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Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club


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Michael Murillo proudly holding his 3rd place Bear.

Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club sent six wrestlers to the 2018 California Kids Folkstyle Championships on March 17 and 18 in Fresno. Earning his way to a third-place finish and getting his California Bear Trophy, was Novice age group, 117 pounder, Michael Murillo. "Michael lost a close semi-final match but battled back to get on the podium," said Coach Curtis Nelson. Jairdan Medina had a long day of matches in the Middle School, 80-pound division and was able to place 5th. "Jairdan lost an early match but kept coming up with the wins to stay in the tournament," said Coach Gabe Medina. Others competing were Kayden Gonzales, J.P. Archuleta, Cayden Castrellon and Elijah Graves.

TVWC continued to win medals in the KCWA Freestyle Season, competing March 24 at Ridgeview High School. Rookie Division Gabriel Mesa and Schoolboy Division Levi Hart placed 1st. Kayden Gonzales, Intermediate, and Page Hatfield, Junior Division, finished 2nd. Myles Bega, Rookie, Jake Hatfield, Intermediate, Reese Hart, Novice, and Monique Martinez, Cadet, ended the day with third place medals. Other TVWC wrestlers competing were Elijah Perry, Ryan Trigo, Isaac Perry, Troy Martinez, Isaiah Perry and Ezekiel Perry.

"Many of them are first year wrestlers and for some this was their first tournament," said Coach Adrian Hart "We are thrilled to have so many girls competing," added Hart.

The Club sent a small group of wrestlers to the KCWA Jr. Driller Tournament, March 31, held at Bakersfield High School. Kayden Gonzales placed 2nd at 63 pounds in Intermediates Division, Gabriel Cordova, 3rd Bantam, Gabriel Mesa, 3rd Rookie, and Andre Cordova, 3rd 40-pound Rookie. Also competing, but not placing were Troy Martinez, Novice, and Monique Martinez, Cadet.

The CSUB College wrestling program hosted a KCWA Roadrunner event on April 7. Five TVWC wrestlers were able to win their Division and weight class to earn a Champion singlet: Jordan Cardenas, Rookie, 53 pounds, Reese Hart, Girls Novice, 92 pounds, Jairdan Medina, Schoolboy, 87 pounds, Levi Hart, Schoolboy, 90 pounds, and Elijah Graves, Cadet, 126 pounds. J.P. Archuleta, Novice, 92 pounds, and Dylan Binger, Cadet, 94 pounds, placed 2nd. Stephan Meek, Novice, 67 pounds, finished 3rd. Kayden Gonzales, Intermediate, 63 pounds, and Gabriel Cordova, Bantam, 49 pounds, received 4th place. Other wrestlers competing but not placing were Andre Cordova, Myles Bega, Ezekiel Perry, Armando Villegas, Elijah Perry, and Isaiah Perry.


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