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Wrestling practice begins this Thursday, Oct. 13.

We will be in our new practice area within the eastern-most new building (the detached one).

Practices will be Monday – Friday, 3:45pm – 6:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm.

You should wear work out shorts, t-shirt, and running shoes. Returning wrestlers should also bring their wrestling shoes. A filled water bottle is HIGHLY recommended.

As a reminder, you need to get a sports physical as well as do other paperwork. See:

** If you do not have Block 8, please come to the practice area at 3:00pm to help set up**

Lastly, there are 27 out of 43 potential new wrestlers who gave us their email address back in August saying they are interested in wrestling…but who we haven’t seen at all at our pre-season conditioning over the last six weeks. There are also five wrestlers who were on the squad last year who we have not seen at conditioning. If you are no longer interested in going out for or returning to wrestling…please let me know now.

Pre-Season Conditioning Begins


Lowell Wrestling starts its pre-season conditioning on Monday, Aug. 29.
Unless otherwise noted, will begin each day at the cement volleyball courts behind Lowell.

Pre-season conditioning is an opportunity for you to start getting your body physically ready for the sport of wrestling.

It is not mandatory to attend conditioning every day, although we encourage you to come as often as possible. You should wear work-out clothes: shorts, t-shirt, and/or sweats and running shoes. A water bottle is also highly recommended.

The first official day of practice on wrestling mats will be Thursday, Oct. 13, 3:45 – 6:00pm. Before that time, you should make sure to get an athletic physical and take care of other needed paperwork. You can get the necessary physical form and all other paperwork at:

Michael Wise – Head Coach
Lowell Wrestling

Wrestling Demonstration on Friday, August 19


Wrestling demonstration in the gym for all PE classes on Friday, August 19

Pre-season conditioning begins the week of August 29

Official practices begin on Thursday, October 13.

Wrestling is one of the oldest sports on the planet and an original Olympic sport. It is a combat sport where matches are done individually at tournaments as well as team competition dual meets.

Lowell Wrestling expects to have 25 returning wrestlers this season (13 boys and 12 girls). We hope to gain at least 12 new wrestlers.

It doesn’t matter whether you are big or small or anywhere in between. There are 14 weight classes starting at 106 lbs (boys)/101 lbs (girls) and ending at 285 lbs (boys)/235 lbs (girls). It also doesn’t matter if you are stocky or lanky. There is no specific wrestling body type.

There are no try-outs. If you come to practice and work hard in practice…you are on the team. We do not care if you’ve never done a sport or thought of yourself as an athlete. Our training is very physically demanding, and we have a team of coaches with state, national, and international-level competition experience to forge warriors out of any girl or boy with the determination, dedication, and will to be one.

In U.S. high schools and colleges the collegiate style is used which is more focused on control whereas the two international styles (freestyle and Greco-Roman) taking place at this very moment at the Olympics are more about exposure.

Our season
end of August – mid-October: pre-season conditioning
mid-October – end of November : just practices
December – beginning of February: tournament competitions
January – mid-February: CIF SF Section dual meet competitions
end of February: CIF Girls State Championships
beginning of March: CIF Boys State Championships


Some Wrestling Facts

  • There are around 260,000 high school wrestlers competing at 11,000 high schools in the country.
  • Girls wrestling is one of the fast growing high school sports in the country with a 169% growth in the last five years.
  • If you are a football lineman, step right up. There are dozens of former high school and collegiate wrestlers playing in the NFL today.
    “I would have all my offensive linemen wrestle if I could.” – John Madden – Hall of Fame NFL Coach
  • The actor, Benjamin Bratt is a Lowell Wrestling alumnus

Lowell Wrestling Defeats Galileo 46-32 – Completes Undefeated Regular Season

Lowell Wrestling team right after finishing undefeated in the regular season

Lowell Wrestling team right after finishing undefeated in the regular season

Lowell Wrestling faced Galileo tonight at Lowell in our final section dual meet of the regular season.
It was a also a battle of two 8-0 teams. There can be only one winner though, and we made sure that was us. We have now completed our regular season with a record of 9-0 and a point differential of 376-110 over section opponents.

