By Steve Breazeale
As the San Clemente High wrestling awards banquet was winding down on March 29, head coach Mark Calentino thought that it would be a good time to introduce a surprise guest speaker. After the numerous awards were handed out, Calentino gave way to former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who addressed those in attendance.
Calentino said via email that Jackson spoke for about 15 minutes before stepping off the stage to take pictures and sign autographs for all the students who wanted one.
“I thought a season with so many highlights deserved a special treat at the banquet,” Calentino said.
The Tritons were celebrating another successful season, one that saw them go 16-1 overall and claim six tournament wins on the year. The team was also in the semifinals of the CIF Division 1 Dual Meet Championships and they placed third overall at the CIF-SS Championships.
From March 23 to March 24 several Tritons wrestlers traveled to Fresno to compete in the USA Wrestling California Grade Level State Championships, a competition that was open to all California high school wrestlers. Sophomore Mike Marshall had a dominant performance, defeating his opponent 17-0 in the 160 pound weight class finals to take home the title.