Amat Wrestling Team Goes to Masters

Raymong Macias celebrates his victory.

The Amat wrestling team took five wrestlers to the CIF Southern Section Masters meet this past weekend. 

These five wrestlers qualified for the Masters Meet by placing top five in The Central division CIF. The top nine people of this meet qualify for the State Tournament.

The five wrestlers taken were Aidan Thome(106), Luca Munoz (132), Devon Jones(195), LeRoy Garibay (220), and Raymond Macias (HWT). 

The Masters meet is a two-day tournament that required the wrestlers to qualify for the second day.

The first day started off with the 106 weight class as Thome had to wrestle the first match of the day. He wins his match by fall in the second period and advanced on to the next round. 

In the next round, Thome lost via pin in the second round and dropped to the loser’s bracket. 

In Thome’s next match it was a must-win. Thome edged out the victory 6-5.

Munoz was up next for the Lancers and he fell to his opponent via pin in the second period. 

He came back and won his second match in the constellation rounds and moved on to the next round of the loser bracket. He falls to his next opponent with a score of 7-5 and is out of the tournament. 

Jones had a very tough bracket at 195 as he fell to both of his opponents in the first two rounds and fell out of the tournament on the first day but a great season from a great wrestler. 

Garibay won his first match via fall in the second period and advanced to the next round where he fell to a very tough opponent via pin in the first round. 

Garibay dropped to the loser bracket where his next match is won or go home and he rises to the action and wins his match in a big way and moved on to day two.

Macias wins all three of his first matches and walks his way into day two. 

Day 2 of Southern Section Masters starts off at the beginning of the brackets starting off with 106.

Thome is in another hard match where if he loses he goes home and he falls to his opponent via points 7-6.

Garibay wins his first match of day two and he is still fighting for a spot on the podium. He wrestles a tough opponent in his next match and falls via points 12-5. He then gets knocked out of the tournament via losing by points in his next match.

Macias, on track to get first place, opts out to forfeit the rest of his matches due to an injury and falls to fourth place. 

Out of the five wrestlers taken, only one remains Macias is the only wrestler to qualify for the state tournament that takes place Thursday, February 24th. 

“I feel I performed very good I felt good going through all my matches but I could feel my ankle starting to weaken and that really messed with my performance and how far I really think I could have gone.” Macias said, “I really need to work hard and have perfect practices and workouts from here on out I’ll be seeing how the ankle hold u and I’ll go from there”

Macias moves on to the state tournaments and this season was nothing short of great for all the wrestlers who competed this year.