On Sunday, Nov. 26, the Escalon Wrestling Club, EWC, had its first tournament of the 2017-2018 season at Central Valley High School.
The team is being led this year by recent graduates and four-year starters at San Francisco State, Escalon High School alumni Dylan Furtado and Jonathon Costa. Furtado is serving as head coach and Costa as assistant head coach.
The team is also being led by Club President Derek Scott and Vice-President Brianne Cerasi. Also returning are long time assistants Nate Nash, Eric Rowe, Scott Page, Larry Lawrence and Jeremy Mills as well as several Escalon High School wrestlers helping out.
In Session I competing in the 5-6 year old division taking third was Liam Ginger and the Champions were Freddy Velasco and Brody Krasco.
In the 7-8 year-old Beginners bracket standing out were third place Ace Krasco, Luke Konradi and Runner-Up Dalton Shinn with Tyler Powell coming away with a Championship medal. In the Experienced Division greatly improved Archer Sanders took fifth and Noah Dooley wrestled to an impressive Runner-Up finish.
In the Second Session in the Beginner division 9-10 year-olds, Beau Morgan took fourth and Donavon Martinez came away with a Championship. In the Experienced division 9-10 year-olds, taking fourth was Ben Gonzalez and Caleb Boatman taking third, coming up with Runner-Up finishes were Logan Dooley and former State Runner-Up Luca Cerasi (held out because of coaches decision). Coming away with titles in the 9-10 and 11-12 year-olds division, was former State Champion Alex Gutierrez, also making finals in the 13-15 year-old division and taking second was Luis Garcia.
“We were extremely happy with the performances of the EWC Wrestlers and the progress in their first tournament,” Scott explained. “There was positive attitude surrounding the wrestlers, coaches and parents. I have been extremely pleased with the leadership of new coaches Dylan and Johnny as well as the assistant coaches. They are doing great and the wrestlers and parents are doing a good job of believing in the goals of the program.”
Coach Scott also noted that the club is running great with the leadership of new Vice-President Brianne Cerasi.
“The future of this program is bright and I am very excited for the club and its wrestlers,” Scott said.
The EWC is still taking wrestlers and if anyone is interested in joining, call Derek Scott at (209) 499-3941; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brianne Cerasi at (209) 404-6217 for information.