The Mustangs certainly didn’t open the 2013-2014 wresting season by just dipping in the proverbial “toe” the Mustangs dove in head first. The varsity team battled in the El Dorado Invitational which is the top opening weekend high school tournament in all of California, and the Frosh-Soph team got busy at the Frosh-Soph Cardinal Classic at Whittier High School.
The Varsity Mustangs certainly made a strong showing, finishing in the top ten as a team and having five wrestlers finish as medalists. Abe Ochoa finished 2nd in a hard fought Championship match, Killian Gale and Hunter Priest finished 6th in their respective weight classes and George Madrigal and Andrew Gomez rounded out the Mustang medalists with 8th place finishes.
The Frosh-Soph Mustangs too were very impressive in their first showing. They finished in the 2nd place spot as a team and received a nice trophy to add to the Mustang wrestling trophy collection. This is all the more impressive with a team that has only two sophomores and had to give up two weight classes. Two of the Mustangs finished as medalists. Alex Tang finished in 2nd place and Steve Hill finished in 3rd.
The action continues this Thursday night in our first Empire League Dual against Western High School at home in the YLHS gym. This weekend the Varsity team will be traveling to Southern California Challenge at Temescal Canyon High School and the Frosh-Soph team will be hosting ten teams at the Mustang Invitational. (CLICK HERE to see the team calendar)
Many thanks to those parents and grandparents that showed up early and/or, hung in there late to support the Mustangs at both tournaments.
Wrestling at the elite level requires many hours of hard work and dedication and the coaching staff and athletes have worked hard preparing for this season. With each practice and each match, our Mustangs are developing life skills such as discipline, determination, perseverance, intensity and focus. These are skills that will serve them well the rest of their lives.