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Bishop Qualifies For State Meet In Wrestling
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One lone Cougar remains in the quest for a state title in wrestling, with Myles Bishop qualifying for the meet in Bakersfield at 135 pounds. He finished sixth at the Section meet staged Friday and Saturday at Pitman High School in Turlock and will represent Escalon at the upcoming state competition.

"He beat two ranked kids and in the match to medal, he won it 9-1," said coach Derek Scott. "It was the best match he's ever wrestled."

Bishop went 4-3 over the two days of competition and had to battle back after dropping into the consolation bracket. Scott said the wrestler showed great determination in making it to the medal match and, with the sixth place finish, will move on.

Escalon had seven wrestlers at the Section meet, with Bishop the only qualifier for the state competition.

"Brian Toy went 0-1 at 103 pounds but he is just a freshman, he's young," said Scott. "We're excited about his future."

Andrew Schuler, another prospect for the future, was 1-2 at 112 pounds. Kevin Machado went 1-2 at 130 pounds.

"As usual, he fought until the end," Scott said. "He was ahead in a couple of matches and just got caught."

Ryan Sughrue went 2-2 at 152 pounds, a solid showing, and lost his final match by a close score. Brett Mynear went 0-2 at 160 pounds and heavyweight Anthony Oste finished with a 2-2 mark.

"As a team, we did really well," said Scott. "We fought hard the whole time and I was really encouraged by the way the kids worked hard all year."

Bishop will be in action for the state meet in Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5.