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The Register's All-County boys wrestling team. Front row, from left: Laguna Hills' Anthony Le, Santa Ana's Jose Mata, Calvary Chapel's Elijah Palacio, Calvary Chapel's Luciano Arroyo, Esperanza's Aaron Nago and Servite's Troy Madrigal. Middle row, from left: Capistrano Valley's Gerardo Hernandez, Newport Harbor's Xander Moreno, Santa Ana's Joey Daniel, Servite's Levi Ball-Bryant, San Clemente's Kyle Marshall, Aliso Niguel's Sam Azar and Canyon's Jared Fernandez. Back row, from left: Trabuco Hills co-coaches Mark Munoz and Kurt Mitthof. The All-County team was photographed at Valdez Wrestling Academy in Santa Ana on Thursday, March 16, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

All-County boys wrestling: First team

STAFF WRITER

The Register's All-County boys wrestling team.

FIRST TEAM

LUCIANO ARROYO

Calvary Chapel, So., 120

The Register's boys wrestler of the year.

AARON NAGAO

Esperanza, Fr., 106

Nagao had an impressive season. He was first at five regular-season tournaments (El Dorado Invitational, Reno TOC, Cerritos TOC, Esperanza Holiday Classic and Battle for the Belt) and second at one (La Costa Canyon). Nagao won the Century League title and a CIF title. He was third at Masters and went 5-2 at the state tournament to finish fifth.

JOSE MATA

Santa Ana, Sr., 113

Mata opened the season by winning the Cossarek Classic. He was second at the Mann Classic and third at the ASICS SoCal Challenge. He went up to 120 and went 1-2 at the Doc Buchanan Invitational. Mata finished sixth at Five Counties. He captured the Golden West League title, and qualified for CIF, Masters and CIF State, where he finished ninth.

ELIJAH PALACIO

Calvary Chapel, Jr., 126

Palacio split the season between 120 and 126 pounds. At 120 pounds, he was first at the Cossarek Classic, Tournament of Champions and Nogales Super Champs. He was second at the Zinkin Classic and fourth at Battle for the Belt. Palacio won Orange Coast League, CIF-SS and Masters titles. He went 4-3 at the state tournament, finishing eighth.

ANTHONY LE

Laguna Hills, Sr., 132

Le, who is headed to Stanford, won the Carter Classic and finished sixth at the Zinkin Classic. He was first at the Coast View Conference finals and at CIF. He was a finalist at Masters, eventually finishing second. He finished the year by going 3-2 at the state tournament. This is his second consecutive year on the All-County first team.

ISAIAH MORA

Esperanza, Jr., 138

Mora jumped in the state rankings from 33 to 12 before the state tournament. He finished second at the El Dorado Invitational and La Costa Canyon Classic. Mora won the Esperanza Holiday Invitational, Century League finals and CIF Individuals. He was second at Masters and went 1-2 at the state tournament.

XANDER MORENO

Newport Harbor, Jr., 145

Moreno, a transfer from Clovis North, won the Ed Springs Classic and finished sixth at the John Glenn Tournament. He finished third in the Sunset League finals and at CIF. He was sixth at Masters and went 1-2 at the state tournament.

TROY MADRIGAL

Servite, Jr., 152

Madrigal opened the season with a third-place finish at the John Bright Memorial. He had three seconds (Clovis West Shootout, Mann Classic, Peoria Invitational) and two fifths (Sierra Nevada Classic and Five Counties). Madrigal won Trinity League and CIF titles. He was second at Masters and finished eighth at the state tournament.

SAM AZAR

Aliso Niguel, Sr., 160

Azar opened the year with a pair of titles at 170 pounds (Mater Dei Scott Davis Invitational, Ed Springs Classic). He went 3-2 at the Doc Buchanan Invitational and finished third at Five Counties. Azar won the Coast View Conference finals and captured a CIF title. He was a finalist at Masters and posted a 3-2 record at the state tournament.

JARED FERNANDEZ

Canyon, Sr., 170

Fernandez won titles at the Cossarek Classic, Mann Classic and Lancers Invitational. He was second at the Tournament of Champions and Raul Huerta Classic, and first at the Century League finals. He earned Upper Weight MVP honors at CIF, where he won the 170-pound title. He was ninth at Masters and went 3-2 at the state tournament.

GERARDO HERNANDEZ

Capistrano Valley, Jr., 182

Hernandez had an eighth-place finish at the Doc Buchanan Invitational. He was second at Five Counties and finished first at the Coast View Conference finals and CIF-SS Coastal Division Championships. He finished third at Masters. He won his first two matches at state and finished 2-2.

KYLE MARSHALL

San Clemente, Sr., 195

Marshall was ranked in the top five in the state all season. He won titles at the Battle of the Bay Duals, La Costa Canyon Classic, Ed Springs Classic, California Coast Classic and the San Clemente Rotary Invitational. He was third at Doc Buchanan. He won Coast View Conference finals and CIF Individuals. He was fourth at Masters and went 3-2 at the state tournament.

JOEY DANIEL

Santa Ana, Jr., 220

Daniel, who qualified for state tournament last year at 195 pounds, moved up this year. He won titles at the Cossarek Classic, Mann Classic and ASICS SoCal Challenge. His postseason run started with titles at the Golden West League finals, CIF and Masters. He won his first three matches at the state tournament and finished fourth with a 6-2 record.

LEVI BALL-BRYANT

Servite, Sr., Heavyweight

Ball-Bryant finished second at the John Bright Memorial, third at the Clovis West Shootout, first at the Mann Classic and third at the Peoria Invitational. He had solid performances at the Sierra Nevada Classic (4-2) and Five Counties (2-2). He won the Trinity League title and finished second at CIF. He was ninth at Masters and qualified for the state tournament.

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@scng.com


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