Men's Athletes of the Week
Comets’ Schaeffer, Mesa’s Woldt are Athletes of the Week
OCT. 18, 2016 - Water Polo The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected Palomar College wrestler Jake Schaeffer and San Diego Mesa water polo player Cameron Woldt as its Men’s Athletes of the Week for the week that ended Sunday.
Schaeffer, the Comets’ sophomore 133-pounder out of Otay Ranch High School, notched four straight wins as coach Brody Barrios’ squad went 3-1 and placed third in the Southern California Duals Championships that the Comets hosted on Saturday.
Schaeffer won by technical fall 17-0 as Palomar, coming off a first-round bye, defeated Rio Hondo 31-9 in the quarterfinals. He won 8-4 in the Comets’ 20-17 loss to Mt. SAC in a semifinal match. Schaeffer tallied a 6-4 decision victory in a 50-0 victory over West Hills Lemoore in the third-place semifinals, then finished the day by pinning his opponent as the Comets finished in third place by defeating Santa Ana 36-9.
Last season, as a freshman, Schaeffer finished third in the CCCAA State Tournament at 125 pounds.
Woldt, a sophomore from Serra High School in his second dominant season as Mesa’s goalie, notched 16 saves (four on goalie stuffs), as he and the Olympians’ defense held Grossmont to six goals in a key 11-6 win over the Griffins at the Mesa pool. He also had three steals in the game as the defending PCAC champions advanced to 4-2 in conference.
Also last week, Woldt had nine saves and scored a goal switching to a field position in a 24-16 win at Southwestern.
He’s entered the current week in third in the state and second in Southern California with 256 saves. He’s also third in the state and first in SoCal in save percentage (73.1) Honorable mention selections are Palomar football player Josh Bernard and College of the Desert football player Kamone Best.
Bernard, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back who was the 2015 CIF San Diego Section Offensive Player of the Year at Oceanside High School, had a big performance to help the Comets defeat Orange Coast 28-27 in their National Division Southern Conference opener. He rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and added 87 receiving yards on two catches.
Best, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back from Eastern Wayne (North Carolina) High, rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries in COD’s 30-13 American Division Mountain Conference victory over Mt. San Jacinto. He also had two pass receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown.