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Manteca Cobras strike gold at state folkstyle tourney
Manteca Cobras
Jazlyn Sereno of the Manteca Cobras works to get a pin for her first win against Abigail Alcaraz in the California USA Wrestling Kids Folkstyle State Championships last weekend in Fresno. Photo contributed

The Manteca Cobras Wrestling Club recently concluded the folkstyle season and came away with two state champions.

This past weekend at Selland Arena in Fresno, Ethan Jones and Jazlyn Sereno conquered their respective divisions in the California USA Wrestling Folkstyle State Championships. Ethan Sereno also made the medal stand, placing fourth.

Recent addition Jackson Hale, representing Ripon Tribe Wrestling Club, also earned gold at the folkstyle state tourney. He has joined the Cobras for the freestyle season.

Jones dominated the 105-pound, boys intermediate class, pinning all three of his opponents. Jazlyn Sereno took care of her lone opponent in the 100-pound girls intermediate division, sweeping a best-of-three with two pins.

Ethan Sereno battled in the competitive135-pound boys novice division. After a first-round bye, he won two of four matches and was edged out by a 5-3 decision in the third-place bout against Noah Alonso of Coachella Valley Wrestling.

The Cobras had 11 total entrants at the state tourney. Also participating: Adrian Dominguez (70 boys intermediate), Breanna Bragg (80 girls novice), Roman Espinoza (92 boys novice), Mateo Orozco (108 boys novice), Jonathan-Tyler Morimoto (92 school boys), Daniel De Luna (149 school boys) and Lorenzo Sereno (250 school boys).

Hale ruled the 85-plus bantam boys, winning both of his matches by pinfall including one in just 13 seconds.

The Manteca Cobras Wrestling Club, established in 2018, has shifted to the freestyle season this week. The team is scheduled to participate in 11 tournaments and three CA-USAW events. Anyone from 8-under to high school-aged wrestlers is welcome to sign up. More information is available on the Manteca Cobra’s Facebook page.