Servite to Take on St. John Bosco for Trinity League Title
By Pablo Di Maria
Fans in southern California will be treated this week with an exceptional dual-meet between No.3 in the state St. John Bosco wrestling going up against No. 16 Servite for the Trinity League Championship. The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at 7:00 pm at St. John Bosco.
Servite comes into the event with a 5-2 record and will be led by Five Counties place winners Andrew Silva (113), Marcus Medina (120), Marcos Magana (126), Josh Medina (132), Teddy Okada (138), Chris Flores (182), and Tristen Wilson (220). Also, Zinkin Classic medalists Daniel Magana (145) and Buck Valor at 152.
St. John Bosco, who is also ranked in the country by various wrestling sites, will be led by Battle for the Belt medalists Antonio Lorenzo (120), Isaac Salas (126), Cael Valencia (145), Louie Rojas (160), and Nathan Haas (182). Two-time state champion Cleveland Belton (132) has yet to compete since the Walsh Jesuit Ironman, and I am not sure he will be available to compete.
Below is a preview of the dual-meet with probable matchups in each weight class.
106 – Andrew Morales (Bosco) vs. ?
It looks like Servite High does not have a wrestler at this weight class to compete. Freshman Andrew Morales is the go-to-guy for Bosco. He was a match away from placing at the Cossarek Classic and recently finished 1-2 at the Battle for the Belt tournament.
113 – No. 13 Andrew Silva (Servite) vs. Charles Burnett (Bosco)
Silva has been solid for the Friars as he has placed at all events Servite has competed. He recently placed fourth at Five Counties, and he is a state qualifier. With Timothy Levine competing at 132, it makes me believe that he will have a hard time getting back to 113. In his place might be Charles Burnett. Burnett recently finished fifth at the Bishop Amat Junior Varsity tournament.
120 – No. 4 Antonio Lorenzo (Bosco) vs. No. 19 Marcus Medina (Servite)
Senior and Cal Poly commit Antonio Lorenzo is having another solid season that has helped the Braves acquired such a high ranking in the country. A low center of gravity wrestler, it makes it hard for the opposition to score on him. He will face freshman Marcus Medina. A lanky wrestler with long limbs that is extremely great with the cradle. This season he owns three wins over state qualifiers.
126 – No. 9 Isaac Salas (Bosco) vs. No. 23 (132) Marcos Magana (Servite)
Salas is having a roller coaster season with placements in local tournaments but having a difficult time getting to the podium in more rugged events like the Ironman and Doc Buchanan. He recently placed fifth at Battle for the Belt by defeating various state-ranked opponents. Senior Marcos Magana was a masters meet qualifier last year at 138. Yes, 138! Down two weight classes, Magana has been looking good for the Friars. One of his defeats at the Zinkin Classic were to Logan Gioffre of Buchanan in overtime, a wrestler who recently placed second at Battle for the Belt.
132 – No. 10 (126) Josh Medina (Servite) vs. No. 5 (113) Timothy Levine (Bosco)
This will probably be the match of the meet as both wrestlers have been outstanding for their respective teams. Medina, who has yet to compete in the postseason due to injuries, recently finished second at Five Counties. Levin shocked some people as he finished fourth at the Ironman at 113. However, now that he is at 132, it makes it more challenging for him to dominate the opposition. Nevertheless, he still solid for the Braves and it showed at Battle for the Belt as he finished in seventh place.
138 – No. 10 Teddy Okada (Servite) vs. No. 32 Justin Valdoria or Oscar Aranda
Fargo All-American Teddy Okada will try and utilize his upper body strength to get the fall at this weight class and helped the Friars take momentum in the meet. Valdoria is up from 106 as he was a state qualifier. He had troubled defeating the opposition at Battle for the Belt as he finished the last two matches by getting pin and losing via tech-fall. Freshman Oscar Aranda owns a win over Valdoria as he pinned him in the consolation semifinal round of the Cossarek Classic. He placed eighth at the Zinkin Classic and went 0-2 at Doc Buchanan.
145 – No. Cael Valencia (Bosco) vs. No. 15 Daniel Magana (Servite)
Valencia has been on a tear this season by placing at Super 32, Ironman, Doc Buchanan, and recently being named the most outstanding wrestler at Battle for the Belt in the upper weights. He is a state qualifier and will attempt to tie his brother's record (Zahid) and win his first state title as an underclassman. Magana is an experienced senior who has qualified to the masters meet tournament in two occasions. He has four tournament placements and was third at the Zinkin Classic.
152 – No. 3 Sonny Santiago (Bosco) vs. No. 14 Valor Buck (Servite)
An injury that occurred at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman tournament has kept Sonny away from much of the season. He made his debut last weekend in a dual-meet versus Orange Lutheran but was not at 100% in my opinion. I could be wrong though. We should see if the coaching staff allows him to wrestle or wait until he is much better at the league tournament. Buck did not compete at Five Counties as he was sick. The junior is having a great season as he was fifth at the Zinkin Classic.
160 – No. 9 Louie Rojas (Bosco) vs. No. 37 Tyler Okada (Servite)
A California state qualifier, Rojas was triumphant in placing at Doc Buchanan and recently seventh at Battle for Belt. The Braves will need to see Rojas step up his game and attempt to obtain the fall to rack up the points for Bosco. Sophomore Okada is trying to follow in the footsteps of his dad (Tony) and achieve greatness on the mats. However, this season he has been struggling as of late and has not placed in the last two tournaments Servite has attended.
170 – No. 25 Neil Carter (Servite) vs. No. 27 Mike Beltran (Bosco)
This is a tossup match that anyone can win. Carter has yet to place at a tournament as he has finished in the top 12 in his weight class at the Mann, Zinkin Classic, and Five Counties. Beltran, a former masters meet tournament qualifier, was second at the Cossarek Classic early in the season but has yet to earn a medal in the last three tournaments St. John Bosco has attended.
182 – No. 2 Nathan Haas (St. John Bosco) vs. Chris Flores (Servite)
Haas, who is the No.2 ranked wrestler in California might be too much for his opponent. He has been consistent for the Braves by placing at Ironman, Zinkin, Doc Buchanan, and recently winning the Battle for the Belt tournament. Flores is coming off from placing seventh at Five Counties. Haas should control the match with his excellent technique and could be getting a fall this Tuesday.
195 – No. 11 Tristan Wilson (Servite) vs. Joseph Ochoa or Christian Avila
This is a weight class which Servite should take advantage of and obtain the fall. Wilson bumped up a weight class at Five Counties and got the upset over No. 3 Eric Osteen (Chaminade) 10-5. Wilson was defeated in the semifinal round but managed to place fourth in his weight class. Both Ochoa and Avila are underclassmen for the Braves. Either wrestler will have to elevate their skills to get the win over Wilson.
220 – No. 16 (195) Jaiden Patterson (Bosco) vs. Andrew Archuleta (Servite)
State qualifier Patterson has the upper hand in this weight class. He should use his strength and technique to obtain the quick fall over Archuleta who recently went 0-2 at Five Counties.
285 – Ayden Matheney (Servite) vs. Daniel Tackett (Bosco), Neither athlete, is favored over the other one. The better grappler will get his hand raised after three periods.