The Menlo coaching staff announced the addition of five wrestlers that will join the Oaks wrestling program in the fall. This group, which features three high school wrestlers and two CCCAA collegiate wrestlers, should cover the full range of weight classes while adding talent and depth to an already strong program.
Forecast to start in the lower weights is Donovan Fontillas of Ripon High, out of the Sac-Joaquin Section. Fontillas was a three-year varsity starter for the Indians and advanced to the Masters Meet tournament in all three-years while becoming a state qualifier this past season. He is projected to challenge at 125/133.
Also wrestling out of the Sac-Joaquin Section is Carter Bozovich of Tokay High. During his scholastic career, Bozovich was a two-time section qualifier and placed seventh in the section as a senior. He will challenge for a varsity spot at 174-pounds.
The last high school grappler committing to the Oaks is Thomas Schmitt out of Mater Dei Catholic in the San Diego Area. During his scholastic career, he was a three-year varsity starter and a two-time San Diego Section place winner. During his final season at Mater Dei, he placed eighth at the Doc Buchanan tournament during the regular season and advanced to the CIF state tournament.
The Oaks also searched deep in the CCCAA to gather the best athletes to their already tough squad. Both grapplers (Hector Vargas and Apollo Santos) competed at Mt. San Antonio College for Coaches David Rivera, Caleb Flores, and Robert Dominguez.
Santos was third at the Southern California Championships and then went on to capture the CCCAA state champion at 165-pounds for the Mountaineers. Santos became the seventh state champion under David Rivera in his four years at the helm.
Vargas was a two-year starter for the Mountaineers where he advanced to the state tournament in both years. In his final season, Vargas gathered All-American honors by placing third at the CCCAA.
Santos is projected to battle for the 165-weight class, while Vargas at either 174 or 184-pounds.