The San Marino High School varsity boys’ wrestling team recently proved it is no longer in rebuilding mode after claiming its first Rio Hondo League crown since 2016, and the program reestablished itself as one of the best in the CIF Southern Section last weekend by placing second in the Southern Division Wrestling Championships at Brea Olinda High School.
Eight Titans placed among the top five and qualified for this weekend’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Cerritos College in Norwalk. San Marino tallied 212 points to take home the runner-up plaque. Villa Park finished with 256.5 points to win the Southern Division championship.
Koa Ruiz, Luka Wick, Kurt Trumbull and Caleb Trumbull each won the individual CIF title in their respective weight classes, and senior Beau Perez finished as a runner-up. Raul Jimenez took home a bronze medal, Josh Trumbull placed fourth and Devyn Che just made the cut for Masters with a fifth-place finish.
Ruiz won five consecutive matches to capture the 113-pound championship. He defeated Yorba Linda’s Kavika Aholeilei, 5-1, in the final. The Titan opened the competition by pinning Studio City Harvard-Westlake’s Paul Boardman in the first round and then defeated Adrian Gutierrez of West Covina South Hills. Ruiz reached the top four by edging Paramount’s Fernando Andrade, 10-9, and went on to beat Jesus Lopez of La Puente Bishop Amat via technical fall.
Wick entered the 145-pound bracket as the No. 1 seed and earned a first-round bye. He pinned Keegan Cash of Big Bear in the second round and then downed Tustin’s Tony Marquez. The sophomore wrestler advanced to the final match after Yorba Linda’s Christian Gomez defaulted and took home the title by pinning Anaheim Esperanza’s Joey Mora.
Kurt Trumbull pinned four of his five opponents to win the CIF championship in the 152-pound division. The No. 4-seeded senior downed Carlos Pena of Fullerton in the first round and then defeated Brea Olinda’s Nolen Stuart. Trumbull pinned Gavin Roncancio of Villa Park and advanced to the final match by defeating Bishop Amat’s Juan Lopez, 5-2. The Titan pinned Yorba Linda’s Justin Loseman to win the title.
Caleb Trumbull entered the 160-pound bracket as the No. 6 seed and won four consecutive matches to claim the individual championship. After a bye, Trumbull pinned Duarte’s Christopher Villareal and Brea Olinda Brett Lite in the second and third round. The Titan defeated Grant Plummer of Yorba Linda in a semifinal match and then edged Villa Park’s Brian Isaias, 8-5, in the final bout.
Perez was denied a CIF championship by Victorville Excelsior’s Jesse Vasquez, who was the No. 1 seed and defeated the Titan, 16-3, in the final 138-pound match. Perez recorded four consecutive pins before taking on Vasquez, defeating Yorba Linda’s Gavin Muse, Claremont Webb’s Robbie Reimer, La Cañada’s Brandon Abboud and Daniel Bracamontes of Villa Park.
Jimenez, who was the fifth seed in the 120-pound tourney, defeated Mission Hills Alemany’s Sebastian Dominguez in the third-place match. He bounced back from a semifinal loss to Esperanza’s Ethan Gould by pinning Erik Gutierrez of Anaheim Troy a second time in the consolation bracket. After a first-round bye, Jimenez downed Gutierrez in the second round and followed that with a pin over Brea Olinda’s Ethan Halili.
Josh Trumbull finished 3-2 in the 132-pound bracket to place fourth. He pinned Mike Sederline of West Hills Chaminade in the second round and downed Paramount’s Wilber Pineda before falling to No. 1-seeded Marcos Polanco of Bishop Amat. Trumbull rebounded in the consolation semifinals with a 12-2 victory over Mason Santos of Anaheim Canyon but was denied a third-place finish by Esperanza’s Eli Holiday.
Che punched his ticket to the Masters Meet by defeating Angel Camacho of Villa Park, 12-2, in the fifth-place match of the 126-pound tournament. The Titan was denied a top-four placement by Walnut’s Daniel McNicholl. Che opened the competition defeating Tustin’s Elias Lopez and pinned Camacho in the second round. He was pinned by Richy Herrera of La Habra Sonora, which placed him in the consolation bracket. Che recorded victories over Valencia’s Frankie Flores and Jacob Lorenzo of Orange El Modena before being pinned by McNicholl in the consolation semifinals.
Santino Sanchez and Ryan Arrington also competed for San Marino. Sanchez opened the 106-pound bracket with a first-round bye and was pinned by Alexander Subias of Tustin Foothill in the second round. He bounced back in the consolation tournament with a 6-0 victory over La Habra’s Nicholas Viveros. The Titan was ultimately eliminated from CIF by Adam Trejo of Mission Hills Alemany.
Competing in the 182-pound tournament, Arrington fell to C.J. Laabs of Villa Park in the first round. The sophomore Titan defeated Fernando Carreto of Baldwin Park Sierra Vista in the consolation bracket. He then defeated Gage Nicely of Monrovia, 9-2, before falling to West Covina’s Abraham Manrique.