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Eli Watson
Eli Watson

Turlock High wrestler Eli Watson won the 215-pound division at the annual California Bulldog Classic this past weekend, completing a four-year run in which he won four Classic titles without ever losing a match.

“I was pretty confident going in,” said Watson, who qualified for the state tournament last season. “I feel like I’m taking the steps I need to be taking and I’m putting in the work. Based on that performance, I’m pretty confident.”

Up next for Watson and the Bulldogs is the James Riddle Tournament at Oakdale High this coming weekend.


Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Favorite class: Yearbook with Mrs. Barr

Favorite food: Taco-truck burritos

Hobbies: Working out, hanging out with friends

Pets: Four dogs (Black lab Moose, Golden lab Bodie, and mutts Zero and Mila)

Dream college: Columbia College. I want to be a fireman and they have a great fire science program there.

Favorite movie: “Jumanji”

Secret talent: You wouldn't think I would be, but I'm a pretty good basketball player.

Favorite color: Turlock High blue

Favorite athlete: Jordan Burroughs and Tom Brady

Favorite team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite artist: Kendrick Lamar

Three songs on my playlist: “Touch the Sky” by Kanye West; “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar; “Family Ties” by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar

Finish this sentence: I can’t live without … my family.

Finish this sentence: In 10 years I will be … a fireman.