By Chuck Lyons
Rosemead -- Rosemead High School boys and girls wrestling program held its 26th Annual Louie Madrigal West Coast Classic on Dec. 18-19, with 46 high schools from western USA participating.Valley local Thien Luu of Arroyo High School in El Monte was named Most Valuable Player for lower weights as he finished undefeated in the tourney in the 145 pounds weight class. Luu was 5-0 with five falls on his way to his title.
Other locals competing well in the tourney included Victor Atherton of Arroyo, fourth in 106 pounds, Alex Masuda of Rosemead, third in 113 pounds, Adrian Guevarra of Schurr, sixth in 113 pounds, David Torres of Schurr, seventh in 120 pounds, Jesus Langarica of Montebello, third in 132 pounds, Eric Le of Rosemead, seventh in 132 pounds, Carlos Campos of Arroyo, third in 138 pounds, Ernesto Sotelo of Arroyo, fourth in 152 pounds, Jorge Castaneda of Schurr, fourth in 160 pounds, Bryan Flores of Arroyo, seventh in 160 pounds, Jose Rodriguez of Schurr, eighth in 160 pounds, James Castillo of South El Monte, eighth in 170 pounds, and Aaron Salgado of South El Monte, eighth in 195 pounds.
Lance Bello of North Torrance High School had four falls and won a decision as he earned the title in 152 pounds and was named the Most Valuable Player for the upper weight divisions.
Trabuco Hills High School won a thrilling team championship by a half point, 274.50 to 274 for runnerup Hillcrest High School. Arroyo was third with 160 points and other valley schools included Schurr, who tied with Mira Costa with 83 points for 20th, Rosemead with 73 points for 23rd, Montebello and South El Monte tied for 26th with 53 points, Monrovia with 38 points for 31st, Baldwin Park with 33 points in 33rd, El Monte had 32 points for 34th, Mountain View with 21 points for 41st, and San Marino 9.5 points for 46th.
Rosemead has a lot of student and adult volunteers who volunteer to host the tourney. Rosemead even brought in a large outdoor tent with lighting, heating, a large portable electrical generator and portable seating to have two more wrestling mats to accommodate the extensive competition, said West Coast Classic Director Alex Rai, a teacher at the school who volunteers his time for the school to help the Rosemead wrestling coaches run the incredibly labor intensive event. Rosemead West Coast Classic is one of the biggest meets and is highly respected for putting on a good event, and our coaches, wrestlers, parents, alumni, and staff make the great happen successfully, commented Rai.