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2011 season

Randall loses 7-5 in title bout; Comets take 6th

SANTA ROSA  (12-10-2011) -- Tim Randall, seeking to become Palomar's 32nd state individual champion wrestler and the first since 2007, came oh-so-close Saturday night.

But Randall (right), a sophomore from La Costa Canyon High School who won the Southern California 157-pound title seven days earlier, was forced to settle for second place when he dropped a 7-5 decision to Fresno City College's Brady Bercant in the finals.

Coach Brody Barrios' Palomar team finished alone in sixth place in the CCCAA State Championships at Santa Rosa Junior College's Haehl Pavilion.

Fresno ran away with the team title with 197 points, followed by second-place Sacramento City College (94 points), third-place Mt. SAC (91), fourth-place Sierra (87), fifth-place West Hills-Lemoore (78), Palomar in sixth with 62.5 points, seventh-place Rio Hondo (53), eighth-place Santa Ana 52, ninth-place Santa Rosa (45.5) and 10th-place Bakersfield (41) in the 20-team field.

Randall reached the championship round earlier in the day by recording a 9-1 major decision over Sacramento City College's Shawn Porter in the semifinals.

The Comets' Matt Lewellen placed third at 184, pinning East Los Angeles' Ruben Pimental in 4:14. Palomar's Jaydy Gonzales was fourth at 133.

Also for the Comets, Will DeYoung finished seventh at 149. Michael Joseph placed seventh at 165.

Lewellen honored as PCAC Athlete of the Week

SAN DIEGO (12-14-11) -- Palomar wrestler Matt Lewellen has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports for the week that ended Sunday.

Lewellen, a sophomore from Poway High School, placed third at 184 pounds in the CCCAA State Championships in Santa Rosa over the weekend in helping the Comets to a sixth-place finish out of 20 teams. The only Palomar wrestler to place higher than Lewellen was Tim Randall, last week's Athlete of the Week, who was second in the state tournament at 157.

Lewellen pinned Ruben Pimental from East Los Angeles in 4:14 for third place.

Randall wins in 2nd round Friday; PC tied for 7th

SANTA ROSA (12-9-11) -- Palomar is tied for seventh place out of 20 teams in the CCCAA State Wrestling Championships after the first of two days on Friday..

Tim Randall (RIGHt), meanwhile, was byed into the second round at 157 pounds and decisioned Skyline's Moset Goldman 9-7 reach Saturday's championship-bracket third round.

Fresno City College leads after the first day with 55.5 points, followed by Sacramento City College in second with 38.5, West Hills-Lemoore with 34.5, Sierra with 29.5 and Mt. SAC with 28.5. Palomar has 21.5, tied with Cerritos for seventh place.

Other winners for Palomar in first-round matches on Friday were Will DeYoung by 16-3 major decision at 149 pounds, Michael Joseph by 3-2 decision at 165 and Matt Lewellen by pin in 6:31 at 184, Jaydy Gonzales (133) and Randall both received first-round byes.

Gonzales' second-round match is slated for Saturday morning.

Randall selected as conference Athlete of Week

SAN DIEGO  (12-6-11) -- Palomar wrestler Tim Randall has been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week.

The sophomore 157-pounder from La Costa Canyon High School, in his final appearance on his home mat at The Dome, decisioned Mt. SAC's Alex Cruz 5-1 to win the weight class in the South Regional on Saturday night. He broke a 1-1 tie with a takedown and near-fall in the final 47 seconds.

Randall had helped lead Palomar, which placed third in the regionals, to a co-championship in the Southwest Conference this season. He was the Southern California representative at 157 in the North-South Dual at Monterey and had wins to help propel the Comets to conference wins over Cerritos, the 2010 state runner-up, and Mt. SAC, the eventual regional champion.

Randall was one of eight Comets who qualified at the regionals for the CCCAA State Championships on Friday and Saturday at Santa Rosa.

Randall wins 157-pound title; Palomar takes 3rd

SAN MARCOS (12-3-11) -- Led by Tim Randall (left), a sophomore from La Costa Canyon High School who won the 157-pound championship, host Palomar placed third in the Southern Regionals on Saturday at The Dome.

Coach Brody Barrios' Comets, who were presented a co-championship trophy for tying Rio Hondo for the Southwest Conference title, advanced eight wrestlers and an alternate in the 10 weight classes to next weekend's CCCAA State Championshipsat Santa Rosa Junior College.

