Owen Schneider and Myles Bega show off their new uniforms, custom made by local shop Ultimate Ink.

The Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club placed third as a team at the Shooting Stars Tournament held Jan. 19 at North High School.

“With only 11 wrestlers competing and missing some of our stronger kids, I was very happy,” said head coach Curtis Nelson.

Drake Lightner continues to wrestle well and placed first in the K-2 division at 43 pounds. TVWC had three second-place finishers in the K-2 division with Phillip Coates at 46 pounds, Maddox MacLachlan at 52 pounds and Myles Bega at 55 pounds.

Owen Schneider was the only 3-5 grade wrestler competing and placed third in his 58-pound class.

Middle school wrestler Evan Lutgen finished his day with a third-place medal and Ella Schneider was the only girl competing at 89 pounds and finished 7th. Marcus Coates at 49 pounds and Gabriel Mesa at 52 pounds battled hard in their K-2 brackets to earn a fourth-place finish.

Other wrestlers competing and helping the team earn some team points were K-2 wrestlers Liam Parker at 49 pounds and Noe Mesa at 52 pounds. TVWC will be busy on the mat every weekend until end of season with KCWA Folkstyle Championships on Feb. 23. TVWC would also like to thank everyone who supported our spaghetti all-you-can-eat dinner on Jan. 15.

Curtis Nelson is head coach of the Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club.