Magnolia's Allan Gonzalez and Villa Park's David Trujillo, right, battle in the semifinals. Trujillo went on to beat one of his rivals, Esperanza's Carl Hulick, in the finals.

Trujillo finishes on top at Five Counties


FOUNTAIN VALLEY - Whenever Villa Park’s David Trujillo and Esperanza’s Carl Hulick meet, it is a safe assumption that the match will be a low-scoring one.

In fact, the phrase ‘takedown wins it’ should apply to their encounters.

Saturday night in the finals at heavyweight of the Five Counties Invitational, Trujillo got the best of his Century League rival Hulick, with a takedown in the third period for a 3-2 victory.

This was their second match of the season. In their league dual, Trujillo defeated Hulick 3-2.

“He’s my top rival,” Trujillo said of Hulick. “He’s really good.”

Trujillo scored the first point of the match with an escape in the first period. Hulick scored his escape in the second period.

Late in the third period, Trujillo saw a small opening and went for it, scoring a takedown a 3-1 lead.

“I saw his head going down and I saw an opportunity and I took it,” Trujillo said. “You have to take every opportunity that you can.”

There are potentially three more times that Hulick and Trujillo can face each other: Century League finals, CIF-SS Individuals and Masters.

“You have two really tough wrestlers,” Villa Park coach Aaron Cross said of Trujillo and Hulick. “When you talk about these two, they’re probably going to wrestle three more times and I expect three more one-point matches.

Trujillo is ranked first in the county and Hulick second. In the state rankings, Trujillo is eighth and Hulick is ninth.

Trujillo helped Villa Park to a sixth place finish in the standings highest among county schools with 109.5 points.

Santa Ana and Capistrano Valley were tied for the ninth with 101 points.

Northview of Covina won the tournament with 206 points and eight medalists.

“When you come to Five Counties you want to do well and I thought we wrestled well,” Cross said.

Villa Park’s Matt Brislawn lost in the finals at 152.

The Cougars led all county schools with three medalists, including 195-pound champion Juan Hernandez. Christian Hauser (113, fourth) and Victor Mendoza (seventh, 220) were the others.

The third county individual champion was Edison’s Greg Meline. Meline defeated Andrew Tiedeman of Palm Springs 4-3 in overtime victory in the finals at 171.

Meline received a point to tie the match at 3-3 on a second stalling call on Tiedeman in regulation. Neither wrestler scored in the 1-minute overtime period.

Meline scored an escape in the second overtime and was able to ride Tiedeman out in the third overtime period for the victory.

Also in the finals, Santa Ana’s Johnny Sanchez (113) lost to Mason Pengilly of Porterville and Marina's Tyler Smith lost to JJ Everard of Etiwanda at 220.

Paul Yoo (Cypress, 182) was upset in the semifinals, losing by fall to Trevor Smith of Ripon. It was just the third loss of the season for Yoo, who is ranked second in the state.

Smith would eventually win the tournament. Yoo finished third. Also at 182, Mason Kumashiro (Los Alamitos) was fourth.

Edgar De La Torre (Fountain Valley) was seventh at 113 pounds.

Canyon’s Matt Nader placed sixth at 120. His teammate, Joaquin Collister placed seventh at 138, defeating Aliso Niguel's Ian Michinock.

Santa Ana’s Jorge Gutierrez placed fifth at 145.

Colin Navickas (Marina) and Joe Applegate (Laguna Hills) finished third and seventh, respectively at 152.

Jason Newcomer (Laguna Hills) was third at 160.

At 171, Micah Macias (Sonora) and Augie Oropeza (Brea Olinda) finished third and sixth, respectively.

Steven Pappas (El Modena) placed third at 195 and Nate Johnson (Cypress) was eighth.

At 220, Dalton DuCasse of Dana Hills finished eighth.

Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos) placed third at heavyweight. Brendan Johnson (Servite) and Allan Gonzalez (Magnolia) were fifth and sixth, respectively.

Javier Gasca III from Kingsburg was the Lower Weight MVP. The 132-pound champion won three matches by fall, one technical fall and another by major.

Defending state champion Joey Davis of Santa Fe was the Middle Weight MVP. Davis (160) won four matches by fall and two by technical fall, including his finals match.

Smith (Ripon) was the Upper Weight MVP. Smith won four matches by fall and another by major.

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