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Pair Of Cougars Capture Medals At Reno Tournament
Going 6-2, Tyler Lawrence brought home a fifth place medal at 126 pounds and in sixth place, Dylan Furtado went 6-3 at 138 pounds to also medal at the prestigious Sierra Nevada Tournament in Reno.

The event, staged Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 28 and 29, saw nine Escalon grapplers head to the tournament.

"This was a huge event, there were 97 teams there, we took nine kids and we had five that wrestled really well," said head coach Derek Scott.

The tournament brings together the best wrestlers from California, Nevada and beyond for an intense two days of competition.

Those wrestling included Collin Strasser, Garrett Wade, A.J. Camarena, Cole McCoy, Colton Camara, Johnathon Costa and Jason Robbins, in addition to Lawrence and Furtado.

"Colton Camara went 2-2 at 132 pounds and we were really happy with him," Scott said. "Also Johnathon Costa, he's still getting into shape after football, this was the first time he made weight (152) and he went 3-2."

At 145 pounds, Jason Robbins made it to the second day and went 4-2 in the tournament, just missing out on a medal opportunity. As far as the medal winners, Furtado and Lawrence both had strong tournaments, with a break here or there keeping them from battling for a higher final place.

"They beat some seeded kids and both were real close to placing higher," Scott said.

The Reno trip closes out the calendar year for the Cougars but also paves the way for a busy campaign in January.

"This week, Saturday, we have our JV tournament and then Sunday is the big Escalon Wrestling Club Tournament for kids in K through eight," explained Scott.

The Mel Focha JV Tournament will keep the mats at Escalon High busy all day Saturday, Jan. 7 and the club tourney takes over the gym on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Then, the annual Lloyd C. Engel Tournament takes to the mats over two days, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14. In between all that activity, the Cougars will continue Trans-Valley League action, going to Riverbank on Wednesday, Jan. 4 and then to Hughson on Wednesday, Jan. 11.