The Calaveras Youth Wrestling team had another strong showing, this time at the Linden Tournament on Jan. 14. Out of 44 wrestlers, 28 of them finished with medals. Calaveras had 13 first place finishes, nine second place and six third place.
“The other coaches and I are very happy with the kids,” said Calaveras Youth Wrestling head coach Cliff Randolph. “They are really pushing themselves in practice and we are seeing it in the tournament results. Even the kids that aren't placing are getting better and competing. It's nice to be a part of this. I also really like all the different coaching styles that we have in the room. Everyone is bringing experience, knowledge, and wisdom. I like it. As a team, we are focusing on getting better at one thing each day. And on Sunday that hard work netted us 28 medals."
In the eight-and-under division, Calaveras got six first place finishes. Elijah Mantz, Zachary Coggin, Arliss “AJ” Kosta, Silas Langdon and Owen Shahan all finished in first. The six wrestlers combined for an overall record of 15-3. Kage Steele and Caden Graham finished in second place, while Timothy DeYarmon, Rylan Graham and Drake Johnson finished in third.
In the nine-and-over division, Calaveras had seven wrestlers finish in first place. Kyle Hayes, Christian McCarty, Christopher Thomas, Aydin Thomas, Chappie LaSan, Cynthia Meza and Jordan Coburn all finished in first place. The seven wrestlers combined for an overall record of 20-1.
Finishing in second place was CJ Meza, JC Meza, Miale Hie-Kosta, Xavier Meza, Noah Johnson and Jonny Coburn. And collecting third place finishes were Charlie Mayfield, Cody Rodriguez and Calista Randolph.
On Jan. 7, Calaveras participated in the Escalon Tournament. Of the 39 wrestlers competing, 20 of them left with medals.
In the eight-and-under division, Calaveras got first place finishes from Arliss “AJ” Kosta, Owen Shahan, Silas Langdon and Zachary Coggin II. Those four wrestlers posted a perfect 12-0 record. Liam Dubois, Caden Graham and Elijah Mantz finished in second place.
In the nine-and-over division, Calaveras got second place finishes from Noah Johnson, Connor Fuller, Kyle Hayes, Chappie LaSan, Johnny Coburn, Cynthia Meza, Emily Fuller, Christopher Thomas, Miale Hie-Kosta, JC Meza, Jordan Coburn and CJ Meza. Charlie Ingham finished in third place.