Over the weekend, many of our top athletes from the golden state competed at the CA USAW state tournament with high aspirations of conquering a Greco state title. Many went forth with a medal around their necks, while many with a coveted bear and the satisfaction of knowing that all their hard work and dedication at practice is paying off. Here’s a summary of the top five performances of the week in the Cadet and Junior Divisions.
5. Robert Paul Perez III of American Born Grappler (145)
The 5X CA-USAW Triple Crown Winner, Robert Perez, had no trouble at the state tournament as he completed the event with a 4-0 record and his first title in the Cadet Division. Over the course of the competition, Paul recorded three technical falls and a (2:08) fall in the finals at 145-pounds. Perez is coming off winning a Triple Crown during the month of April at the 2018 Marines Western Regionals.
4. Michael Beltran of Team Tribe (160)
Many of our peers say that “iron sharpens iron,” and that quote couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to Michael Beltran. The Junior who competes day after day with top California talent is becoming even a better wrestler. At the CA USAW state tournament, Beltran kickstarted his goal for a state title by defeating his first two opponents via a (25-10) and (10-0) technical falls to advance to the finals. In the finals, a restless Beltran, overcame all obstacles and defeated 2017 Fargo All-American Ankhaa Enkhmandakh of CYC, 9-7, to become a state champion.
3. Bernie Truax of No Mercy School of Wrestling (152)
A rugged competitor, Truax is well known for his no nonsense, in your face, wrestling style that has help him achieve greatness on the mats. At the state tournament, Truax demolished the competition as he obtained tech fall victories in all matches he competed. Overall, Truax outscored the competition 40-0. No other grappler had such a worthy performance as Truax. He is coming off from winning a CA USAW Freestyle state title 152-pounds. During that event, he defeated 2018 UWW World team trial All-American Sonny Santiago, 5-3.
2. Adam Arenas of Palomino Academy (120)
Despite only having eight grapplers in the Junior Division at 120-pounds, the field was loaded with talented wrestlers. Nevertheless, a wrestler that stood out was Adam Arenas of Palomino Academy. Arenas blazed over the field with three technical falls, including a (10-0) victory over Fargo Greco All-American Blake Fredrickson of Windsor Wrestling in the finals. Two weeks ago, Arenas finished undefeated at the Association Duals where he obtained a (13-2) win over 2018 UWW World team trial All-American Tristan Lujan.
1. Teddy Okada of Servite (138)
Due to an early-season injury, Teddy Okada wasn’t able to complete the 2017-18 season and showcase his talent at the CIF state tournament. Now with his health restored, he is becoming a terror on the wrestling mats. That was seeing this weekend as he won his second CA USAW Greco state title by defeating a familiar opponent in Dawson Sihavong of CV Elite, 12-2 in the championship bout. Teddy was a Fargo All-American as he placed fifth in a loaded bracket at 132-pounds.