Wrestlers Return to the State Competition

Update: Congratulations to the men's wrestling team! Hunter Johns placed third in the state and Isaiah Wortham placed fourth.

First report: The four wrestlers representing CJ at the state tournament only have one goal in mind. Winning.

David Frederick ‘21, Hunter Johns ‘19, Nick Machuca ‘20 and Isaiah Wortham ‘20 were cheered on by classmates as they participated in a Walk to State on Thursday, March 7. The wrestlers were flanked by other members of the team and first-year head coach Joel Sanchez.

“This has been my favorite season ever,” Sanchez said. “I’ve been coaching for 10 years and this has been my favorite season. The group of guys have been the best group I’ve ever coached. They work hard, they are smart, they do everything I ask of them. And the four going to state — they are here because they go above and beyond what is required.”

“We lost a lot of good seniors last year,” Johns noted. “We want to live up to their legacy and finish at the top.”

It’s a return to the state competition for Frederick, Johns and Wortham. This is Machuca’s first year qualifying for the tournament.

The Eagles had a successful 2018-2019 season including team and individual wins. Several wrestlers received accolades, including Johns being named the GCL wrestler of the year and Sanchez being named the GCL coach of the year. Last weekend, the Eagles finished in second place at the district tournament.

Good luck wrestlers, and as Sanchez said, “¡Vamos águilas!” Go Eagles!

Posted March 7, 2019; Updated March 11, 2019