By Lou Ponsi
HUNTINGTON BEACH – An untested freshman and a well-established senior were the standouts at the Mann Classic wrestling tournament on Saturday at Marina High School.
Servite freshman Marcus Medina came into the 48-man, two-day tournament as the No. 5 seed at 120 pounds. He pinned all five of his opponents, including a 2-minute, 45-second pin of Marina's Mike McCoy in the championship match, making the freshman the clear choice for lower-weight MVP honors.
Medina, along with older brother Joshua Medina (132), Andrew Silva (113) and Tristen Wilson (195), made up a group of four Friars who won first-place medals, helping Servite easily win the team competition with 259.5 points.
"He wrestled very smartly," Servite coach Alan Clinton said of Marcus Medina. "He was very mat savvy. He did everything he was supposed to do. It was a very good tournament for him and we are very pleased with the outcome."
Although only a freshman, Medina has been wrestling for nine years and Saturday was the third time this season he has placed in a tournament.
"I feel like I wrestled confidently," said Medina, who celebrated his 15th birthday Saturday. "I tried to keep it classy. No disrespecting because that is not where we're about, and I had fun especially."
Joshua Medina earned a 7-6 victory over his teammate, Marcos Magana of Servite's B team, in the 132-pound championship match.
Bakersfield was second with 220.5 points and Villa Park, led by upper-weight MVP Mike Ruiz (220), was third with 179.5 points.
Ruiz, who entered the Mann as the No. 2 seed and was a CIF State qualifier last season, finished with one pin, two wins by technical fall and a 9-3 victory over No. 1 seed Justin Carter of Bakersfield in the championship match.
"I came here to wrestle one guy, that guy in the finals, and I beat him, so I accomplished my goal," Ruiz said. "I just knew that he was ranked higher than me in state and I wanted to beat him."
An argument for MVP could have also be made for 106-pound Tiger Ortiz of Yorba Linda, who pinned four opponents.
In the championship match, Ortiz pinned La Mirada's Isaiah Ortiz in 1:48.
Fountain Valley's Max Wilner won the 160-pound final with a 22-6 technical fall victory over Trabuco Hills' Collin Nicholson.
The better match would have been Wilner vs. the Mustangs' Trey Munoz, the No.1-ranked 160-pounder in the state.
Munoz, a CIF State finalist who lost 1-0 to Domonic Mata of Poway in the 152-pound state championship match last season, sat out the Mann tournament.
Randy Arriaga of Capistrano Valley pinned Santa Margarita's Nate Clay in 4:27 to win the heavyweight championship.
Calvary Chapel's Luciano Arroyo, the No. 3-ranked wrestler in the state at 138 pounds, reached the finals, but had to settle for a win by forfeit.