SANTA ANA, CA. – No. 1 Fresno City (3-0) closed out a busy road weekend by winning the Santa Ana tournament on Saturday evening. The Rams sent eight grapplers to the finals with five winning individual titles at the one-day, team-scored event, hosted by Santa Ana College. Sophomore Isaiah Perez (Dinuba HS) became a two-time champion of this event by pinning Raul Ortiz (Palomar College) in 5:44 of their championship match at 133-pounds.
A total of 11 Rams placed top four in their respective weight classes for head coach Paul Keysaw, with the top point scorer at each weight earning points in the team title race. Fresno City won the team race with 178.5 points, far ahead of second place Cerritos College, which had 108.0. Sacramento City College was third in the team standings with 78.0 points.
Sophomore Ruben Garcia (Selma HS) rolled to a 4-0 record with three pins and a technical fall victory to claim the 157-weight class and remain perfect on the year. Due to his outstanding performance on the day, Garcia was chosen as the lower weights most outstanding wrestler.
Abner Romero (Buchanan HS) ranked No. 1 at 174, who entered the event with a 10-0 mark with eight pins continued his searing start to the season. Romero had a perfect ‘fall’ day, going 4-0 with four pins, including pinning 2017 state runner-up Abel Garcia (Sacramento City College) in the finals. It was the second consecutive week Romero has pin Garcia in a tournament final. Romero was selected the upper weights most outstanding wrestler.