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2016 Season ...

Comets sweep to three blowout victories

WALNUT (9-17-2016) -- Coach Brody Barrios' Palomar wrestling team, looking to improve on its fourth-place finish in last year's CCCAA State Tournament, opened the 2016 season in imposing fashion on Saturday.

The Comets outscored three opposing teams 137-10 in going 3-0 on the day. Palomar defeated Sierra 54-0, Bakersfield 48-0 and Santa Ana 35-10.

Including an exhibition against opponents from the other teams in the tournament in which no team scoring was kept, four Palomar wrestlers swept to four victories on the day.

Defending state heavyweight champion Seville Hayes (above left) from Mar Vista High and the U.S. Marine Corps, freshman 174-pounder Braulio Banuelos from Poway High, sophomore 133-pounder Jake Schaeffer (above right) from Otay Ranch High and freshman 125-pounder Brandon McCurdy (125). All four finished the day 4-0, with Banuelos pinning all his opponents.

2015 Season ...

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.


2016 Schedule and Results

Date Match Site Time / Result
Sat Sep 17 Mt. SAC Duals Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut -----
  Sierra   WON 54-0
  Bakersfield   WON 48-0
  Santa Ana   WON 35-10
Sat Oct 1 Santa Ana Tournament Santa Ana College 9 a.m.
Wed Oct 12 Cerritos The Dome 7 p.m.
Sat Oct 15 CCCAA Southern California Duals The Dome 9 a.m.
Sat Oct 22 Meathead Movers Tournament Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo 9 a.m.
Wed Oct 26 Mt. SAC-+ The Dome 7:30 p.m.
Wed Nov 2 Santa Ana-+ Santa Ana College 7:30 p.m.
Wed Nov 9  Rio Hondo Rio Hondo College, Whittier 7 p.m. 
Sat Nov 19 East Los Angeles Tournament East L.A. College, Monterey Park 9 a.m.
Sat Dec 3 Southern California  Regionals Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo 9 a.m.
CCCAA State Championships Victor Valley College, Victorville 4th place (of 20 teams)

Home Matches in Bold

x-Southern California Wrestling Association Southwest Conference Match

2016 Roster

Name Wt Yr High School / Other College or Military
Braulio Banuelos 174 Fr Poway (Poway, CA)
Cameron Cox 157 Fr Dos Pueblos (Goleta, CA)
Jesse Diaz 149 Fr Holtville (Holtville, CA)
Chance Eskam Hwt Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA) / Arizona State University
Miguel Flores 141 So San Ysidro (San Ysidro, CA)
Robert Flores  ---- Fr Oceanside (Oceanside, CA)
Chris Franklin ----- Fr Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA)
Mark Galisbo  ----- Fr Imperial (Imperial, CA)
Alberto Garcia ----- So Orange Glen (Escondido, CA)
Robert Garcia  ----- Fr Palo Verde (Blythe, CA)
Alejandro "Jesse" Gomez 197 So Ramona (Ramona, CA)
Seville Hayes Hwt So Mar Vista (Imperial Beach, CA) / U.S. Marine Corps
Lucas Howes ---- Fr Army-Navy Academy (Carlsbad, CA)
Chris Kimball 149 So San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Josh Lawson  141 So Vista (Vista, CA)
Brandon McCurdy  ----- Fr Otay Ranch (Chula Vista, CA)
Sean McDannold  165 Fr Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
Zack Moistner 125 Fr Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA)
Kameron Morones 157 Fr Paso Robles (Paso Robles, CA)
Jake Schaeffer 133 So Otay Ranch (Chula Vista, CA)
Bruce Valdez 184 Fr Beaumont (Beaumont, CA)
Lee Valdez ---- Fr Beaumont (Beaumont, CA)
Dion Wilson 197 Fr Palo Verde (Blythe, CA)


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