All-Bee wrestling Outstanding Lowerweight: Mason Pengilly

The Fresno BeeApril 17, 2013 

Outstanding Lowerweight: Mason Pengilly

School: Porterville

Grade: Junior

Weight class: 120

The résumé: One of only three wrestlers in California to end the year without a loss (St. John Bosco-Bellflower 132-pounder Aaron Pico and Clovis 285-pounder Nick Nevills were the others). The state's top-ranked 120-pounder finished a 42-0, 16-pin season with a 5-3 triumph over Live Oak-Morgan Hill's No. 2 Isaiah Locsin, who had defeated Pengilly in the quarterfinals in 2012 en route to capturing the 113-pound title. Pengilly also was champion at the Masters, Yosemite Divisionals, East Yosemite League and Doc Buchanan tournaments. "Every time he gets on the mat, he knows his opponent and he has real good insight into what they are going to do," Porterville coach Tim Vanni said. "And he has his own plan. He knew he had to change it up a little and keep the pressure on (against Locsin.)"

On his way: Pengilly unseated Locsin for the state's No. 1 ranking with an overtime victory in the Doc Buchanan final. But Vanni said earning a 3-1 win in the Yosemite Divisionals against Clovis' Jonas Gaytan, last season's 113-pound state runner-up and Central Section champ, set Pengilly on the path to his first title and third state medal following a fifth-place finish at 113 last season and a fourth-place finish at 103 in 2011. "That was a defining moment," Vanni said. "He was tactical. That was an impressive win. For Gaytan to come back and get third (in the state) shows the power of our section."

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