MODESTO – Jackson Rusconi took second at 108 pounds Saturday at the Gregori Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Gregori High School.
“Jackson wrestled well,” Sierra assistant coach Alex Nuanez said. “He had a long day before his first match which was not until the afternoon.
“In his semifinal match we wrestled smart and wrestled the kid well, wrestling strong at the end. Some fine tuning to do before league which is coming up quick. Nothing major to do, so he should be ready for league and be one of the new guys coming up.”
Myson Harrell (122), Keonnie Linnell and Alejandro Tovar from Lathrop brought home fifth-place medals and teammate Cris Garcia (128) finished fifth.
“This was my first time placing in a varsity meet,” said Harrell, a sophomore. “It was good to get some wins and take home a medal.”
Enochs Lady Eagles
Aysia Cortez (129) of Venture Academy-Stockton went 5-0 and took home a gold medal.
Ripon’s Mireya Lopez (162) managed a pin for her only win in a very tough weight class.
“My original weight class is was 173 and I have been trying to get down to 162,” Lopez said. “So I dropped the 10 pounds to wrestle here and didn’t give up.”
In only her second month of wrestling, the Indians’ Alayna Swilley finished third. Teammates Desi Cruz-Sampson was 1-3 and Delany Buss also competed.
“The girls have all been an inspiration to me and have given me motivation to be a better coach in order for me to get them better,” Ripon coach Eric Barraga said. “Mireya won three matches all of last year and this year she is getting seeded at tourneys and placing at them.”
Sierra’s Camille Randolph (170) went 2-3.
“Camille Randolph faced some tough state-ranked wrtestlers,” Nuanez said.
Enochs Junior Varsity Tournament
East Union brought home five gold medals Saturday with 13 Lancers placing.
Trinidad Dias (128), Nick Sims (184), Joseph Renaga (184), Daniel Huerta (147) and Levi Huffman (162) all finished first for East Union. Alex Alexander (162) and Devonta Scott (184) were second while Braden Bean (128), Grant Yang (184), Ryan Austin (184), Anthony Contreras (184) and Joseph Patton (108) were third and Tyler Slaughter (222) was fourth.
For Sierra, Thomas Perez (120) and Tavita Latu (220) finished first and Cesar Humani (120) was second.
“I am very proud of the JV team and how they wrestled,” Nuanez said. “They worked hard all day.”