The SF Section returned from the State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield this afternoon.
It’s no easy task to win a single match at state. In CIF wrestling, there is no division 1, 2, etc. The 40 best kids in each weight class out of 907 California schools with wrestling programs in nine CIF sections battle in the toughest state wrestling championships in the country.
Nearly every weight class has some nationally ranked wrestlers; kids who already have NCAA Div. 1 and 2 wrestling scholarships; and there are always a few future Olympians and USA World Team members.
One of our team goals was to win matches at state. We did that with two wins.
Most of the state feels SF Section champions do not deserve an automatic berth to the state championships. We may not be Clovis or Poway, but Lowell showed the rest of the state that we belonged there by hanging with and at times defeating state-ranked opponents..as we have done all season long.
This caps off the best season in Lowell wrestling in at least 18 years and perhaps ever.
Sasha Gonzalez – 108
Sasha’s first match was against the #10 in Calif. (and eventual 3rd place in state) from the Central section. Sasha went right after him with a deep shot at the beginning of the match. However, his opponent’s extensive experience proved to be a bit much.
In his second match, Sasha wrestled the #16 in Calif. and 3-time Central Coast section champion. Sasha wrestled aggressively and won 6-4.
In his third match, Sasha lost to the #5 in Calif. from the Southern section.
Aldren Pasol – 115
Aldren’s first match was a loss to the Calif. #7 from the North Coast section
His second match was to #22 in Calif. from the Central section
This was a tough draw. Despite losing both matches, Aldren wrestled the best he’s ever wrestled; fought hard; scored points; and did not get pinned.
Pryor Vo – 134
Pryor’s first match was against Calif. #34 from the Central section. This match was close the entire time and was tied at the end of regulation. Pryor continued to battle in OT, but fell just a bit short.
In his second match, Pryor lost to the #19 in Calif. from the Southern section and eventual 8th place finisher. No question about it…the guy was a beast.
Rostyslav Tolochko – 287
Rost’s first match was a loss against the Calif. #8 from the Central section.
In his second match, Rost pinned the Calif. #26 from the Central section in the second period
In his third match, Rost lost to the Calif. #22 from the Southern section.
Video of our best matches:
Sasha’s defeat of the Calif. #16:
Rostyslav’s pin of the Calif. #26
Pryor’s tough OT loss to the Calif. #34