The Stockton Record recognized area all stars from the Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Lathrop, Tracy, and Mt House area. One of only two male wrestlers in the coverage area to qualify for the CIF state tournament in wrestling, Eli Blackwell, a sophomore from Tracy High was recognized as an “All Star Prep” with an awards night June 21, 2018.
Tracy High Senior Sammo Blackwell and sophomore Eli Blackwell are both selected for the San Joaquin Wrestling Association duals team. An all star team representing high schools from Lodi to the north through Merced to the south. Sammo will wrestle at 154 pounds and Eli at 128 pounds.
Also making the all star team from the area is Ricky Lopez of West High (a Bulldog his freshman and sophomore years) that will wrestle at 102 pounds.
The three will be joined by about 20 other wrestlers from the area as a team against the best wrestlers grouped in respective teams at the CA state association duals this weekend.
The team will be coached by another THS Bulldog as in the Turlock High Bulldogs coach and 2x California high school state champion Lewis Gonzalez.
Seniors Sammo Blackwell and Brock McCarty were recipients of the 2018 scholarship named in memoriam of Danae Marie Dias who was a Tracy High wrestling fan, statistician (mat maid) and Tracy High student class of 1987.
The scholarship is for the senior scholar-athlete wrestler who has “True Grit” – a leader on and off the mat.
Tracy High sophomore completed his run securing the championship at the US Open / Western Regional folkstyle tournament in Las Vegas beating a Washington state medalist in the final by a score of 8-3.
Tracy High’s Eli Blackwell is the first Tracy High state medalist in freestyle at the Junior division level in this decade since his older brother and current coach was a dual Freestyle and Greco state medalist. Competes next week at the US Open in Las Vegas.
The team was fortunate to be lead by experienced veterans. Thank you Eli, Brock, Sammo, Nikki, and Octavio. Want to be considered for a leadership role next season? Complete the questionnaire and return to coach Blackwell.
Congratulations to all of this year’s wresting TCAL All-league selections:
- Eli Blackwell, Champion
- Sammo Blackwell, Champion
- Brock McCarty, Champion
- Riley Revino, Finalist
- Nikki Gallegos, Finalist
Congratulations to Tracy high wrestlers maintaining excellent academic standing while wrestling.
- Nicholas Bronson
- Franky Rotondi
- Nate Stroup
- Eli Blackwell
- Sammo Blackwell
- Alex Gougousis
- Anthony Gougousis
- Andrew Manibusan
- Brock McCarty
- Riley Revino
- Angel Romo
- Kyle Silveira
- Octavio Torres
Special award given to Alex Gougousis who maintained a 4.0 GPA
Next week on Monday the 16th following the freshman orientation, please join your teammates and their families as we celebrate the past season. See calendar for details.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame is partnering with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to feature a “Wrestling and Football” exhibit at the NCAA Wrestling Fan Fest in the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland – Hall A on March 15-17. Held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, the Fan Fest is free to the public.