The Wallace Junior High wrestling team came away with some medals in the State Junior High Wrestling Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 22 at Queen Creek High School. Two girls won their weight classes.

Danielle Vindola took first place in the 85-pound class, while Audianna Ponce placed first in the 79-pound weight class.

Other WJH wrestlers who competed included Ryan Ponce (1-2) at 97 pounds, Jose Diaz (1-2) at 97 pounds and Hayden Herder (2-2) at 149 pounds.

Members of the Parker Elite Youth Wrestling Club also participated in the tournament. Matthew Fernandez took the state title in the 71-pound class. Micah Salcedo placed third at 67 pounds for ages 10 and under. Ricky Hernandez placed fourth at 63 pounds for wrestlers ages 10 and under, and Mason Carr placed third at 53 pounds for wrestlers aged 8 and under. Talan Benson went 1-2 at 49 pounds for wrestlers aged 10 and under.

The event was sanctioned by USA Wrestling.

Coach Harlan Herder said he was proud of all the wrestlers.

“They work hard,” he said. “I’m looking forward to good things from all of them.”

Parker Elite Youth Wrestling is currently holding sign-ups. They meet and practice from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the wrestling room in Parker High Field House next to the football practice field.


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