top: Chris O’Neill (106), Marco Kwan (113); bottom: Asa Jungreis (126), Cris Sanchez (195)
Lowell entered eight varsity wrestlers into the SF Section wrestling championships. Six made it to the finals, and four of those six won first place.
Six of our wrestlers (including three first-years!) made the finals with four winning first place and advancing to state…two of them first-year wrestlers! We also put two first-year JV freshmen (Sanchez O’Leary and Ryan Chan) into the line-up for All City to help cover major holes in the line-up.
In terms of team scores, Lowell finished a close third behind Galileo and Washington. We knew this was a reloading year and are happy with our performance. 80% of us saw a wrestling mat for the first time just four months ago.
The match of the day was first-year soph, Marco Kwan wrestling at 113lbs. Marco is a first-year sophomore who stepped into the 113b varsity slot to fill the shoes of Lowell’s injured state-ranked senior, Sasha Gonzalez. Marco rose to the occasion pinning the #2 seed in the semis and then winning the championship (against the #1 seed). Down 2-3 with 8 seconds left in the match, he initiated a takedown and completed it at the edge of the mat just as the buzzer sounded winning 4-3.
106 – Chris O’Neill (first-year soph): 1st place
113 – Marco Kwan (first-year soph): 1st place
120 – Aldren Pasol (senior): 2nd place
126 – Asa Jungreis (junior): 1st place
132 – Kian Mojabi (soph): 3rd place
182 – John Cedrick Dente (first-year junior): 2nd place
195 – Cris Sanchez (senior): first place
The outstanding performance by our first-year wrestlers is a good indicator that the future of Lowell wrestling over the next several years looks very bright.
Please wish our four section champions (Chris O’Neill, Marco Kwan, Asa Jungreis, and Cris Sanchez) well as they prepare for the most prestigious and indisputably toughest high school state wrestling championships in the country: the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield, Calif. March 6-7.
In our final regular season competition, Lowell won a close dual against Washington 33-28 behind key wins by Chris O’Neill (soph) at 108lbs and Asa Jungreis (senior) at 134lbs.
Both squads are similarly sized with holes in our line-ups. We know Washington is coached well and always has some tough wrestlers, so the outcome hinged on the three most competitive pairings. We won two of those with clutch wins by Chris O’Neill (soph) at 108lbs and Asa Jungreis (senior) at 134lbs.
We finish the regular season 7-1 outscoring our opponents 341-196.
Next up for Lowell Wrestling is the SF Section Championships (aka All City) this coming Saturday at Lincoln. The section champion at each weight class earns the right to represent their school and SF at the hardest state wrestling champions in the country: CIF State in Bakersfield, Calif.
Saturday, Jan. 17 was a busy tournament day for Lowell with wrestlers competing in three different tournaments.
We sent seven wrestlers to the Albany JV tournament, three girls to the Terra Nova girls tournament, and two wrestlers to the Chris Snowden Memorial varsity tournament in San Anselmo.
At the San Anselmo varsity tournament, first-year sophomore Chris O’Neill to 4th place at 108lbs at Chris Snowden Memorial.
At the Terra Nova girls tournament, first-year Amanda Kallenbach won her first medal ever by taking 3rd place in the varsity 137lbs bracket. First-year freshman Jill Liang went 5-0 taking first place in the JV 126lbs bracket.
At the Albany JV tournament, second-year sophomore Kian Mojabi took third place at 132lbs.
Next up for Lowell is a home dual meet against June Jordan on Wed., Jan 21, 4pm in the Lowell gym.
Martin Jiang seconds away from a pin
In our second section dual meet of the season, Lowell topped Balboa 42-33.
The following wrestlers all got pins for Lowell: Aldren Pasol (120lbs), Martin Jiang (170lbs), Cris Sanchez (182lbs), and John Dente (195lbs).
Next up for Lowell is an away dual at Galileo this Thurs., Jan. 15.
Chris O’Neill -3rd place at Clayton Valley Inv.
Coming off last Friday’s 59-24 section opening win over Mission, Lowell sent four wrestlers to the Clayton Valley Invitational in Concord on Saturday, Jan. 10.
This was the toughest varsity tournament we have competed in this season. 29 mostly North Coast Section schools competed with most weight classes having state-ranked wrestlers.
Chris O’Neill (sophomore), took third place at 106 lbs. This Chris’ second varsity tournament ever. He dropped his first match in a close 4-6 decision to the eventual tournament champion. Chris went on to win his next four matches all by pin including a 29-second pin in the consolation championship match to take 3rd place.
Next up will be an away dual meet at Balboa on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
L-R: Daniela Guzman-Mayo, Sanchez O’Leary, Dominic Nocon, Kian Mojabi, Jill Liang, Coach Wise, Anne Chamberlain, Asa Jungreis, Martin Jiang, Coach Mejia
A small contingent of our 2014-15 squad went to the Stanford vs Northwestern dual meet down at Stanford today. Stanford took on the #8 ranked NCAA Div. I team in the country with two #1-ranked wrestlers. Even so, Stanford more than held their own with the team scores holding neck and neck nearly throughout.
There was some outstanding wrestling which gave our first-year wrestlers an opportunity to see a wrestling meet for the first time…and a high caliber one at that. More importantly, it was one of hopefully many opportunities for team bonding. I firmly believe that no sport forms tighter team bonds than wrestling.
We may try to get to the next (and final) November home dual for Stanford next Saturday (Nov. 15) where they face North Carolina.
Sasha, Aldren, Rostyslav, and Pryor
On Saturday, Dec. 28, Lowell sent five varsity and five JV wrestlers to the Pittsburg Invitational.
Twenty-nine North Coast, Central, and Sac-Joaquin sections competed. Four of our five participating varsity wrestlers medaled. Senior Pryor Vo won first place at 132 lbs in thoroughly dominant performance in the championship match.
Our varsity medalists were:
Pryor Vo (senior) – 1st place at 132 lbs
Aldren Pasol (junior) – 2nd place at 106 lbs
Sasha Gonzales (junior) – 3rd place at 113 lbs
Rostyslav Tolochko (senior) – 4th place at 285 lbs
Of particular note is that despite sending only five scoring varsity wrestlers (out of 14 weight classes), Lowell still finished in 5th place out of 32 in the team standings.
On the JV front, sophomore Herman Zeng finished in 2nd place at 126 lbs. We expect big things from Herman and our other JV wrestlers in the future.