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Edison duo reap benefits of hard work

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

TUSTIN – The friendship between Jonathan Fraser and Justin Lyle is one bonded by the sweat and hard work from the hours logged in the Edison wrestling room.

The seniors showed the results Saturday as both won individual titles as the Southern California Challenge tournament concluded at Tustin High.

Lyle (138) defeated Josh Lawson of Vista, 8-6, in the finals. Fraser (171) pinned Seth Avis from Casa Roble of Orangevale. Fraser earned Upper Weight MVP honors, winning three matches by fall, one by technical fall and two by major decision.

The title was the first of the season for Lyle, who started the tournament as the seventh seed in his weight class.

"I had to dig every single match," Lyle said. "I couldn't give up one second to anyone. I couldn't rest because I knew I had to pick up my game for this tournament."

Lyle's best finish this season was a third place at the Edison Beach Bash in December.

This is Fraser's third tournament title of the season. He previously won the Mann Classic and the Cossareck Classic. He also has a second-place finish at the Edison Beach Bash.

"We started (wrestling) freshman year together," Lyle said. "We've worked hard together. We couldn't have won without each other. He's (Fraser) is a like a brother to me."

Fraser struggled as a freshman, but he's developed into one of the county's best at 171, entering the tournament ranked third in the county at the weight.

"I didn't take it (wrestling) as seriously," he said of his freshman year. "As the years went by, I've gradually got more and more serious about it and now, senior year, wrestling is my life."

Fraser led his finals match, 12-0, thanks to four 3-point near falls, before eventually getting the victory by pin.

"This is a great experience," Fraser said. "The feeling you get when you win a match, I can't even describe it.

"And I'm glad that my best friend (Lyle) won too."

West Torrance topped the field with 190.5 points.

Santa Ana finished second with 177 points. Calvary Chapel was third with 152.5. Fountain Valley also finished in the top five with 123 points.

Aliso Niguel (seventh), Trabuco Hills and Santiago finished in the top 10. The Mustangs and Cavaliers finished tied with 114.5 points.

Michael Rangel (La Habra, 106) was the Lower Weight MVP. Rangel, who was the second seed, won four matches by fall, one by technical fall and another by major decision.

Aaron Negrette (Calvary Chapel, 152) earned Middle Weight MVP honors. Negrette, the top seed, won four matches by fall and one each by technical fall, major decision and regular decision.

Other county champions included: Sammy Sanchez (Santa Ana, 113), Adam Alvarado (Calvary Chapel, 132) and Steele Escobedo (Fountain Valley, 145).

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com


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