The honoree of The 2018 Old Dutch Invitational watched his former team make an impressive showing Saturday at the gym in which he coached for so many years.
Dutch Van Patten was Righetti's boys wrestling coach for 21 years, and he guided the Warriors to several championships along the way. In the first version of the meet that was named for Van Patten, host Righetti won the team title at its Warrior Gym with a commanding 238 points. Santa Maria was second with 138, and Ojai Nordhoff finished third with 126. Santa Ynez finished sixth with 96 points.
A number of Santa Ynez wrestlers finished in the top three in their weight classes.
Richard Sandoval, a Santa Ynez junior, defeated Cabrillo junior Ryley Daltorio with a fall at 3:32 to win the 120-pound title.
Pirate sophomore Armando Contreras won his third-place match in the 106-pound division, beating Santa Maria freshman Valentin Martinez with a pin-fall.
Santa Ynez sophomore Dylan Vargas was second in the 113-pound division, falling to Nordhoff junior Nicholas Stringer in the first-place match.
Chris Scaduto of Santa Ynez was sixth in the 132-pound division. Mason Hamill took sixth in the 160-pound weight class. Jacob Moran was also sixth, in the 182-pound class.
"I'm very happy with this," first-year Santa Maria coach Steve Hart said. The Saints did not have a weight class winner, but their depth carried them to a runner-up finish.
"I'm very happy with second place," said Hart.
Several area teams combined with several squads from out of the area at the meet.
"To be honest, I'm conflicted," about the meet being named in his honor, Van Patten said as he watched the action.
"I'm grateful that (current Righetti co-coaches Justin Bronson and Andrew Domingues) named the meet after me," said Van Patten. "But I'm not sure that I did anything remarkable that would warrant the meet being named after me. I just tried the best I could to advance the sport."
Van Patten chuckled. "The thing that cracks me up is that I see four guys who wrestled for me coaching different teams, and I see some of my former wrestlers officiating. The guy who mentored me is here. Paul Clemente, who was coaching at Ventura when I was a young coach coming up and who mentored many young coaches, is coaching Nordhoff now. He's a great guy."
Four of the six Righetti wrestlers who made it into the finals earned weight class titles. Dominic Mendez (106 pounds), Matthew Rodriguez (152), Don Beni Banduenga (160) and John McCormack (182) all won by pin.
McCormack had a back-and-forth match with Cabrillo's Patrick Durham before he finally stopped Durham with 27 seconds left in their match.
"I used the set back move, where I try to get him by the shoulders and get him down," to get the pin, said the Righetti junior.
Domingues had a decorated four-year varsity career when he wrestled for Van Patten at Righetti.
This year, "We have a lot of depth, a lot of young guys stepping up," Domingues said. "We had two freshmen, Dominic Mendez and Matthew Rodriguez, win championships," Saturday.
The Warriors are 5-0 in duals this year and, "We won the Lemoore Duals two weeks ago," Domingues said.
St. Joseph junior Richard Gonzalez earned his first tournament title of the year when he earned a 10-4 decision over Richard Garcia of Bakersfield South in the 145-pound championship match Saturday.
"The sweep single leg move, where I try to get (my opponent) by the leg and take him down was the move that worked best for me today," Gonzalez said.
Two Lompoc wrestlers earned weight class titles.
The 285-pound match, the last one to finish, was tied 6-6 going into the third, and final, round. Lompoc junior Jacob Nunez, who played for Lompoc's Channel League championship football team and earned Channel League Offensive Lineman of the Year honors, finally pinned St. Joseph's Jacob Hernandez 58 seconds into the third round.
Lompoc sophomore Gracen Hayes won his second tournament title of the season with a 3-0 decision over Atascadero's Daniel Morales in a tough, low-scoring 132-pound championship match.
"I used the single leg move, where I slide my feet and try to get the takedown," to earn the lone takedown of the match, Hayes said.
"That move is the one that's been working best for me this year."
St. Joseph’s Marcelino Gonzalez won the 195-pound title with a 7-0 decision over Nordhoff’s Michael Trejo.