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PREP WRESTLING

Popular Mark Fuller Wrestling Invitational this Saturday

Action begins 9 a.m.
By: Joshua Gutierrez/News Messenger Correspondent
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Lincoln High School is set to kick off the new year by hosting its annual Mark Fuller Invitational tournament for wrestling.

The three-time Olympic Games representative for the United States, Fuller’s name is proudly bannered as a legacy of the Fighting Zebras’ athletic accomplishments through the years.

Twenty-three teams from the surrounding area and out-of-state will compete in this one-day event, including Pioneer Valley League opponent Placer High.

Lincoln High’s squad looks to make their presence felt building on recent success on the mat.

Anthony Jossis (106 pounds) and T.J. Bolden (195) each notched first-place honors in their respective weight classes competing in the Vista junior varsity tournament.

In the Queen of the Mat Invitational tournament, Emily Solorzano placed third and Gabby Eslinger capped her night with a first-place finish.

Landon Croissant (138) will face competition for the first time in Saturday’s event after an early-season injury kept him off the mat earlier this year.

Ero Wainio (171) is expected to compete after staving off a flurry of injuries, solidifying the upper-weight classes for the Fighting Zebras.

Two competitors who will unfortunately miss a chance to wrestle on Saturday are Evan Deatherage (138) and Jaden Martinez (126). Deatherage, who has missed the entire season, will make his much-anticipated debut Monday at the Foothill Dual.

Martinez, whose presence has solidified a strong freshman class, will also return on Monday.

The Mark Fuller Invitational tournament will begin Jan. 12, 9 a.m. at Lincoln High School and feature competition in the cafeteria, old gym, and new gym.

With the day’s event culminating at the new gym, Mark Fuller is expected to present the third, second, and first place teams with team awards. He is also expected to give out individual honors to the most deserving participants.