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.