TCW: Tri-Titans O3T Weekend Recap

GABRIEL CORTEZ (Northview HS, SS)

James Armstrong (Grindhouse Wrestling)

During the weekend, James Armstrong competed at the AZ USAW Greco-Roman state tournament in the Schoolboy division at 83-pounds. During the competition, Armstrong obtained technical falls in all his contested matches to outwrestle the competition 22-2 and become a state champion.

Tyler Badgett (Rancho Bernardo)

Tyler was in action this weekend as he competed at the always tough SCWAY Americas Cup at Oakdale High. Tyler helped Tri-Titans win the dual-meet tournament by defeating opponents from Buchanan, Clovis, Oakdale, and an All-Star team from the Sac-Joaquin Section to wind up with a 4-0 record. The matches will surely help him get better as he prepares for CA USAW Greco-Roman state tournament in two weeks.

Noah Blake (Del Oro)

Competing up a weight class, Blake was part of the Sac-Joaquin All-Star team that wrestled at the SCWAY Americas Cup over the weekend. His lone defeat of the tournament was a (5-4) match to Mark Cardwell (Tri-Titans) in the first dual-meet of the day. Noah is a wrestling machine that is competing in every tournament he gets the opportunity to prepare better to represent the golden state at the National Duals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the month of June.

Gigi Bragg (Pinnacle)

Gigi is one tough young lady! During the Minnesota state tournament, Gigi decided to not just compete in two weight classes; she chose to compete in four! Yes, you read that right – four. She won Greco-Roman and Freestyle in the Girls Novice division and was fourth and sixth in the boy’s novice division.

Gabe Cortez (Northview)

Cortez was another O3T Student-Athlete that made the long drive to Oakdale High to compete at the SCWAY Americas Cup tournament. His determination to encounter success in every match he competed, helped Team Tri-Titans to win the rugged event. Cortez finished the dual-meet tournament with an undefeated (4-0) record despite facing tough competition in every match.

Sterling Dias (Green Valley)

Dias had a great weekend in Texas, that saw her win Women’s Nationals (formerly known as Body Bar) to become a Cadet World Team member at 40 kg. Dias completed the day with a 4-0 record after winning her round-robin pool. She will now represent the U.S. at the Cadet World Championships from July 2-8 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Damion Elliott (USA Gold)

Del Oro High in the Sac-Joaquin Section will get more robust with the addition of incoming freshman Damion Elliott. Damion participated at the SCWAY Americas Cup tournament where he finished with a (9-0) record after going undefeated in the duals and winning individual titles. I saw him first hand competing and was impressed with his composure on and off the mats. He has a bright future for sure in high school wrestling.

Junior Fernandez II (Upper Lake)

Competing for Team USA/California at the 2018 Junior Greco World Duals at 59 kg in Concord, California, Junior Fernandez, showcased his Greco-Roman skills as he was perfect over the weekend with a (7-0) record and winning the individual tournament over opponents from Scandinavia, Oregon, and many talented teams from California. In the finals of the individual tournament, Fernandez, defeated two-time Oregon state champion Hunter Sparks.

Wyatt Fry (Grindhouse Wrestling)

Fry won his second AZ USAW Greco-Roman championship over the weekend by going 3-0 in the tournament. He kickoff the tournament by obtaining a (10-0) technical fall over Steven Robles (RoughRiders), before disposing of Travis Cardenas of Sunkist Kids Wrestling Academy (8-2) to advance to the finals. In the finals, Fry got another (10-0) technical fall victory to be crowned the state champion at 71-pounds.

Cesar Garza (Oakdale)

Another rugged freshman from the Sac-Joaquin section that should make an impact immediately is Cesar Garza of Oakdale. Garza also competed at the SCWAY Americas Cup tournament in the high school division and went 3-1 on the day. His lone loss was a close match to CIF state medalist Carson Sauriol of Poway. Garza is an individual that one should keep an eye on as I am sure one will hear a lot about him in the future.

Javen Jovero (Rancho Bernardo)

The big man from Rancho Bernardo, Javen Jovero, also made the trip to Oakdale to represent Team Tri-Titans over the weekend. His lone loss of the dual-meet tournament was to CIF state runner-up Gabe Martinez (Oakdale) in a close 7-3 match. Jovero was essential to the success of the team as he got the needed victories to help the squad gain the championship trophy.

Jaden Le (Rancho Bernardo)

Jaden Le still found success wrestling up at 140-pounds instead of his regular season 126-weight class as he finished the tournament with a 3-1 record on the day. His lone defeat in the event was to George Ruiz (Buchanan) 4-3. Down by one with 20 seconds left on the bout, Le couldn’t capture the takedown as time expired. Wrestling bigger opponents should help Le adapt to his new weight class and adjust his wrestling technique to favor him.

Isaiah Kainoa Medina (Vacaville Wrestling Club)

Competing in the Mt. Diablo Wrestling Association (MDWA) tournament, Medina was triumphant in winning both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman events. In freestyle, Medina tech all three opponents he faced, while in Greco-Roman, he won the championship by defeating Carter Bailey (Tri-Valley Elite Wrestling) two matches to one. Bailey won the first match (10-0); nevertheless, Medina stormed back in the second (16-10) to force a third match which he won (10-0) to become the Greco champion.

Noah Mirelez (Patterson)
Another O3T student-athlete competing at the SCWAY Americas Cup was Noah Mirelez. Competing at 140-pounds, Mirelez was triumphant in winning the individual part of the tournament and going 4-0 in the duals against Clovis, Buchanan, Escalon, and NorCal All-Stars.

J.T. Stinson (Del Oro)

Stinson was another 03T student-athlete that competed for Team Tri-Titans at Oakdale High. The Sac-Joaquin Section and CIF state medalist also finished the dual-meet tournament with a 4-0 record at 155-pounds. He looks to have turned the corner on the competition and should be one of the favorites in the 2018-19 season to claim an individual state title for Del Oro High.