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TOM takes a look at some of the most dominant wrestlers in the CCCAA division. Since its initial 1958-59’ season, many wrestlers from the CCCAA have gone on to have great careers throughout the various other divisions in college wrestling. Don’t be surprised to hear the following names dominating at the next level in the years to come.
5) Joseph Dominguez (Mt. Sac) 149lbs
Former Iowa State wrestler Joseph Dominguez has been consistent while competing in the CCCAA. Last season, he was successful in gaining All-American status after placing third in the state tournament. So far, this year, Dominguez has placed second at the West Hills and Santa Ana tournament behind 2016 state champion Dylan Martinez (Fresno City). There’s no doubt Dominguez has bested the competition at 149 pounds as he has either pinned or majored every foe he has defeated. However, the thorn in his side has been Martinez. If it weren’t for Martinez, Dominguez would probably be in the mix of those considered to be the best overall wrestler in the state.
4) Aaron Negrete (Cerritos) 157lbs
Coming back from a redshirt year, Negrete has been looking more than ready to capture a second CCCAA state title after he was the state champion in 2015. He is currently undefeated going 2-0 at the Mt. Sac Duals and winning an individual title at the West Hills tournament. He might not be a flashy wrestler that pins all his opponents, but he knows how to get the win, breaking his opponents mentally and physically. Negrete is currently riding a 17-match winning streak with his last loss coming in the finals of the Bill Musick Open in November of 2016.
3) Dylan Martinez (Fresno City) 149lbs
In addition to being a 2016 CCCAA state champion, what stands out most about Martinez are his wins over Dominguez. Martinez is 3-1 against Dominguez with his last win occurring this past weekend at the Santa Ana tournament in overtime. Just as Dominguez has dominated the 149-weight class, so has Martinez with his aggressive style. What makes Martinez such a dominant wrestler is his ability to scramble out of stressful situations that would end a match for an average wrestler. The postseason should be fun to watch. We’ll see if Martinez can remain undefeated or if Dominguez figures out his style and steals the glory away from him.
2) Brandon Bettencourt (Fresno City) 125lbs
Brandon Bettencourt who competed for NCAA national champion Adam Tirapelle while in high school has taken that aggressive mentality to Fresno City as he has dominated the competition so far. Bettencourt has won titles at the KLS Air Express Invitational, West Hills and Santa Ana tournaments in impressive fashion to remain undefeated on the season. His unorthodox style of wrestling should help him through the rest of the season as he attempts to acquire an individual CCCAA state title and a team title for the Rams.
1) Isaiah Perez (Fresno City) 133lbs
Being a three-time CIF California state medalist is no easy task to accomplish. Perez, who is a Division I caliber wrestler, has taken the state of California by storm! He has won the West Hills and Santa Ana tournaments by pinning All-American Peter Corona (Bakersfield) in the finals. His closest bout this year was in the semifinal round of the West Hills tournament where he defeated Tyler Poalillo (Santa Rosa) 14-1. Perez’s toughest challenge should come in the first week of November when Fresno City host the Bill Musick Open which is attended by many Division I wrestlers from California who are redshirting.