The Warriors recently competed in the 17th annual Don Olson Lemoore Bash, taking 25th place in a field that had 42 teams represented across the state.
Highlighting Tehachapi’s efforts were Fletcher Allen (126 pounds) taking third place overall and Jacob Gamble (138 pounds) earning sixth place.
Allen had a strong tournament with a 4-1 record. In early round action, Allen won a 12-0 major decision over an opponent from Nipomo, a pin at 5:03 over an opponent from Caruthers and a 14-4 major decision over an opponent from Brophy Prep. Allen’s final match garnered him third place with a pin at 2:35 over an opponent from Wasco, with the THS wrestler’s only loss in the tournament a close 9-8 double-overtime decision in the prelim rounds against the eventual 126 pound champion from Dos Pueblos.
Gamble, who went 4-2 in the tournament, lost by pin at 3:53 in the fifth place match over an opponent from Liberty. In early round action, Gamble had a pin at 2:32 over a Redwood opponent, a pin at 5:13 over an opponent from Clovis East, a pin at 1:18 over an Irvington opponent, and another pin at 0:54 over a Menlo-Atherton wrestler.
Other athletes representing Mountain Wrestling at The Bash were Jacob Leighty (132 pounds), Zach Minton (145 pounds), Thomas Duran (152 pounds) and Zach Allen and Branden Dunn (160 pounds).
Minton had a 4-1 decision win in the tournament over a wrestler from Sanger and Duran had two early round wins with a pin at 2:20 over a Tulare Western wrestler and a 6-0 decision over an opponent from Tulare Union. Allen had a pin at 2:20 over an opponent from Caruthers and a pin at 2:42 over a Firebaugh opponent.
In team scoring, Wasco won the tournament overall with 275 points, followed by Firebaugh, Edison, Righetti, Clovis East, Brophy Prep, Sanger, Pioneer Valley, Archbishop Mitty and Dos Pueblos rounding out the top 10.
Up next for the Warriors will be the beginning of SEYL competition, with the first dual meet scheduled with East this Tuesday. Mountain Wrestling will also be competing in the Kern Invitational this weekend.
Competing for Tehachapi during the SEYL season will be Garrett Janney (106 pounds), Colten Eaton and Rudy Vasquez (120 pounds), Fletcher Allen and Klayton Duxbury (126 pounds), Jacob Leighty (132 pounds), Jacob Gamble and Andrew Lindsey (138 pounds), Zach Minton and Dean Hoisington (145 pounds), Thomas Duran (152 pounds), Zach Allen and Branden Dunn (160 pounds), Jerry Castaneda (170 pounds), Dillan Harroun (182 pounds) and Oscar Bejar (220 pounds). Coaching the Warriors is Charlie Walz and Benny Esquivel.