A total of 14 Southern Arizona wrestlers, female and male, are competing Saturday in the 2021 USA Wrestling Junior and 16U National Championships at the FargoDome in Fargo, N.D.
Competition is in the men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle.
This summer marks the 50th USA Wrestling Junior National Championships, a major national high-school competition.
Here are the Southern Arizona competitors involved:
Women’s – USA Junior Freestyle
106 Tatiana Hernandez (Sunnyside)
127 Mylei Seigla (CDO Class of 2021 graduate)
Men’s – USA Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman
106 Cesar Vasquez (Sunnyside)
113 James Armstrong Jr. (Sunnyside)
120 Davian Guanajuato (Eloy Santa Cruz)
132 Emilio Ysaguirre Jr. (Eloy Santa Cruz)
152 Austin Scott (Mountain View)
170 Rene Fragoso (Sunnyside), Braden Peglow (Empire)
195 Diego Chavez (Eloy Santa Cruz)
220 Obed Craft (Sunnyside)
Here is a recent interview I had with with Scott, who won the state title in the 152-pound class in March with an 18-0 record. He was part of Mountain View’s team that finished second in the Division II state meet. Scott, who was a runner-up in the 2020 state tournament, also wrestles in the 145-pound class. He will be at 152 at Fargo. Some of his training locally is at Jet Sports Training, which is a second home to many Sunnyside state-champion wrestlers such as Roman Bravo-Young (NCAA champ at Penn State) and Jesse Ybarra (second-year freshman at Iowa).
Men’s – 16U Freestyle and Greco-Roman
138 Rodolfo Santacruz (Tucson)
160 Mike Avelar (Sunnyside)
195 James Matthew Ofeciar (Tucson)
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