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Panthers take state championship

City College’s Taylor Hodel wins the 157-pound weight division state championship match.

The best year in school history for the City College wrestling team ended victoriously December 13 and 14 when, for the first time since 1996, Panthers wrestlers returned from the California Community College Athletic Association Championship Tournament—held at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton—as the new state champions.

With a 12-1 record, a third consecutive Big-8 conference title, and a state championship, the 2013 season was the most successful the program has seen, according to head wrestling coach Dave Pacheco—who was awarded the CCCAA Coach of the Year Award.

Pacheco attributes his team’s success to new coaching strategies—and new coaching personnel—along with the most talented team he’s seen in his 31 years as head coach.

“This is the best team we’ve ever had, and it’s just such a deep team,” said Pacheco. “When we won in 1996, we had nowhere near the number of good wrestlers as we did this year.”

New assistant coach Todd Dilbeck spent 14 years as the head wrestling coach at Sheldon High School in Elk Grove before joining the Panthers in 2013.

“He helped our guys quite a bit with the mental side of things,” said Pacheco. “I think it was very helpful in getting the guys prepared mentally.”

With a master’s degree in psychology and a strong wrestling background, Dilbeck—who also runs a private sports psychology practice—helped wrestlers develop coincidence and set goals.

“They were able to really pull together as a solid, unified team, which is really the key if you’re going to be a championship wrestling team,” said Dilbeck. “These guys kept their egos in check and wrestled for the name on the singlet, not for the individual.”

In the 157-pound match sophomore Tyler Hodel (ranked second in the state for his weight class), facing No. 1-ranked Shervin Iraniha of Palomar College, scored a match-tying takedown with 10 seconds to go, forcing the match into overtime. In the extra period Hodel and Iraniha continued their even play as the tie remained at the end of the one-minute period. Finally in the 30-second double overtime period, Hodel broke the tie with a takedown—by way of an inside out trip—and pin of his opponent, winning the state championship in the 157-pound weight class.

The 165-pound match featured a first-ever scenario at the state championship level when Panthers teammates Desi Rios and Tyson Kuahine both fought their way to the final match for the championship in the first year that teams were allowed to enter multiple wrestlers in the same weight class, Pacheco said.

“We’ve been talking about doing it for a long time (allowing teams to have more than one competitor in a single class),” said Pacheco. “This year we finally voted that in because there were a lot of guys who were good and didn’t get a chance to compete.”

Facing Kuahine, Rios jumped out to a 5-0 lead early and held a 7-2 lead when he ended his teammate’s title hopes, claiming the title with a takedown and pin at the 3:23 mark of the match.
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City College’s 174-pound competitor Alex Campos-Chambers, ranked No. 1 in the state, also made history as he became the first one-handed athlete to win an individual state title for California community colleges.

While facing a 3-2 deficit nearing the end of the opening period, Campos-Chambers—who was born with a right arm that ends at the wrist—went in for a takedown of Fresno City College’s Kevin Corbett, resulting in a pin for Campos-Chambers and a third championship of the day for the Panthers.

With the win, Campos-Chambers now holds the record for most pins in California community college history with 52 pins over his two-year career. He was awarded the Outstanding Player Award at the three-day tournament.

“That’s the great thing about our sport is that you can overcome serious disabilities and even find ways to use them to your advantage,” said Pacheco. “Alex [Campos-Chambers] doesn’t let it slow him down at all.”

In the next championship match Kenny Steers, representing the Panthers in the 184-pound weight class, became the fourth Panther to claim an individual state championship as he won in a close match that ended in a 2-1 victory.

“The biggest key was my mentality,” said Steers. “I was confident, and I knew I could win.”

After winning the previous three state titles, Fresno City College won two individual championships (141- and 149-pound weight classes) but came in a distant second in points to Sacramento City College in overall team score, a point of pride for the Panthers.

“We always want to beat Fresno City,” said Pacheco. “They’re the best, they’ve just dominated the last few years, and if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

With all four individual state champions moving on to four-year colleges, the successes of this year will be hard to duplicate, according to Pacheco. But a strong stable of returning wrestlers and incoming talent leaves Pacheco optimistic.

“It never stops for student athletes,” said Pacheco. “We’ll train this off -season, and we have a good group of guys coming back next year and, obviously, freshmen coming in to fill some of those (vacant) spots.”

Alex Campos-Chambers, state champion in the 174-pound weight division and recipient of the Outstanding Wrestler Award, wrestles during the state championship
tournament in December.


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