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Escalon Matmen Earn Medals In Pair Of Weekend Tournaments
Weekend tournament action for Escalon wrestlers saw the varsity attend the prestigious two-day Tim Brown Tournament in Sacramento, with the JV squad heading to Enochs for a Saturday, Jan. 22 event.

A half dozen JV wrestlers came home with medals from Enochs, including two first place honors.

Kenny Ring went 3-0 at 137 pounds to claim first place and Frankie Bavaro was also a perfect 3-0, earning the top spot at 142 pounds. Second place went to Lestat Velasquez, 2-1 at 132 pounds and Tony Vincent, 2-1 for second place at 215 pounds in just his second time taking the mats in a competitive event.

Finishing third for Escalon were Chaz Welborn, 2-1 at 119 pounds, Danny Felix, 2-1 at heavyweight.

Assistant coaches Ryan Esteves and Lim Prim headed up the JV contingent.

At the Tim Brown on Friday and Saturday, the Cougars had 10 wrestlers entered.

"This is the best tournament of the year, really tough, it's not quite as big as the Reno tournament but it's tougher," explained head coach Derek Scott. "Out of the 10 guys we took, seven made the second day and that's the best we've ever done."

At 112 pounds, Max Yang went 2-2 for the weekend, Cole McCoy went 0-2 at 119. At 135 pounds, Dylan Furtado went 3-2.

"He beat a Section placer from last year so he did real well," Scott said of Furtado.

Jason Robbins compiled a 4-2 record at 140 pounds, Garrett Wade went 3-2 at 152 pounds, with the same 3-2 mark for Adrian Cortes, 171, and Travis James, 215. Joey Gutierrez was 0-2 in the heavyweight slot.

Coming home with hardware, placing in the prestigious tournament were Andrew Baroni and Christian Franks.

"Andrew had three close matches and won them, that has been the biggest hurdle for him," said Scott of getting wins in the close decisions. "This is by far the biggest tournament he has ever medaled in."

Baroni went 6-2 at 145 pounds to claim seventh place honors.

For Franks, his record at 130 pounds was 6-1, grabbing the third place medal by taking down state-ranked wrestler Tanner Feuerstein of Oakdale in the medal round.

"It was his best tournament of the year, the best he has wrestled," Scott said.

Earlier in the week, the Cougars traveled to Orestimba and defeated the host team in a Trans-Valley League dual, the JV's getting a 42-6 win primarily on forfeits, with Velasquez winning by pin at 135 pounds.

For the varsity, it was a 57-15 decision, with wins by pin from Yang, 112; McCoy, 119; Ring, 135; Brendan Wing, 152 pounds; Wade, 160; Mikey Simoes, 189 and Vincent at 215 pounds in his first varsity match. Felix earned a 6-5 decision at heavyweight.

This week, the Cougars host Riverbank and Modesto Christian on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m.