Jake Congleton (18-3) went 7-0, four via pins, to dominate the 112-pound weight class last weekend at Modesto High's Big Cat Classic. That he was named the tournament's outstanding lightweight performer was no surprise. He went up a weight class, however, and expects a more stiff challenge at the upcoming Rumble in the Jungle at Pitman, the last major invitational before the postseason.
"Jake is just a natural," Beyer coach Tim Louis said. "He has great hips and great balance." Congleton expects to improve over last year, during which he won the Modesto Metro Conference, reached the section final and qualified for the State Championships.
Central Catholic, junior
Feuerstein (25-8), who went to 2-2 at the State last year, placed second in the 121-pound class at the 80-team Tim Brown Memorial Invitational last weekend at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. What he did in the semifinals — decisioning one of the state's best in top-seeded Isa Hurtado of Sheldon — got the attention of many wrestling observers. Feuerstein eventually lost the title match to Nevada Union's Jacob Purdy, who also beat him in the semifinals of Stockton's Big Valley Classic.
"Tanner finished very strong last year, and he'll have to repeat that finish to go far this season," Central Catholic coach Steve Strange said. "It'll take more wins like he had over Hurtado."