LONE WARRIOR: McKay’s Lone Senior Esetok Walks Away Victorious On Senior Night

By Jeremy McDonald


SALEM, Ore.– For the last time in front of the home crowd, one McKay Royal Scot got to wrestle in front of the home crowd one last time Thursday night for Senior Night.

Jayency Esetok, the 182 pounder for the Scots, put on the green and gold singlet one last time, but his journey to this point has been an interesting one.

After stepping away from the sport as a sophomore, Esetok returned for his junior year and learned from the seniors from last season as he took over the ‘senior leadership’-role this season; something that Esetok

“For me I’ll say it’s not weird at all, for me it was a good opportunity to get noticed from everyone and actually be a leader for my team.  Showing them the right way, showing them that hard work pays off,” said Esetok. “That it doesn’t happen like that, you have to work for it.  If you can’t find any leaders, be one.

“I wasn’t a leader when I first joined, I had to learn from the old team leaders from last year to set an example and the way they set an example inspired me and I wanted to do the same thing for my teammates.  I don’t know if I’m being a perfect leader but I’m doing my best.”

As the match started and the Scots picked up two forfeit wins at 106 and 120, McKay picked up pin wins at 126 (Enrique Montoya with a pin), 138 (via Johnathan Duff with a pin), 145 (Via Joesph ‘JoJo’ Jones with a pin), 152 (Juan Servin with a pin).

Anthony Alaverez (285) squaring off versus South Salem’s Ashton Adams (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Erick Jimenez at 160 got a tech-fall at 16-0 over South Salem’s Justis Hisgen and David Rubio picked up a quick win at 170 as Esetok took to the mat for his 182 pound match versus Joseph Wozniak.

“It was exciting, I came out here knowing that everyone came out here to support me,” said Esetok. “Knowing that they’re all counting on me to hold it down for the McKay seniors.  Since I was the only one, I had to give it all I got and that’s what I did.”156

Esetok battled throughout his match versus Wozniak, eventually pinning  Wozniak in the second round to hand the senior a win.  His win proved to be the last McKay win as Sangato Letisi (195), Julian Ortiz (220) and Ashton Adams (285) picked up wins for the Saxons.

Though the Scots gave up the last three victories via pins, McKay did send off their lone senior with a 53-30 victory over South Salem.
“When I took my teammates, just because it’s senior night and I’m the only senior, it doesn’t mean it’s my night,” said Esetok.  “It’s still our night.  We still got to go out and wrestle hard and we don’t just count on the seniors.  We don’t depending on the seniors because the seniors lead the right way and all you got to do is find your own way up there.”
Head Coach Troy Thomas spoke to how awesome it was to see his senior grappler walk away from the gym that night with a victory.
“It’s a very special time on senior night and seeing him pull off a win and especially a pin, it’s kind of keeping the fire going is good for the team is really inspirational for us,” said Thomas.  “For him to get a win on his senior night is really, really cool.”

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