Vanguard Matmen 2019-20 Wrestling Season Preview
After a 39-year hiatus, the “Matmen” will once again return to The Pit behind Head Coach Caleb Flores in 2019-20.
The last time Vanguard had wrestlers compete was 1975 when the Lions had wrapped up their third NAIA District III Championship. With a perfect 20-0 season!
The Blue and Gold will make their season debut on November 3rd at Menlo College.
Flores spent the last eight years splitting time between his duties as an Assistant Coach at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California and working as the Assistant Coach at Northview High School in Covina.
In his tenure, he has guided a pair of dual Junior College State Championship Teams, coached his teams to a Top-5 finish for six consecutive seasons, and instructed 11 individual state champion. And 28 All-Americans.
In 2013, he was recognized as the CCCAA Southern Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
“We have a strong wrestling community here in Southern California and this is a great opportunity for these kids in SoCal to continue their education and wrestling career,” said Flores. “We are looking to set the foundation with the right type of kids that are going to fit the culture of the school and go to class and just be great ambassadors for us.”
|Andrew Silva (FR/Corona, CA)||125|
|Sunny Luna (FR/Victorville, CA)||133|
|Steven Kroesen (FR/Laguna Hills, CA)||133|
|Gabriel Cortez (FR/Covina, CA)||141|
|Andrew Gomez (SR/Yorba Linda, CA)||141|
|Juan Lopez III (FR/Fontana, CA)||149|
|Brian Isaias (FR/Villa Park, CA)||157|
|Luke Lussier (FR/Victorville, CA)||165|
|Armon Fayyazi (JR/Irvine, CA)||174|
|Ethan Vistro (JR/Rowland Heights, CA)||184|
|Andrew Shin (FR/Glendora, CA)||197|
|Joshua Sapien (JR/Hacienda Heights, CA)||285|
The wrestlers who will be featured in the Lions’ inaugural season include seniors Mario Barrios (SR/Covina, CA) and Andrew Gomez.
The junior class includes Armon Fayyazi, Tyler Jorgensen (JR/Temecula, CA), Joshua Sapien, Adam Valdez (JR/Barstow, CA), and Ethan Vistro while Zachary Cunningham (SO/Eastvale, CA) will be the only sophomore on the roster.
The large freshman class that rounds out the talented roster includes Gabriel Cortez, Juan Lopez III, Brian Isaias, Manuel Jaramillo (FR/Selma, CA), Steven Kroesen, Michael Leinenger (FR/Rancho Bernardo, CA), Sunny Luna, Luke Lussier, Andrew Shin, Andrew Silva, and Nathan Yanez (FR/Eastvale, CA).
“Our goals this season is honestly just to see our kids compete hard and see the progress that they have made,” Flores continued. “I am a big believer in getting one percent better every day. If we continue to focus on ourselves, come February, March, when it really counts, we are going to be very competitive.”
The Lions will begin their season with a match at Menlo College before their home opener against San Fransisco State University on Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Story by SportStars INSIDER, Al Fontes. Follow Al at thecaliforniawrestler.com.