There were eight contested matches with Lowell winning five of them (four by pin). In matches actually wrestled, Lowell outscored Galileo 28-14.

Herman Zeng (senior, 138lbs) works a half nelson with leg lift on his way to a 1st period pin

Herman Zeng (senior, 138lbs) works a half nelson with leg lift on his way to a 1st period pin

Asa Jungreis (senior/team captain – 132 lbs) won his match by pin in 59 seconds. Herman Zeng (senior – 138 lbs) pinned his opponent in 1:34. Next up was sophomore, Sanchez O’Leary (145 lbs) who had an opponent, but Galileo decided to intentionally forfeit the match. Kian Mojabi (junior – 152 lbs) won his match by 9-1 major decision. First-year senior Kevin Nguyen and Marco Kwan (junior – 120 lbs) both won by 3rd period pins.

We now head into our state championship qualifiers with the girls heading to San Jose this Friday to compete in the Central Coast Championships where the top three placers in each weight class go to the state championships in Visalia on February 26. The boys will compete at the SF Section Wrestling Championships (aka “All City”) at Lincoln HS this Saturday where the champion in each weight class will go to the boys state championships in Bakersfield on March 4.

The highest team score at All City will be crowned the SF Section champion. We have been training hard for five and a half months for this very moment: the post-season.

Lowell Defeats O’Connell 54-18

Kevin ready to get his hand raised while his foe wonders what just happened

Kevin ready to get his hand raised while his foe wonders what just happened

Lowell traveled to O’Connell tonight for our eighth section dual of the season. We came out victorious 54-18 improving our section record to 8-0.

We knew O’Connell’s line-up would be light, but we practice to compete no matter how big or small the team…and that we did winning all our matches by first period pins in an average time of 60 seconds. The only points we gave up were forfeit points for a few wrestlers who weren’t able to compete tonight.

For me, the highlight was Kevin Nguyen (senior, 184 lbs) hitting his opponent with a low single that would make John Smith clap and then running a barbed wire for the pin.

We are now preparing for our final section competition of the season: Galileo at Lowell next Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5pm. The battle of the two undefeated teams. Somebody has to lose, and we have not been training hard for six months for that person to be us.

Come watch Lowell compete against Galileo. Let’s get a packed gym!!!

Lowell Defeats Washington 54-12

Nicholas Woo hits a switch for a reversal en route to a pin

Nicholas Woo hits a switch for a reversal en route to a pin

Coming off last weeks 44-21 victory over Mission, Lowell Wrestling traveled to Washington tonight of face them in a section competition. Lowell emerged victorious with a final score of 54-12 and winning seven of eight matches wrestled.

Lowell wrestlers racked up four pins: Marco Kwan (junior – 120lbs); Nicholas Woo (junior – 126lbs); Kian Mojabi (junior – 145lbs); and Andy Jiang (senior – 152lbs). Chris O’Neill (junior) won by 16-1 tech fall at 106 lbs. Asa Jungreis (senior – 132lbs) pulling off a 7-5 decision against a very solid opponent. For me at least, the dual highlight was freshman, Giovani Thai (113lbs), winning by 10-4 in his first varsity competition ever.

With this win, Lowell Wrestling improves its season record in the SF Section to 7-0 with just two section competitions remaining: O’Connell next Tuesday (Feb. 9) at Lowell followed by Galileo on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at Lowell.

Lowell Defeats SF International 63-12

Asa Jungreis working a bar stack for the pin

Asa Jungreis working a bar stack for the pin

In our fourth SF Section dual of the season, Lowell Wrestling defeated San Francisco International 63-12 Thursday evening.

In a dual meet beset with a lot of forfeits due to major holes in the SFI line-up, Lowell still took care of business on the mat winning 75% of the matches wrestled.

