YOSEMITE — The Yosemite High School Wrestling Team pinned six of their eight opponents at the YHS vs. Mariposa Dual Meet hosted by Yosemite on Dec. 12. However, the Badgers were forced to forfeit six matches due to an incomplete weight class roster, giving the Grizzlies the team win.
Jimmy McCurry (113 lb.), PJ Kuzmitske (120 lb.), Nicolas Guynn (160 lb.), Justin Micallef (170 lb.), and first year wrestlers Ben Wynn (220 lb.) and Noah Burns (285 lb.) all won their matches by falls, also known as pins.
Clint Willoughby (138 lb.) and first year wrestler Yosmar Welborn (145 lb.) gained valuable experience in their battle matches. New wrestler Scotte Williams (182 lb.), performed well in his exhibition match.
PJ Kuzmitske placed 5th, Justin Micallef took 2nd, and Nicolas Guynn earned 1st Place at Saturday’s California Classic Tournament, hosted by Reedley High School.
With only four wrestlers in the tournament, the Badgers placed 11th out of 20 teams at the event.
Eight Badgers will travel to Brea Olinda High School in Orange County Dec. 19 to wrestle in the Ed Spring Holiday Invitational Tournament Dec. 20-21.
The team is led by Head Coach Kent Lincoln, assisted by Kyle Lincoln, Jeff Guynn, and Jacob Ortiz.
Yosemite Badger Youth Wrestling Boosters is seeking donations to purchase safety wall mats and necessary, but missing, weight training equipment for the weight room. This equipment will be available to all YHS athletes. Prior fundraising efforts provided much needed new wrestling mats, new uniforms, and tournament fees.
Please contact Booster President Jeff Guynn at 559-676-1091 if you would like to contribute.
Photos by Hansel Heiss.