The Escalon Wrestling Club (EWC) has had a busy couple of weeks with SCWAY tournaments in Hilmar on Dec. 20 and Hughson on Dec. 27. Their season is now in full gear and the club team is already realizing success on the mats.
“Our numbers were down a little at the two tournaments due to the holidays but the kids practiced hard and wrestled real well and it showed with the number of medals they brought home,” stated EWC head coach Scott Page. “We had 21 kids wrestle in Hilmar with 12 medaling and 17 wrestled in Hughson with 11 earning a medal. Out of those 23 medals, 11 of them were golds. And the kids who didn’t medal should also be proud of their efforts. The level of competition in SCWAY gets harder and better every year. So needless to say, the coaches and I have been very pleased with the kids’ work ethic and progress. And parent support has been tremendous.”
Next up for the EWC is a tournament at Central Catholic High School in Modesto on Jan. 3. The EWC then prepares to host its own tournament, the SCWAY Tournament of Champions (TOC) qualifier on Jan. 10.
“Our TOC qualifier is the day after the Lloyd C. Engel Tournament at EHS on January 8 and 9 so we are going to need a lot of community support to make sure it all goes smoothly and we’ll take all the help we can get,” noted Page. “The EWC, El Portal Middle School team and the EHS team all closely support each other and share coaching, parent and volunteer support.”
Anyone wanting to volunteer to assist at the tournament can contact EHS coach and EWC president Derek Scott at (209) 499-3941 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Businesses and individuals wishing to provide sponsorships are also encouraged to contact Scott.
Hilmar Tournament Results:
1st Place: Luca Cerasi, Alex Gutierrez, Ramon Hinojosa, Sammy Hinojosa, Josh Miller, Christian Rowe; 2nd Place: Alex Gutierrez, Garrett Nash; 3rd Place: Jamin Miller, Levi Hale, Zyler Moore, Gavin Phillips.
Hughson Tournament Results:
1st Place: Luca Cerasi, Alex Gutierrez, Garrett Nash, Christian Rowe, Thomas Rowe; 2nd Place: Alex Gutierrez, Zyler Moore, Taylor Rowe; 3rd Place: Matthew Freeseha, Ryker Peters, Frankie Rodriguez.