Young Wrestlers Pin Down Trans-Val­ley League Ti­tle

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACKSON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Escalon’s JV wrestlers claimed the Trans-Val­ley League cham­pi­onship with a 58-18 win at Moun­tain House on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 25.

“The best matches there were Adela Ley-Han, who won by fall over a boy at 113 pounds and Ju­lia Casil­las (126 pounds) won by fall in a match where she was trail­ing in the first two rounds,” said head coach Derek Scott.

Also earn­ing high praise were Don­nie Smith, who took a win by fall at 145 pounds and Dy­lan Dugo, tak­ing an 8-6 win at heavy­weight, bat­tling back af­ter be­ing be­hind in the match.

“The var­sity won 77-6, they bounced back af­ter last week’s loss (at Hil­mar) and looked real good,” Scott added.

At 106 pounds, Mikayla Vega had one of the most sat­is­fy­ing vic­to­ries of the night.

“Mikayla beat a girl that had won the Enochs Tour­na­ment the week be­fore, pinned her in the first round,” said Scott. “Gar­rett Nash won by fall and he looked good, the best he has looked this sea­son, wrestling at 113 pounds.”

Just break­ing into the var­sity line-up and mak­ing a bid to stay was Marco Silva at 126 pounds, win­ning by fall and round­ing out the top three var­sity matches on the night.

Over the week­end, sev­eral JV wrestlers and the Escalon girls headed to the Elk Grove Tour­na­ment.

Fourth place hon­ors went to grap­pler Miguel Granillo at 220 pounds, with four Cougars com­ing home with third place hon­ors. They were Braiden Vega, 106; Marco Silva, 126; Ethan Krieger, 145; and Ro­man Gon­za­les, 152.

“Gino Stern took sec­ond place at 106 pounds and we also had four cham­pi­ons,” Scott ex­plained.

Those cham­pi­ons in­cluded Gar­rett Nash, 3-0, 113 pounds; Izaac Sipma, 3-0, 152; Julian Gu­tier­rez, 3-0, 160; and Jose Var­gas at 195 pounds, go­ing 4-0.

For the girls, go­ing 5-1 and de­feat­ing two op­po­nents that she trailed, Ju­lia Casil­las took third at 121 pounds; Adela Ley-Han went 4-1 to take sec­ond at 111 pounds and Mikayla Vega was a cham­pion, go­ing 5-0 at 106 pounds.

“She won in the fi­nals, 6-0,” Scott said of Vega’s dom­i­nant per­for­mance. “We had a great week of prac­tice, and that’s a hard tour­na­ment, it’s a JV tour­na­ment with some big schools, some of those matches were as hard as var­sity com­pe­ti­tion.”

This week, the Cougars were slated to close out the dual meet sea­son with a trip to Modesto Chris­tian on Tues­day, Jan. 31 af­ter The Times went to press.

The girls will start their play­offs this week, head­ing to Enochs, where the top eight from each weight class will qual­ify to move on.

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