The varsity, JV and Lady Cougar wrestlers were all busy this week and EHS head coach Derek Scott said there were some satisfying victories and some extremely tough losses.
At Livingston on Wednesday, Jan. 10, the JV Cougars won what Scott called their “toughest match of the year” and took down the host Wolves, 39-19.
There were 10 JV matches wrestled and big wins came from Austin Roberts at 132 pounds, Casey Vassallo at 152 and Manuel Diaz at 160. The win over Livingston put the JV squad at 3-0 in league.
“The three key wins came from Jacob Redding at 170 pounds, he won by fall in the third round, also Sebastian Snow at 195 and sealing the deal was Dylan Dugo at heavyweight,” Scott explained.
The girls, though they went 3-1 in the matches they wrestled, lost by an 18-30 final because they had too many forfeits. Winning were Kaylee Freeseha at 111, Julia Casillas, won by fall at 126 and Mikayla Vega, won by fall at 121 pounds.
“For the varsity boys, it was our toughest match and we won, 34-30, we gave up two forfeits and got pinned one time,” Scott said. “It was a close match, a very good win.”
Taking tough losses were Aiden Krieger, Donnie Smith and, in quadruple overtime, Ethan Krieger.
Getting wins were Garrett Nash, 145 pounds; Izaac Sipma, 152; Brad Hagglund, 160; Julian Gutierrez, 182. David Camacho won by pin in the first round at 220 pounds.
“Sean Vassallo, at heavyweight, was down by points in the first but he came back to win by pin in the second round,” noted Scott. “Then getting a fall to clinch the win was Alex Jimenez at 132 pounds.”
Saturday, the girls went to Tokay and they had three medal winners there. Freeseha went 4-1 at 111 pounds for a fifth place medal, Casillas was 4-1 at 126 for fifth place and Vega went 3-2 in a tough 121-pound division for a fourth place medal.
The varsity boys, meanwhile, attended the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament. They went 14-0 in first round action but several went out in the round just before the medal round, including Roberts, Nash, Smith and Sean Vassallo.
“On the second day, for the medals, Brad Hagglund lost by a point and Alex Jimenez had to default due to injury,” Scott said.