Weekend journeys to Beyer High in Modesto and Elk Grove proved fruitful for Cougar wrestlers, with some coming back with hardware and others getting in much needed work.
The junior varsity grapplers went to Beyer, with 10 making the trip. Six of them placed, with Frank Martins going 2-2 for fourth place at heavyweight, Daniel Rigg going 3-1 for third place at 160 pounds and Hunter Calton going 3-1 for third place at 182 pounds. First place finishers for the JV included Fabricio Gallo at 138, Justice Redding at 145 and Daniel Wallace at 170 pounds, all compiling perfect 4-0 marks for the tournament.
“Redding and Gallo both looked good,” said head coach Derek Scott. “And Wallace did a ton of off season work, he made himself into a very good wrestler.”
The varsity squad, meanwhile, had 14 participants in the Elk Grove Tournament. Though they didn’t have any individual champions, they did have five wrestlers place.
Matt Gallego went 3-2 at 182 pounds for fifth place honors.
“That’s the best he has wrestled and he faced some very tough guys,” Scott said.
Kyle Jimenez, at 106 pounds, went 3-2 for fourth place and beat a section ranked wrestler along the way.
Dominic Freeseha went 4-1 for third place at 220 pounds, Colton Camara went 4-1 for third place at 152 pounds.
“He beat two section ranked wrestlers,” Scott said of Camara. “And Dominic again wrestled tough.”
Highest placer for the Cougars at Elk Grove was Austin Martinez, going 3-1 for second place at 160 pounds.
“He looked really good his last two matches and he is another kid who has made himself into a real athletic wrestler,” Scott said of Martinez.
The Cougars are scheduled to host a dual with Modesto Christian tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 18 and then will travel to nearby Modesto High School for a Saturday dual meet tournament on Dec. 21.