A pair of Cougars worked their way to the top of the podium at
the Apple Cider Classic, held at Watsonville High School on
A pair of Cougars worked their way to the top of the podium at the Apple Cider Classic, held at Watsonville High School on Saturday.
Freshman 103-pounder Jimmie Lopez continued his early-season dominance to claim the top prize, defeating Alisal’s Johnny Alonzo (a 2010 state qualifier) 12-10.
Junior Steven White beat Gilroy High’s Jose Lara with a third-period pin to earn his first place.
Jose Lara is the younger brother of Christopher head coach Alecxis Lara, adding a little more spice to the finals dual.
The two championships catapulted the Cougars, who are not ranked in the Central Coast Section’s top 25, to a fourth-place finish in team competition.
“We beat a whole bunch of ranked teams,” Alecxis Lara said. “It was just really good.”
The Cougars finished behind GHS, Overfelt and Alisal, who grabbed the top three spots.
Raul Meza took fourth at 112 pounds, Tomas Zamora placed sixth at 171 pounds while John Riffle went 4-1 at 189 but was left out of medalist contention due to maxing out on the five fight per day limit.