Keeping up a hectic pace, Escalon’s wrestlers were on the road this week, taking on Hilmar and heading to tournaments.
Both varsity teams went into the Tuesday night, Jan. 15 Trans-Valley League match undefeated but Hilmar got the best of the Cougars on the mats that evening.
“All the weights were competitive,” said head coach Derek Scott.
The varsity boys fell 49-21, with wins coming from Aiden Krieger at 126 pounds, Alex Jimenez at 138, Garrett Nash at 145 and Brad Hagglund at 170 pounds.
For the JV Cougar boys, they kept their record perfect, now 5-0, with a convincing 48-18 victory.
“Big matches there were from Jacob Redding (170 pounds) and, getting his first win, Aiden Freitas got a win by fall at 220 pounds,” Scott said. “Also winning were Casey Vassallo, Manuel Diaz, Nathan Miranda and Dylan Dugo.
The Escalon Lady Cougar wrestlers got an 18-0 win and taking a victory on the mats was Julia Casillas, winning by pin at 126 pounds.
Weekend action saw the JV boys and the girls heading to Gregori for tournament matches.
Casey Vassallo and Sebastian Snow came away with championship honors from Gregori, Vassallo going 3-0 at 152 pounds and Snow going 3-0 at 195 pounds. Taking second place honors was Nathan Miranda, 3-1 at 182 pounds and taking down third place was Cameron Loureiro, 2-2 at 160 pounds.
Casillas, for the girls, went 3-1 at 126 pounds, losing in a controversial finals match to take second place, said Scott.
First place finishers for the girls were Kaylee Freeseha at 111 pounds, going 3-0, with Mikayla Vega going 3-0 at 121 pounds for the championship.
“Kaylee just continues to impress, getting better every time out and Mikayla is rounding into postseason shape,” Scott said.
Ten varsity wrestlers headed to Pitman for a Saturday tournament and the best effort on the day came from Zac Freeseha, coming home with a fifth place medal at 220 pounds, compiling a 3-1 mark. Also medaling were David Camacho, 3-1 at 220 pounds for seventh place and Sean Vassallo, 3-2 at heavyweight for seventh place honors.
The Cougars are scheduled to host Hughson in a 6:30 p.m. home match on Wednesday, Jan. 23 for Senior Night, and the girls will also be busy this coming weekend, heading to Elk Grove.