The 2020 USA Today LA Sports Awards have been announced. After eight nominees were originally selected in each category, three finalists were named before the winner was announced during a live broadcast in early June.
The following Fight'n Friars were all nominated for the Los Angeles Wrestler of the Year award with Valor Buck being selected a finalist.
Weight: 170 pounds
College: Air Force
Noteworthy: After winning CIF, Buck locked up the 170-pound title and was awarded upper-weight MVP honors in the CIF-Southern Section masters meet.
Weight: 138 pounds
College: Cal Poly
Noteworthy: The senior grappler pinned Buchanan’s Kyler Lake in the Mann Classic’s title match for the fourth consecutive year.
Weight: 152 pounds
Noteworthy: Trained in judo, Okada wrapped up a 4-2 win in the 152-pound class to help the Friars to beat Fountain Valley, 43-25, in a dual meet at Servite.
Weight: 195 pounds
Noteworthy: The senior was the champion at 195 at Five Counties, but he lost his state semifinal match, 6-4, to Tyler Gianakopulos of Clovis. He finished in third place.