Marco Kwan (senior/122lbs) seconds before sealing the deal with a pin
In our fifth section dual of the season, we squared off with Washington tonight in the Lowell gym. We won the dual by a score of 45-11 and advanced our section record to 5-0.
Washington had a relatively sparse line-up due to injuries and such, but they did give us six matches with Lowell winning four of those six.
Getting wins for Lowell were:
108lbs – Chris O’Neill (senior), pin 2:48
115lbs – Giovani Thai (sophomore), 5-1 decision
122lbs – Marco Kwan (senior), pin 3:00
197lbs – Bryant Nguyen (senior), pin 3:32
We have just one more dual left next Wednesday at Lowell against Mission. We have trained to be undefeated in team duals and are one win away from that. However, what matters far more is winning the SF Section tournament championship (aka All City) on Saturday, Feb. 18, and in the process, have at least five tournament champions to qualify for the CIF State Championships in Bakersfield March 3-4.
Our girls will be traveling to Oak Grove HS in San Jose this Friday to compete in the CCS championships. There, they will be competing against 75 CCS schools from Daly City to King City to earn a berth in the CIF Girls State Championships in Visalia Feb. 24-25.
Lowell’s six pins against Galileo
Lowell traveled to Galileo tonight for our 4th section dual meet of the season and gave a dominating performance on the mat winning 90% of the matches wrestled. We were without a few of our starting wrestles due to various temporary ailments, so we had to forfeit four weight classes…meaning we were down 0-24 before the dual even started.
With ten matches to wrestle and starting out down 24, we got the job done by winning nine of those ten matches…six of them by pin. This improves our section record to an undefeated 4-0.
108lbs – Chris O’Neill (senior) won by pin in 38 seconds
115lbs – Giovani Thai (soph) defeated the reigning SF Section champion 5-1
122lbs – Marco Kwan (senior) won by 14-8 decision
128lbs – Nicholas Woo (senior) won by pin in 58 seconds
134lbs – Jacob Goldstein (junior) won by pin in 1:21
140lbs – Michael Ryaboy (frosh) won by pin in 1:00
147lbs – Ryan Chan (junior) won by 13-6 decision
154lbs – Maxwell Song (soph) lost 8-12
162lbs – Lowell forfeit
172lbs – Lowell forfeit
184lbs – Lowell forfeit
197lbs – Bryant Nguyen (senior) won by pin in 3:23
222lbs – Gordon Mau (junior) won by pin in 1:56
287lbs – Lowell forfeit
Next up for Lowell will be varsity, girls, and JV tournaments this weekend followed by a home dual against Washington next Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5:00pm in the Lowell gym.
Lowell at the 2017 Seaside Showdown
Seven Lowell girls competed at the Seaside Showdown tournament at Terra Nova HS in Pacifica this past Saturday. 40+ Central and North Coast Section schools competed.
Sophomore Sara Quiñones won 1st place at 170lbs.
Sophomore Natalie Fong took 2nd place in the 101lbs JV category
Freshman Daniela Romo-Maldonado took 2nd place in the 131lbs JV category
Freshman Airah Franco took 3rd place in the 131lbs JV category
2017 Kermit Bankson medalists
It was a busy Saturday of tournament for Lowell Wrestling with everybody competing somewhere. We sent five boys to the Kermit Bankson Invitational at Albany HS.
46 North Coast, Central Coast, and SF Section schools competed.
Senior Chris O’Neill earned his second first place varsity tournament finish of the season by going 4-0 and dominating his way through the 106lb weight class.
Senior Nicholas Woo went 3-2 taking 4th place 1t 126lbs
Senior Marco Kwan went 3-1 taking 7th place at 120lbs
Chris O’Neill – tournament champion & Outstanding Wrestler
We did a lot of traveling and a lot wrestling over the three day weekend with 28 Lowell wrestlers competing in four tournaments and wrestling over a hundred matches. In the end, we brought home 16 medals and an Outstanding Wrestler trophy.
Saturday, Jan. 14
1) The varsity boys competed in the Clayton Valley Invitational. Lowell finished the day with four medals:
Senior Chris O’Neill was the tournament champion at 106lbs and received the Outstanding Wrestler award for winning all his matches by pin. This was Chris’ first ever first place finish at a varsity tournament.
Senior Nicholas Woo took second place at 126lbs.
Junior Sanchez O’Leary took 3rd place at 132lbs.
Senior Marco Kwan took 4th place at 120lbs.
2) The varsity girls traveled to Lodi where they competed at the Tigers Ladies Challenge at Tokay HS.
This was their toughest tournament of the season with 46 Sac-Joaquin and Central Section teams competing in the crucible.
Sophomore Sarah Quiñones went 3-1 taking 7th place at varsity 170lbs.
Junior Jill Liang took 1st place at JV 131lbs
Freshman Airah Franco took 5th place at JV 131lbs
3) The JV boys competed at the Albany Invitational.
Sophmore Jonah Nascimento took 1st place at JV 132lbs
Freshman Michael Ryaboy took 1st place at JV 138lbs
Junior Jacob Goldstein took 2nd place at JV 132lbs
Sophomore Maxwell Song took 2nd place at frosh/soph 152lbs
Freshman Song Zhao took 2nd place at frosh/soph 220lbs
Senior Bryant Nguyen took 3rd place at JV 220lbs
Monday, Jan. 16
Seven girls competed at The Amazon tournament at Pittsburg HS.
Sophomore Sarah Quiñones took 1st place at varsity 170lbs.
