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Mustang mat man making up for lost time with 8-1 tourney mark Phillip Brents | Fri, Jan 18 2013 12:15 PM

The 2012-13 high school wrestling season has gotten off to a late start for Otay Ranch’s Jake Schaeffer, a former Olympian Eagle standout who has had to adhere to the state’s new transfer rule policy.

The new rule stipulates that student-athletes who transfer schools without changing residences must sit out the first 30 days of each varsity sport in which they competed at their former school.

In Schaeffer’s case, he became eligible to wrestle in interscholastic competition for Otay Ranch on Jan. 1.

He has put his month-long work in the practice room to good use after winning his 120-pound weight class at last Saturday’s 26-team San Ysidro Invitational. Prior to that, he finished third at the 16-team Monte Vista Invitational on Jan. 5 in his first tournament outing for his new school.

Schaeffer has obviously made up for lost time.

The Mustang mat man recorded a 2-0 decision over Mar Vista’s Jesse Terminel to capture the San Ysidro tourney title with an impressive 4-0 performance that included first-period pins in his opening two matches and a 10-1 major decision in the semifinals.

The championship match result is significant: Terminel is a returning San Diego Section Division III champion who earned MVP honors after winning the 120-pound division at the preceding Monte Vista Invitational. 

Terminel was seeded No. 1 at the San Ysidro event while Schaeffer was seeded second.

Schaeffer’s lone loss at the Monte Vista tournament was to Poway’s Marcon Fikingas by a 5:21 pin in the quarterfinals.
Terminel defeated Fikingas, 6-2, in the championship match.

The newest Mustang is now 8-1 in his opening two tournaments.

“He’s been working hard in the room,” ORHS coach Gabe Ruz underscored. “He’ll be going either 113 or 120 for our dual meets, switching off with (state medalist) Tommy Espinoza.”

Schaeffer was among three Metro Conference wrestlers to win weight class titles at last weekend’s SYHS tournament.

•San Ysidro’s Roberto A La Torre defeated Brawley’s Luis Banda by a 7-4 decision to claim the 138-pound championship.

•Castle Park’s Daniel Hernandez defeated another Brawley grappler, J.J. Morales, by a 3:56 pin to capture the 182-pound division.

Overall, eight Metro Conference wrestlers made it to the finals.

Joining MV’s Terminel with second-place medals were San Ysidro’s Sergio Ramirez (132), Bonita Vista’s Andy Garcia (152) and Allin Breland (160) and Southwest’s Oscar Lezcano (220).

In finals matches, Breland dropped a 6-5 decision to Brawley’s Bryan Centeno while Garcia lost by a 10-0 major decision to Cathedral Catholic’s Cameron Chavez.

Ramirez  (4:50 to Brawley’s Lonzie Osuna) and Lezcano (5:15 to Brawley’s Bryan Ortiz) both lost by pin.

San Ysidro led the local field with a third-place finish in the team standings, trailing team champion Brawley and runner-up Rancho Buena Vista.

Chula Vista was fourth, followed by Bonita Vista (fifth), Cathedral Catholic (sixth), Clairemont (seventh), Serra (eighth), Mar Vista (ninth) and Vista (10th).

Third-place finishers included Bonita Vista’s Nathan Humiston (113), Mar Vista’s Jerzy Barbato (132), Mater Dei Catholic’s Alejandro Rivera (145) and Chula Vista’s Jaylon Candler (195) and Alexis Chavez (285).

Fourth-place finishers included Mar Vista’s Fabian Caldera (106), Bonita Vista’s Taku Furukawa (113), Mar Vista’s Josh Walters (126), Otay Ranch’s Adrian Hernandez (138), San Ysidro’s Alan Garcia (145), Castle Park’s Carlos O’Connor (160), Bonita Vista’s William Ramirez (170) and Chula Vista’s Hui Wolfgram (220).

Fifth-place finishers included Mar Vista’s Gilbert Aguilar (106), San Ysidro’s Jorbel Alvarez (113), Mario A La Torre (126), Mario Yorba (152), Bruno Tirado (160) and Alejandro Cazarres (220) and Montgomery’s Victor Diaz (182) and Miguel Ballesteros (195).

Sixth-place finishers included San Ysidro’s Jose Reyes (120), Sweetwater’s Jose Pedroza (126), Bonita Vista’s Michael Palomata (138), San Ysidro’s Jesus Hernandez (182) and Sweetwater’s Joseph Osuna (285).

Weight class champions at last weekend’s San Ysidro Invitational also included RBV’s Isaac Washington (106) and Chayanne Chan (145), Brawley’s Vinny Elizalde (113), Clairemont’s Keagan Rank (126), RBV’s Anthony Ball (170) and Adam Le (285) and University City’s Tyler Roman (195).

State ranked
Otay Ranch’s Espinoza, a senior, is ranked sixth in the state at 113 pounds after reaching the quarterfinals of the recent Clovis Doc Buchanan Invitational.

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