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Grapplers Take Mats In Reno Meet
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School may be out for the long holiday break, but Escalon wrestlers are not taking a breather.

The Cougars, in fact, have 14 wrestlers competing in Reno, Nevada this week for the Sierra Nevada Tournament and recently wrestled their way to a perfect 4-0 mark at the Hughson Duals.

They dropped a trip to Granada due to a scheduling conflict, but were able to pick up the Hughson event, which worked out extremely well.

"There were five teams there, Mariposa, Linden, Summerville, Hughson and Escalon, we went 4-0 and won the tournament," head coach Derek Scott said.

The Cougars were 53-18 winners over Mariposa, pinned a 70-6 loss on Linden, topped Hughson 66-9 and were 52-21 winners over Summerville.

Even more impressive than the team win was having a slew of wrestlers go undefeated in their individual weight classes, winning all four matches they wrestled.

They included Jonathan Costa, 103; Max Yang, 112; Dylan Furtado, 119; Christian Franks, 125; Jason Robbins, 130; Garrett Wade, 145; Andrew Baroni, 160; Shane Silveira, 171 and Brandon Williams, 189.

"Some of those guys, we kind of expected they would go 4-0," admitted Scott. "But others, were weren't sure how they would do and I would say Jason Robbins, Garrett Wade and Shane Silveira were the standouts, we were pleased to see their improvements."

The Sierra Nevada Tournament in Reno kicked off Tuesday, Dec. 29 and continues today, Wednesday, Dec. 30, with several Cougars looking to come home from the prestigious tourney with a medal.

"It's a seven state, 80 team tournament," Scott explained of the huge end of the year meet.

The Cougars have been strong in the early going, Scott said they will face much tougher competition in Reno and he's hoping it is a good learning experience, as well as a successful trip.

"I expect it to be tough but I do expect some kids to medal," he said. "We're going to fill all 14 weights ... hopefully we do well."