Alina Antillon (Sons of Thunder Academy)
Traveling to the neighboring state of Kansas, Alina was more than ready to advance to the finals and challenge for a championship belt. Competing in the girls 15 & Under division, Alina finished 3-1 in the round robin tournament to place second at 120-pounds. Her lone loss was a 1-0 defeat to the eventual champion Haley Ward (Jackson County Wrestling Club).
Giggi Bragg (Pinnacle, MN)
Competing at the Anoka team tournament, Giggi finished with a 3-0 record to help her team finish fourth in the team standings. It is becoming a norm to see Giggi gaining the win over her boy opponents who are much bigger and stronger than her.
Marcus Caro (Team Puma)
All I do is win, win, win, no matter what; and every time I step up on the mats my hand always goes up. That seems to be the case for Marcus Caro as this past weekend he won his fourth tournament title of the year to improve to 16-2. At The Gridiron Grind tournament, he finished with a fall and two decisions to claim the 77-pound weight class in division 4 11-12 years old.
Aiden “Bullet” Chur (Unleash the Beast)
Competing locally at The Gridiron Grind tournament in Carlsbad, California, Chur proved to everyone that he has the heart of a champion by winning four additional matches after dropping his quarterfinals match to Daniel Frailey (Team Reign) to finish in third place. It was awkward to watch Chur compete in the third-place bout as he was on a hot streak by having won four consecutive tournament titles during January.
Chris Creason (Wolfpack)
Since October of 2017, Chris has either won or placed as the runner-up at 11 different tournaments. Winning has become a habit for youth sensation Chris Creason. This weekend at The Gridiron Grind tournament, he advanced in two different weight classes in Division 3 at 70 and 75-pounds to finish the weekend 7-1. His lone loss of the event was in the finals at 75-pounds to fellow O3T member Ryan Rios (Butcher Shop Boyz).
Dimitri Garza-Alarcon (Bear Cave Wrestling, CO)
Garza-Alarcon is becoming a force to be reckoned locally and in the national scene. This past week, he traveled with his club Bear Cave, to compete at the Wild West Championships. Thanks to his tenacity and wrestling abilities, Garza-Alarcon helped his club win another team tournament title. Individually, Garza-Alarcon won the 12 and Under division at 98-pounds with four falls. His fastest fall came in just 15 seconds.
Hunter Jauregui (Ayala Smash)
Another week and another medal for Hunter Jauregui of Ayala-Smash. Competing at the tough Gridiron Grind tournament, Jauregui made his way to the finals of the event by gaining falls against his first two opponents. In the finals, he fell to Dominic Bozanic (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) to earn his fourth medal of the year.
Jacob Jones (Team Puma)
Jones made his coaches from Team Puma proud as once again; he advanced to the finals of another tournament. Thus far, this year, he has advanced to the finals of the USA Folkstyle Showcase, Jr Battle for the Belt, and the SDIKWA Mid-Season. This past weekend, he lost in the finals of The Gridiron Grind tournament to a familiar foe in Grigor Cholakyan (International Sports Union (ISU). It is the second time Jones had met Grigor Cholakyan in the finals of a tournament.
Nate Mitchell (USA Gold)
Mitchell was all business this weekend as he won a California Republic Super State Individuals title at the 10 and Under division. Competing in the 52 & 55 weight class, Mitchell finished the tournament with one fall, and two majored decisions. In fact, Mitchell was unscored in the tournament as he outscored the competition 29-0.
Ace Pena (Team Puma)
Competing in a round robin bracket at The Gridiron Grind tournament, Ace finished with a 3-2 record on the day to placed third in the 7 and 8 division at 45-pounds. Each passing week, Ace has been improving his technique and has been a force to be reckoned with as he has placed in 10 consecutive tournaments.
Ryan Rios (Butcher Shop Boyz)
After placing second in two consecutive tournaments, Ryan Rios is back to his winning ways. This week, he won The Gridiron Grind tournament by pinning all four wrestlers he met in the event; including, O3T member Christopher Creason (Wolf Pack), who went up a weight class. The last time Rios didn’t advance to the finals of a tournament was in March of 2017.
Christelle Rodriguez (Red Wave Wrestling)
Our O3T grappler Christelle Rodriguez was triumphant in winning double titles at the California Republic Super State Individuals in Corcoran, California. Rodriguez finished with a 6-0 record with five falls in the tournament while competing in the middle school division. In the girl’s division, she pinned Arieana Arias (Team Selma) in just 43 seconds; in the boy’s division, she also obtained the fall by pinning Silas Brailey (AWA) in a minute and twenty-two seconds.
Michael Romero (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)
Romero scored five falls in the 64-weight class of the 9 and 10 division to claim a Gridiron Grind tournament title. He proved to be too much for the competition as they didn’t have an answer for his wrestling skills. It is the third tournament this year he has either won it or taken second.
Juliet Salazar (Tuff Kidz)
Competing against boys doesn’t scare Juliet Salazar of Tuff Kidz Wrestling Club. She proved that by advancing to the finals of Gridiron Grind tournament in the 7 & 8 division at 63-pounds. She started the event by pinning an opponent from the San Clemente Wrestling Club, before disposing of Mavrik Harrell (LAWC) 7-1. In the finals, she lost a tough match to Hunter Gordon (Team Reign).
Billy Townson (Team Puma)
Billy “, The Comeback Kid” Townson, competed in his second tournament of the years after waiting patiently to be healthy once again after a terrible injury. Competing locally at the Gridiron Grind tournament, Towson advanced to the finals of his weight class after getting back-to-back significant decisions. His finals match wasn’t was he was hoping for as he lost a close match to Isaiah Quintero (CVBJJ).
Kayden Vasquez (Tuff Kidz Wrestling)
Just as his teammate Juliet Salazar advanced to the finals of her weight class at the Gridiron Grind tournament, so did Kayden Vasquez. His lone loss of the tournament came in the hands of Damian Muñoz-Salazar (T.U.F. Wrestling California) in the finals. Vasquez has been busy this year as this is his six medal so far.