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Grapplers Reclaim Rio Hondo League Title With Pinfest

WINNING TIME FOR WINNING TEAM: San Marino High School’s varsity wrestling team defeated South Pasadena on Tuesday evening by a final score of 66-12 to finish as champions of the Rio Hondo League with a 4-0 dual match record. PICTURED ABOVE, left to right, are TOP ROW: Coach Joe Gallardo, Josh Trumbull, Caleb Trumbull, Head Coach Eddie Aguirre, Luka Wick, David Rivera, Koa Ruiz, Ryan Arrington and Matt Harlan. MIDDLE ROW: Kurt Trumbull, Beau Perez, Devyn Che, Santino Sanchez and Raul Jimenez. FRONT ROW: Tilly Garcia, Ally Arrington and Will Graham.

San Marino High School’s wrestlers weren’t at all pleased a year ago when La Cañada broke the Titans’ five-year streak of Rio Hondo League championships, so on Tuesday evening, the hosts exacted revenge from…South Pasadena.

San Marino didn’t lose a competitive match against the Tigers on Senior Night, dispatching the visitors by a score of 66-12 while reclaiming the league title with a perfect 4-0 mark.

Santino Sanchez (106 lbs.), Sean Han (113 lbs.), Koa Ruiz (122 lbs.) and Raul Jimenez (128 lbs.) and Josh Trumbull (138 lbs.) gave the Titans a 24-0 lead simply by walking onto the mat and having their hand raised in victory as the Tigers were unable to field opponents at those weight classes.

Devyn Che got things off to a rousing start as far as action is concerned with a second-period pin of South Pasadena’s Chris Kim and San Marino led 36-0. Senior Beau Perez (152 lbs.) then decked Devin Perries in the first period to make the score 42-0.

Two more Trumbull brothers—Kurt at 160 lbs. and Caleb at 170 lbs.—pinned Jonathan Oyaga and Andrew Wilber and the Titans led 54-0.

South Pasadena’s Matthias Sanchez earned a win by forfeit to make the score 54-6, but Cole Giles retaliated at 195 lbs. to get the six points back.

LOCKED UP: San Marino’s Will Graham battled hard and earned a victory during junior varsity action at 138 lbs. on Tuesday evening. Mitch Lehman Photo

San Marino’s Ryan Arrington pinned Joe Hutchinson at 220 lbs. for a 66-6 lead until South Pasadena’s Sean Griffin was unopposed at 285 lbs. to make the final 66-12.

Some of the most exciting action of the afternoon took place in the junior varsity match. San Marino’s tilly Garcia outpointed Roxanne Lynch 10-7 in the 113 lb. opener. The Tigers’ Dominic Hernandez eventually pinned San Marino’s Ryan Zhang in a scintillating match at 120 lbs. that saw Zhang earn several dynamic takedowns.

San Marino’s Craig McLoren-Swan fought Abdel El Khatib for three periods before the Tiger eventually claimed the match in a pinfall.

William Graham battled for three periods and earned a win over Devin Deharo in the 138 lb. weight class when Deharo was disqualified for repeated rules violations.

Brendan Long showed signs of future stardom at 145 lbs., but was eventually pinned by South Pasadena’s Dennis Ono and the Tigers’ Nathan Coleman-Ares pinned San Marino’s game, active Gavin Pullenik at 160 lbs. to end the match.

PENULTIMATE PINNING MOMENT: San Marino’s Kurt Trumbull positions South Pasadena’s Jonathan Oyaga to get a victory vis pinfall at 160 lbs. on Tuesday evening. The Tigtans defeated south Pasadena by a final score of 66-12 to claim the Rio Hondo League championship. Mitch Lehman Photo

The Titans honored three seniors—Charlie Daves, Beau Perez and Kurt Trumbull—who were making their final appearances at San Marino High School. Daves was unable to compete after breaking his ankle a week ago.

The Titans head to the Rio Hondo League finals on Wednesday, January 30 at Monrovia High School. Action gets underway at 1:00 p.m. and the Titans have at least five wrestlers who will who will be favored to win their respective weight classes.

Sophomore Luka Wick, who finished in second place at the prestigious Battle of the Belt Tournament in Temecula, did not compete on Tuesday but should win the 152 lb. weight class next week.


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