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Brockson wins Carlsbad Invitational

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

Fallbrook High School junior Nic Brockson won his weight class at the Carlsbad Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 2, at Carlsbad High School.

Brockson pinned his first three 126-pound opponents before winning the championship match by decision. He was also selected as the tournament's MVP for the lightweight brackets.

"I was real happy with how he's wrestling, how he's preparing for matches. It's a testament to the hard work he's been putting in," Fallbrook head coach Tom Brockson said.

Two days before the Carlsbad Invitational, the Warriors obtained their first dual meet victory of the season. The 36-24 victory over Mission Vista High School, which evened Fallbrook's dual meet record at 1-1 was also the Warriors' first home meet of the season.

"It was kind of a grudge match," Brockson said.

Two of Fallbrook's assistant coaches, Juan Mora and Dennis Truax, have been on the Rancho Buena Vista High School coaching staff while two Mission Vista coaches were also part of the Longhorns program.

All six of Fallbrook's match victories, Nov. 30, were by pin. Nic Brockson had one of those wins by fall while freshman Ricky Lopez, junior Jacob Sorden, junior Dan Wilson, senior Fisher Phillips and senior Devin Huntington also pinned their Mission Vista counterparts.

"I was really happy with the way they performed," Tom Brockson said.

Mission Vista did not have any girl competitors, so two of Fallbrook's girls competed in varsity matches against boys.

"They didn't win, but they went out there and performed well," Brockson said.

Fallbrook took nine wrestlers to the Carlsbad Invitational.

"A lot of the brackets are big, so we got a lot of guys, a lot of experience, a lot of matches," Brockson said.

El Dorado High School of Placentia participated in the Carlsbad Invitational, and El Dorado sophomore Dante Selway was Nic Brockson's first opponent. Brockson pinned Selway 1:12 into the match. Brockson then pinned Andrew Pham of Del Norte High School at the end of the first period. In his semifinal, Brockson needed 52 seconds to pin Mount Carmel High School's Jaehee Kim.

Roman Zelenka wrestles for Carlsbad High School. He also pinned all three of his 126-pound opponents in the first period to earn a match against Brockson in the final.

"It was a real exciting match. Nic still won pretty convincingly," Tom Brockson said.

A wrestler receives one point for an escape, two points for a takedown, a reversal or a near fall lasting two to five seconds and three points for a near fall of at least five seconds. Nic Brockson had a 2-0 lead after the first period.

"He was tested in the first period," Tom Brockson said.

Nic Brockson's first two points were by a takedown.

"He (Zelenka) was hard to turn," Tom Brockson said.

Late in the second period, a near fall lasting five seconds gave Nic Brockson a 5-0 advantage. A third-period takedown gave Brockson a 7-0 lead, but Zelenka earned two points for a reversal. The 7-2 score was unchanged through the remainder of the match.

The lightweight most valuable performer was chosen from the champions of the 106-pound, 113-pound, 120-pound, 126-pound, 132-pound, 138-pound and 144-pound divisions. Brockson, who also received that honor for the Nov. 18 Carter Classic in Rialto after winning that tournament's 132-pound championship, was given the lightweight most valuable performer for his second consecutive tournament.

"It was exciting," Tom Brockson said.

Wilson was Fallbrook's only other medalist at the Carlsbad Invitational. He competed in the 138-pound bracket and placed sixth. Wilson followed a first-round bye with a pin of Holtville's Bryce Denton 1:04 into the match. Matthew James of El Dorado pinned Wilson with one second remaining in the first period.

Wrestling tournaments have a double-elimination format other than the championship match between two previously undefeated wrestlers and the fifth-place match between the two consolation semifinals losers, and in his first consolation match Wilson pinned Jason Joyce of San Marcos High School 57 seconds after the match began. Next, Wilson pinned Brandon Wan of Torrey Pines 1:44 into the first period.

"He bounced back," Brockson said.

If a wrestler has a lead of at least 15 points, a technical fall ends the match. The consolation semifinal between Wilson and Tyler Patel of Mount Carmel ended when a 16-1 score gave Patel a technical fall. Wilson and James met in the fifth-place match, and James earned the preferred position with a pin 1:06 into the second period.

Sorden, who wrestled at 120 pounds, was eliminated in the match whose winner would place and receive a medal based on subsequent competition. In their first round Brawley's Anthony Juarez, who won that division's championship, pinned Sorden with six seconds left in regulation.

Sorden pinned Yusuke Mirofushi of Steele Canyon 44 seconds into the second period. Sorden's next match was a 4-2 decision victory over El Dorado's Derek Gonzalez. Felipe Martinez of Del Norte defeated Sorden in a 4-2 decision match to advance to the medal rounds.

"We were right there," Brockson said.

Huntington also reached what is known as the "blood round," which in wrestling means it's their last chance to stay or leave the competition. He wrestled at 150 pounds and began the Carlsbad Invitational with an 11-6 decision win over Jacob Cusi of Point Loma and an 11-3 major decision victory against Adam Subel of Torrey Pines.

In the quarterfinals, Westview's Langdon Mullica relegated Huntington to the consolation bracket with a 2-1 decision win. Huntington's first consolation match was a pin of Eastlake's Joel Martinez 1:00 into the second period. In the blood round, Kayden MacIsaac of Mount Carmel advanced to the medal competition with a 6-4 decision against Huntington.

"He was right there. He's on the cusp on medaling every time," Brockson said of Huntington.


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