Cuesta College sophomore wrestler Michael Clemmensen won the 133-pound title at the Cougars’ Meathead Movers Invitational late Saturday night with a 5-3 decision over Santa Ana’s Juan Jaime in the final.
Clemmensen, an Atascadero High product, avenged his only loss of the season against Jaime, a defending state champion, on his way to winning the tournament’s Award of Excellence.
“Michael’s one of those kids you root for and want to see do well,” Cuesta head coach Joe Dansby said. “He’s a soft-spoken leader.
“He wrestled (Jaime) before. The change he made this time was (to) be a little bit more stubborn on his feet, and he didn’t get behind.”
At 141 pounds, Cuesta’s Julian Purdy took second place, and teammates Connor Pollock and Brady Day tied for fifth.
Cuesta’s Jovan Villalobos was third at 174.
The host Cougars finished fifth among 18 teams, with the team title going to top-ranked Sacramento City College.