teams in the the state plus Gateway International Bible Institute of Peoria, Arizona, which wrestles against four-year colleges in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association.

Defending CCCAA state dual champion and currently state No. 1-ranked Fresno City College won the team title with 163.5 points, followed among the top five finishers by Mt. SAC, defending state tournament champion Cerritos (119 points), Sacramento City College (116.5 points) and the Comets.

Graves, a San Marcos High product who placed third in the state a year ago and currently is California's No. 1-ranked 184-pounder, pinned Ryker Coppa from Cerritos in 1:44 in the weight class' championship match.

He received a first-round bye, pinned East Los Angeles' Jorge Guerrero in 1:09, defeated Sacramento's Ryan Rosales by technical fall 26-5 and pinned Mt. SAC's Dan Torres in 4:15 to reach the finals.

The Comets' Jake Schaffer (above right), a freshman from Otay Ranch High, placed second at 125 pounds, losing a 6-5 decision to Mt. SAC's Giovanni Castillo 6-5 in the finals. Erik Collin, a sophomore from San Marcos High, was third at 165 pounds, while Chris Kimball (133), Kirk Kaliszewski (157) and Alex Gallo (174) took fourth places.

Coach Brody Barrios (back row, second from left) and the Palomar wrestling team opened the season with a championship performance at the Mt. SAC Duals. -- Courtesy photo

PC wins tie-breaker and MSAC dual tourney

WALNUT (9-19-2015) -- Coach Brody Barrios' Palomar wrestlers opened the 2015 season on a winning note on Saturday, going 3-1 and winning a three-way tie-breaker from defending state team champion Cerritos and Rio Hondo for the Mt. SAC Duals championship.

Palomar defeated Rio Hondo, Rio Hondo defeated Cerritos and Cerritos defeated the Comets, creating the tie, which Palomar won by criteria (most team points scored).

Jake Schaeffer (125-pounder from Otay Ranch High School), Erik Collin (165-pounder from San Marcos High) and Alex Graves (184-pounder from San Marcos High) all went undefeated on the day for the Comets.

The Comets' dual scores were: Palomar 45, Modesto 12; Palomar 34, Rio Hondo 12; Cerritos 24, Palomar 22 and Palomar 30, West Hills-Lemoore 16.

The tournament was conducted in two brackets. Host Mt. SAC won the other bracket.

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.

2015 Schedule and Results

Date Match Site Time / Result
Sat Sep 19 Mt. SAC Duals Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut 1ST PLACE (tie-breaker)
  Modesto   WON 45-12
  Rio Hondo   WON 34-12
  Cerritos   Lost 22-24
  West Hills-Lemoore   WON 30-16
Sat Oct 3 Santa Ana Tournament Santa Ana College 5th place (of 24 teams)
Wed Oct 14 East Los Angeles Monterey Park WON 44-0
Sat Oct 17 CCCAA Southern California Duals Cerritos College, Norwalk Runner-Up
  Rio Hondo   WON 35-13
  Cerritos   WON 34-12
  Mt. SAC (Finals)   Lost 15-22
Wed Oct 21 Mt. SAC-+ Walnut Lost 18-22
Sat Oct 24 Meathead Movers Tournament Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo 3rd place (of 26 teams)
Wed Oct 28 Santa Ana-+ The Dome WON 32-9
Wed Nov. 4 Rio Hondo-+ The Dome Lost 18-23
Wed Nov 11 Cerritos-+ Cerritos College, Norwalk Lost 12-33
Sat Nov 21 East Los Angeles Tournament Monterey Park 22nd place (of 11 teams)
Sat Dec 5 Southern California  Regionals Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut 5th place 
CCCAA State Championships Fresno City College 4th place (of 20 teams)

Home Matches in Bold

x-Southern California Wrestling Association Southwest Conference Match

2015 Roster

Name Wt Yr High School / Other College or Military
Antonio Baker 133 Fr Guajome Park Academy (Vista, CA)
Mario Beltran 141 Fr Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA)
Raul Briseno 197 Fr Ramona (Ramona, CA)
Ernie Chambers 141 Fr West Valley (Hemet, CA)
Erik Collin 165 So San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Louie De La Torre 141 So Temescal Canyon (Elsinore, CA) / Boise State University
Alex Gallo 174 So Escondido (Escondido, CA)
Alejandro Gomez 174 Fr Ramona (Ramona, CA)
Alex Graves 184 So San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Seville Hayes Hwt Fr Mar Vista (Imperial Beach, CA) / U.S. Marine Corps
Kirk Kaliszewski 147 So Ramona (Ramona, CA)
Chris Kimball 141 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Zack Moistner 125 Fr Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA)
Inyeob Na   Fr Santiago (Corona, CA) / Mt. SAC
Arturo Osorio 149 Fr Ramona (Ramona, CA)
Jorge Rodriguez 197 Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
Jake Schaeffer 125 Fr Otay Ranch (Chula Vista, CA)
Neal Sistaota Hwt Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)

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.

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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