Members of the Escalon Wrestling Club, EWC, competed in the toughest regular season tournament of the year in Oakdale in December. There were over 600 wrestlers at the event. EWC brought 45 wrestlers to compete. The team was led by Jonathon Costa, Club Officers, Derek Scott, Brianne Cerasi, Coaches Nate Nash, Eric Rowe, Scott Page, Larry Lawrence, as head coach Dylan Furtado was unable to attend the event.
In the 5- and 6-year-old division Brody Krasko took fifth place, while Liam Ginger, Freddy Velasco and Adam Cordeiro all earned fourth place and taking third place was John Kemp. Coming up just short of the championship was Vincent “Tornado” Reis and Johnny Van Dyk, each claiming second place.
In the 7- and 8-year-old beginners’ bracket, the club had Ace Krasko finishing in fifth place and Dalton Shinn earning fourth place. Greatly improved Tyler Powell took home second place hardware.
In the 7-8 experienced bracket, there were two runner-ups, Noah Dooley and Roman Hinojosa.
In the 9-10 beginners bracket earning a hard fought fourth place was first year wrestler Jake Daluz. Nathan Rose finished in third place. And making the finals finishing second was Donovan Martinez.
In the 9-10 experienced bracket, Caleb Boatman placed a solid fifth. Luca Cerasi finished in fourth place, and Logan Dooley took home third place. Having a great day walking away with the championship were Ryan Lewis and Alex Gutierrez. Going 3-2, just shy of the medals was Malachi Coble.
In the 11-12 beginners bracket, doing a great job was champion Beau Daluz. In the experienced bracket going 3-2 finishing just outside of the medals was Talen Reider. And placing a hard fought fourth place was Christian Rowe. Taking the championship in two weight classes was Sam Hinojosa.
In the 13-15 beginners bracket, finishing in fifth place was Angel Robles. In the 13-15 experienced bracket wrestling well but landing outside of the medals was EJ Lewis and Luis Garcia. Wrestling hard fought matches to take home the runner up hardware were Thomas Rowe and Sebastian Snow.
“We want to congratulate all of the wrestlers, coaches and parents for a great job competing at this huge event,” Scott said. “We will be hosting our home tournament, Sunday, January 7, expecting over 400 wrestlers at this great event.”