Junior Brittney Dare took 3rd place at varsity 116lbs
Freshman Airah Franco finished in 2nd place at JV 131lbs
Freshman Daniela Romo-Maldonado took 3rd place at JV 131lbs
This was a very busy weekend for us. This week is a bye week for us in the SF Section, but next Saturday we will compete at varsity, girls and JV tournaments in Albany, Hollister, and Livermore.
PJ O’Leary getting his first varsity pin
Sanchez O’Leary getting a 54 second pin
Lowell took 11 of its 30 wrestlers to Balboa for its third dual meet of the season and emerged 51-18 victors.
There were eight matches wrestled with Lowell winning six…five of those by pin. 2nd year sophomore Jonah Nascimento started things off with a third period pin at 132lbs. 3rd year junior, Sanchez O’Leary, got a pin in just 54 seconds at 138lbs. 1st year frosh, Paul “PJ” O’Leary, filling in for our injured 145lb starter and wrestling in his first varsity match ever secured a 3rd period pin. And 1st year senior, Bryant Nguyen also got a 3rd period pin at 220lbs.
We also wrestled two JV matches both of which Lowell won by pin. The first was by PJ O’Leary at 138lbs and the second by 1st year sophomore, Maxwell Song.
With today’s win, Lowell’s section record is 3-0. Next up for Lowell will be three tournaments this Saturday with the varsity boys traveling to Clayton Valley for their invitational; the girls traveling to Tokay HS in Lodi for a very tough Sac-Joaquin, North Coast, and Central section-stacked tournament; and the JV traveling to Albany HS for their JV invitational. 29 of Lowell’s 30 wrestlers will be competing this Saturday.
Nick Woo getting in on a double leg takedown against SF International
Ryan Chan tightens the vise on his way to a pin again Lincoln
Lowell Wrestling began its section competition with a 3-way dual against Lincoln and SF International. Lowell won both duals decisively winning 14 of 20 matches wrestled and with a cumulative score of 102-43.
The first dual was against SF International which Lowell won 54-15 racking up three pins in the process by senior, Nick Woo at 126 lbs, 1st-year sophomore, Maxwell Song at 152 lbs, and 1st-year senior, Byant Nguyen at 220 lbs.
The second dual against Lincoln ended with Lowell scoring 48 and Lincoln 28. Five Lowell wrestlers pinned their opponents: Chris O’Neill (senior/106 lbs) with a 1st period pin; Marco Kwan (senior/120 lbs) with a 2nd period pin; Nick Woo (senior/126 lbs with a 1st period pin; Jonah Nascimento (soph/138 lbs) with a 1st period pin; Ryan Chan (junior/145 lbs) with a first period pin.
In addition, Lowell went six for six in JV matches against Lincoln with all wins coming by pin from: Natalie Fong (soph/113 lbs), Slavik Gevorkyan (soph/132 lbs), Daniela Romo (frosh/138 lbs), Paul “PJ” O’Leary (frosh/152 lbs), Maxwell Song (soph/160 lbs), and Song Zhao (frosh/220 lbs).
Next up for Lowell will be a varsity tournament at Granada HS (Livermore) this Saturday, Jan. 7th followed by another 3-way dual against Balboa and O’Connell next Wednesday, Jan. 11 at O’Connell.
Lowell wrestlers after a long day wrestling at Clayton Valley
Lowell sent 13 wrestlers to the Clayton Valley Shootout JV wrestling tournament at Clayton Valley HS in Concord on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Thirty-three mostly North Coast Section schools competed. Lowell finished the day with: four 1st place; two 2nd place; and one 3rd place finish.
Finishing in 1st place were:
Bryant Nguyen (senior) – 220lbs
Jonah Nascimento (soph) – 132lbs
PJ O’Leary (frosh) – 145lbs
Song Zhao (frosh) – 220lbs
Finishing in 2nd place were:
Jalen Ng (soph) – 138lbs
Max Song (soph) – 220lbs
Finishing in 3rd place was:
Giovani Thai (soph) – 120lbs
Lowell wrestlers showing off the medals won at the Peninsula JV Invitational
The Lowell JV wrestlers competed at the Peninsula Invitational JV wrestling tournament this past Friday, Dec. 2.
15 Lowell wrestlers competed. It was the first wrestling competition ever for eleven of those fifteen who before this school year had probably never seen a wrestling mat in their lives.
Lowell put on a very strong performance finishing 5th place out of 23 mostly CCS schools. That placement was anchored by eight Lowell wrestlers placing including one 1st place, one 2nd place, and two 3rd place finishes
Placing for Lowell were:
1st – Jonah Nascimento (soph) 132 lbs
2nd – Jacob Goldstein (junior) 132 lbs
3rd – Giovani Thai (soph) 120 lbs & Slavik Gevorkyan (soph) 132 lbs
4th – Michael Ryaboy (frosh) 138 lbs
5th – Bryant Nguyen (senior) 220 lbs
7th – Jalen Ng (soph) 138 lbs and Ali Shaikh (soph) 145 lbs
This was the first wrestling competition ever for Slavik, Michael, Bryant, and Ali.
Brittney Dare moments after a quick pin victory
The Lowell girl wrestlers traveled to the Bear Bash tournament at Menlo-Atherton HS Saturday. Six Lowell girls competed in a field of 18 CCS and NCS schools.
Tianna Siu (senior) took 2nd place in the 131 lb weight class. Her wins included a gutsy 3rd period come from behind pin in her final match. Anne Chamberlain (senior) took 2nd at 126 lbs, and Brittney Dare (junior) took second place at 121 lbs putting on several exciting performances including defeating the CCS #2 ranked girl at 121 lbs.
This is the first tournament of the season for the girls with seven more to go between now and February on a quest for CCS and then CIF State championships.