Leonard Ashley (Wrestling Prep)
Leonard was one of many O3T student-athletes that competed at the 2018 CA USAW state tournament in Fresno, California. Competing in the Novice Division at 86-pounds, Ashley was successful in winning his bracket by finishing the day with a 3-0 record. In his first two matches, Leonard recorded two (11-0) technical falls, before defeating his final opponent (12-6) and becoming a state champion.
Tyler Badgett (Rancho Bernardo)
In April, Tyler was successful in capturing a CA USAW Freestyle state title with little or no challenge at all from the opposition. This past weekend, he was shooting for another coveted state title, but this time in Greco-Roman. He entered the tournament with confidence that at the end of the event he was going to receive a “bear” trophy and the state title. However, during his first match of the competition, Tyler was caught off guard and defeated by a fall by the eventual state champion Nicholas Zavala of Mission Oaks. Yes, Tyler felt terrible for not competing like his usual self. Nevertheless, he rebounded back from his loss to win four additional matches and place third at 152-pounds by pinning his final opponent in 49 seconds.
Ryan Franco (Clovis North)
Attempting to make a Cadet World team in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle is no easy task for any wrestler. Nevertheless, Franco is not your average wrestler. His peers consider young Franco in California and the country as an elite competitor. He took on all competitors in Akron, Ohio, and came back to California with two stop signs. He placed third in Greco-Roman and was fourth in Freestyle. This experience will shortly help Franco be better prepared for next year’s competition and challenge the field to represent the U.S. on the world stage.
Richard Figueroa II (Selma)
Selma High has always been known for producing great wrestlers not just to compete in California, but throughout the country and even in the international stage. Alleida Martinez and Gracie Figueroa are two former grapplers from Selma that have had great success at the world stage. A third wrestler that will be joining both Figueroa and Martinez competing against the world is Richard. Richard competed this past weekend at the Cadet World Team Trials where he was triumphant in winning gold at 48 kilograms. During the tournament, he was untouched as he recorded six technical falls and an (8-2) win. By winning the match, Figueroa will represent the U.S. at the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, in July.
Devin Holman (El Capitan)
Each passing week, Devin Holman is becoming a great wrestler by improving his technique and mat awareness. This past weekend, he was triumphant in winning a CA USAW state title in Greco-Roman at 132-pounds by obtaining three technical falls (11-0, 14-4, and 28-15). It was Holman’s first-ever state championship in Greco-Roman.
Javen Jovero (Rancho Bernardo)
Jovero was the lone wrestler from Rancho Bernardo to conquer the field at the CA USAW Greco state tournament. Competing in the Cadet Division at 182-pounds, Jovero won his round-robin tournament by pinning two of his opponents and earning a (10-0) technical fall over the opposition. Jovero is one of the most prominent freshmen I’ve ever seen. It looks like he sleeps, eats, and breaths in the gym. If he can continue with this success, I could see him winning a state title in folkstyle by the time he is a junior.
Tristen Lujan (Selma)
Two weeks ago, Lujan competed at the NHSCA duals where he defeated various wrestler ranked in the country according to FloWrestling. This weekend, he was once again on the road competing in Akron, Ohio, along with a few of his teammates trying to make a World Team. Competing at 51 kilograms, Lujan was triumphant on achieving All-American honors by placing seventh in his bracket. Lujan won four bouts on the backside to achieve such honors competing against the best in the country.
Isaiah Kainoa Medina (Vacaville Wrestling Club)
Medina was too much for the competition this past weekend at the CA USAW state tournament. Competing in the Cadet Division at 106-pounds, Medina was triumphant in winning his round-robin bracket by earning two technical falls and a fall in 14 seconds to be crowned a state champion. In the three matches he competed, Medina only allowed a single point to be scored on him. Now that’s domination!
Carson Prim (Grace Davis)
Our newest O3T student-athlete Carson Prim did quite well at the CA USAW state tournament this past weekend. Competing at 126-pounds, Carson advanced to the semifinals of his weight class before losing a close (11-8) match that sent him to the consolation bracket. In the consolation bracket, Carson went 1-1 as he finished in fourth place. Carson is only a freshman that has a bright future ahead of him.
Zeth Romney (LAWC)
The coveted “bear” trophy was a two-man battle between our O3T student-athlete Seth Romney, and an athlete from the Concordia Youth Center, the top club in California when it comes to Greco-Roman. Despite knowing this fact, Romney still competed at 100-percent and dominated his opponent by blanking him (13-0 and 11-0) to become a state champion.
Christelle Rodriguez (Red Wave Wrestling)
Competing in the schoolgirl division at 105-pounds, Christelle Rodriguez, was too much for her competition as she recorded three consecutive tech falls to be crowned the state champion. She wanted some challenge and decided to compete in the schoolboy division where she did quite well for herself by placing second competing against boys. Only a middle school wrestler, Christelle should be one of the top female incoming freshmen once she attends high school.