FRESNO, CA — The 18th-ranked East Los Angeles College wrestling team placed 17th at the California Community College Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships Friday and Saturday at Fresno City College.
The Huskies put together some key upset wins to place ahead of No. 14 Lassen Community College of Susanville, California who placed 18th.
Sacramento City College won its second state championship in three years. Fresno placed second with Cerritos College, the defending state champion, taking third place.
ELAC freshman Ned Estrada (South Pasadena High School) took sixth place in the 197-pound weight class.
Sophomores Juan Soto (Downey HS) won the 7th place match and Johnny Robles (Downey HS) was eliminated in the second round of the consolation bracket of the 133-pound weight class.
11th-seed Estrada opened with a 17-16 decision win against the No. 7-seed Coleman Maher of Skyline College (San Bruno). It was the highest scoring match of the state finals.
After a loss by fall to third place winner Jose Robledo of Bakersfield College, Estrada over powered the No. 6-seed Raul Briseno of Palomar College with an 11-5 upset decision win in the third round of the consolation bracket.
12th-seed Soto stunned the 4th-seed Joel Villa of Cerritos College by fall (1:27) in the third round of the consolation bracket followed by a major decision loss to the third place winner Alex Gallo of Palomar.
Soto won his last match as a Husky by fall (1:57) against the 11th-seed in the 7th place match. He ends his ELAC career with to upset wins at the state finals.
Robles ended his two-year ELAC career in the state finals after taking fifth place at the Southern Regionals last week with a 9-7 decision against Preston Gannon of Rio Hondo College.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia