WESTMINSTER – For a fourth consecutive year, the St. John Bosco wrestling squad won the Cossarek Classic on Saturday, with five individual champions and a total of nine place winners.
St. John Bosco claimed the tournament that included a total of 42-schools mainly from Orange County. In addition to the Braves, ranked No. 3 in the latest preseason state ranking by The California Wrestler, second-place Servite High is ranked No. 26, and Bishop Amat who finished in 10nd placed is ranked No. 13.
The Braves had 264.5 points to take the team title over Trinity-league rival Servite (210), followed by Fountain Valley (187.5), Santa Ana (144.5), and Calvary Chapel (139) to round up the top five teams in the tournament.
Antonio Lorenzo (120) won the second tournament title of his career by pinning Marcos Medina (Servite) in the first seconds of the second round to earn his third fall of the weekend.
Minus later, teammate, Isaac Salas (126) also won his second tournament title by pinning Mike McCoy (Marina) in 3:09. Salas, who is up four weight classes, was the champion at 106-pounds a year ago. Salas earned three falls and shut down his other two opponents with 9-0 and 7-0 scores.
Cleveland Belton (132) also won his second tournament title by earning a (17-7) major decision over the No. 9 ranked wrestler at 126-pounds Joshua Medina (Servite) due to his incredible performance in the tournament, Belton was chosen as the TMI Lower Weights Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.
Just like his teammates Lorenzo, Salas, and Belton, Cael Valencia (145) won a second tournament title by earning a hard-fought 5-0 decision over Minnesota commit and No. 1 seed Marcos Polanco (Bishop Amat). Valencia walked through the tournament allowing one defensive point to be scored on him.
Nathan Haas (182) became the last Brave to earn a title after defeating Josh Harkey (Dana Hills) 8-1. Before beating Harkey, no other competitor had gone past the first period with Haas.
Other wrestlers placing for St. John Bosco included runner-up performances from Louis Rojas (160), Mikey Beltran (170) and Jaiden Patterson (195). Justin Valdoria (132) was sixth at 132-pounds for the Braves.
Full results can be found at TMI Wrestling