David Aranda, who attends Adams Middle School, wrestled in the 12U heavyweight division. Aranda began his weekend with a first-round victory that advanced him to a second-round faceoff against Cameron Sweet from Oregon, whom Aranda beat in a 2-0 decision. The Oakley wrestler lost by a fall in the semifinals to Jose Candelas from Oregon, but rebounded in the next round by beating last year’s Reno World Champion, Junior Cortez from Washington State, in a 3-0 decision.
Cameron Sweet from Oregon worked his way back through the consolation bracket, winning two matches of his own for a chance to wrestle Aranda for third place. Aranda defeated Sweet in a 9-0 decision.
Aranda’s final match pitted him against Oregon’s Osiris Tapia, who outweighed Aranda by 65 pounds. The nail-biting clash began with a 2-0 start for Osiris in the first round. In the second round, Aranda pulled off a win by pinning Osiris to claim second place.
– Contributed by Oscar Aranda