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Wrestlers hit the mats for camp; youth football upcoming
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OHS alum and standout wrestlers Ceasar Garza, left, and Michael Torres share a lighthearted moment while helping put on a wrestling camp for local youngsters at Oakdale High School. Garza now attends Michigan State; Torres attends Menlo College. Jeff Kettering/The Leader

Earlier this month, the California Elite Wrestling Camp was offered at Oakdale High School. The four-day camp was for wrestlers ranging in age from seven to 18-years-old. Serving as directors were coaches from both Menlo College and Cal Baptist university.

On hand to assist with operating the camp were notable amateur wrestlers Jaydin Eerman, Willie Miklus, Joey Martinez, Eric Morrill, Michael Torres and Ceasar Garza. These mentors worked with the young grapplers not just on technical skills but also focused on training, discipline, endurance and motivation.

Meanwhile, a pair of Oakdale wrestlers recently placed at the California Kids Freestyle State Championships. Vinny Abania placed third in his weight class and Max Durrer placed fifth overall in his weight class. The event was hosted in Fresno’s Selland Arena. Earlier in the spring Abania placed first overall at the USA Greco.


Football round robin

Oakdale’s youth football team will be hosting a round robin scrimmage this summer. Multiple teams will be coming to town for the preseason scrimmage to get ready for the regular season.

Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17, the event will be staged at Oakdale High School. Teams from the CenCal Youth Football League will be in attendance including the Bulldogs, Wolves, Cougars, Bears and Broncos, along with Stampede.

Rookies are currently scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. for Oakdale against the Wolves. Oakdale’s second game is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.; then 12:40 p.m. and they wrap up the first session at 1:15 p.m. against the Broncos.

PeeWee action begins at 2 p.m. and runs until 3:45 p.m. Junior varsity is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start and wraps up at 6:15 p.m. Varsity competition begins at 7 p.m. and is scheduled to run until 8:45 p.m.

The regular season for the Oakdale Stampede youth squads is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Aug. 24 when they host the Pride.

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Former Oakdale High School wrestler Michael Torres demonstrates a move with the help of a young wrestler during a recent four-day camp hosted at OHS. Jeff Kettering/The Leader