There were notable performances by: Asa Jungreis (senior, 138) with a pin in 34 seconds, Chris O’Neill (junior, 113) with a first period pin, and Kian Mojabi (junior, 152) also had and exciting 11-9 win in overtime.

Next up for the Lowell wrestlers will be the Clayton Valley Invitational for the varsity squad and the Albany Invitational for the JV squad on Saturday, followed by The Amazon tournament at San Rafael HS on Monday for our lady warriors.

Lowell Defeats Balboa 50-12

In between periods, Sanchez O'Leary checks for direction.

In between periods, Sanchez O’Leary checks for direction.

In its home opener section dual, Lowell Wrestling defeated Balboa 50-12 Monday evening.

Coming off section road wins against Lincoln (66-12) on Jan. 5 and June Jordan (54-9) on Jan. 7, Lowell had its first home section dual of the season against Balboa Monday, Jan. 11 winning by a comfortable margin and bringing our section record to 3-0.

Although there were some holes in the line-ups causing some forfeits, eight matches were wrestled with Lowell winning six of those eight. Our match wins consisted of four pins and two major decisions.

Getting wins for Lowell were Chris O’Neill (junior, 106) with a win by forfeit; Marco Kwan (junior, 120) with a win by 15-2 major decision; Nick Woo (junior, 126) with a 10-0 major decision; Asa Jungreis (senior, 138) with win by 2nd period pin; Sanchez O’Leary (soph, 152) with win by 2nd period pin, Andy Jiang (senior, 160) with a win by forfeit; John Cedrick Dente (senior, 182) with a pin in 55 seconds; Kevin Nguyen (senior, 195) with a 2nd period pin; and Chris Fong (senior, 220) with a forfeit.

Out next competition will be another home dual this Thursday against SF International this Thursday, 5pm in the Lowell gym.

Lowell Opens Season with 66-12 Win over Lincoln

Chris Fong seconds after pinning his first ever section dual opponent

Chris Fong seconds after pinning his first ever section dual opponent

In our season opening section dual, Lowell powered by Lincoln 66-12.

We won eight of nine matches wrestled with seven of those wins coming by pin.

Cris O’Neill started the action with a pin in 27 seconds. The next match saw Herman Zeng win by 7-4 decision. Ryan Chan then restarted the pin machine with a second period pin. Asa Jungreis kept things going with a pin in 1:45. Kian Mojabi then got a pin in 1:50. This was followed by Andy Jiang getting a pin in 1:15 and then John Dente getting one in just 22 seconds!

Next up was Kevin Nguyen facing a very physical Lincoln wrestler and losing by pin. Chris Fong closed out the dual with a pin in 1:10.

total matches wrestled: 9
total wins: 8
total pins: 7
average pin time: 1:32
final score: Lowell – 66, Lincoln – 12

Lowell Wrestles Strong at Super Novice Tournament

Joshua Wang a split second away from his first pin (and win) in his first wrestling match ever.

Joshua Wang a split second away from his first pin (and win) in his first wrestling match ever.

Lowell sent 16 wrestlers to the Super Novice novice/JV tournament at San Rafael HS on Saturday, Nov. 28.

For most of those 16, it was their first time ever competing in the sport of wrestling. Eight weeks ago, they hadn’t even ever seen a wrestling mat much less know how to wrestle.

Lowell competed in 51 total wrestling matches winning nearly 2/3 of them and earning four first place finishes.

In particular the Lowell girls had a very strong showing. We sent eight girls (seven who are first-year wrestlers) who wrestled 24 total matches and won 83% of them.

Here are your first place finishers:

Hatuey Hernandez (soph) – 1st place, boys 120 lbs.
Ella Gibson (frosh) – 1st place, girls 126 lbs
Jill Liang (soph) – 1st place, girls 131 lbs
Sarah Chambers (soph) – 1st place, girls 143 lbs