Leonard Ashley (Red Wave)
A week ago, Leonard was competing in a national tournament in Michigan wrestling against the best from the Midwest. This past weekend, he was back in his home state winning championship banners. Leonard competed in Folkstyle and Freestyle and was triumphant in winning both events at 76-pounds. In the finals of Folkstyle, Leonard had a tough match with fellow O3T Student-Athlete Billy Townson. The match went all three periods with Leonard winning (6-2). In Freestyle, Leonard pinned all opponents to win the event for the first time as he was fifth last year in the same event.
Tyler Badgett (Rancho Bernardo)
Representing the Rancho Bernardo Wrestling Club and competing at 152-pounds, Tyler was a crucial component in the success of his team as they finished as team runners-up in the high school division. Tyler went 2-1 during the competition with his lone loss being a (13-1) defeat against a New Jersey state champion.
Gigi Bragg (New Generation)
For the third straight year, Gigi was successful in placing in three or more events at the USS: Ultimate Summer Series. In the girl’s division, Gigi was runner-up in folkstyle while placing third in freestyle at 76-pounds. In the boy’s division, she placed fourth in freestyle and second in folkstyle.
Marcus Caro (Team Puma)
It was an exhausting weekend for Marcus Caro of Team Puma, as he competed in the 12U and 14U Duals, and the individual tournament. In the duals, he competed for Team Butcher Shop Boyz where he compiled a (5-1) record to help the team achieve greatness during the weekend. In the individual portion of the tournament, Caro placed third in Folkstyle at 84-pounds. After winning two matches, Caro was defeated by a Pennsylvania wrestler and got sent into the consolation rounds. In the consolation rounds, Caro won two additional matches to finished with a (4-1) record and a third-place medal.
Gabriel Cortez (Northview)
Cortez advanced to the finals of the 18U Division at 145-pounds by getting two quick falls over his respective opponents. In the finals of the tournament, Cortes fell (7-1) against Darrien Javier of Rodriguez Academy of Wrestling, a respectable CIF state qualifier during the 2017-18 season.
Chris Creason (Wrestling Prep)
Little Hulk, as he is known amongst his friends and loved ones, had a great weekend at the Ultimate Summer Series as he won individual titles in Freestyle and Folkstyle at 72-pounds. In Folkstyle, Chris finished with a (3-0) record and two pins in the event. His closest bout was in the first match as he went into extra periods to defeated Evan Kostick (Team PA) 2-0. Little Hulk had an easier time in freestyle as he won all bouts via bonus points.
Ryan Franco (Clovis North)
Franco competed at the high school duals where he helped Team Scorpions captured the championship banner by winning pool A and the gold pool. Competing at 135-pounds, Franco finished with a (3-0) record with three falls over some rugged competition.
Devin Holman (El Capitan)
A competitor by nature, Holman entered the Folkstyle and Freestyle tournaments at 132-pounds with high hopes of capturing a championship banner. In folkstyle, Holman won his first two bouts before being defeated by Raul Valdavinos (Red Wave Wrestling) and getting sent to the consolation rounds. In the consolation rounds, Holman was defeated once again by a respectable opponent and was knocked out from the tournament. In Freestyle, Holman was triumphant in pinning his first two opponents to advance to the finals and take on two-time CIF state qualifier Kobe Lepe of San Fernando Tigers. Lepe was a bit too much for Holman as he pinned him 1:09 of their championship bout.
Hunter Jauregui (Ayala Smash)
Just weeks from competing in Baseball, Hunter was back on the mats taking names. Hunter placed second in folkstyle at 60-pounds as he went (3-0) in the tournament before falling to a Pennsylvania wrestler and being just shy of winning a championship banner. In freestyle, Hunter placed fourth in the event after losing his semifinal and third-place matches. Not bad to end the week for a youngster who hadn’t seen the mats for a while.
Jacob Jones (Team Puma)
Just like the golden state, Jones has been on fire during the month of July. Last week he whooped on the competition at the California State Games, and this past weekend he did the same at the Ultimate Summer Series. Competing in the 15U Division at 80-pounds, Jones won all matches via bonus points to win the folkstyle and freestyle tournaments.
Domenic Munaretto (Crystal Lake Wizards)
2018 Flo Tulsa National Champion, Dominic Munaretto, is considered by his peers as one of the top youth wrestlers in the Land of Lincoln. He traveled to San Diego to take on the best the golden state has and claim a championship banner of his own. Competing in the 10U Division at 54-pounds, Munaretto pinned all opponents he faced to win the folkstyle tournament. Don’t be surprised to see him become one of the greatest in Illinois once he hits high school.
Austin Paris (Team Utah)
Back in San Diego for a second time in his young wrestling career, Paris had a wonderful weekend that saw him placed in three events. Austin took third in folkstyle at 64-pounds, second in freestyle, and won a folkstyle event up at 68-pounds to finish the weekend with an overall record of 10-2.
Carson Prim (Grace Davis)
Coming off from garnering All-American honors in Fargo, North Dakota, Carson decided to take on the competition in San Diego and attempt to win a championship banner. Competing in the 15U Division at 130-pounds in Freestyle, Carson was successful in winning his first two bouts to advance to the semifinal round. In the semifinal round, giving a late takedown, cause Carson to lose the match and get sent to the consolation rounds. Carson ultimately won two additional matches to place third in his bracket.
Ryan Rios (Butcher Shop Boyz)
Whittier native, Ryan Rios, put the smackdown on some foes this weekend as he was successful in going (6-0) in dual competition and winning a freestyle title at 90-pounds. Ryan’s lone loss was in the semifinals of folkstyle to an opponent from out of state. A blemished in Ryan’s record is rare as he has dominated most competition throughout the year.
Michael Romero (Titan Mercury WC)
Young Michael Romero was another O3T that had to defeat fellow elite members to win his brackets. In folkstyle, he shutout the competition as he outscored them (20-0) in all contested matches to earn the championship banner. One of his wins was against Austin Paris, an O3T Student-Athlete. In freestyle, Romero won his bracket by earning three (10-0) technical falls and a fall in the finals. At this pace, Romero will need an additional room to keep his banners and trophies.
Christelle Rodriguez (Red Wave)
The face of Red Wave, Christelle Rodriguez, was triumphant in becoming the first ever three-time folkstyle girl’s champion at the Ultimate Summer Series tournament. Not only did she accomplished this great feat, but she was also a champion in freestyle by pinning all opponents in less than ten seconds to become a champion. Against the boys, Rodriguez won the freestyle event with her closest match being a (12-3) win in the finals of the event.
Billy Towson (UTB Wrestling Club)
Billy “The Kid” Towson was triumphant over the weekend in placing as the runner-up in folkstyle at 76-pounds. The first two rounds for Billy were won with ease. However, in the finals, he met up with fellow O3T Student-Athlete, Leonard “Bubba” Ashley. The match was an exciting one for both opponents. Nevertheless, Ashley won this match, 6-2. Cheer up, Billy. Next year will be the year you will gain a championship banner.
Elijah Valencia (Merced Bears WC)
Newly inductee O3T Student-Athlete, Elijah Valencia, showed the O3T committee why it was a wise decision to allow him to be part of this elite club. Competing in the 12U Division at 60-pounds, Valencia placed fourth in folkstyle by losing two close matches while winning the freestyle portion of the event by going (4-0) with three pins.