Men's Athletes of the Week
Palomar wrestler Collin honored after tournament title
OCT. 27, 2014 - Palomar wrestler Erik Collin has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week after helping lead the Comets to a 21-20 victory over Santa Ana and, three days later, the team championship at the Meathead Movers Invitational in San Luis Obispo.
Collin, a freshman from San Marcos High School who is ranked fifth in the state at 165 pounds, played a key role in Palomar's Southwest Conference win over Santa Ana, decisioning Erik Roberts 5-3 at the Dons' Cook Gym.
In the Meathead Movers Tournament hosted by Cuesta College, Collin defeated Palomar teammate Peter Donchev, the state's seventh-ranked 165-pounder, to win the weight class. Palomar took successive first places at 157, 165 and 174 pounds on its way to the team title in the tournament. Collin and the Comets won the championship over second-place Mt. SAC (which won the Southern California Dual title last week), third-place Cuesta, fourth-place Chabot (the Northern California Dual champion) and defending state champion Sacramento City College, which placed fifth.
Honorable mention for the week was awarded to football players Diego Rodriguez (Southwestern), Jaron Johnson (Mt. San Jacinto), Thomas McDonald (Grossmont) and Brandon Diaz (San Diego Mesa).
Rodriguez, a 5-foot-10, 192 sophomore running back from Montgomery High School, rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries as the Jaguars came from behind to down Mt. San Jacinto 34-31 in a shootout on the road. Rodriguez' TD runs went for 36 and 11 yards.
Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 157-pound sophomore receiver out of Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, led the Eagles in that game by catching 14 passes for 202 yards.
McDonald, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound freshman running back from Palm Beach Central High School in Palm Beach, Florida, rushed for 152 yards and a 19-yard TD on 25 carries in the Griffins' 40-22 loss to last season's state runner-up, Fullerton, on the road.
Diaz, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound freshman quarterback from Miami Central High School in Miami, Florida, connected on 20-of-37 pass attempts, including touchdown strikes of 12 yards to Will Stewart and 55 yards to Bryan Coburn, in the Olympians' 36-33 road loss to San Bernardino Valley in three overtimes.