FREMONT -- James Logan High senior wrestler Artemio Flores has had his share of ups and downs in his high school career. Now he's doing his best to finish that career on a positive note.
Flores won the 126-pound division at the Mission Valley Athletic League championships at Mission San Jose High on Saturday, his second career league title.
Flores qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation state tournament his freshman year, but missed the postseason in his sophomore year with a knee injury.
This year, Flores has raised his expectations.
Flores is ranked ninth in the state at 132 pounds by thecaliforniawrestler.com. But he's dropped to the 126-pound class, where he will likely be the No. 1 seed for the North Coast Section championships Feb. 22-23 at Newark Memorial.
"I came into this season hungry and didn't want to leave anything on the table," Flores said. "Dropping down to 126 gives me a lot of confidence. I did a good job at 132, but I match up so much better at this division."
Clayton Hartwell, Flores' teammate, was in a similar situation a year ago for the Colts. He qualified for the state tournament but missed the event with a hyperextended elbow.
This year, Hartwell continued to dominate opponents with a pin to claim the 195-pound class.
Kennedy had its first league champion since 2002 when Dairus Wells upset Logan's Shoaib Rasooli 6-4 in the
Jacob Macalolooy of Logan became a three-time league champion after the junior took home the title at 138 pounds. Logan won the league title with 252.5 points. Mission San Jose was second (114) and American was third (100.5).