No. 10 Poway dominates strong field at Mid-Cals Classic

For a second straight year, national power Tuttle (Okla.) made the trek to Gilroy for the Mid-Cals Classic. For a second straight year, Poway (Calif.) used a "death by thousand cuts" approach to finish ahead of the No. 13 ranked Tigers. This year it was a rather dominant first place for the No. 10 ranked Titans, who placed 14 wrestlers in 13 of the 14 weight classes to amass 360.5 points.

Leading the way were five finalists, including four champions: Jason Miranda (113), No. 12 Chase Zollmann (132), Joshua Tolentino (145), and Domonic Mata (152); Jacob Allen (120) finished as runner-up. The highlight of those finals was Zollman upending No. 16 (at 138) Alex Felix (Gilroy, Calif.) 3-2 in the tiebreaker.

The aforementioned Tuttle had four finalists, led by three champions in No. 9 Dustin Plott (160), Carson Berryhill (170), and Trey Mason (285); finishing second was Garrett Steidley (113). They amassed 272 points in placing ten wrestlers at nine weight classes Notable to the not so good for Tuttle was No. 18 Rhett Golowenski falling short of the podium at 120, as he lost 3-1 to freshman Henry Porter (Oakdale, Calif.) in the quarterfinal before losing 3-2 to Dakota Unpingco (Freedom, Calif.) in the subsequent consolation round.

Close behind in third were the hosts, No. 18 Gilroy (Calif.) with 263.5 points as they also placed ten wrestlers in nine weight classes. They also had a tournament high six finalists, but just a pair of champions in No. 10 Nico Aguilar (120) and No. 13 Tony Andrade (195), who beat No. 11 Ryan Reyes (Clovis West, Calif.) 2-1 in the tiebreaker during his championship match. Runner-up finishes came from Chase Sealdate (126), No. 16 (at 138) Alex Felix (132), John Fox (152), and Nicholas Villarreal (220).

The other two nationally ranked teams, No. 22 Oakdale (Calif.) and No. 14 Selma (Calif.), each placed five wrestlers to finish eighth and ninth in the standings with 128.5 and 125 points respectively. However, each team did not enter three of their top wrestlers into this tournament, all of whom are projected state medalists (if not even higher than that).

Rounding out the weight class champions were Blake Fredrickson (Windsor, Calif.) at 106 pounds, Angelo Martinoni (Folsom, Calif.) at 126, No. 15 (at 132) Dawson Sihavong (Bullard, Calif.) at 138, Matthew Martinez (Everett Alvarez, Calif.) at 182, and No. 14 Victor Jacquez (Bellarmine Prep, Calif.) at 220.


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