California: O3T Tri-Titans Weekend Recap

MAX WILNER (Genesis Wrestling Club)

High School
Adriana Lopez (Golden State Wrestling Club of Upper Lake)
Lopez list of accomplishments is getting bigger and bigger each passing month. Just months away from placing third at the CIF state tournament, Lopez added another significant achievement by winning her division at the 2018 Flo Reno Worlds. Competing in the 123-pound weight class of the 18 & Under Girl Division, Lopez finished the tournament with a 3-0 record, including a (9-7) win in the finals over 2018 Folkstyle National Champion, Payton Stroud of Washington.

Tristen Lujan (Team Selma)
Lujan was fourth at the CIF state tournament, the NHCSA sophomore national champion, and now, he can claim to be a Flo Reno Worlds Champion. Over the three-day competition, Lujan displayed composure and total domination of his opponents as he claimed the 115-weight class in the 15 & under division. His finals opponent didn’t know what hit him as Lujan racked up points with ease to win the match, 13-2.

Max Wilner (Team Genesis)
Add another line to Max Wilner’s lengthy resume. The superstar wrestler from Fountain Valley High School is a Flo Reno Worlds Champion after winning the prestigious tournament over the weekend. Wilner, wrestling for the Genesis Wrestling Club, won the 157-weight class in the folkstyle tournament, finishing with a 6-0 record. He won the event by defeating Washington state runner-up Weston Lyver of White River Hornets, 8-3. Wilner is well on his way to becoming one of the best wrestlers for the Borons as he was a CIF state qualifier this season and recently won the freshman division at NHSCA Nationals.

Johnathon Viveros (Kingsburg Wrestling Club)
Viveros became the fourth O3T Student-Athlete to advanced to the finals of Flo Reno Worlds in the 15 & under division, joining Lopez, Lujan, and Wilner. Competing at 125-pounds, Viveros worked his way to the finals of a bracket that had 128 wrestlers. His final opponent was no slouch as Alex Ramirez (Pounders Wrestling Club) had various Reno Worlds titles under his belt. After a wild scramble that Viveros initiated in the third period, he was unfortunately caught on his back and pinned with seconds left on the match. At the time of the fall, Ramirez was up by a single point.

Middle School
James Armstrong (Grindhouse Wrestling)
James Armstrong made the best of competing at Flo Nationals as he placed third at 75-pounds in the eighth-grade and under division. In the third place match, Armstrong defeated Tyler Chappell (Seneca Valley) 7-5 to finish 3-1 overall in the tournament. Armstrong was the lone O3T Student-Athlete competing in the tournament.

Leonard Ashley (Team Coalinga)
Leonard Ashley finished second at Flo Reno Worlds at 76-pounds in the 12 & under division after three intensive days of hard battle. Ashley loss in the finals to Tahir Parkins (Dark Knights), a two-time Flo Reno Worlds Champion, via a fall in one minute and fifteen seconds of their match. It is Leonard’s third Eagle award as he has been third in this event the past two seasons.

Gigi Bragg (Pinnacle)
Gigi made history this weekend as she was presented with a Trinity Award after pinning Jillian Wells (Elk Grove Wrestling Academy) in their championship match of the 58-pound weight class. Gigi is becoming a force to be reckoned with as she is not just beating girls, but boys as well. This past weekend, she also entered in the boy’s division where she was a match away from gathering All-American honors.

Damion Elliott (USA Gold)
Known for his none stop attacking style, Elliott worked his way to the semifinal round of the 108-weight class in the 15 & under division to garnered All-American honors once again. Back in 2016, Damion was a Flo Reno Champion after conquering the field in the 12 & under division. Overall, Damion finished in fifth place with a record of 6-2 after defeating Wyatt Bedrosian (Team Coalinga) 2-0 in the fifth-place bout.

Jacob Jones (The Supreme Team)
Coming off winning a SCWAY state title, Jacob wanted to test the waters against tougher competition from around the country, and thus, he registered to compete at Flo Reno Worlds. The tournament wasn’t par with his skill levels as he defeated Jordan Camacho (SLAM Wrestling Club) 9-4 in the finals of the 75-pound weight class of the 15 & under division, to claim his first Flo Reno Championship.

Seth Mendoza (Region Wrestling Academy)
For Seth Mendoza, wrestling has come naturally to him. This past weekend, he was in a different level as he captured his first Flo Reno Worlds Championship by defeating Pennsylvania wrestler Kollin Rath (Redhawk) 8-6 in the title match of the 12 & under division. Overall, he finished with a 5-0 record with three falls and two decisions.

Youth
Dominic Bozanic (Titan Mercury)
Competing in the 10 & under division at Flo Reno Worlds, Bozanic made his way to the podium after finishing with a 4-2 record and settling for fifth place. Bozanic was one of two wrestlers to give eventual champion Ronnie Ramirez (Pounders Wrestling Club) a 2-1 match in the tournament.

Aiden “Bullet” Chur (Unleash the Beast)
After losing his match with the eventual runner-up Dawson Whitinger (Hammer Time Wrestling Academy) in the first day of competition, Chur won three additional matches in the backside of the second day to enter the third/fourth place match. The match didn’t end as Chur really would’ve wanted to, as he lost (8-5) to settle for fourth. It is Aiden’s second Flo Reno medal as he was third in the 6 & under division in 2016.

Chris Creason (Tulare Union Wolfpack)
After advancing to the semifinal round at Flo Reno Worlds, many of his peers thought Chris was a sure bet to make the finals and become a champion. Unfortunately, with seconds left on the match, Tommy D Holguin (Awa) was able to get the takedown and near fall points to get the 13-9 win over Chris and sent him to the consolation bracket. In the backside, Chris won two additional matches to obtain the coveted Eagle trophy. It is Chris first trophy from Flo Reno Worlds.

Austin Paris (Team Utah)
Paris made his state proud as he placed fourth at Flo Reno Worlds in the 10 & under division at 67-pounds. The first two matches he competed in were won with ease as he pinned his first opponent in 2:52, before earning a 12-0 major decision against the second competitor. After losing a close 5-3 match to the eventual runner-up in the semifinal round, Paris won an additional match to earned All-American honors.

Billy Townson (Butcher Shop Boyz)
Townson became a three-time Flo Reno Worlds place winner after placing third at 73-pounds in the 10 & under division. After losing his semifinal match, Townson won two additional matches, including a (6-2) win over Zion Borge (Rare Breed Academy) in the third-place match.