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Team vision Quest takes 3rd in Brooze Pool at Mid-Summer bash

12 Aug 2017

By Tom Blair, ICW staff

The Texan Wrestling Club out of Justin, Texas hosted the 6th Annual Mid-Summer Mat Bash on Saturday July 28th & Sunday July 29th, 2018 at the Northwest High School. This 27-team dual team tournament is a pool style tournament, giving each team 12 duals in two days. Teams came from all over the country to wrestle in this one division tournament (you could be wrestling just a high school club team or an all-star team).  Teams were from Colorado, New Jersey, Minnesota, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Missouri.

Team Vision Quest was placed in Pool A with Collingswood, NJ; Kansas Silver; West Ranch Punishers (Texas); Best Train (Texas); Team 605 (South Dakota) and Nebraska Grenades. This would give Vision Quest six duals on the first day of competition.

Vision Quest duals would be scheduled to start at 8 am on Saturday but was delayed 2.5 because of computer problems. Once the whistle blow to start the first duals the team was ready for action against Collingswood, NJ.  Vision Quest would waste little time and win 48 – 22 against the young team from New Jersey.

Dual two was again a win for Vision Quest as they beat Kansas Silver 34 – 28 in a back and forth dual. Vision Quest sealed the dual with wins in the last three matches wrestled at 165 lbs, 175 lbs and 185 lbs. With forfeits at 205 and 285 given up by Vision Quest it made the final score closer then what the dual was.

Having to give up 12 points because of forfeits at 205 and 285, Vision Quest could not hang on to finish on top of the dual and lost their first dual of the day to West Ranch 38 – 32. This lost was just beginning of the sad news for Vision Quest as the results for the final three duals was not what the coaching staff was looking for.

Taking a short break to eat before the next dual seem like a great ideal to energize the team. But it was not to be as the team seemed sluggish when it went against Best Trained (Allen, Texas) which was one of the best Texas teams at the tournament. The dual meet was a major loss 58 – 18, with most of Vision Quest points coming in the way of two forfeit wins and a pin by Zion Freeman at 185 lbs. 

After what seem like forever because of a bye round, Vision Quest wrestled Team 605. Giving away 12 points on forfeits, we lost the dual 42-25. It also costed us our 165 lber as he injured his ankle because the ref was in the wrong position on the mat to stop the move where Gavin Deaguero got hurt.  

Last dual of the day, Nebraska Grenades was wrestled on mat 9 in the small gym. With all the members on Team Vision Quest giving all they had after a long day in the gym and starting the finial dual at 830 pm. It was not to be, the lost was hard to take as only four wrestlers were able to acquire wins. Dylan McChesney via decision at 110 lbs, Jacob Duran major decision at 118 lbs, Jimmy Ramirez III pin at 125 lbs and Zion Freeman pin at 185 lbs. The team would end up 2 – 4 for the day and placed into the bronze pool for placement on Sunday.

Ok, time to tighten the shoe laces and put it in beast mode as we wrestle Team 3F for the first dual of the day at 8 am. The dual went by quick as there were four forfeits between the two teams – 2 apiece. The team score of 40 – 34 in favor of Vision Quest was a great start to the day. Vision Quest would move to mat 8 to wrestle WCA – Minnesota, in which was a friendly rival from the team up north. Vision Quest would win the first six matches and take a 25-point team lead at the 125 lbs mark.  After the next three matches Vision Quest would lead 32 – 3 and have the dual won at that point. The final outcome was 38 – 24.

 Dual 3 on the day was against Kansas Bronze and ended with a victory 40-30 for Vision Quest, even giving up 18 pints on forfeits as the injury to Deaguero had him sitting out for the rest of the day.

Wrestling to a 33-32 lost against West Ranch, Team Vision Quest looked very good, seeing we gave up 18 points on forfeits.  In one of the best matches of the tournament, at 98 lbs 8th grader Brandon Boehm went back and forth to a 12 – 11 loss, but at times seem to have his opponent pinned. The first dual against West Ranch was a six point, lost so we closed the gap against them even being down 18 points. 

Wrestling Factory won against Team Vision Quest, as we had 2 injured wrestlers and 2 forfeits to start the dual down 24 points. Final results was 51-19
Next up on mat 7 after a bye, Vision Quest was taking on North Desota, LA. Vision Quest ended the tournament as it started with a win. This one was over North Desota by a score of 47- 30. Giving the team a 4-2 record for the day. Plus putting them in third place in the Bronzes pool. The final record for the dual tournament is 6-6. Two wrestlers – Sawyer Novara and Colin Leypoldt -  have been sharing the 133 lb weight class, with each getting six point counting matches and a number of exhibition matches.

Having a break even record of 6 – 6 was not what Team Vision Quest was hoping for but knowing they were giving up 12 points in each dual found the ride a long journey. Pool A round 2 – 4, Bronze Pool 4 – 2. Team results were 81 – 58 for matches wrestled, a .580 percentage.

90 – Logan Novara, 7 – 5;

98 – Brandon Boehm, 6 – 6;

105 – Roman Salaz, 6 – 6, 2 pins;

110 – Dylan McChesney, 8 – 4, 2 pins;

118 – Jacob Duran, 10 – 1, 6 pins;

125 – Jimmy Ramirez III, 11 – 1, 5 pins;

133 – Colin Leypoldt, 1 – 5;

133 – Sawyer Novara, 1 – 5;

142 – Dylan Yancey, 9 – 3, 2 pins;

152 – Josh Yancey, 2 – 10;

165 – Gavin Deaguero, 5 – 3;

175 – Braeson Lewis, 5 – 7, 3 pins;

185 – Zion Freeman, 10 – 2, 9 pins;