5. Bakersfield College (3-2)
The Renegades started the season strong by defeating Victor Valley College (56-0) in a dual-meet before finishing 1-2 at their dual-meet tournament. Both losses came at the hands of # 2 Cerrito College and # 4 Sacramento City. One week later, the Renegades placed second at the KLS Air Express Tournament behind Fresno City and ahead of Sacramento City. At the West Hills tournament, Bakersfield College was led by tournament champion Jeremy Maas (184) and three other grapplers to place fifth in the team standings. Their most recent event was the Santa Ana College tournament. Even without starters Emmet Kuntz (149), Jeremy Maas (184), and Jacob Hall (285), the Renegades placed top 10 in the team standings. Next up for Bakersfield College is a dual-meet against Moorpark College at Moorpark on October 5th.
4. Sacramento City College (3-1)
Sac City started the season by competing at the Bakersfield College Duals. Coach David Pacheco guided his squad to a second-place finish by going 3-1 and obtaining wins over Bakersfield College (35-15), Moorpark College (46-12), and Victor Valley College (53-3). Their lone defeat in the tournament was to # 2 Cerritos College (41-6). At their event without a full squad, the Panthers placed fourth in the team standings, and Abel Garcia (174) won the tournament for the second time. Competing at the West Hills tournament, the Panthers placed fourth with Abel Garcia (174) and Isaac Bertalotto (184) placing second in their respective weight classes. Without the help of starters, Conrad Trevino (165) and Isaac Bertalotto (184) at the Santa Ana tournament, Sacramento City College finished behind Fresno City and Cerritos College in the team standings. Up next for the Panthers is the Northern Region Duals at Santa Rosa College on October 13th.
3. Mt. San Antonio College (3-1)
The Mounties kickstarted the season by placing second at their dual-meet tournament. At their event, Mt. San Antonio defeated Sierra College (29-10), Rio Hondo (27-12), and Santa Ana (33-17). Their lone loss was (30-15) to Palomar College. The following week the Mounties placed third at the West Hills tournament with Christian Ayala (285) placing second and Adam Valdez (149) and David Chavarria (197) third. This past weekend, Mt. San Antonio College landed in fifth place on the team standings. A total of five grapplers placed in the tournament with Christian Ayala (285) winning his weight class. Up next for the Mounties is the Modesto College tournament in Modesto on October 6th.
2. Cerritos College (4-0)
The always victorious Cerritos College squad started strong on the first week of competition as they dominated the Bakersfield Duals to finish with a 4-0 record. The Falcons defeated Sacramento City (41-6), Bakersfield College (36-12), Victor Valley (52-6), and West Hills (39-12). The second week of competition, the Falcons finished second at the West Hills tournament with Josh Brown (141) winning his weight class. A total of five grapplers finished top six in their respective weights. Continuing their winning ways, Cerritos College finished a strong second at the Santa Ana tournament with Roland Dominguez (125) and Josh Brown (141) winning individual titles. Up next for the Falcons is a robust Palomar College team on October 10th at Palomar College.
1. Fresno City College (3-0)
Returning two-time California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) state champions Fresno City has been on a tear since the first week of the season. Solid from 125 to 285, the Rams have conquered team titles at the KLS Air Express, West Hills, and Santa Ana tournaments. Individually, Daniel Ruiz (149), Julian Beltran (149), Ruben Garcia (157), Augie Garcia (165), Conrad Lopez (165) and Abner Romero (174) have yet to taste defeat. Defending CCCAA state champion Isaiah Perez (125) has won two of the three tournaments he has entered, and he looks to be the favorite to repeat as a state champion in December. Up next for the Rams is the Modesto tournament at Modesto on October 6th.