Escalon High School sophomore Mikayla Vega, after last year becoming Escalon’s first female section placer, is now taking her talents abroad. She missed a state medal by 20 seconds in the medal match last season and has continued to hone her skills. She is going this week to Japan as part of the American Kintaro World Team, where she will compete against athletes from Russia and Japan.
The team is sponsored by Asics wrestling gear.
“Mikayla, after finishing an outstanding freshmen season, has continued that success with a great off-season,” said head EHS wrestling coach Derek Scott.
She has placed in State and for the second time she has represented California at the US Nationals, where she was an All American as an eighth grader.
“Mikayla is a wonderful young lady to coach,” said Scott.
She has been working this off-season with Coach Atom Garcia after Scott ran the spring-summer workouts.
“What I like most about her is she has quite determination on how she goes about her business, but what is fun to watch is her toughness. Twice this year, once against Ripon and once at Ponderosa Camp she has been roughed up going against a stronger boy,” Scott noted. “Once she got angry she came back and wore them down and pinned them without saying a word. That says a lot about her competiveness and you can’t teach that.”
Scott believes she will be Escalon’s first female State and National Champion and could go on to be a Division l wrestler.
“The Escalon Wrestling Team wishes Mikayla good luck in Japan,” Scott said.
Any girl at any age that wants to join the Escalon Girls Wrestling team or the Escalon Wrestling Club should contact Coach Garcia or Coach Scott.