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Busy, Successful Week For Escalon Wrestlers
Hosting Riverbank on Wednesday, the Cougar wrestlers got the better of the visiting Bruins, the JV winning 60-0 and the varsity taking a 67-12 win off the mats. Only three matches were contested at the JV level, with each young Cougar taking a win by pin. They included Fabricio Gallo, 138 pounds; Alvaro Vasquez, 145; Devin Rogue, 170. For the varsity, head coach Derek Scott said most of the wrestlers did get matches and they were especially pleased for some of the younger grapplers that had the chance to fill weights while football players are still getting into wrestling shape. Kyle Jimenez won by pin at 106 pounds, as did Trenton Busch at 126. Austin Jones took a win by decision at 132 and Colton Camara earned a win by pin at 138. At 145 pounds, Lestat Velasquez won by pin, Hunter Calton took a win by pin at 152. Matt Gallego won by major decision in the 170-pound bracket and Nathan Reichart was a winner by pin at 220 pounds. At heavyweight, the win by pin went to Brendan Belman.

"We were really happy with Kyle Jimenez, Reichart and Belman, and Hunter Calton as a freshman, did a great job," said Scott.

Calton, in fact, battled through a dislocated finger injury suffered the day before and also had to cut weight before taking the mat. This is also his first time wrestling so Scott said he is showing some great grit and determination early on. Saturday brought a trip to the Beyer Tournament, where Escalon was "definitely the dominant team," said Scott. Taking fourth place honors were Jonathan Dietzel, 113 pounds; Chase Thompson, 120; Jorge Cortez, 130; Frank Martins, heavyweight.

Finishing third for the Cougars was Hunter Calton at 152 pounds.

Second place honors were garnered by Fabricio Gallo, 132; Andrew Gastello, 132; Justice Redding, 126; Paxton Brogan and Andrew Gonzales, each at 160 pounds; and Brendan Belman at heavyweight.

"First place for us included Kyle Jimenez at 106 pounds, Daniel Wallace at 145, Clayton Jones at 113 and Clayton Keener at 152 pounds," Scott said. "We were pleased with the four champions, especially with Wallace, and this was Clayton Keener's first competition, he looked extremely good."

Coaching the squad at Beyer were Ray Scott, Pinder Dosanjh, Carlos Furtado, Ken Draper and Willie Gonzales. Eight Cougars, meanwhile, traveled to Elk Grove for a tournament there. Getting in some matches but not earning medals were Cameron DuBois, Austin Jones, Lestat Velasquez, A.J. Camarena and Juan Silva.

Seventh place medal went to Matt Gallego at 170 pounds, who lost his first match and won the rest of his matches on the day; Colton Camara took sixth at 132 and, in his first action since football, Tyler Lawrence came away with a third place medal.

"He went 4-1 in his first action of the season," Scott said. "That was really good with just five days of practice, he was able to compete real hard."

This week, the team travels to Hilmar on Wednesday, Dec. 12 and then gets ready for the Modesto Junior College Tournament on the weekend.