Mater Dei Catholic wrestler making his mark in the state rankings

Phillip Brents

Thu January 26, 2017 5:38pm

Mater Dei Catholic High School senior wrestler Aaron “Mateo” Olmos poses with his father Mario Olmos. Photo/Facebook

Mater Dei Catholic High School wrestler Aaron “Mateo” Olmos is clearly making his mark his senior year.
He opened the season by winning his 160-pound weight class at both the El Dorado and El Cajon Invitational tournaments. Between those major regional events, he split four matches at the Walsh Ironman in Akron, Ohio, considered the toughest high school tournament in the country.
The elite place-finishes catapulted him to the No. 4 ranking in his weight class in the state.
He’s done little to jeopardize that since.
Olmos finished fourth at the Doc Buchanan Invitational at Clovis High School just after the holiday break. That tournament is considered the toughest high school wrestling tournament on the West Coast. Olmos lost by a point in the semifinals.
The Mater Dei Catholic grappler came back to win the equally coveted Five Counties Invitational Jan. 13-14 at Fountain Valley High School.
He’s by no means finished.
The top four place-winners at the San Diego Section’s Masters state qualifying tournament, scheduled Feb. 24-25 at Olympian High School, advance to the state tournament March 3-4 in Bakersfield.
Prior to that, area wrestlers will qualify to the Masters through individual divisional tournaments on Feb. 18. Mater Dei Catholic will host the Division IV finals.
Olmos expects to grab the spotlight.
He called winning the El Cajon Invitational, held Dec. 16-17 at Eastlake High School, a “stepping stone.”
“To get first place with a pin in the finals was amazing,” said Olmos, who earned the outstanding wrestler award with four pins and a major decision in his five matches. “I came into that tournament with a month of hard training. It was amazing to go out and represent Mater Dei Catholic. I’ve been waiting a long time to do that.”
He said his goal remains the same after each tournament: “I want to come back harder and dominate everyone in the county and state.”
“Mateo is literally right there with the nation’s best and very fortunate that Mater Dei Catholic is very supportive for us to compete in the nation’s toughest tournaments where college scouts go to recruit to look out for the elite wrestlers in the country, so we would like to thank our school for the support,” Crusader head coach Brett Sanchez explained.
Sanchez noted that Olmos is being heavily recruited by top colleges throughout the nation such as Brown University, Virginia University, Old Dominion University, Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield and many top Division II schools as well.
“His academics are outstanding; he is sitting at a GPA over a 4.0,” Sanchez explained. “I don’t think it will be an issue finding a great school to land at next fall.”
It appears that wrestling will take him far in the world.
“Hopefully, he finishes the season strong on top of that podium at the CIF state tournament at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield,” Sanchez said.