Menlo Wins Menlo Invitational for First Time


Men’s Wrestling | Sat, Jan. 5, 2019 at 8:05 PM

ATHERTON, Calif. – This one feels good for the home squad. Director of Wrestling Joey Martinez has mentioned before that his Oaks have never won the annual Menlo College Invitational despite finishing in second place on multiple occasions. Going up against a number of great programs, the ninth-ranked Oaks were able to escape the crowd with a win on their home mats for the first time in program history, with three individual champions standing out among the many.

Team Score Report

Menlo College amassed 148 points on the day, which wound up being more than enough for them to capture the crown at the Invitational. Colorado Mesa University was their biggest competitor for the majority of the afternoon, with the Oaks overtaking Colorado Mesa late in the day for first. Simon Fraser University led the next group of teams in third, with Eastern Oregon and Minnesota Moorehead rounding out the top-five.

He Does It Again

Anthony Orozco has been the most outstanding wrestler on the Oaks squad all season long, so it is fitting that he wound up winning the Most Outstanding heavyweight wrestler for the tournament. After receiving essentially two byes in 184 (with one traditional bye and an injury default win), Orozco cruised to a win over Willem DeBoer of Cal Poly with a major decision 10-2 victory. Nolan Krone was the opponent in the semis, an important match for the Oaks against Colorado Mesa. Orozco got through the match unscathed with an 8-2 win to set up the championship match against Justin Pichedwatana of SF State. It was thrilling to say the least, and needed overtime to be settled, but Orozco got a takedown to win the tournament with a 5-3 final.

These Guys Were Pretty Good Too

Blaysen Terukina sure looked like he was one of the best wrestlers in the entire field. The junior started his day off with a 12-3 win over Riley Prough of Simon Fraser, and the lopsided scores continued to roll in the quarterfinal match of the 133 class with a win over Anthony Loera of Life Pacific. 15-4. Ryan Ninman of Eastern Oregon was next to stand in his path with a trip to the title match on the line, and he won with a final of 12-5 in his closest match of the day. Seth Hutchinson was the man in the mat against Terukina in the championship match, and what a match it was, but Terukina was able to hold on for a 5-4 win.

Terrill Sidner maybe looked even better in his first two matches in the 149 bracket. He won with a pair of massive tech falls 17-0 and 20-0 in his first two bouts before being paired against Kyle Kintz of Colorado Mesa in the quarterfinals, a match he won 10-4. The semifinal match would be fortuitous for the Oaks regardless the outcome, as Sidner had to wrestle Jeffrey Uyesaka, his teammate. It went down to the wire, but Sidner beat his teammate with a 3-2 final to advance to the championship. He had to wrestle Lawrence Saenz for the title and he was able to claim it with an 11-7 win.

Other Strong Finishes

Menlo picked up several other top-three finishes on the afternoon, helping them claim the overall team title. Riley Siason finished in third overall in the 125 bracket and won his final two matches of the day to do so. Joseph Dominguez won his final four matches of the day and went 5-1 with a pair of pins in his third place finish in the open 141. Kevin James had the most thrilling finish of any Oak, winning his third place match against Esteban Molina 9-3 in double overtime after racking up a near fall as the second overtime neared conclusion. Alex Garcia earned a third place finish in the 165 bracket after winning his final two matches and Bruce Valdez did the same to finish third at 197, including a 19-2 tech fall over Nolan Badovinac of Simon Fraser in the third place match.

Up Next

Menlo will remain home and get back into dual action on Sunday, January 13 with a dual against #6 Emrby-Riddle (AZ). The 5:00 pm dual will feature some of the top wrestlers on the west coast, and will be the second-to-last dual of the year at home for Menlo.