“The team, as a whole, wrestled excellently, I believe everyone placed, but two,” said Assistant Coach Hector Ramírez. “We finished second to Wauseon, but they had 62 wrestlers. We were 17 points behind with only 40 wrestlers. Team Wauseon is a good team and we have to continue to improve if we want to over take them next year.”
Wrestling for ETWC were: Richard Jackson and Rochendo “Chendo” Beltrán. Placing eighth was Arturo Beltrán. In seventh place were Eric Miller and Christian Peters and in sixth place were Fernando Marquez, Josh Kendall, Jason Kendal, and Justin Tomaszewski.
Fifth place finishers were Jay Glenn Burgess, Patrick Campos, Brandon McDowell, Nate Hagan, Alex Rosales, Devon McGibbney and Brandon Ishmael. Fourth place finishers were Christian Ramírez, Calixtro “Poppy” Mondragon, Jeff Ansell, and Jake Davis.
Third place went to Matt Stencel, “Action” Jaxon Davis, Nick Stencel, Jay “Jay Bug” Nino, and Ryan Widmer.
And making the finals were Julian Sánchez, Josh Portillo, Moises Guillen, Seth Gaghen, Andy Howard, Jared Davis, Damen Escobedo, and Shane Gaghen.
Seven ETWC wrestlers brought home the gold.
Oscar Sánchez, who pinned all of his opponents at 40 pounds, had a remarkable tournament, bringing in the gold.
“He’s going to be a real good one,” said Hector Ramírez. Turning around previous disappointments were Kyle McGibbney, who redeemed himself after a sub-par showing at Grade School States, and Mario Guillen, who avenged his loss by beating his opponent 17-4 in the finals. “What a difference his wrestling was, after he made some critical adjustments,” said Ramírez.
Chance and Chad Sonnenberg both came up overall winners as did Jacob Conine and Dalton Ishmael.
A very long day it was but ETWC members persevered and were richly rewarded. In another tournament on the same day, other team members, Trey Czerniejewski and Steve Datkun wrestled with Steve finishing in third place.
The team’s next tournament will be “The Terminator,” part of the Rocky Mountain National States held at the Kalahari Resort on April 14, 2007, in Sandusky, Ohio.