Finishing with medals was not a problem for the Calaveras Youth Wrestling team while competing Dec. 17 at Tokay High School in Lodi. A total of 45 Calaveras wrestlers competed, with 34 of them receiving medals. In total, 14 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze medals were won.

"I couldn't have asked for better results,” said Calaveras Youth Wrestling head coach Cliff Randolph. “The kids really brought their A game to this tournament."

In the 9-and-over age group, Calaveras finished with 19 medals won. Picking up first place medals were Xavier Meza (59 pounds, 3-0), Jeymarri Calbert (82 pounds, 3-0), Noah Johnson (116 pounds, 3-0), Charlie Ingham (108 pounds, 3-0), Kyle Hayes (79 pounds, 5-0 all via pin), Cody Batterton (88 pounds, 2-0), Jordan Coburn (184 pounds, 3-0), Carlos Meza (116 pounds, 3-0 and 126 pounds, 3-0).

Picking up silver medals were Emily Johnson (140 pounds, 2-2), Cynthia Meza (67 pounds, 2-1), Johnny Coburn (2-1, 140 pounds) and JC Meza (114 pounds, 2-1).

And walking away with bronze medals were Connor Fuller (72 pounds, 2-2), Christian McCarty (69 pounds, 3-2), Lukas Walters (127 pounds, 1-2), Miale Hie-Kosta (105 pounds, 2-2), JC Meza (120 pounds, 2-2) and Josh Hughes (126 pounds, 0-2).

In the under nine age group, Calaveras finished with five gold medals, seven silver and three bronze. Leaving with gold medals were Drake Johnston (67 pounds, 3-0), Jacob Pettitt (49 pounds, 3-0), Own Shahan (58 pounds, 3-0), Jonathan McBride (101 pounds, 2-1), Arliss Kosta (47 pounds 3-0),

Calaveras got second place finishes from Nico Varni (61 pounds, 1-1), Elijah Mantz (51 pounds, 2-1), Dylan Walls (58 pounds, 2-1), Ryan Osborn (98 pounds, 1-2), Silas Langdon (79 pounds, 2-1), Caden Graham (52 pounds, 2-1) and Adam Johnson (69 pounds, 0-2).

Calaveras got three bronze medal finishes from Brayden Merrill (37 pounds, 1-2), Peyton Naves (52 pounds, 1-2) and Rylan Graham (54 pounds, 1-2).

“As the stats show, we have a very solid group of wrestlers coming up in this program,” Randolph said. “I'm really excited for the Calaveras community. They have some future Jake Shields in this lot. I encourage the wrestling community to come out to cheer them on Feb. 18, 2018 at the tournament at Calaveras High School. You are going to see some really good matches, especially since it's a Tournament of Champions qualifier."


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