The Escalon Wrestling Club kicked off the 2014-2015 season with tournaments at McNair High School in Stockton on Dec. 6 and the SCWAY Tournament of Champions Qualifier tournament at Oakdale High School on Dec. 13. Once again, the EWC will be competing in the SCWAY organization, which is the California chapter of the national organization, NUWAY. The club is headed by President Derek Scott, also the EHS head coach with Nate Nash sharing co-head coaching duties with Scott Page and key returning coaches Eric Rowe and Dimos Birakos, who also heads up the junior high program at El Portal.
Veteran coaches Larry Lawrence, Willy Gonzales, brothers Adrian and Jorge Carrillo and EHS wrestlers Kyle Jimenez and Cameron DuBois round out the coaching team.
“All of our coaches from the last few years are back to help this year and we have a really cohesive staff, really awesome to have everybody on board,” said Coach Nash. “And, of course, Tracey Miller has returned as our Team Mom and has taken the position of EWC Vice President. I can’t really overstate how great it is to have Tracey keeping us organized. She does a tremendous amount for the Club.”
Over 60 kids have signed up for the EWC and have been practicing in the wrestling room at EHS and on the stage in the Old Gym. Next up for the EWC is the SCWAY tournament at Hughson High on Dec. 20.
SCWAY Tournament at McNair
5-6 year old age group: 1st Place Xander Birakos, Leo Carrillo, Luca Cerasi; 2nd Place Ramon Hinojosa; 3rd Place Kyrin Barajas.
7-8 year old age group: 1st Place Matthew Freeseha, Alex Gutierrez, Ryan Lewis, Cruz Snow; 2nd Jamin Miller; 3rd Alex Carrillo, Frankie Rodriguez.
9-10 year old age group: 1st Place Sammy Hinojosa; 2nd Sage Bordenave; 3rd Mason Polhemus, Karter Bradley.
11-12 year old age group: 1st Place Nick Freeseha, Garrett Nash, Alex Jimenez; 2nd Place Giovanni Ruiz, Marco Silva; 3rd Place Levi Hale, Luis Garcia.
13-15 year old age group: 2nd Place Isaac Sipma.
SCWAY Tournament of Champions Qualifier at Oakdale
5-6 year old age group: 1st Place Luca Cerasi; 4th Place Ben Gonzales; 5th Place Kyrin Barajas; 6th Place Ramon Hinojosa.
7-8 year old age group: 1st Place Alex Gutierrez, Ryan Lewis; 3rd Jamin Miller; 4th Matthew Freeseha, Gideon Gerber.
9-10 year old age group: 1st Place Sammy Hinojosa; 2nd Sage Bordenave, Mason Polhemus; 3rd Karter Bradley, EJ Lewis; 4th Christian Rowe; 6th Owen Nash.
11-12 year old age group (placers qualified for TOC): 2nd Place Roman Gonzales; 3rd Place Garrett Nash, Alex Jimenez; 4th Sebastian Snow, Giovanni Ruiz; 6th Marco Silva, Josh Miller, Levi Hale.
13-15 year old age group (placers qualified for TOC): 2nd Place Isaac Sipma.