The California Wrestler: Wrestling Recap

MATEO OLMOS (Oregon State)

Jaden Abas (Rancho Bernardo)
A year ago, Jaden, traveled to North Carolina where he placed second at the always rugged Super 32 Invitational. Jaden was devasted as his goal is to win every event, he enters no matter who’s the opposition. A year has passed and once again, Jaden, traveled to North Carolina not just to participate at the tournament but to let the country know that he is the real deal. He showed that by winning the event in defeating two-time California state champion Jesse Vasquez (ML King) 3-1 in the finals. The Stanford coaching staff is excited to see this stud will be competing for them next fall.

Chasen Blair (North Carolina)
With the college season in full swing, Chasen, and his teammates traveled up north to their neighboring state of Virginia to compete at the Hokie Open host by Virginia Tech. Competing at 184-pounds, Chasen did quick work of his first opponent as he pinned him in less than two minutes to advance to the quarterfinal round. In the quarterfinal round, Chasen lost a close (6-5) match to Alan Clothier of Appalachian State that sent him to the consolation rounds. In the consolation rounds, Chasen won two additional matches, including, a (6-4) win over Christopher Kober of Campbell University in the third-place bout.

Richard Figueroa II (Selma)
After initially programmed to wrestle at 106-pounds, Figueroa opted for the 113-weight class and entered the event as the No. 3 seed at the Super 32 tournament. Without any hesitation in competing up a weight class, Figueroa worked his way to the finals to meet up with three-time New York state champion and Cornell commit, Greg Diakomihalis.
The first period was scoreless as both grapplers weren’t unable to seize the moment and score. However, in the second period, Greg escaped from the grasps of Figueroa and scored the first point of the match. With 25 seconds left in the period, Greg, scored a takedown to go up 3-0. Figueroa was not going to end the period without scoring and earned a critical escaped point with seconds left.
Choosing the bottom position to start the third period, Figueroa, scored a reversal to tie the match at three apiece. Seconds later, Greg, earned the escape point to take a 4-3 lead with less than 30 seconds on the match. However, Greg shot on a single leg and was looking to score when Figueroa hit the counter takedown to edge Diakomihalis 5-4 to win the belt at 113

Wyatt Fry (Grindhouse Wrestling)
Wyatt became out second 03T Student-Athlete to win a USAW Preseason Nationals Championship. Competing at 70-pounds in the 3rd and 4th-grade division, Wyatt had to wrestle six times in his bracket to win the tournament. In the finals, Wyatt defeated Lincoln Robideau (Pinnacle) via a 13-1 major decision. His closest match in the event was in the quarterfinal round as he won 6-2 over Coy Mehlert (Knights Wrestling Club).

Dillon Ivie (Longhorn Wrestling)
Along with fellow O3T student-athlete Christian Rodriguez, Dillon Ivie was triumphant in claiming a championship title at the Monsters Batch Tournament in Denver, Colorado. Dillon was a beast on the mats as he recorded a fall and two-consecutive 6-0 wins in the tournament. In the finals, Dillon defeated Zaidyn Quinonez (Bear Cave) 6-2.

Domenic Munaretto (Crystal Lake Wizards)
Domenic Munaretto and family traveled to Dubuque, Iowa, to competed at the always tough Rumble by the River tournament. Competing in the 11 and 12 division at 65-pounds, Domenic had little or no trouble in defeating all opponents to win the tournament. In the finals, Domenic defeated Martez Sheard (Iowa) 6-2. It was the first competition for Domenic as he hadn’t wrestle since competing since July at the USS: Ultimate Summer Series.

Libertie Nigh (Ohio Girls National Team)
Competing in the 10 and Under Division, Libertie Nigh, was triumphant in claiming a USAW Preseason Nationals Championship by dominating her weight class. Libertie finished with a 4-0 record with three falls in less than a minute. Her toughest match came in the fourth round as she defeated Brynlyn Sullivan (Bristow Elementary Wrestling) 6-2. Libertie displayed outstanding discipline as she wrestled flawlessly in the event.

Mateo Olmos (Oregon State)
Former Mater Dei Catholic standout, Mateo Olmos, was triumphant in winning his wrestle-off to secure a varsity spot at 165-pounds for the Beavers of Oregon State. Olmos defeated three-time Oregon state place winner Brett Belly 20-6. Olmos first competition of the season will be on November 11th at the Mike Clock Open in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Christian Rodriguez (Selma)
Competing at the Monster Match Nationals in Denver, Colorado, Rodriguez was a man on a mission as he won the 18 and under 182-pound weight class with two falls, a regular decision, and an injury default win. Both of Rodriguez falls came under a minute. Rodriguez who is back in his stomping grounds of Selma High will attempt and become a state champion for the Bears after having placed third at the 2018 CIF state tournament.

Michael Romero (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)
Winning a Super 32 championship belt at any level inevitably raises one stock in the wrestling community. Michael Romero, one of the top grapplers in Southern California, decided to compete at the tournament as he knew he had a great shot at winning it. His instincts were right as he won the 65-pound weight class in the 11 and Under Division. Romero finished the tournament with a 4-0 record as he defeated Liam Davis (Florida) 2-0 in the finals. Romero outscored the competition 14-0 in the four contested matches.

Matt Vinci (Northwestern University)
Competing in his first collegiate tournament of the year, Matt Vinci represented Northwestern University at the Michigan State Open. Vince competed at 125-pounds in the freshman and sophomore division where he was successful in placing fourth. After defeating Ethan Curtin of Michigan State (3-1) and Derek Giallombardo of Ohio University (6-3) in the early rounds, Vince fell 5-4 to Dylan Koontz of Ohio State in the semifinal round. Vince acquired another win in the consolation round before falling (6-4) to Gi DiSabato of Ohio University in the third-place bout.

Max Wilmer (Fountain Valley)
The Southern Section sophomore, Max Wilner, closed out the USAW Preseason Nationals tournament by defeating 2018 Minnesota state qualifier Gabe Nagel 4-0 in the championship bout. A takedown in the first and second period is all that took for Max to be crowned the champion. In the semifinals, Max knocked off No. 2 seed and 2018 Illinois state champion Dylan Connell. Max was triumphant in riding out Connell in the overtime period as he hanged like a leach to get the win.