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Lowell Tops Galileo 45-27

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.

Sarah Quiñones Wins Seaside Showdown Wrestling Tournament

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

Lowell Medals 3 of 5 at Albany Tournament – O’Neill Wins 1st Place

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

Lowell Wrestlers Win 16 Medals and an Outstanding Wrestler Trophy

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.

Lowell Defeats Balboa 51-18

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.

Lowell Opens Section Competition with Decisive Wins Over Lincoln & SF International

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 Medals Seven at Clayton Valley JV Wrestling Tournament

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 JV Wrestlers Shine at Half Moon Bay

Lowell wrestlers showing off the medals won at the Peninsula JV Invitational

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.

Lowell Girls Make Noise at Menlo-Atherton

Brittney Dare moments after a quick pin victory

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.

CIF Weight Assessment – Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:30am

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Lowell Wrestling will have its mandatory CIF Section weight assessment (aka “hydration”) testing done on Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:30am.

We will meet in the SOTA upper parking lot no later than 7:45 am on Nov. 5. PLEASE BE ON TIME!

Weight assessments by CIF-recognized medical personnel* are MANDATORY for all high school wrestlers in the state of California. If you do not take it; you cannot compete in high school wrestling in California.

There is a CIF Wrestling Weight Certification form in the Forms section of this site that each of you needs to print out. You and a parent/guardian should read it and return page three (signed by both of you) to me ASAP.

Prior to taking the assessment, it’s important that you are well hydrated…meaning you have lots of water in your system. You should start drinking lots of water starting Friday (Nov. 4) after practice and continuing drinking water when you wake up early Saturday morning. Refrain from sodas and caffeinated drinks during this time. Your urine should look clear as water when you go in for your weight assessment.

Please submit the signed weight management parent permission form to me no later than 6pm Wednesday, Nov. 2.

More Info
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) is the governing body for all sanctioned high school athletics in the state. With respect to wrestling, CIF regulations state that male wrestlers may have no less than 7% and female wrestlers no less than 12% body fat to compete.

These minimums are for your health safety. In past decades, some wrestlers reduced their weight to dangerously low body fat percentages in an effort to wrestle at a lighter weight class. This resulted in some hospitalizations and a couple fatalities within a few college programs.

The weight assessment will determine your current body fat percentage. From that, your minimum wrestling weight on any given day as well as overall is determined. The maximum weight a wrestler may lose per week is 1.5% of their total body weight. They can keep losing 1.5% per week until their minimum wrestling weight is reached.

Here is an example of what I mean (using a male wrestler):

initial assessment weight: 160lbs
initial body fat percentage: 12.2%
minimum weight end of week 1: 157.6 lbs [160 – 1.5%]
minimum weight end of week 2: 155.2 lbs (157.6 x 1.5%)
…etc.
minimum wrestling weight: 151.68lbs
[(12.2% – 7% = 5.2% total weight loss) x 160 – 4.8% = 151.68]

Before your body fat percentage is determined, you must first have a certain water content percentage in your urine. This is to prevent people from gaming the system by sweating out weight before the test (making their weight artificially low). Therefor, all wrestlers will need to drink lots of water the night before and the morning of this test.

—Coach Wise

* male and female medical staff from the UCSF PlaySafe Program will be conducting the urine gravity analyses and the weight assessments.