Mt. SAC captured Saturday's team championship with 107 points, with West Hills-Lemoore second with 91.5 points and Palomar with 86.5 points in third. The Comets were followed by fourth-place Cerritos (84 points), Rio Hondo (75.5), Santa Ana (60), East Los Angeles (50), Bakersfield (50), Cuesta (48.5) and Victor Valley (22) in 10th place.

Randall broke a 1-1 tie with a reversal and near-fall in the final 47 seconds to decision Alex Carr of Mt. SAC 5-1 for the gold medal at 157 pounds.

Jaydy Gonzales (above right) took second place at 133, dropping a 4-2 decision to Eric Orozco of West Hills in the finals.

Matt Lewellen placed third at 184. Palomar got a fourth-place from Will DeYoung at 149, a fifth from Michael Joseph at 165 and sixth places from Matt DeYoung at 141, Angel Ramirez at 174 and heavyweight Junior Cortez.

Emilio Rivera, who finished seventh at 125, moves on to state as an alternate.

The Comets received a gutty performance from Cortez, who was subbing for the injured and state No. 1-ranked Sam Cervantes at heavyweight. Cortez, a starting defensive tackle for the football team, was making his season wrestling debut in Cervantes' place as an emergency replacement.

Barrios had hoped all along Cervantes would return from the injury for the regionals and state finals.

Gonzalez honored; PC hosts Regional Saturday

SAN DIEGO / SAN MARCOS (11-30-11)-- Palomar's Jayde Gonzales (left), a sophomore from El Camino High School, has been named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports as the Comets prepare to host the South Regionals on Saturday.

Saturday's regionals, which will qualify wrestlers from Southern California for the CCCAA State Championships next weekends at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California, will begin at 10 a.m.

Gonzalez was honored by the PCAC, Palomar's home athletic conference (the Comets compete in the Southwest Confernce in wrestling) for the two week period that ended on Sunday.

Gonzalez, ranked fifth iln the state at 133 pounds, recorde3 a 17-6 major decision over Santa Ana's Brandon Brown to lift the Comets to a 21-19 Southwest Conference victory over the Dons on Nov. Nov. 16 at The Dome.

With the victory, coach Brody Barrios' Palomar team avenged a 19-18 loss to the Dons in the finals of the Southern California Duals.

Fresno City College, ranked No. 1 in the state and the defending CCCAA state champion, defeated Santa Ana, the CCCAA state champion two years ago, for the state dual title on Saturday at Fresno.

State No. 7 Comets hold off No. 8 Dons by two

SAN MARCOS (11-16-11) -- Palomar, ranked No. 7 in the state, held off No. 8 Santa Ana 21-19 in Southwest Conference wrestling on Wednesday evening at The Dome behind major decisions by  Emilio Rivera (14-4 at 125 pounds), Jaydy Gonzales (left, 17-6 at 133) and Tim Randall (right, 10-1 at 157)

Other winners for Palomar were Will De Young (7-6 at 149), Angel Ramirez (8-5 at 174) and Matt Lewellen (7-3 at 184). Sam Cervantes, the state's top-ranked heavyweight, again did not wrestle due to an injury..

The Comets end their regular season 8-3, 3-1 in conference and will host the Southern Regionals on Dec. 3. The Dons ,who won the state championship two years ago, finished the regular season 12-3, 2-2.

This year's CCCAA State Championships are scheduled for Santa Rosa Junior College on Dec.10.

Comets get huge boost from Rivera in victory

WALNUT (11-09-11) -- Palomar received a big boost from 125-pounder Erilio Rivera (left) on Wednesday evfening in a 24-16 Southern California Wrestling Association Southwest Conference victory on the road over Mt. SAC.

Rivera tallied a 9-8 decision victory over the Mounties' Pierce Lowery, the state's No. 1-ranked 133-pounder who was dropping down a weight class.

Other Palomar winners were Jordy Gonzales (5-3 decision at 133), Tim Randall (3-1 decision at 157), Michael Joseph (6-3 decision at 165), Angel Ramirez (above right, pin at 174), Matt Lewellen (9-4 decision at 184) and Chris Bascon (12-10 decision at 197).

With the win in hand, oach Brody Barrios held out heavyweight Sam Cervantes to further recover from an injury.

