Curtis Nelson and Jake Brown

Coach Curtis Nelson with state runner-up Jake Brown.

Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club finished the year with two second-place finishers at the California USA Wrestling Kids Freestyle Championships at Selland Arena in Fresno.

First-year wrestler Jake Brown has made his mark in the Bantam Division 43 pounds at the state level this year, with a second-place bear!

“Jake had some great matches throughout his bracket," Coach Curtis Nelson said.

Reese Hart continues to blossom in the Girls Novice Division. Hart competed up a weight class and lost only by 2 points in the finals of the 110-pound class.

“Reese just needs to build confidence in her moves and she will be a state champion,” Nelson said.

Kayden Gonzales was also supposed to compete, but had to forfeit out due to illness Saturday morning.

“It was one of those things that happens. Kayden worked very hard all year and I think he would have placed," the coach said.

TVWC will be working on fundraising in the off season and hopes the community will support them. Tehachapi’s 4th of July will be their first event at the Phillip Marx Central Park. Stop by and see their display boards! Anyone interested in wrestling can contact Curtis Nelson 661-557-1366.