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Cougars Showing Solid Efforts, Success On Mats
A busy week for Escalon wrestlers saw them face off with Trans-valley League foe Hughson, in a home meet on Wednesday and then again as part of the Hughson Duals invitational on Thursday.

"I felt Hughson would be our toughest competition in league, I thought the match could go either way," head coach Derek Scott said of taking on the Huskies on Dec. 12.

The varsity squad came away with a 42-24 win, giving the home crowd reason to celebrate on Wednesday.

"It was a really good dual but it was closer than the score indicated," Scott said, noting several matches could have gone either way and the Cougars did a good job of nailing down the victory.

Winning matches at the varsity level for Escalon were Khyle Delucchi, win by pin at 113 pounds; Cameron DuBois, win by decision, 120; Tyler Lawrence, win by pin, 138; Austin Martinez, win by decision, 160; Matt Gallego, win by pin, 170; Dominic Freeseha, win by pin, 220 pounds.

"I really felt that Khyle got us off on the right foot with a big win," Scott said. "He handled his guy well. Then we lost a few in a row and Austin Martinez came from behind at 160, got the win, and that was a big momentum changer for us."

Doubling back, traveling to Hughson on Thursday, the Cougars were busy with matches against five different schools.

"We beat Denair 78-6 and Linden 84-0," Scott said. "We lost to Golden Valley 45-30 but we wrestled pretty good."

Golden Valley grapplers picked up 14 medals at the recent MJC Invitational, so Scott said his squad did well to keep them close.

"We beat Hughson 47-16 and I thought the good matches there were Colton Camara, winning by decision at 132 pounds and Johnathon Costa took a 14-2 win at 182 pounds," Scott said. "Then we beat Ceres 60-17 and the whole team wrestled well."

Four Cougars went a perfect 5-0 through the duals, with Tyler Lawrence winning all five matches at 138 pounds, as did Garrett Wade at 170, Costa at 182 and Freeseha at 220 pounds.

"I was really glad to get Johnathon Costa back in the line-up, as well as Garrett, Tyler is still getting into shape and doing really well and Dominic has been the surprise of the season so far," said Scott.

In the home match against Hughson, the Escalon JV wrestlers earned a convincing 66-18 win, with top efforts from Justice Redding, win by pin at 138 pounds, coming from behind; Justin Gonzales, win by pin at 126 and wins by pin at 152 pounds for Josh Redding and at 160 pounds by Daniel Gonzales.