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TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Alberto Garcia controls Santa Ana's Ezekiel Jiminez prior to pinning him in 2 minutes, 32 seconds in Wednesday's 133-pound match. DIRECTLY: ABOVE: Alex Graves, who cut from 184 pounds to 174, eyes the referee as he pins the Dons' Micah Macias with 7 seconds remaining in the second period. Graves remains unbeaten on the season at 14-0 -- with a 12-0 record at 184, 1-0 at 197 and now 1-0 at 174. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Frank Sandoval, who won by pin at 125 pounds to give the Comets a lead they never relinquished

Comets get three wins by pins to edge Dons

SANTA ANA (10-22-2014) -- Palomar won by pin at 125, 133 and 174 pounds on Wednesday night to edge host Santa Ana 21-20 in a Southwest Conference wrestling match at Cook Gym.

The Comets (8-2, 1-1), ranked seventh in California compared to the Dons' No. 9 state ranking, jumped out to an early 12-0 after the first two bouts.

Frank Sandoval (left) pinned Eliseo Medina in 1:55 in the 125-pound match and 133-pounder Alberto Garcia (right) pinned Ezekiel Jiminez in 2:32.

Santa Ana cut Palomar's lead to 12-10 by winning by major decision at 141 and with decision victories at both 149 and 157.

The Comets' Erik Collin, the state's fifth-ranked 165-pounder, took down the Dons' Eric Roberts early in their match and continued on to a 5-3 decision victory, bumping Palomar's lead to 15-10.

Enter unbeaten (14-0) Alex Graves, who cut from 184 pounds, where he's ranked first in the state, to 174 pounds. Graves jumped in front of the state's No. 3-ranked 174-pounder Micah Macias 10-3, then pinned Macias with 7 seconds remaining in the second period.

Palomar led at that point 21-10 and held on for the victory when Santa Ana won the 184, 197 and heavyweight bouts.

Graves, a freshman from San Marcos High School, has records of 12-0 at 184 pounds, 1-0 at 197 pounds and now 1-0 at 174 pounds.

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Comets wind up third in Southern Cal Duals

NORWALK (10-18-2014) -- After losing 27-12 to eventual champion Mt. SAC in their second-round match, Palomar's wrestlers came back to finish in third place in the Southern California Dual Championships on Saturday at Cerritos College.

The Comets began the tournament with a 24-19 victory over Rio Hondo. After the loss to Mt. SAC, Palomar rebounded to defeat Santa Ana 21-18 in the third-place semis and Cuesta 18-12 in the third-place match.

Alex Graves (above left), back at 184 pounds after wrestling at 197 earlier in the week, went 4-0 on the day for the Comets and remained undefeated on the season at 13-0. Frank Sandoval (above right) went 3-1 at 125 pounds.

Palomar winners in the third-place match against Cuesta were Sandoval at 125 (5-3 decision over Oscar Velasco), Alberto Garcia at 133 (9-3 over George Sakkas), Cody Doyle at 174 (5-4 over Jeff Sanchez), Graves at 184 (4-1 over Amir Bakhshi) and 285-pounder  Adam Waller (2-0 over Brett Kimball).

Waller recoded back-to-back pins to decide both the Santa Ana and Cuesta matches. The Comets trailed the Dons 18-15 going into the heavyweight bout and trailed the Cougars 21-16 entering the championship bout.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Alex Graves, the state's No. 1-ranked 184-pounder, rides Mt. SAC's KeAndre Johnson, ranked second in the state at 197. Graves, who moved up a weight to face Johnson, won their 197-pound bout 9-4. DIRECTLY ABOVE: State No. 4-ranked Cody Doyle (back to camera), lifts No. 7-ranked Kolton Martin on the way to a 14-4 major decision at 174 pounds. BELOW LEFT: Referee Randy Hartman raises Doyle's hand after his win. -- Photos by Philip Farry. BELOW RIGHT: State fifth-ranked Erik Collin, who decisioned No. 4-ranked Zachary Mitchell 4-3 on a takedown with 2 seconds left in overtime.

Graves wins the battle but Mounties win the war

SAN MARCOS (10-15-2014) -- Palomar's undefeated Alex Graves, Graves, the No. 1-ranked 184-pound wrestler in California, stepped up to 197 pounds Wednesday night at The Dome and scored a 9-4 decision victory over Mt. SAC's KeAndre Johnson, the state's No. 2-ranked 197-pounder.

But the Mounties avenged a 24-19 loss to the Comets back on Sept. 20 in the Mt. SAC Duals as the visitors won 25-14 in the Southwest Conference opener for both teams.

Graves, a freshman out of San Marcos High School is 9-0 on the season.

Palomar won only three other matches, but but the wins were all impressive.

Alberto Garcia, ranked fifth in California at 133 pounds, scored a 12-4 major decision victory over the Mounties' Jeremy Dizon.

Erik Collin, ranked No. 5 in the state at 165, defeated No. 4-ranked Zachary Mitchell 4-3 on a takedown with 2 seconds remaining in overtime.

And Cody Doyle, fourth-ranked at 174, mauled Kolton Martin as he tallied a 14-4 major decision victory.

The Mounties came into the match ranked No. 3 in California, while the Comets came in ranked No. 7.

