The Cerritos College wrestling team came out victorious in its second and final home game of the season against Santa Ana College Wednesday, Nov. 6.
“Santa Ana (College) is always tough and (it) (has) been ever since I’ve been here. Anytime you could win, no matter how, it’s a good win,” said head coach Don Garriott.
During this past Santa Ana coach Garroitt feels that there were a couple wrestlers that really stepped up as he says, “Greg Barrera came up with a real big win at 141 he beat a guy that was ranked higher in the state, Max Kumashiro had beat someone who had beat him earlier in the year and came back to beat them so those are some good key matches for us.”
One of the stand outs, Greg Barrera, came off with a win against a Santa Ana College wrestler that was ranked fourth in the state and he says, “Every time we beat Santa Ana (College), that’s a good deal. I don’t think we could have done much more to prepare.”
Martin Chavez, originally competing at the 197 pound weight class the whole year, got bumped to heavyweight for this competition and actually sealed the victory for Cerritos College.
David Acuna, a second year wrestler currently red shirting this semester, talked about the impression Chavez left after the win as he said, “He’s actually better than our heavy weights that actually weigh as much as heavy weight.”
The cap of for heavyweight is 285 and he was wrestling a guy that most likely weighed 30 more pounds than him.
In the team’s last meet against Palomar College, coach Garriott mentioned that before the meet he was a little worried about cardio not being at its best.
This time he said, “The cardio is getting better now. It’s just like the small mental errors, like letting somebody score at the very end of the period; you know, where you cant get the points back, things like that. Now it’s just refining the small mat strategy mental type errors.”