Young grapplers show off their skills while competing in tourney

At the annual AMA Wrestling Tournament, held at Bret Harte High School, 7-year- old Aidan White, top, works to turn Linden’s John Ruthjen. White, a member of the AMA team, was the overall winner in the 78-pound weight class.

The annual AMA Wrestling Tournament was held at Bret Harte High School on Sunday, Jan. 21. Competing at the event was the host AMA, along with Escalon, Oakdale, Calaveras Youth Wrestling, Tokay, Mother Lode Wrestling Club, Ebbetts Pass, Argonaut and Linden.

Young grapplers show off their skills while competing in tourney

Calaveras Youth Wrestling teammates Liam Dubois, left, and Colton Hale battle at 44 pounds. Hale won the match and went on to place third in the AMA Tournament.

“As far as our future, we have some outstanding wrestlers on our team,” said Calaveras Youth Wrestling coach Cliff Randolph. “We also have some really good coaches in the room. As long as the kids continue to bring a work hard attitude, are having fun, and us coaches can motivate the kids properly, I think the future is really bright for Calaveras Youth Wrestling.”

Young grapplers show off their skills while competing in tourney

At 52-pounds, Calaveras Youth Wrestling grappler Kash Cosgrove controls unattached wrestler Leeyah Rodriguez. Cosgrove pinned Rodriguez and grabbed third place overall.

Young grapplers show off their skills while competing in tourney

Wrestling at 76 pounds, Nikeli Heinle, a member of the Ebbetts Pass Wrestling Club, works for the escape from Oakdale’s Josh Brown. Brown secured the win via pin in the third round.

Young grapplers show off their skills while competing in tourney

Tallon Madrid, a member of the Calaveras Youth Wrestling team, warms up before his third match of the day.

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