Dual-Meet of the Week: Cerritos College vs. Mt. Sac

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Two of the premier college teams in the CCCAA, Cerritos and Mt. Sac, will meet tonight, at Mt. San Antonio College. Both sides are 1-1 against each other, with the Falcons getting the latest win at the Southern California Team Dual championships, 20-15.
Cerritos College (11-1), has been dominating all competition this season with their lone loss coming to Mt. Sac (9-2) during the second week of October 22-17. Since then, the Falcons have placed second at both the Santa Ana and West Hills tournaments and won the Southern California Team Dual-Meet Championship. Their latest victim was Rio Hondo College who they defeated 23-21 last Wednesday.
The Mountaineers losses have come at the hands of Cerritos College and Cal Baptist (2-0), the No. 3 ranked team in NCAA Division II. So far, this season, Mt. Sac has finished fourth or better as a team at the Santa Ana, West Hills, Modesto, and the Meat Head Movers Invitational. The following is the possible lineup for both squads as well as a preview of the 10 matches to be contested.
WHO: Mt. Sac vs. Cerritos
WHERE: Mt. Sac College
TIME: 7:00 PM
Possible Lineups
125: Messiah Owens (Cerritos) No. 4 vs. John Whisner (Mt. Sac) No. 8
Messiah Owens, who has placed fourth at the West Hills and Santa Ana tournaments this season, owns a (15-11) win over Whisner. Both athletes met in the consolation semifinals of the Santa Ana tournament, with Owens obtaining the victory. Whisner is no slouch himself as he has placed at the Mike Tamana Invitational and the Meat Head Movers tournament.
133: Josh Brown (Cerritos) No. 4 vs. Julian Melecio (Mt. Sac) HM
Brown will take his No. 4 CCAA ranking into the dual-meet and attempt to get the win for the Falcons. The rising freshman has an overall record of 13-3 and has placed at the Santa Ana and the Bill Musick tournaments. Melecio is a returning wrestler for the Mountaineers and was eighth at the CCCAA state tournament. Their latest meeting ended in a (19-5) victory for Brown.
141: Nick Camacho (Cerritos) No. 2 vs. Joseph Dominguez (Mt. Sac) No. 2 (149)
All-American Joseph Dominguez will make his second appearance competing at 141-pounds this season. A very aggressive, none stop, in your face wrestler, Dominguez could eventually become the favorite at 141 with a win over Camacho. Camacho has proven that he is the real idea and has climbed the CCAA rankings through the season. Nevertheless, Camacho will need to give it his best to be able to defend Dominguez constant attacks. Camacho’s kryptonite has been any wrestler wearing a Mt. Sac singlet. You see, out of his five losses this season, two have been to different Mountaineer wrestlers.
149: Aaron Negrete (Cerritos) No. 1 (157) vs. Manuel Salcedo (Mt. Sac) HM
2016 CCCAA state champion Aaron Negrette should be the vast favorite down a weight class. So far, this season, he is 9-1 with his only loss coming last weekend against Fresno State grappler Khristian Olivas. Salcedo has been the backup wrestler for Dominguez throughout the season, however, now that Dominguez is down to 141, Salcedo should get the green light from Coach David Rivera to take over this weight.
157: Wyatt Gerl (Cerritos) No. 2 vs. Joseph Valdez (Mt. Sac) No. 8
Now that Negrette is down to 149, Gerl should become the census No. 1 wrestler at this weight class. Last season, Gerl was within a match from earning All-American status as he was fifth at the state tournament. Gerl is 2-0 against Valdez, with both matches won without yielding a point. Valdez has placed at both the Santa Ana and the Mike Tamana Invitational for the Mountaineers.
165: Blake Vasquez (Cerritos) No. 3 vs. Apollo Santos (Mt. Sac)
Blake has been one of the key figures for the success of the Falcons wrestling squad this season. He is an All-American as last year he placed fourth at the state tournament. This season, he was second at the Santa Ana tournament and recently took third at the Bill Musick Open. Santos is a tough grappler that has been a starter for the Mountaineers since the beginning of the season. Vasquez and Santos met in the semifinals of the West Hills tournament with Vasquez getting the 6-3 win.
174: Zach Gonzales (Cerritos) HM vs. Hector Vargas (Mt. Sac) No. 1
This could be second meeting between Gonzalez and Vargas. The first meeting occurred at the Southern California Team Dual-Meet, with Vargas getting the 3-2 win via a late takedown in the third period. Vargas was third at the West Hills Invitational and champion at the Santa Ana and Meat Head Movers tournaments. Gonzales is a tough freshman that has advanced depth in various competitions this season. He recently placed fourth at the tough Bill Musick Open.
184: Angel Verduzco (Cerritos) HM vs. Luis Melecio (Mt. Sac) No. 6
This matchup could go down to the wired as both grapplers are scrappers that have faced each other this season. Despite Melecio being ranked in the CCAA rankings, the match should be a close one. Melecio got the best of Verduzco as he defeated him (13-3) during their match at the Santa Ana tournament. However, Verduzco returned the favor as he defeated him (7-5) at the Southern California Team Dual-Meet.
197: David Vanweems (Cerritos) No. 1 vs. David Chavarria (Mt. Sac) No. 8
Vanweens is a returning CCCAA state champion and has yet to be defeated by any college wrestler from the golden state. He has a 9-1 record, with his only loss coming via an injury default during the semifinal round of the Santa Ana tournament. Chavarria is a solid wrestler for the Mountaineers. He finished top 6 at the Santa Ana tournament and was fourth at the Cuesta College Meat Head Movers Invitational.
285: Jose Ramirez-Araujo (Cerritos) HM vs. Joshua Sapien/Gabe Herrera (Mt. Sac)
This matchup features new incomers ready to make a name for themselves in the CCCAA division. All three wrestlers were great grapplers in high school and should make the match fun for fans to enjoy.