Wrestling: Tournament nets one individual champion

V'ante Moore placed fifth at the Bill Musick Open
V'ante Moore placed fifth at the Bill Musick Open

Competing in the Bill Musick Open at Fresno City College on Saturday, the Cerritos College wrestling team had one individual champion. The team will take a week off before competing in the East Los Angeles Brawl on November 23.

Ranked #2 in the state at 133 pounds, sophomore Andres Gonzales (Capistrano Valley HS) defeated four opponents to win the title. He opened with a 10-2 major decision over Jason Valenzia of Embry Riddle University and followed that with a close 7-6 victory over Cole Kachmar of Sacramento City. In the semifinals, Gonzales pinned Jacob Hiller of Sacramento City and then defeated the #1-seed in the tournament, Destin Summers of Fresno State University by a 6-5 score.

Wrestling back at 125 pounds, freshman Jose Lozano (North Torrance HS) was defeated, 11-0 in his first match and went on to win five straight matches before suffering a fall against Josh Nira of Embry Riddle. Earning a fifth place finish at 141 pounds, sophomore Stefano McKinney (Torrance HS) posted a win in his first match and was then defeated. In the consolation bracket, McKinney recorded a pin and then a 9-7 win over Tony Perez of Fresno City College. He was then defeated, 18-8 before ending his day with a win in the fifth place match.

Freshman 149-pound V'ante Moore (Lawndale HS) received a bye in the first round before a 4-0 win over Simpson College's Patrick Garcia advanced him to the semifinals. Moore, who is ranked #6 in the state, was then defeated by #1-ranked Chris Gaxiola of Fresno City, 5-2. He then lost a wild 16-12 decision against Logan Garcia of Lassen College but capped the tournament with a win in the fifth place match.

At 184 pounds, freshman Angel Verduzco (El Dorado HS) went 4-2 on the day to come in fifth place, which included an 11-0 major decision in the fifth place match. He also had a 13-0 major decision in his first match, while also recording a 15-0 technical fall over Aiden Elko of Sacramento City. Verduzco also pinned Menlo College's Oscar Diaz in the consolation rounds.

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