COSTA MESA - Welcome to the Estancia High Wrestling Tournament,
where there are as many stories as there are nachos at the snack bar. How
could there not be? There were 49 schools, plus coaches, parents and
wrestling fans galore at the two-day event that began Friday.
No Newport-Mesa District wrestlers advanced to the championship
semifinals, which are scheduled for today, but they made the most of
consolation competition. Estancia juniors Victor Carmona (125-pound
weight class) and Jeeandy Morales (130), along with Costa Mesa sophomore
Silvio Estrada (125), junior Matt Grubisich (135), junior Adam Donovan
(135) and senior Doug Amburgey (140) will battle in the second round of
consolation today at 10 a.m. The Corona del Mar Sea Kings' Steve Shipman
(215) also advanced to today's second round of consolation with a pin in
4:50 in the consolation's first round.
In a battle of crosstown rivals, Carmona, who lost to No. 1 seed Matt
Schumm of Centennial of Corona, will face Estrada for the right to
advance to the consolation quarterfinals.
Overall the wrestlers took with them a valuable experience.
Take for instance, CdM senior Sterling York, who wrestled his first
varsity match ever. He lost, but his journey to wrestle the varsity match
was a noted feat all in itself. York dropped enough weight in 13 months
to get to the heavyweight class division. Friday, he filled in for
standout Steven Russell, who is preparing for next week's Ayala
"York's match was worth coming here," said CdM Coach Gary Almquist,
who did not want to disclose the amount of weight York lost, but said the
weight loss was amazing. "He didn't win, but it was fun to watch."
York's dedication has been an inspiration for his teammates this
season. He met goals that were set and earned the respect of his peers.
"I was really nervous," York said of his first match. "I had big
expectations to live up to. I'm disappointed with the results and that I
Another story at the Estancia Tournament could be told by Eagles Coach
Steve Perez, who is working overtime and then some running the two-day
show. With his team in a rebuilding stage, he intensified his focus on
making the tournament worthwhile for all competitors.
"It's been really hectic," said Perez, who announced and checked in
every wrestler of each class throughout the day. "This has to be the
biggest tournament besides the Five Counties (Tournament). We're trying
to make this a better tournament than last year with tougher
Costa Mesa Coach Matt Kellogg witnessed that competition. The Estancia
Tournament was the first tourney for his wrestlers this season. He said
he wanted his Mustangs to treat the tourney as a warm-up because they
have three tournaments over the next three weekends, at Workman, Covina
and Laguna Hills, respectively, before they enter the Pacific Coast