Tracy High Wrestler at National Tournament

Tracy High wrestling was represented by incoming senior, Eli Blackwell at Fargo nationals. This is the largest, most competitive tournament of high-school aged wrestlers for international level styles of wrestling.

In Greco-Roman Eli went 4-2 for the tournament with his two losses coming from 2018 tournament finalist and from this year’s 2019 tournament finalist. His two losses came by tech-fall and by fall. His four wins were by decision, fall, and two tech-falls. All participants were qualified through their respective state tournaments or from regional qualifiers.

Eli qualified for this event having been a state finalist in California, a finalist at the US Open, and placing twice in regional competition.

He reported that he had a great camp in Fresno heading into the tournament, felt he was well prepared with a summer of training at the regional RTC (Stanford University) and at the OTC (Olympic Training Center) in Colorado Springs. This was his fourth trip to the national tournament. This year, he was one of 4 athletes from California in his weight to qualify.

With 2018-19 wrestling coming to a close, he now waits for his final national level score to see where he will be ranked in the future Olympians ranking level that will come out in September most likely.

State Finalist

After becoming an All-American at Reno World Nationals just last weekend, Tracy High’s Eli Blackwell becomes the first Tracy High wrestler this decade to reach the state finals in an international style event and he does it wrestling in the college/adult age division. Open Greco @ 60kg. He reached the finals with a tech-fall in the quarters, another in the semis before falling short in the finals.

2019 Danae Marie Dias “True Grit” Scholarship Recipient

The 2019 True Grit scholarship recipient is Anthony Gougousis. Anthony, a 4-year Tracy High wrestler who carried a 4.0 GPA during his senior campaign was recognized by his coaches for his years of participation on the wrestling team while maintaining the balance of student first, athlete second and excelling in both.

Congratulations Anthony. For past recipients of this prestigious honor, click here.

Tracy High Wrestler, Gary Bairos, Being Inducted into Tracy Sports Hall of Fame

The Tracy Press has an article posted about this year’s inductees into the Tracy Sports Hall of Fame.

As a Tracy High wrestler, Gary Bairos, class of 1981, won the San Joaquin Athletic Association title four times. He went on to win two subsection titles and a Sac-Joaquin Section title and was a California Interscholastic Federation runner-up before heading to Arizona State University, where he became the 1986 Pac-10 champion and NCAA All-American.

Full article available here

Three finalists, four medalists, and one OW for the Bulldogs at Sactown Showdown

A last minute entry for the Tracy bulldogs at the West Campus (Sacramento) varsity tournament saw six wrestlers compete against mostly Sacramento area wrestling teams and came away with four medals.

Consolation champion (7th place) for Conner Lanthier.

Second place finish for Alex Gougousis.

Second place finish for Jonathon Uhl

First place for Eli Blackwell

Outstanding wrestler award given to Eli Blackwell.

Eli Blackwell with his most outstanding wrestler award for the Sactown Showdown tournament

Congratulations Coach Zach

Congratulations to Tracy High School wrestling coach Zach Blackwell  graduating from the SRTCJC (Police Academy). His class had the highest academic score in the state and third best score overall.  After more than five months of rigorous training, he will be protecting the streets of a very lucky California town.