For one night on Friday, Deception was a 10, while Javier Jorge became a 16. And for Jairo Rivera, who wrestled for Birmingham High in La Habra, not a bad day.
His victory against Jorge broke up the winning streak of seven consecutive bouts by CIF City Section Masters champions. "We're really close friends. We won't talk about the score tonight," Rivera said of Jorge.
The score had Jorge getting a split decision in a back-and-forth match. During the match, a band began to play on the mat with "One" by Maroon 5. The real Maroon 5 joined Jorge, who was so far into the match he could not speak or cheer for most of the bout.
The champions got their championship belts and sets of towels. But for not all of them, it didn't come as easily as it did for Rivera. Valdemar Acosta and Donald Reno needed a sixth-place finish to give West Ranch the team championship with 200 points.
"West Ranch's young athletes had a ton of heart," said Jonathan Chiu, West Ranch's coach. The Wildcats were without several qualifiers who had injured themselves during the season. They managed it by rallying late in the week to win their last two matches.
Edison's Dyle Brookins won the 112-pound title for the seventh time in eight years. Temecula Valley's Connor Davis captured the 119-pound title.
UCLA signing prospect Juan Iniguez of St. Francis was the 160-pound champion. He was second in the CIF Southern Section freestyle tournament and won a CIF state championship earlier this month.