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Busy Week For Wrestlers Features Dual Meets, Tournament
Suiting up for what was the busiest week on their schedule, the Escalon wrestlers had a double dual meet on Wednesday and then played host to teams from around the region on Friday and Saturday for the annual Lloyd C. Engel Wrestling Tournament.

"There were 21 teams there and we had a couple of different pools," explained head coach Derek Scott of the two-day Engel tourney.

Taking first place honors and grabbing the Most Outstanding Lightweight honors was Dylan Furtado at 125 pounds, finishing first in Pool A, the toughest pool in the tournament.

"As a team we wrestled pretty well and we were very happy with Dylan, he's been improving a ton," Scott noted. "Also Travis James, he is probably the most improved wrestler on the whole team."

James took first place honors in Pool B at 215 pounds, also turning in an outstanding tournament.

At 112 pounds, Johnathon Costa took second in Pool A, Damon Hopkins was third in Pool C. Christian Franks was second in Pool A at 119 pounds, Furtado first in Pool A at 125, Kenny Ring took second in Pool C at 130 pounds and teammate Danny Luna was third in Pool C at 130.

At 140 pounds, Anthony Munoz was fourth in Pool B. Wrestling at 145 pounds, David Gonzales was third in Pool A, Adrian Cortes was fourth in Pool A and Garrett Wade was third in Pool C at that weight.

Andrew Baroni took fourth at 152 pounds in Pool A, Colin Keener was fourth at 160 pounds in Pool A, Mike Simoes was second in Pool A at 171 and Shane Silveira took fourth in the weight class in Pool A. Brandon Williams finished second in Pool A at 189 pounds, Victor Carrillo was second in Pool B at 189 and Travis James was first in Pool B at 215 pounds.

"Elk Grove had seven champions and they are one of the best teams in the section," said Scott of the top squad at the tournament.

"This was a good measuring stick for our guys," he added. "We won most of the matches we thought we should win."

Scott thanked the students and Escalon High parents that assisted in putting on the two-day tournament, noting that it ran smoothly because of all the support.

"The tournament could not function without them," he said.

Sponsors were Big Boy Market and Hashem Naraghi for the Engel Tournament, while Big Boy and Quality Service - The McCoy Family were sponsors of the JV Mel Focha Tournament on Jan. 9.

Earlier action in the week saw the Cougars hosting a double dual with Trans-Valley League foes Riverbank and Denair.

The JV team shut out Riverbank 66-0 with only one match wrestled, Joey Gutierrez winning by pin at heavyweight. It was another 66-0 win over Denair, but this time four wrestlers got to take the mat. All won by pin and included Aaron Dizon, 140 pounds; Cody Hodgson, 160; James Ristrim, 215; Joey Gutierrez, heavyweight.

The varsity picked up a 73-0 win over Riverbank and did wrestle several matches.

Winning by pin were: Christian Franks, 119 pounds; Dylan Furtado, 125; Jason Robbins, 130; Darren Gust, 135; Anthony Munoz, 145; Adrian Cortes, 152; Colin Keener, 160; Jason Johnstad, heavyweight.

Kenny Ring won by major decision, 17-3, at 140 pounds, Brandon Williams took an 8-1 win at 189 pounds.

Against Denair, it was a decisive 68-3 win. Furtado won by pin at 125, as did Gust at 135, Ring at 140, Munoz at 145, David Gonzales at 152. Andrew Baroni scored a technical fall, 18-2, at 160 pounds and Travis James earned a 12-6 decision at 215 pounds.

This week, the Cougars are on the road for Trans-Valley League action at Hughson on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The JV team goes to the Enochs Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 23 with the varsity heading to the Foothill Tournament on both Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22 and 23.