Ramona Wrestling Club took two youth wrestlers to the Las Vegas Folkstyle Showdown Tournament in Las Vegas — Matthew Populin and Tyler Badgett — who both achieved second place in their brackets.
There were a total of 258 youth wrestlers from all over the United States at the tournament, held April 20.
Matthew, age 10, competed in the Novice 105 pounds, and had four wrestlers in his bracket.
•Round 1: Maxemiliano Guilin (Spartan Wrestling E.C.) over Matthew (DEC 6-4)
•Round 2: Matthew over Rlijah Villarreal (Visalia Pioneers) (PIN :30)
•Round 3: Matthew over David Jelinsky (Monster Wrestling Club) (PIN :37)
Matthew, is ranked second in the San Diego Imperial Kids Wrestling Association (SDIKWA) and third in the State of California Wrestling Alliance For The Youth (SCWAY Zone 8).
“The experience alone attending my very first, large wrestling tournament was a wonderful experience. I got to see many outstanding champions from youth all the way up to Olympic Champions. This is an experience I will never forget,” he said.
Tyler, 11, competed in the Novice 85 pounds and had eight wrestlers in his bracket.
•First Match – BYE
•Quarterfinal: Tyler over Clayton Warr (Las Vegas Gladiators) (PIN 2:08)
•Semifinal: Tyler over Peyton Angelias (Las Vegas Gladiators) (PIN :58)
•First Place Match: Jesse Vasquez (Titan Mecury MC) over Tyler (PIN :47)
Tyler had been waiting all year to wrestle Jesse Vasquez, who is ranked No. 1 in the state of California and also in the nation, and finally got his match. Tyler is ranked No. 1 in San Diego Imperial Kids Wrestling Association (SDIKWA), No. 1 in the State of California Wrestling Alliance For The Youth (SCWAY Zone 8), and No. 8 in the state of California for USA Wrestling Association. Tyler didn’t know what took him as he attempted a “Nate Morgan” move and Jesse conquered it by cradling Tyler, into a 47-second pin.
“The experience alone excited me,” said Tyler. “My goal is to eventually beat Jesse.
“I am very proud of my boys stepping out and challenging themselves to a new level of competition. This will only improve their wrestling capabilities going forward,” said head coach Eddie Badgett.
For those interested in youth wrestling, the club has a spring/summer program going on right now. Email Eddie Badgett for more details at: firstname.lastname@example.org