Monday, 25 January 2021

Cardinal wrestlers take home second-place team trophy at Dennis Jensen Invitational

Clear Lake High School wrestlers Hayden Fowler and Nathan “Bubba” Pyorre at the Dennis Jensen Invitational tournament in Middletown, California, on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Courtesy photo.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – On Friday, Jan. 3, and Saturday, Jan. 4, the Clear Lake Cardinals started the new year with a bang, bringing home another tournament team trophy.

The Cardinals – down a couple more wrestlers, due to the holiday break – sent 20 wrestlers, 15 boys and five girls, to compete at the Dennis Jensen Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

As the Cardinals’ first tournament of 2020 came to an end, they finished with 14 medals: two firsts, five seconds, three thirds, three fourths, one fifth and a second-place team trophy, just behind Middletown and over teams from Lower Lake (third), Arcata (fourth) and Upper Lake (fifth).

Gold medalists:

Nathan “Bubba” Pyorre (106 lbs.) went 3-0 with two pins (one of which was a takedown pin to win in the finals overtime match, in an exciting on your feet thriller, as his team and spectators cheered him on).

Hayden Fowler (138 lbs.) was 3-0 with one pin. Both freshman boys came in as underdogs and battled through their brackets taking out the number two and number one seeds along each of their paths, to win their championship titles!

Silver medalists:

Boys: Elijah Alvarez (138 lbs.) was 2-1 with one pin. Anthony Gersalia (170 lbs.) went 1-1 with one pin.

Girls: Ashley Pyorre (108 lbs.), Ximena Soto (118 lbs.) and Mavis Pyorre (wrestling up at 128 lbs.) each went 2-1 with two pins.

Bronze medalists:

Boys: Nicholas Williamson (132 lbs.) went 3-1 with two pins. Vicente Ortega (138 lbs.) was 4-1 with one pin.

Girls: Keara Alonso-Lopez (wrestling up at 108 lbs.) went 1-2.

Fourth place medalist:

Liam Davis (145 lbs.) went 4-1 with three pins (the five match rule would not allow him to wrestle for third). Ayden Williamson (126 lbs.) was 2-2 with one pin. Raymond Gonzales-Shoaf (285 lbs.) went 2-2 with two pins.

Fifth place medalist:

Boys: Mohammad Akbari (120 lbs.) was 2-2 with two pins.

Also wrestling tough for the Cardinals was Asher Reese (113 lbs.) who went 1-2 with one pin and Drake Chesebro was at (285 lbs.). Mujtaba Akbari (120 lbs.) went 1-2 and won a fastest pin award (pinning his opponent in 15 seconds).

Getting some more wins and pins during the Friday matches of the tournament were Luis Aguilar (113 lbs.) went 1-3 with one pin, Isaac Vigil (120 lbs.) was 1-4 with one pin, Christopher Krack (220 lbs.) went 1-2 with one pin and Tara Wong for the girls (wrestling up at 108 lbs.) was 1-1 with one pin.

“This team continues to shine bright and dominate on the mat while showing great character and sportsmanship all around. We are extremely excited and will be training extra hard this week as we prepare for our very own Michael Kroppmann Memorial Tournament. Come support our team on Jan. 11. A big thanks to all of our parents and coaches for all of their dedication and support to the team,” said Head Coach Nathan Powers.

The Clear Lake High School wrestling team won second place at the Dennis Jensen Invitational tournament in Middletown, California on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Back row, Coach Rick Pyorre, Coach Chris Clarkin, Vicente Ortega, Mohammad Akbari, Isaac Vigil, Christopher Krack, Mavis Pyorre, Drake Chesebro, Keara Alonso-Lopez, Asher Reese, Mujtaba Akbari, Nicholas Williamson, Raymond Gonzales-Shoaf, Elijah Alvarez and Head Coach Nathan Powers; front row, Coach Tyler Hayes, Ayden Williamson, Tara Wong, Ximena Soto, Ashley Pyorre, Hayden Fowler, Nathan Pyorre, Anthony Gersalia, Kiley Bartell and Liam Davis. Courtesy photo.

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