By Joseph Ovalle
East Los Angeles College placed ninth in the 24-team Santa Ana College Wrestling Tournament Oct. 4 sophomore Joseph Magdaleno-Hudson took second place in the 157-pound weight division.
Cerritos College won the team title with Mt. San Antonio College coming in at a distant second. Cerritos had a wrestler finish top-three in every weight class including four first place winners.
Magdaleno-Hudson, 3-1 overall for the day, placed second after losing to Tom Keanu of Cerritos, 11-5, in the 157-pound championship match. He dominated in reaching the finals with two falls and one decision.
He won a 3-1 decision with a last second takedown against Jaime Jimenez of Mt. SAC.
“It feels good, but it’s not first (place) so it lets me know that I still have stuff to work on,” Magdaleno-Hudson said.
ELAC Head Coach Ralph Valle said he was pleased with the team’s performance.
“We wrestled tough, took the battle to our opponents and we were in it in every match,” Valle said.
After the tournament, Valle told the team that these improvements show the hard work they are putting in at practice, and encouraged the team to keep moving forward.
ELAC sophomores Maury Lemons (heavyweight) and Adrian Herrera (165 pounds) were other standouts for the Huskies.
Lemons lost to Andrew Cruz of Mt. SAC by injury default. Lemons beat Cruz earlier in the day 2-1,
According to a meet trainer, Lemons’ nosebleed couldn’t be stopped in the loss to Cruz. Lemons needed to win the match where to advance in the third place title match.
Lemons finished the day 2-2 with a loss coming to Javier Gonzalez of Rio Hondo by fall.
Herrera also finished one match short of wrestling in the third place medal match after losing a close match, 3-1, to Joe Else of Cuesta College. Herrera finished the day with a winning record (3-2).
He also lost an intense match to Erik Collin of Palomar College, 5-4. Collin ended up taking third in the 165-pound weight class.
“Those were two tough wrestlers and I wrestled hard and gave it all I had. No excuse for losing matches so close. (I) just got to work harder,” Herrera said.
2013 ELAC state finalist William Amelong (heavyweight) was back in action after being out two weeks with an injury.
Amelong lost to Andrew Singer of Fresno City College by fall and to Andrew Cruz of Mt. SAC, 6-2. He went 0-2 for the day.
“It feels good to be back on the mat, but my lack of conditioning due to an injury hindered my performance,” Amelong said.
“I’m looking forward to being able to train normally so my body’s endurance will be recovered for competition.”
For complete Santa Ana Tournament results, se http://www.tmi.0catch.com/Results2014-2015/14-10-4%20Santa%20Ana.pdf
ELAC will host Rio Hondo College tonight at 7 p.m. in the men’s gym.