Aptos High wrestler James Platero was the highest of the local placers, taking third at 199 pounds, at the 12th annual Apple Cider Classic, a 39-team tournament at Watsonville High on Saturday.
Platero went 3-1 with three pins. His lone loss was a 10-2 major decision to No. 2 seed Olandis Mathes of Carmel in the semifinals.
Watsonville had three of Santa Cruz County’s nine placers. The Wildcatz’s trio of Joaquin Mosqueda (136 pounds), Vincent Mosqueda (130) and Mathew Flores (199) all posted top-eight finishes, as they did last week at the Pat Lovell Memorial Holiday Wrestling Classic at Aptos High.
Aptos and St. Francis each had two places and Monte Vista Christian and Pajaro Valley each had one.
Joaquin Mosqueda (136) took fourth after losing by fall to Lincoln senior Adam Arenas in 45 seconds. Mosqueda finished 2-2. After posting a major decision, a win of eight or more points, and a technical fall, a win of 15 or more points, he lost a 7-5 decision to No. 2 seed Nick Rusiniak of Los Gatos.
Pajaro Valley’s Isaac Cardenas (186) took fourth after dropping a 5-1 decision to Ivan Martinez of North Monterey County. Cardenas finished 3-2 with a pair of pins, including one in :20.
Vincent Mosqueda (130) took fifth place after pinning San Benito’s Roman Morales in :34. Mosqueda went 3-1 with three pins. His lone loss was a forfeit to San Benito’s Noah Zaragoza in the quarterfinals.
Aptos’ Cade Crowley (224) took sixth after suffering a 1-0 decision to Los Gatos junior Spencer Bryan. Crowley finished 3-2.
Monte Vista Christian’s Ibbie Peters (117) took seventh place after pinning Lincoln sophomore Jose Moreno in 2:22. Peters had a bye and forfeit but was pinned in his next two matches before winning his finale.
Watsonville sophomore Mathew Flores (199) pinned Huy Pham of Saint Francis of Mountain View in 1:10 to place seventh. Flores went 2-2 with a loss to Aptos’ Platero in the quarterfinals.
St. Francis’ Adam Martinez (156) took eighth. He was pinned by Seth Young of Salinas in his final match to finish 2-2 with all four matches decided by pins.
St. Francis’ Isaac Davila (289) lost by injury default in his final matches to place eighth. Davila won his first match with a pin in 28 seconds before getting pinned by Coalinga’s Kyle Rosas in :57 in the quarterfinals.
Evergreen Valley (230.5 points) won the tournament. Los Gatos (218.5) took second and Central (195) was in third. Watsonville (51.5) was the top local team by placing 18th.
Apple Cider Classic
3rd: James Platero (199 pounds), Aptos
4th: Joaquin Mosqueda (136), Watsonville
4th: Isaac Cardenas (186), Pajaro Valley
5th: Vincent Mosqueda (130), Watsonville
6th: Cade Crowley (224), Aptos
7th: Ibbie Peters (117), MVC
7th: Mathew Flores (199), Watsonville
8th: Adam Martinez (156), St. Francis
8th: Isaac Davila (289), St. Francis