For a few weeks now, Las Lomas wrestler Jason Welch has been rumored to be moving up to 171 pounds to wrestle the likes of defending state champion Louis Bland of Central Catholic-Modesto HS and Justin Danz of Ponderosa HS.
Well today was the day that Welch undertook that challenge, wrestling at 171 pounds at the Foothill-Sacramento ASICS tournament. In the semifinals, who should Welch meet but Bland himself. Now, thanks to a coach from Placer High School, the match was uploaded to the internet and I just have to say thank you to said coach. That said, Welch proved himself yet again, defeating Bland 21-11 in an unbelivable display of wrestling.
Welch got Danz in the final and, according to thecaliforniawrestler.com’s message board, defeated him 8-3. Keep in mind that’s an unofficial result but if it’s true, it’s an incredible accomplishment. Is there anything this young man can’t do?
Speaking of incredible accomplishments, Campolindo’s Nikko Triggas again shared the dais with Welch, taking home the 119-pound title. Freedom’s David Prado took second at 125 pounds. Congratulations to all area wrestlers who fared well.