Palomar buries 2010 state runner-up Cerritos 29-6

NORWALK (10-26-11) -- Palomar got a pin victory by 165-pounder Jarrod McGehee (left) in the first period Wednesday evening on its way to a 29-6 Southern California Wrestling Association Southwest Conference victory at Cerritos.

Cerritos placed second in last year's CCCAA state  tournament. The Falcons are ranked third in the state this season by the California Community College Wrestling Coaches Association, while the Comets are ranked seventh.

Palomar's Sam Cervantes, ranked No. 1 in the state at heavyweight, won 14-5.

Other winners for Palomar were Eddie Estevez (by 12-4 decision at 125), Jaydy Gonzales (6-3 at 133), Tim Randall (above right) 3-1 at 157), Michael Joseph (6-1 at 174), Matt Lewellen (3-1 at 184) and Chris Bascom (8-5 at 197). Cerritos won at 141 and 149.

The Comets are 6-3 overall, 1-1 in conference.

Two named to All-Stars; Comets 8th at Cuesta

SAN LUIS OBISPO (10-22-11) -- Palomar 133-pounder Jordy Gonzales (left) and heavyweight Sam Cervantes (right) have been selected to wrestle for the South team in the Cadlifornia Communtiy College North-South All-Star Match this upcoming Saturday in Monterey.

The match is slated for 4 p.m. at Monterey Peninsula College.

Gonzales is a sophomore out of El Camino High School. Cervantes is a sophomore transfer from the U.S. Naval Academy and a former high school state champion at Poway High School.

The North and South All-Star teams were announced at Saturday's Meathead Movers Invitational at Cuesta College, where the Comets finished eighth of 20 teams with 48.5 points, in back of team champion and state No. 1-ranked Fresno City College and lrunner-up Rio Hondo, which finished second. Sacramento City College was third.

Fresno scored 181 points to win the tournament.Rio Hondo tallied 85.5 points and Sacramento 80.5 points.

For Palomar, Gonzales placed third at 133 pounds. Tim Randall (157) and Jarrod McGehee both placed fifth. Angel Ramirez (174) and Matt Lewellen (184) each took sixth place. Cervantes did not accompany the team to the tournament.

ABOVE: Palomar's Eddie Estevez (on top) decisions Rio Hondo's Justin Silva 3-1, at 125 pounds on Wednesday evening at The Dome. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Erik Anguiano, the Comets' 197 pounder who pinned the Roadrunners' Elvis Arce after opening up a 5-0 lead

Comets fall 27-21 despite Anguiano's win by pin

SAN MARCOS (10-19-11) -- After his team finished second in the Southern California Duals on Saturday, losing the championship by one point, Palomar wrestling coach rested most of his starters for Wednesday's home match with Rio Hondo.

The Roadrunners, ranked fifth in the state, knocked off the Comets 27-21 in a Southern California Wrestling Association Southwest Conference opener at The Dome.

Sam Cervantes, Palomar's highly-touted transfer from the U.S. Naval Academy who is a former California high school champion out of Poway High School and is ranked second among the state's community college heavyweights, did not wrestle, picking up a forfeit victory.

Palomar got wins on the mat from Erik Anguiano, a freshman from Merced High School and transfer from Los Angeles Pierce College who won by fall over Elvis Arce at 197 pounds, and Eddie Estevez, a freshman from Otay Ranch High School. Estevez won by 3-1 decision over Justin Silvaat at 125.

The Comets also picked up a forfeit win from Jaydy Gonzales by fofeit at 133.

Comets reach SoCal Duals finals, then lose 19-18

SAN MARCOS (10-15-11) -- Palomar's wrestling team defeated Cuesta 39-3 in the wuarterfinals and Mt. SAC 27-8 in the semifinals to reach the finals of the Southhern California Community College Duals on Saturday at the Dome.

But the Comets fell to Santa Ana 19-18 for the championship, despite taking an 18-14 lead into the final bout, at 165 pounds. Palomar needed to avoid a major decision, but was unable to.

"We improved across the board since the (season-opening" Mt. SAC Duals," Coach Brody Barrios (above) said.

Palomar will wrestle another home match on Wednesday at The Dome, hosting Rio Hondo at 7:30 p.m.

