St. John Bosco’s David Aranda Eyes CIF State Title

Photos Aranda Family

This article is brought to the wrestling community by TRI-TITANS. Tri-Titans athletic apparel brand is dedicated to bringing the absolute best in wrestling gear.

After qualifying for the CIF state tournament, the past three seasons, Bosco senior DAVID ARANDA (220lbs) is ready to make a run at an individual state title. Bosco’s first individual state champion was Jim Mendoza. Mendoza won the tournament in 1974 at 120-pounds. Since then, nine other Bosco wrestlers have gone on to win a California state title. Aranda wants to become the 11th Bosco grappler to do so this season.
Aranda was initially introduced to the sport of wrestling by his parents in Northern California when he was five years old. The first time he punched his ticket to the state tournament was in 2015 while competing at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, California. Since then, he has advanced twice for St. John Bosco. Once at 220 and the other time at 285.
However, Aranda has yet to add a state championship to his already lengthy resume.
“I have had disappointing ends to my last three State showings, so anything short of a state title will be a disappointment and anything less than first at every tournament I go to including the Walsh Jesuit Ironman and Doc Buchanan is a letdown,” Mentions David Aranda.
He recently competed at the South Torrance Spartan Kickoff Classic at 285 and pulled out a 2-1 win over the No. 5 ranked wrestler at that weight, Tony DaCosta of Torrance. For Aranda, rankings don’t mean much.
“The fact that there are wrestlers ranked above me who have never beaten me or stepped foot on the mat with me doesn’t bother me at all,” Aranda mentions “On the flip side, ranking to me is just a number. Some see it as a strategy to get a better seed at State. Maybe that is my downfall; I don’t avoid wrestling anyone because of the fear of losing my ranking. One thing I will always guarantee, win or lose, I never run from a good match. I will prove myself throughout the season and will be prepared to battle whoever is across from me on that mat.”
He is also an outstanding student on and off the mats, as academics comes first before anything else. He is in the Spanish Honors Society at St. John Bosco, and an honor roll student in the classroom. Aranda hopes to attend a university that offers what peaks his career interests such as Criminology-Forensics, Marine Biology or Physical Therapy. Nevertheless, he believes that wrestling in college, whether in Division I or II, would be a blessing no matter what.
Aranda is a very versatile wrestler that can adjust to any coaching style. He is not your average wrestler as he gives it his best at every practice at the St. John Bosco wrestling room.
“Nothing as far as training is unique anymore. My family and I have sacrificed so much that unique isn’t part of my vocabulary when it comes to training. I do what I must do to get better and better every day.”
With so much talent inside the Bosco wrestling room, Aranda hopes to make the best out of his senior season and help the Braves challenge for a team state championship.
“People are underestimating us when it comes to winning the team state title. We loss some studs this year, but we also gained Antonio Lorenzo (113), and Cleveland Belton (126) who I believe will help us challenge the top teams in the state.”
Aranda is continually training to finish his high school wrestling career with a bang.
“I pray God has a plan for me to continue my wrestling career in College. My ultimate goal is to continue strengthening my faith in God, serving God and honoring my family. Wrestling is a huge part of my life, but ultimately it is what God has planned for me, so I will take it in strides and honor him in everything I do. For now, I am going to have fun with my last high school season and make the best out of it.”