Los Banos High School hosted the 12th Annual Morning Star Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 16, in both of the school’s gyms.

Twenty-nine schools participated. The overall school winner is based on a point system combined from each wrestler. First place team went to Clovis with 166.5 points. Selma placed second with 163 and Los Banos placed third with 153 points. Dos Palos placed 12th and Firebaugh placed 16th. Pacheco High did participate, but only with a few wrestlers.

Individually there were 14 weight brackets. The lightest being 103 pounds and heaviest being 285.

In the 113 pound championship round Jonathan Jasso of Dos Palos placed second. Fifth place went to Marthell Buenrostro of Los Banos.

In the 138 pound championship round Anthony DelRio of Dos Palos placed eighth.

In the 152 pound championship round Isaac Ceja of Firebaugh placed third, while Daniel Robbins of Dos Palos fifth and Alex Rosa of Firebaugh placed sixth.

In the 160 pound championship round Brokton Borelli of Los Banos took first place.

In the 170 pound championship round his brother Larry Borelli of Los Banos also took home a first place metal.

In the 182 pound championship round Raymond Fernandez of Los Banos placed first.

In the 195 pound championship round Narciso Delgado of Firebaugh placed third and John Ramirez of Dos Palos placed sixth.

In the 285 pound championship round Cody Ruiz of Los Banos placed third.

When asked about the tournament, Los Banos wrestling head coach Jose Castro said, “We could not be prouder of this group of guys we have. We had a lot of our guys wrestling in front of their friends and families and the way they performed was great to see.

Three champions, an outstanding wrestler in Fernandez, a third place and a fifth place, plus the other guys wrestling back on the back side getting us those points, all contributed to the team finishing third.

Brokton, Larry and Raymond all showed why they are in the state rankings and are leading their team in the right direction. Thank you to all the fans for their support. Tiger Nation was there and we heard you!”

Gene Lieb