FREMONT -- James Logan High's Clayton Hartwell walks the line between cocky and confident.
He said he felt a little bit cocky when he saw he was seeded first in the Mission San Jose Invitational. He was firmly on the confident side Saturday when he successfully defended his tournament title.
Hartwell, the defending North Coast Section 195-pound champion and currently fifth in The California Wrestler's state rankings, easily handled Clovis' Matt Weiss 10-5 to win the 195-pound title and help the Colts claim second place.
"I try to treat every match like it's a state championship match, whether it's against a scrub or a good guy like Weiss," Hartwell said. "But I think at the beginning of the tournament I was a little cocky."
But he quickly backed up his attitude with his performance, pinning his first three opponents -- the third in 31 seconds. Weiss, meanwhile, pinned his way into the finals, with his first four matches lasting a total of 1 minute, 50 seconds.
"I knew of his successes so it was a little bit nerve-wracking," said Hartwell, who came from behind to beat Weiss 7-6 in the final here last year. "But I knew I had trained really hard, so I just went and I got (the championship). All that hard work paid off."
The Colts won three individual titles. Jacob Macalooley manhandled Austin Langford of Live Oak-Morgan Hill 14-1 to win the 138-pound title, and Jacob Donato held on for a 4-2 victory over Bellarmine-San Jose's Isaiah Palomino at 120. Granada's Angel Beltran won the 145-pound title, outlasting Jared Hill of Clovis 11-8.
It took a takedown with 12 seconds left to lift returning state champion Adrian Camposano of Central-Fresno past Jared Luty of American 7-5 for the 113-pound title. Luty had scored first with a three-point near fall in the first round but could not hold the lead.
Clovis, which is chasing a fifth straight state team title this year, sent 10 to the finals, winning six matches. Its other four wrestlers placed no lower than fourth. With 366.5 points, they were 200 points ahead of second-place James Logan. De La Salle and Freedom tied for third at 105.
Ten of the championship bouts matched the two top seeds in each weight. There was also a 1 versus 2 matchup in the consolation finals, where top-seeded Julian Gaytan of Clovis edged second-seeded Ricky Coster of Freedom 1-0. Coster had won four straight consolation matches following a 7-4 loss to unseeded Victor Quintos of Central-Fresno on Friday, while Gaytan (No. 7 in the state rankings) suffered a 16-8 loss to fourth-seeded Isaiah Palomino of Bellarmine.
Also in the consolation finals, De La Salle's Nathan Cervantes pinned Keano Calderon of Castro Valley at 132; Foothill's Arthur Knatt beat Alex Bazan of Freedom 5-1 (170), and James Logan's Jose Zamora pinned Kirk Sullivan of Freedom in 1:47 at 285 pounds. Also taking third were
Jesse Gregorson of Liberty (152), Grashan Austin of American (182) and Matthew Zachery of College Park (220). Placing fourth were Coster, Devin Lyle of Liberty (126), Jack Walsh of De La Salle (145) and Antonio Baldazo of Pittsburg (195).