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3 Lancers garner top-3 finishes in freestyle state tourney
Amaiya Guyton led the Lancer Youth Wrestling Club with a second-place finish in the California USA Wrestling Freestyle State Championships on June 5-7. - photo by Photo Contributed

FRESNO — Five members of the Lancer Youth Wrestling Club added new items to the trophy case for their efforts in the California USA Wrestling Freestyle State Championships June 5-7 at Selland Arena.

Three of them returned home from the final California USA Wrestling event of the season with the coveted “Bear” trophy along with a free entry for next year’s Wild West Preseason Showdown. 

Amaiya Guyton was the runner-up finisher in the novice girls, 118-pound division. She had just two matches and both were short. She lost to eventual champion Katija Osteen via 29-second fall but rebounded with a 19-second pin of Eskarlett Armendariz.

Jennelle Phares and Joe Luna were third-place finishers in their respective divisions. Phares won one of her three matches, edging Ysabella Hinjosa with a 10-8 minor decision. She also lost a close 6-4 decision to champion Sophia Ramos and was stopped by Celeste Grarbowski in a technical fall.

Luna took the hard route to his third-place finish and needed to go through a teammate to get there. After dropping a 16-6 technical fall to Amman Klair, who ended up second, Luna defeated Jessica Sanchez (13-3 technical fall) and Michael Offield (1:07 fall) to set up a match with fellow Lancer Trinidad Diaz in the 120-pound school boy division. Luna won 10-0 and capped his dominant run through the consolation bracket with a 14-3 technical fall over Tyler Stacier and 3-minute, 40-second stoppage of Logan Sumulong. 

Diaz bounced back from his loss to Luna in the seventh-place match, pinning Luis Guadarrama in 3:52. Wrestlers placing 4th-8th earned medals.

Tyler Diaz took eighth in the novice boys, 80-pound bracket and finished with a 3-3 record. Nick Luna went 1-2 in the intermediate boys, 75-pound division.