Lowell Wrestlers Defeat Galileo 39-31…Undefeated for First Time in 17 Years

Rubin Girling - double-wing...check. Pin...imminent

Rubin Girling – double-wing…check. Pin…imminent


In its final section dual meet of the season, Lowell defeated Galileo 39-31. We close out our regular season undefeated in the SF section for the first time in seventeen years.


We started off in a 12 point hole by forfeiting two weight classes. Galileo has a full line-up, so we knew this would make it an uphill battle to make up for our forfeits and get solid wins in the remaining twelve matches. The Lowell wrestlers answered the call by winning seven of those twelve matches…including five by first period pin. We had  key wins by Anthony Huang at 147lbs and Rubin Girling at 162lbs.

Winning for Lowell were:

108lbs – Sasha Gonzales (junior) – won by first period pin
128lbs – Kevin Yang (senior) – won by first period pin
140lbs – Pryor Vo (senior) – won by first period pin
147lbs – Anthony Huang (senior) – won by first period pin
162lbs – Rubin Girling (senior) – won by first period pin
197lbs – Derek Yi (senior) – won by decision
287lbs – Rostyslav Tolochko (senior) – won by intentional forfeit

A big thanks to the Lowell JROTC for presenting colors for the playing of the national anthem.

We especially would like to thank Joe Halilsy for serving as the announcer. Mr. Hallisy is the announcer for the USF Dons home basketball games; many WCAL basketball games; SF Section play-off and championship basketball games; and has done many NCAA Div 1 regional basketball “March Madness” games. Wrestling may be a new sport for him, but you wouldn’t know it by the bang-up job he did announcing our meet.

Next up for Lowell is the SF Section Championships (aka All-City) this Saturday, Feb. 22 at Lincoln HS. Wrestling starts at 9am. The winners of each of the 14 weight classes advance to the CIF State Championships in Bakersfield March 7-8. We set high goals for our program at the beginning of the season. Winning All-City (also for the first time in 17 years) is one of those goals.

Come support us as we attempt to make this season the most successful one in the history of Lowell Wrestling.