Cervantes first, Comets seventh at Santa Ana

SANTA ANA (10-1-11) -- Sam Cervantes (left), Palomar's heavyweight transfer from the U.S. Naval Academy, continued his hot early-season run as the Comets placed seventh in team scoring at the Santa Ana Tournament on Saturday.

Cervantes went 4-0 in the tournament with two falls and two decisions and won the heavyweight division by pinning Mt.SAC's Mike Gonzales in 2:14 in the finals. Cervantes advanced to 8-0 on the season and was selected as the tournament's Upper Weight Class Outstanding Wrestler.

Emilio Rivera rinished in fifth place at 125 pounds.

Palomar totaled 47 points in finishing seventh. Defending state champion Fresno City College won the tournament wilth 157 points. Sacramento City College was second at 94.5.

Barrios' Comets come up big in Mt. SAC Duals

Sam CervantesWALNUT (9-17-11) -- Palomar made Brody Barrios a winner in his debut as the Comets' new wrestling coach on Saturday at the season-opening Mt. SAC duals.

Led by sophomore heavyweight Sam Cervantes, a former California state champion at Poway High School and a transfer from the U.S. Naval Academy, the Comets won three of four matches.

Cervantes (shown at left at Navy and at right at Palomar this season), who was one of the Midshipmen's top recruits, went 4-0 to lead the Comets. Chris Calvin and Brandon Barone, who  wrestled twice apiece at 197 pounds, also went unbeaten on the day as each finished with 2-0 records.

Palomar dropped a tight 18-16 decision to the host team, Mt. SAC, but came back to defeat West Hills-Lemorre 25-13, last year's CCCAA state community college runner-up Cerritos 27-13 and Rio Hondo 22-21.

Among Palomar's other wrestlers at the tournament, 184-pounder Matt Lewellen went 3-1, Angel Ramirez (174) was 2-1, Eddie Estevez (125) was 2-1 and Tim Randall (177) went 2-2.

Michael Joseph (165), Jaydy Gonzales (141) and Emilio Guerrero (133) each won one bout.

Comets hire Brody Barrios as head coach

SAN MARCOS (7-12-11) -- Palomar has named Brody Barrios head wrestling coach. He'd been a Palomar assistant since 2006 under Byron Campbell, who stepped down after seven seasons.

Barrios wrestled for Cal Poly, advancing to the 75th NCAA National Tournament in St. Louis as a senior 165-pounder in 2005.

In the National Tournament, Barrios lost to Mark Perry of Iowa, the eventual second-place finisher, in his opening-round match. He bounced back to defeat Sherwood Fendryk of Sacred Heart 12-3 but was eventually eliminated by Matt Nagel of Minnesota. Nagel went on to place sixth.

Barrios, who also is San Marcos High head coach, earned a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly and a Master's in Education from National University.

Barrios was a two-time state champion at Poway High, setting a school win record by going 57-2 as a senior and placing second in the National High School Tournament.

His dad Don Barrios was a two-time state place-winner for Palomar and wrestled for UNLV. Uncle Rick Barrios was the Comets' football kicker for two seasons and was the University of Wisconsin's kicker in 1972 and 1973.

Don Barrios will return to Palomar's program as an assistant coach

2011 Schedule and Results

Date Match Site Time / Result
Sat Sep 22 Mt. SAC Duals Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut 9 a.m.
Sat Oct 6 Santa Ana Tournament Santa Ana College 9 a.m.
Wed Oct 17 Rio Hondo-x Whittier 7 p.m.
Sat Oct 20 California Southern Duals Palomar Dome 9 a.m.
Wed Oct 24 Cerritos-x Palomar Dome 7:30 p.m.
Sat Oct 27 Meathead Movers Tournament Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo 9 a.m.
TBA State Dual Championship TBA TBA
Wed Nov 7 Mt. SAC-x Palomar Dome 7:30 p.m.
Sat Nov 10 at Cal State Bakersfield California State University Bakersfield 9 a.m.
Wed Nov 14 Santa Ana-x Santa Ana College 7 p.m.
Sat Dec 1 Southern  Regionals East Los Angeles 9 a.m.
Fri Dec 7 CCCAA State Championships (Day 1) West Hills College - Lemoore 9 a.m.
Sat Dec 8 CCCAA State Championships (Day 2) West Hills College - Lemoore 9 a.m.

Home Matches in Bold

X-Southern California Wrestling Association Southwest Conference Match



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