The high school regular season for wrestling might have concluded back in March, but the Flo Reno World’s Tournament took place this past weekend and it welcomed the best of the best from the country and Pitman High crowned a champion.
The age limit of 18 welcomed many seniors to compete one final time before they conclude their high school careers, which included Delhi's Jesse Flores (Heavyweight) and Pitman High's Joseph la Rosa (152).
Pitman’s Isaiah Perez (182) and Izzy Tubera (113) also competed, and in the end Perez managed to secure the win and lay claim to the title.
“It's exciting to see the guys continue to wrestle and improve even after the season. Especially at one of the toughest tournaments in the country,” said Pitman head coach Adam Vasconcellos. “Isaiah is a super tough kid.”
“It was very exciting to win, especially when there were a couple of state champions and two-time champions from different states,” said Perez. “There were a lot of out of state kids. Everyone in the nation could come to the tournament.”
Tubera and la Rosa placed seventh in their respective weight classes while Flores placed third. La Rosa was 5-2 in his bracket.
Flores won three straight matches leading up to the penultimate match, where he lost via decision. It was followed immediately with a match for second place, which led to a loss and a 3-2 record.
Tubera lost to the No. 4 ranked wrestler in the country in Del Oro's Antonio Lorenzo in the final seconds after a hard-fought match.
All four local representatives were also named All-Americans and returners Perez and Tubera have bigger plans.
“They have high goals for next year and they want to keep improving and to place and win in a tournament like this is huge and shows how high of a level they are at,” said Vasconcellos.
Perez took home a medal after placing fourth in the 2017 California State Wrestling Tournament. Brother Tubera placed seventh after finishing with a record of 4-2.
In his 34-man bracket, Perez went one-by-one before he reached the title match. Perez notched his first two wins via major decision and the next two leading up to the final were by decision.
He had a 4-0 record heading into the final, where Perez met Oklahoma's two-time state champion and No. 14 in the world of wrestling—Jerome Townsell.
Perez eventually battled it out till the end and topped Townsell after an 8-6 final.
“The finals match I already knew was going to be a fight,” Perez added.
“It was a good couple of weeks for the team since Adam Velasquez took fifth at senior nationals and then these three placing and winning Reno Worlds is pretty great,” Vasconcellos added. “We have to keep it rolling.”