Both teams will be in the field when Cerritos hosts the Southern California Championship Duals on Saturday. The championship team Saturday will face the Northern California champion later in the season for the CCCAA State Dual Championship.

PC 184-pounder Graves is PCAC Athlete of Week

SAN DIEGO (10-04-2014) -- Palomar wrestler Alex Graves and water polo player Kelly Harris have been selected as Men's and Women's Athletes of the Week by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Graves, a freshman from San Marcos High School, went 4-0 to win the 18-pound divisionand was selected as Outstanding Upper Weight Class wrestler at the Santa Ana College Tournament.

After receiving a first-round bye, Graves pinned Fresno City College's Christian Franco in 10 seconds, pinned Santa Ana's Raul Hernandez in 4 minutes, 35 seconds, decisioned last season's fifth-place state finisher Nathan Ruiz from Mt. SAC 8-3 and decisioned Cerritos' Max Kamashiro in the championship bout 11-4.

 Graves advanced to 8-0 on the season.

Graves gets Upper Weight honor; PC 5th of 20

SANTA ANA (10-4-2014) -- Alex Graves (left) went 4-0 and won the 184-pound championship on Saturday at Cook Gymnasium, leading Palomar to a tie for fifth among 24 teams in the Santa Ana Tournament.

Graves, who received a bye in the first round, pinned Fresno City College's Christian Franco in 10 seconds, pinned Santa Ana's Raul Hernandez in 4:35, decisioned Mt. SAC's Nathan Rodriguez 8-3 and decisioned Cerritos' Max Kumashiro in the championship match 11-4.

Cerritos (148.5 points), Mt. SAC (126 points) and Fresno (121.5) placed 1-2-3 in team scoring. Cuesta was fourth with 72 points, edging out the Comets and Sacramento City College, both of wom scored 71.5 points). Palomar's "2" team finished 15th with 22.5 points, and the Comets' "3" team was 20th with 9.5 points.

Palomar's Erik Collin (right) pinned Cuesta's Joe Else in 2:50 in the third-place bout at 165 pounds. Alberto Garcia (133 pounds) and Cody Doyle (174) both placed fourth.

Comets down 2 state Top Four teams, go 4-0

WALNUT (9-20-2014) / REVISED 9-23-2014 -- Led by four wrestlers who went 4-0 for the day, Palomar won all four matches and took home the championship at the season-opening Mt. SAC Duals for the third year in a row.

Palomar, the fifth-place team finisher in the CCCAA State Tournament the last two years, defeated two of the 2013 state Final Four teams on Saturday.

Alberto Garcia (left, 133 pounds), Erik Collin (165), Cody Doyle (174) and Alex Graves (right, 184) all went 4-0. Josh Lawson (141) and Chris Jones (149) both were 2-1. Frank Sandoval (125), Peter Donchev (157) and Dalton Du 'Casse' (197) went 2-2. And heavyweight Blake Nash finished 1-3.

Garcia, a freshman from Orange Glen High School, had two wins by pin, one by major decision and one by decision.

Coach Brody Barrios' Palomar squad defeated Bakersfield College 33-9, East Los Angeles 40-3, last year's state tournament No. 4 finisher Santa Ana 33-9 and last year's state tournament No. 3 finisher Mt. SAC 24-19.

2014 Schedule and Results

Date Match Site Time / Result
Sat Sep 20 Mt. SAC Duals Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut  
  Bakersfield   WON 33-9
  East Los Angeles   WON 40-3
  Santa Ana   WON 33-9
  Mt. SAC   WON 24-19
Sat Oct 4 Santa Ana Tournament Santa Ana College Tie for 5th of 24 teams
Wed Oct 15 Mt. SAC-+ The Dome Lost 14-25
Sat Oct 18 CCCAA Southern California Duals Cerritos College, Norwalk  
  Rio Hondo   WON 24-19
  Mt. SAC   Lost 12-27
  Santa Ana   WON 21-18
  Cuesta (3rd-place)   WON 18-12
Wed Oct 22 Santa Ana-+ Santa Ana College WON 21-20
Sat Oct 25 Meathead Movers Tournament Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo 9 a.m.
Wed Oct 29 Rio Hondo-+ Rio Hondo College, Whittier 7 p.m.
Wed Nov 5 Cerritos-+ The Dome 7 p.m.
Fri Nov 14 Cal Baptist University Four-Way Cal Baptist University, Riverside 3 p.m.
Sat Dec 6 Southern California  Regionals Cerritos College, Norwalk 9 a.m.
Fri Dec 12 CCCAA State Championships Day 1 Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo 9 a.m.
Sat Dec 13 CCCAA State Championships Day 2 Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo 9 a.m.

Home Matches in Bold

x-Southern California Wrestling Association Southwest Conference Match

2014 Roster

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)
Erik Collin 165 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Cody Doyle 174 Fr Poway (Poway, CA)
Alex Graves 184 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Oscar Ramirez-Garcia 184 Fr Beaumont (Beaumont, CA)
Dalton Du 'Casse' 197 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
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)
Brad Schwarze   Fr New Egypt (New Egypt, NJ)
Bruce Valdez   Fr Beaumont (Beaumont, CA)
Lee 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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