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Successful Travel Weekend For Wrestling Cougar Squads

Three different squads went three different ways for the Escalon High School wrestling program this past weekend and all found some success.

The JV boys were at Beyer, taking eight wrestlers and coming away with five medals on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Head coach Derek Scott said third place medals were earned by Austin Roberts at 132 pounds, Casey Vassallo at 145 and Dylan Dugo at heavyweight.

“Ryan Trick took second place at 106 pounds and at 195 pounds, taking second place and looking the best he has this season and the best of this group, was Sebastian Snow,” said Scott.

The Lady Cougar wrestlers were at Livingston and garnered four medals there. Third place finishers were Kaylee Freeseha at 111 pounds and Kaitlyn Ruiz at 160.

“She was greatly improved,” Scott noted of Ruiz.

Earning a second place medal, going 4-1 on the day, was Julia Casillas at 131 pounds.

“Mikayla Vega went 5-0 and took first place at 126 pounds,” Scott said of the championship run by the returning wrestler.

The varsity boys team took nine wrestlers to a very tough Elk Grove Tournament, said Scott, and were very pleased to come away with five medals.

After losing his first match, Zac Freeseha battled his way to a seventh place finish for a medal at 220 pounds. Sean Vassallo performed well in nailing down sixth place honors at heavyweight.

“Luis Garcia took fourth place at 106 pounds, he’s a freshman and we were pretty excited about that effort,” Scott said.

Leading the way for the varsity Cougars at Elk Grove were Brad Hagglund and Alex Jimenez, both coming home with third place medals. Hagglund went 4-1 at 170 pounds to earn his medal and Jimenez also went 4-1, competing at 138 pounds, to place third.

“He beat a good Folsom kid in the third-fourth place match,” noted Scott.

This week, Escalon will play host to the Mel Focha Tournament, featuring the JV boys and the varsity girls, with action getting underway at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.