The Turlock Wrestling Club marked the end of the Folkstyle season with an 11th place team finish at last weekend's 2015 Flo Reno Worlds Championships. Eight of the club's 28 participating wrestlers placed fifth or better in their respective brackets, including Mason Ontiveros (60) who won gold in the 6U division.
“Overall it was good. We had more placers than we did last year, last year we had five,” coach Lucas Solarez said.
Ontiveros' first-place finish in Reno was preceded by another championship performance at the CA-USAW KIDS Folkstyle State Champtionships. Though only in his second year of wrestling, Ontiveros pinned all but one of his opponents at Reno Worlds.
“You can't teach his instinct; he just wants to win,” Solarez said. “When he get's somebody in a headlock, or he has somebody on their back, he's squeezing and he's working to get the pin. That's something we all enjoy all watching him wrestle.”
Two other Turlock wrestlers, Ethan Ward (52) and Adrian Harris (83), made it to the finals round as well, but ended up finishing a respective third in the 10U division and second in the 12U division.
“If you haven't wrestled the guy that took third and you took second, the guy that took third can challenge you for what they call true second,” Solarez said of Ward. “It was kind of a tough day, but last year he took sixth overall in the tournament, barely made it in, and this year he was in the finals.”
“He's another high caliber (wrestler). He wrestles a lot of Greco and Freestyle,” he added about Harris.
Other medalists for Turlock included Elijah Cortez (55) who placed third in the 8U division, Jeremiah Bertalotto (58) who placed fourth in the 8U division and Josh Cortez (160) who placed fifth in the 12U division as well as Jaelle Cortez (43) and Zoraya Perez (83) who placed a respective third and fourth in the 10U and 14U divisions of the girls portion of the tournament.
“The kids got to experience high-competitive wrestling, you know the spotlight, face-offs, and medal rounds,” Solarez said.