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Oakdale Youth, Prep Wrestlers Shine In Reno
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Oakdale High senior Trent Noon pinned his final opponent to ensure first place honors among 34 wrestlers in the 171-pound 18-year-old division at the Cliff Cleen Reno World Championships on Sunday.
Noon was one of 29 Oakdale Wrestling Club and high school grapplers to make the trek and one of 11 to medal in a tournament that saw 2,686 wrestlers and 8,000 fans from across the nation.
Noon bested former high school state medalists from Oregon and Montana, pinning Austin Barany of Oregon (No. 3 in state) in a convincing finale that culminated a ferocious championship run. He teched or pinned every opponent before the third round.
“He was really dominant,” Oakdale youth wrestling coach Steve Strange said. “Nobody could even make it out of that second round against him.”
A.C. Brown (fourth at 215) and Dustin Harris (sixth at 160) also landed medals in the 18-year-old division while Ronnie Stevens finished top-12.
Nico Colunga (third at 89 pounds) and Trevor Williams (6th, 89) nabbed medals in the 15-year-old division while Max Stevens was top-12 in a weight that carried 75 wrestlers.
Jake Ryan (5th, 105), Colby Harlan (3rd, 76), Ricky Torres (3rd, 73) and Jakob Romeo (6th, 67) also medaled for the 10-year-old division.
Michael Torres (5th, 43) brought home hardware from the six-year-old division as well.
The Oakdale youth team has freestyle state championships the first weekend in June in Fresno. The high school wrestlers have a few weeks off, but begin a busy summer schedule soon.