Santa Maria wrestlers Oscar Velasco and Jacob Rodas both won a title at the Santa Ynez Tournament Saturday. Lompoc’s wrestling team made a bit of history there.
Velasco upset top-ranked Johnathan Morales of team champion Ventura Buena 10-6 in the 113 -pound championship match at Santa Ynez High School. The top-seeded Rodas defeated a familiar rival, Chris Maes of Morro Bay, 13-9 for the 182-pound championship.
Meanwhile Lompoc’s squad finished sixth, with 113 points, in the 39-team field. The top six teams earned team plaques.
“I’ve been here since 2007, and no team of ours since then has even placed in this tournament,” said Lompoc coach Kyle Mayse.
“We have a good group of juniors working hard in the weight room. That’s been a big part of it. We have eight juniors in our lineup.”
Antonio Rangel is one of those eight. Rangel edged top-raked Andrew Ibarra of Righetti 1-0 in a 120-pound match, but he could not carry that momentum through in the final. Buena’s Fabian Aguilera scored a 14-1 major decision over Rangel to win the championship.
Rangel’s teammate, Josh Powers-Jones, gave top-ranked Andrew Unks of Morro Bay a battle for the heavyweight title, but Unks prevailed 7-5. Powers-Jones is a senior.
Buena out-scored second-place Long Beach Millikan 246.5-213. Atascadero finished third at 184.5, Santa Fe was fourth at 154 and Montclair finished fifth at 124.5.
Area schools “A” teams included Santa Maria (eighth place, 95.5 points); Nipomo (10th, 79.5); Arroyo Grande (11th, 77); St. Joseph (12th, 75); Cabrillo (13th, 72); host Santa Ynez (14th, 65); Righetti (15th, 64); Morro Bay (20th, 52); and San Luis Obispo (22nd, 48.5).
Twenty six of the 39 squads were “A” teams.
Several local wrestlers made various weight class finals but Velasco and Rodas were the only ones who won.
Angel Castellanos of Millikan upset top seed Bryan Rozo of Arroyo Grande 8-3 in the 126-pound title match. Steven Mendez of Buena scored a 10-1 major decision over Cameron Miano of St. Joseph at 138 pounds.
Top-seeded Seth Burchfield of Atascadero edged St. Joseph’s Clay Teixeira 5-4 to win at 160 pounds. Clayton Hanly of Santa Ynez pinned top-ranked Conner Moses of Millikan in 1:28 earlier in the tournament but fell 9-5 to Juan Hernandez of Buena in the 220-pound championship match.
Velasco spotted Morales an early 4-1 lead thanks to two quick Morales takedowns. Velasco seized momentum in the second round, went ahead 5-4 on a two-point takedown and stayed in front.
“He did get lucky a couple of times,” with takedowns, said Velasco who is a junior.
“I tried the single leg takedown (early) and it didn’t work. Then all of a sudden the double leg takedown started working for me. It gave me a five-point lead,” at 10-5 in the second round.
Morales scored a point in the third, and last, round, then Velasco staved him off.
“This was a big win for me. He beat me earlier in the season,” said Velasco. Velasco won his fourth tournament championship this year.
Rodas and Maes are rivals in the Los Padres League. Rodas defeated Maes in a championship match at the Santa Maria Rotational Duals late last month.
Their match Saturday was close throughout. Rodas finally went ahead for good, at 6-5, with a two-point takedown with a minute left in the second round.
Maes kept coming, but Rodas held him off.
“He’s a solid wrestler. I know how he wrestles,” said the Santa Maria senior.
“Coach (Doug Silva) works us on the mis-direction signal, and that’s how I scored a lot of points (in the championship match). I’d juke to one side, then go to the other,” for the takedown.
Nick Lichti of San Luis Obispo joined the Central Coast champions club Saturday with a 9-0 major decision over Ryan Trickel of Newbury Park at 152 pounds.
Buena had the most wrestlers in championships, six. Four Bulldogs won.
Champions included Elijah Diaz of Montclair at 106 pounds; Jorge Barajas of Montclair at 132; Max Quiroz of Newbury Park at 145; Isaiah Young-Brown of Buena at 171; and Andres Gonzales of Montclair at 195. Gonzales scored the only pin in a championship match.
Miano downed top-seeded Anthony Escobar of Santa Fe 6-4 en route to reaching the 138-pound title match.