Coming off a strong performance at Central Valley, the Escalon Wrestling Club again performed well in Hilmar at a Dec. 3 tournament.
Once again the wrestlers were led by coaches Dylan Furtado, Johnathan Costa and EWC officers Derek Scott, Brianne Cerasi and the staff of assistants.
“The kids continue to improve each time out on the mat,” Scott said.
In Session I, in the 5-6 year-old division placing fourth was Johnny Van Dyk, and Brody Krasko was much improved, coming in third. Coming up with strong runner up finishes were John Kemp and Freddy Velasco. Additionally, Vincent “Tornado” Reis added to his strong rookie season tearing through the field to be a champion.
In the 7-8 year-old beginner division finishing third were Frankie Laney and Christian Camara. Coming away with a championship medal was Tyler Powell.
In the advanced 7-8 division Archer Saunders wrestled well to finish fourth, Noah Dooley continued his strong start of the season coming away with an impressive gold medal.
In Session II, in the 9-10 year-old beginner division, wrestling well but just out of medals was Beau Morgan while taking third was Hayden Castro. In the 9-10 year-old experienced division taking third place were state placer Caleb Boatman, state qualifier Logan Dooley and a greatly improved Malachi Coble. Finishing as impressive champions were Luca Cerasi, Alex Gutierrez and Ryan Lewis.
In the beginner 11-12 year-old division placing second was Constance Belger in her first action of the season. In the experienced division taking third place was JW Mills. Placing first was state qualifier Christian Rowe and double age division previous state champion was Alex Gutierrez.
In the 13-15 year-old beginner division taking third was Angel Robles. In the experienced division was state placer Sebastian Snow also taking third. Coming away with a second place finish was a greatly improved Luis Garcia, pinning an opponent who had previously beaten him multiple times. EJ Lewis came away with a title in his first competition of the year.
“There were approximately 400 wrestlers competing at this tournament. We were very pleased with the performance and with nine champions,” noted Scott. “We feel good going into the very tough Oakdale tournament.”