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Mae Hensley Warriors finish first at home wrestling tournament
Sixth Annual Mayhem Tournament
Enrique Lopez Mae Hensley
Mae Hensley Jr. High eighth-grader Enrique Lopez finished in first place while competing at the Mayhem Wrestling Tournament on March 4 in Ceres. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Mae Hensley Jr. High hosted the Sixth Annual Mayhem Tournament on March 4.

The Warriors totaled 100 points while finishing in first place at the 14-team event.

Somerset (78) and Oakdale (72) took second and third, respectively.

Mae Hensley placed second behind Oakdale last year.

“Our team has put in a lot of time and hard work this season,” first-year head coach Steve Festa said. “Our goal was to win our home tournament. It felt great to accomplish that goal with such a great team of young committed Warriors. The school and community have been so supportive of wrestling and I can’t wait to see what these athletes do in the future because it’s only the start.”

Mae Hensley Jr. High had a host of grapplers place in the top five at its home tournament, including Enrique Lopez, Alijah Jackson and Michael King.

Lopez, an eighth grader, took first at 137 pounds.

Jackson, a seventh grader, took second at 83 pounds.

King, a seventh grader, took third at 110 pounds.

“We had a bunch of kids place." 

Mae Hensley Jr. High’s roster consists of 24 wrestlers and five stat keepers.

Lopez, Jackson and King competed, along with James Roark (seventh grade, 77 pounds), Ethan Salmon (eighth grade, 96s) Bailey Roberts (eighth grade, 99s), Chase Borges (eighth grade, 103s), Aiden Cisneros (eighth grade, 110s), Abrianna Bautista (seventh grade, 111s), Moragan Williams (eighth grade, 115s), Jazlyn Cisneros (seventh grade, 119s), Madelyn Morales (seventh grade, 122s), Abigail Schultz (seventh grade, 125s), Braelyn Avila (seventh grade, 127s), Aashish Julka (eighth grade, 125s), Sean Standley (eighth grade, 133s), Canaan Patino (eighth grade, 164s), Atreyu Banks (eighth grade, 165s), Caelen Eskridge (eighth grade, 175s), Damian Jackson (eighth grade, 177s), Jonatan Garcia (eighth grade, 187s), Malyki Reedy (eighth grade, 182s), Dorian King (eighth grade, 209s) and Eli Swartz (seventh grade, 258s).

The Warriors practice Monday through Friday.

“Right now, we’re undefeated in league,” Festa said. “We just beat Ustach 116-36 Thursday of last week. We went to the Livingston Tournament on Feb. 25 and did great. We had a lot of medalists. On Saturday, we competed at the El Portal Tournament. We dominated that tournament as well. Just about every kid that wrestled came home with a medal.”