Titan Mercury Youth Wrestlers Search for National Acclaim After a Dominate Performance at the CAUSAW State Championships
By: Jonny Ruggiano
Coach Reece Humphrey entered Fresno’s Selland Arena for the first time as the new Titan Mercury Wrestling Club coach. Humphrey who had taken the program over last year from legendary coach John Azevedo, had never coached at the CAUSAW State Championships. What resulted was multiple State Champions and several National Qualifiers. Winning State titles at the Cadet and Junior levels were Jonathan Prata, Joshua Kim and Luka Wick.
Shortly after the State Championships, coach Humphrey and wrestler Jonathan Prata flew off to New York City to compete in the coveted Beat the Streets New York Gala. The annual event will showcase the nation’s top senior level wrestlers against a strong team from Japan. Competing first will be the youth wrestlers, including Prata, in Times Square. All the action will be live streamed via www.flowrestling.org.
Coach Mike Duran continued his dominance at the girl’s CAUSAW State Championships. Winning state titles at the Cadet and Junior level included Jessica Sanchez, who won both divisions, World medalists Allieda Martinez and Gracie Figuroa, Anatali Smalley, and Trina Nguyen.
There is little rest for the wicked and coach Duran’s squad has already taken off to Irving, TX for the Body Bar National Championships. Many girls will battle for their chance to earn a World team spot, including TMWC wrestlers Anatali Smalley, Gracie Figueroa, Allieda Martinez, Trina Ngyuen, Angelina Gomez, Haley Ward and Makayla Rydbeck. The Body Bar Nationals can also be viewed at www.flowrestling.org. Below is a complete list of all placers from the 2017 CAUSAW State Championships.
|BOYS||Prata, Jonathan||Junior Boys||113||1|
|BOYS||Kim, Joshua||Junior Boys||152||1|
|BOYS||Flores, Sidney||Junior Boys||138||4|
|BOYS||Nguyen, Mb – ethan||SB||91||5|
|BOYS||Uyemura, Mikel david||INT||103||3|
|GIRLS||Martinez, Alledia||Junior Girls||117||1|
|GIRLS||Figueroa, Gracie||Junior Girls||122||1|
|GIRLS||Smalley, Anatli||Junior Girls||152||1|
|GIRLS||Nguyen, Trina||Junior Girls||106||1|
|GIRLS||Sanchez, Jessica||Junior Girls||127||1|
|GIRLS||Gomez, Angelina||Junior Girls||106||2|
|GIRLS||Hutchison, Mckenna||Junior Girls||132||3|
|GIRLS||Garcia, Clare||Junior Girls||122||3|
|GIRLS||Vasquez, Jessica||Junior Girls||106||4|
|GIRLS||Cardenas, Caitlin||Junior Girls||127||5|
|GIRLS||Padilla, Julia||Junior Girls||144||5|