Malibu’s tough guy

James Townsend

James Townsend of The Malibu Wrestling Club earned all-state honors by placing fifth this past weekend at the California Kids State Wrestling Tournament in Temecula. James competed in the Midget division (9 and 10-year-olds) in the 87-pound weight class.

He qualified for the state meet by placing second at the Southern California Wrestling Association meet on April 19 in Placentia.

James has qualified to compete at the USA Wrestling’s Western Kids Regionals in June at Idaho State University.

James is a third-grader at Our Lady of Malibu School.