Los Al improves to place second in Tournament of Champions


TUSTIN – Last week the Los Alamitos wrestling team posted a 14th-place finish at the Mann Classic. Saturday, the Griffins turned in a second-place finish at the Clinch Gear Tournament of Champions at Tustin High.

"We wrestled very well," Los Alamitos coach Kenny Torres said. "What a big difference in one week. We're definitely improving and going in the right direction."

Leading the way were the Kumashiro brothers. Mason placed first at 195 pounds and Max was third at 182. The key, according to Torres, was the other five wrestlers, who also placed in the top eight.

"A lot of times you win tournaments in the (consolation bracket)," Torres said. "Our kids that were in the cons did a great job. That's a tough road."

Randy Howe placed fourth at 120, Trevor Yarger was seventh at 126, Ryan Spradlin was fourth at 152, Max Bernbeck finished seventh at 160 and Duncan Carlton was fifth at 220.

The Griffins finished with 166 points. Long Beach Poly led the two-day tournament with 187.5 points.

Valencia finished sixth.

The Tigers had five medalists, including Josh Baron at 160 pounds. Baron was selected Upper Weight MVP, winning three matches by fall, one by technical fall and another by major decision.

La Habra's Jacob Rosales was the other county champion. Rosales (145) defeated Joseph Magdeleno of Long Beach Poly in the final.

Four other county wrestlers advanced to the final in their weight classes but ultimately finished second: Valencia's Jake Langenwalter (113), Northwood's Denaro Kodsart (120), Mission Viejo's Connor Kim (138) and Canyon's Joaquin Collister (152).

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