Unlike most high school wrestlers who cut weight instead of moving up to a more ideal weight class each year, Ryan Cerrato chose to grow. And he certainly has grown at Newport Harbor High.
He used to be a 119-pounder three years ago as a freshman. That might be hard to believe, but Coach Dominic Bulone said he has the pictures to prove it. The amount of muscle Cerrato has packed on since probably matches his weight from when he first stepped on a scale for Bulone.
What Bulone sees now is a strapping 171-pound Cerrato. The senior receives compliments on his muscular physique.
Some think Cerrato is on steroids.
"It's kind of cool to say that I'm not," Cerrato said. "I'm a nice guy. I'm not one of these gnarly [buff guys]."
The only rage Cerrato exhibits is on the mat, where he has a record of 23-7 with 18 pins. The main objective for him is to flatten whomever he wrestles.