On May 4, 2019 at the Laguna Hills Community Center, Cerritos College wrestling coach Donny Garriott was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Garriott, who has been the Falcons head coach for 13 seasons, was honored for his wrestling career at West Torrance High School, El Camino College and Chico State University, along with his high school and college coaching career. He is the seventh person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame that has connections to Cerritos College.
As a high school wrestler, Garriott placed fourth at the CIF State Championships as a senior, while he was a two-time All-American at El Camino College. After transferring to Chico State, Garriott was a two-time Far Western Conference champion and a two-time NCAA Division II All-American. Upon graduating from college, he was a USAW Freestyle All-American.
His coaching career includes 18 years at North Torrance High, where he posted a 280-76-2 record, which included five CIF Championships. While with the Falcons, Garriott has led his teams to a CCCAA State Championship, CCCAA Team Dual State Championship, six Southern California Championships, seven conference championships and three second place finishes at the CCCAA State Championships. He has also coached 16 individual state champions, 54 All-Americans and 29 Southern California champions.
Garriott has already been inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame and El Camino College Hall of Fame.
Members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with Cerritos College connections include former Falcon assistant coach Dan Henderson, former Falcon assistant coach Pat Cadwallader, former Falcon state champion and longtime head coach Jeff Smith, former Cerritos state champion Ken Bos, former Falcon All-American Reza Abedi, former head coach Hal Simonek and Karen Tufnell (mother of former Falcon state champion Andy Tufnell).
December 7, 2018 Wrestling: Cerritos sits in fifth place after first day
November 18, 2018 Wrestling: Falcons come up short in team dual state championship match
November 3, 2018 Wrestling: Heavyweight wins tournament title in Fresno
October 31, 2018 Wrestling: Win over Mt. SAC secures undefeated conference season
October 25, 2018 Wrestling: Falcons clinch conference title with win
October 13, 2018 Wrestling: Team wins third straight SoCal Team Dual title
October 10, 2018 Wrestling: Last-second escape gives Falcons win
September 29, 2018 Wrestling: Second place finish at tournament for Falcons
September 22, 2018 Wrestling: Falcons place second at West Hills Tournament
September 8, 2018 Wrestling: Cerritos wins all four of their matches at Bakersfield Duals