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Title Run For JV, Varsity Wrestlers
Making a weekend trip to nearby Ripon worthwhile, the Cougar wrestling corps came home with plenty of Trans-Valley League individual championships as well as the overall team title.

It was the final event of the year for the JV wrestlers, with eight champions crowned among the 13 wrestlers that went to the Saturday event.

Taking TVL titles were Chaz Wellborn at 119 pounds, Colton Camara, 125; Lestat Velasquez, 130; Kenny Ring, 135; Frankie Bavaro, 140; Jorge Cortes, 145; Brendan Belman, 215 and Danny Felix, heavyweight.

Second place honors at the league meet went to Clayton Keener at 125 pounds, Nick Payan at 215 and, in the girls division, Nancy Humphrey at 140 pounds.

Dominic Freeseha took down a fourth place finish at 152 pounds and Juan Silva wrestled at 171 pounds for the Cougars in the finale.

"We were really pleased with the JV, they wrestled well, for Nick it was good to see him do well and for Jorge, that is the first time he has medaled at a meet," explained head coach Derek Scott. "We have a lot of the guys that we're real excited about, to have them coming up to varsity next season."

At the varsity level on Saturday, all 13 placed high enough to continue on to the Divisionals, basically the small school individual sections.

"Seven out of 14 weights, we had champions," Scott added.

As a team, the Cougars placed first with 234 points. Second place Hughson tallied 180.

Cougar champions at the league meet, compiling 2-0 marks, were Max Yang, 103 pounds, Tyler Lawrence, 119; Johnathon Costa, 125; Christian Franks, 130; Dylan Furtado, 135; Jason Robbins, 140; Adrian Cortes, 160.

"For Johnathon, it was the first time this season he has gotten down to that weight," noted Scott of Costa taking the 125-pound title. "He was also voted Most Outstanding Lightweight wrestler."

Taking second were Andrew Baroni at 145 pounds, Mikey Simoes at 171 and Travis James at 215 pounds, all going 1-1.

Cole McCoy, at 112 pounds, Garrett Wade, at 152 and Joey Gutierrez at heavyweight, all went 2-1 to take third place honors.

"Overall the team did well," said Scott. "I think we can wrestle better, we had some guys dealing with illness, some guys struggling getting down to weight."

Highlights were the first time winning league for Yang, solid showings from young grapplers Robbins and Velasquez, a good tournament for Costa at the new weight. Scott was also voted TVL Coach of the Year.

"That's a compliment to our coaching staff and the job the kids did," he said.

The Divisionals for the varsity squad is up next, Friday and Saturday, at Summerville, staring each day at 9 a.m.