Los Alamitos crowns two champs at Masters meet
TEMECULA – Mason Kumashiro became the first Los Alamitos wrestler to win a Southern Section title.
Just a couple of weight classes later, his teammate Alex Redmond quickly became the second.
Kumashiro (195 pounds) and Redmond (285) squeezed out 2-1 victories in the finals at the CIF-SS Masters Meet on Saturday at Temecula Valley High.
Redmond defeated Kenneth Carter of Carter of Rialto in the final. Last week at the CIF-SS Eastern Division Individuals, Redmond had a 2-1 loss to Clark.
The two Griffins, along with Max Kumashiro (170) and Randy Howe (120), gave Los Alamitos four qualifiers for next weekend's CIF State Tournament at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
It is the first time Los Alamitos has sent four to the state tournament.
"We knew that we had something special at the beginning of the year," Los Alamitos coach Kenny Torres said. "(Alex Redmond) was dealing with football; Mason had a great season, he had the target on his back. For them to pull it out is amazing."
Max Kumashiro finished fourth at 170 and Howe was ninth at 120.
The top nine in each weight class advanced from the Southern Section.
Howe trailed in his match to Johnny Zazueta of St. John Bosco of Bellflower, 2-1, in the third period. As time was ticking away, Howe scored a takedown for an apparent 3-2 victory. Initially, the points weren't credited to Howe, but after the referees conferred with each other, he was awarded the winning points.
"I came in with a bad placing," Howe said. "I finished fifth in CIF and I didn't think I could do it. I'm in awe right now."
Howe fell to the consolation after losing by fall in the quarterfinals.
In consolation, he lost again by fall, dropping to the ninth-place mini-bracket.
There he recorded his biggest victories of the season to advance to the state tournament.
"I got an escape (in the third period)," Howe said. "I had the head and arm, I was like 'there are 10 seconds left, might as well do it, there's nothing else to do.' I threw it, put all I had into it and I finally got it. That was a great feeling."
La Habra's Michael Rangel (106) and Santa Ana's Gil Gutierrez (132) also won their ninth-place matches to advance.
Rangel won, 9-4, over David Gonzalez of San Dimas and Gutierrez had a 15-4 victory over Adrian Chavez of California of Whittier.
Gutierrez's close call came in the ninth-place semifinals when he scored a takedown as time expired in the match to tie the score 10-10. In overtime, he scored a takedown to take the match and remain alive.
In all, 31 county wrestlers qualified for state.
Calvary Chapel had three state qualifiers: Peter Cunningham (126), Adam Alvarado (132) and Aaron Negrette (152).
Laguna Hills also had three: Martin Garcia (106), Andre Cabrera (152) and Joe Applegate (160).
Valencia's Josh Baron finished third at 160 but ran through a gauntlet of some of the best in the state, defeating the ninth-, 10th- and 13th-ranked wrestlers in the state.
Marina's Colin Navickas, who is ranked seventh in the state at 160, finished second.
Santiago of Corona and Northview of Covina led all Southern Section schools with seven state qualifiers.
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