Four Wrestlers Take Top Hon­ors At TVL Tour­ney

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­

Three ju­nior var­sity Cougars and one var­sity grap­pler came away from the Satur­day Trans-Val­ley League wrestling tour­na­ment as cham­pi­ons.

At the var­sity level, Rhys Panero pinned down the ti­tle at 132 pounds, com­plet­ing a long, tough come­back from in­jury.

“Rhys worked re­ally hard, got him­self back in shape,” head coach Derek Scott said of Panero tak­ing the TVL ti­tle in his weight class.

For the JV Cougars, who closed out their sea­son at the TVL Meet, cham­pi­ons were Izaac Sipma at 160 pounds, Al­fredo Zarate at 170 and Sean Vas­sallo at 220.

“The 160 pound class was the tough­est by far at the tour­na­ment,” noted Scott. “Izaac looked re­ally good and for Sean, it was the first tour­na­ment he had ever won.”

Sec­ond place hon­ors for JV wrestlers went to Levi Hale at 138 pounds; Ju­lian Gu­tier­rez, 160; and Dy­lan Men­dez at heavy­weight. Tak­ing third were Gino Stern, 106; Ro­man Gon­za­les, 160; and Alonzo Teix­eira, 170. Fourth place fin­isher for Escalon was Chance Clark at 120 pounds and Don­nie Smith took home fifth place at 145 pounds.

“For the var­sity, the top four in each weight class qual­ify to Divi­sion­als, the fifth is an al­ter­nate,” Scott ex­plained.

A dozen Cougars made the cut and move on to the week­end Divi­sion­als com­pe­ti­tion in Natomas, with one al­ter­nate.

Clos­ing out his sea­son, go­ing 0-2 at 145 pounds, was Ethan Krieger. At 182 pounds, Stephen Men­dez went 2-2 for fifth place and will be an al­ter­nate.

Fourth place fin­ish­ers for Escalon in­cluded Braiden Vega at 106 pounds, Miguel Granillo at 220.

Tak­ing third place in their weight classes were Gar­rett Nash, 113 pounds; Marco Silva, 126; Livius Se­ung, 138; and Marco Men­doza, 170 pounds.

Notch­ing sec­ond place hon­ors at the league tour­na­ment were five Cougars, Alex Jimenez at 120 pounds, Chris­tian Manzo, 152; David Ryan, 160; Jose Var­gas, 195; and Blue Capps, heavy­weight.

“We had a great week of prac­tice, a lot of our un­sung guys wres­tled re­ally well,” Scott said of the team tak­ing third place over­all in the TVL. “We were just 10 points out of first. Alex Jimenez had a great semi­fi­nal match, Marco Silva wres­tled to the best of his abil­ity and we were very pleased with Blue Capps, he came back to beat a Hugh­son kid that had beaten him ear­lier in a dual meet, this time he got him with a third round pin.”

Wrestlers are now pre­par­ing for the Divi­sion­als ac­tion, with the tour­na­ment slated both Fri­day and Satur­day in Natomas. The top four there in each weight class qual­ify to Mas­ters.

For the girls – Mikayla Vega, Adela Ley-Han and Ju­lia Casil­las – they com­pete at McNair in Stock­ton both Fri­day and Satur­day in the girls Mas­ters Meet, with the top five in each weight class there mov­ing on to the State Meet.

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