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Ivy Ouyang Takes 1st – Lowell places high at 2012 CCS Championships

Lowell Girls at 2012 CCS Championships


Lowell put on a spectacular performance not only representing Lowell and San Francisco well but also demonstrating they can compete with the best wrestlers CCS has to offer. Three Lowell girls placed, two medaled and go to state, and the team placed 7th at 2012 CCS girls wrestling championships.

After four months of hard workouts, tournaments, and dual-meet competitions Lowell sent seven girls to the 2012 Central Coast Section (CCS) girls wrestling championships at Oak Grove HS in San Jose Feb. 3-4. Because the SF section is so small, CIF requires that all SF section girls compete at the CCS championships in order to qualify for the state championships…with the top four finishers in each weight class qualifying to compete in the state championships at Lemoore HS Feb. 24-25.

The CCS area covers all California central coastal area high schools from Daly city to the north to as far as Salinas to the south. The Lowell girls with only half a roster still placed 7th out of 47 schools participating. All our girls contributed to that strong team finish by getting wins over two days of wrestling with 32 wrestled.

Senior, Ivy Ouyang (team captain) took first place at 146 lbs. Ivy wrestled very well throughout the tournament displaying great scrambling skills, technique, and tactical awareness. She capped it off in the championship match with a come from behind win with 40 seconds left in the match. Ivy will advance to the state championships.

Junior, Alondra Barajas took 4th place at 132 lbs. Alondra also wrestled very well throughout the tournament. She had some very tough matches, but she stuck with her physically aggressive style of wrestling and pulled off hard-fought wins to place 4th and qualify for the state championships.

Sophomore, Theresa Zhao, a first year wrestler, took 6th place.

Also competing and getting numerous wins to help Lowell place so well were: sophomore, Jenelle Lai at 108 lbs.; sophomore, Cynthia Law at 114 lbs.; sophomore, Maggie Medina at 118 lbs.; and freshman, Jane Zhao at 122 lbs.

If you see these girls at school please take a moment to congratulate them on their outstanding team and individual performances. They represent the best of what it means to be a student-athlete: strong academic performance; good sportsmanship; hard work ethic ; team discipline; attending and working hard at practice every day; and performing to the best of their abilities in competitions. The Lowell wrestling coaches are very proud of them, and the Lowell community should be too!

Lowell Medals Two Wrestlers at the Mountain Clash Tourny

Manuel Varguez Squares Off at The Clash


Beset by temporary injuries to some key members of our varsity wrestling squad, we sent only three wrestlers from our varsity squad to the Mountain Clash varsity tournament at San Rafael HS on Saturday, Jan. 28. However, all three wrestlers had outstanding performances.

Taking 2nd place at 113 lbs was senior, Manuel Varguez. Manuel has had a fantastic season and has been the team standout in January…taking 1st place at two varsity tournaments; 2nd at this most recent one; and going undefeated in section dual meets…including a stunning win over his nemesis at Mission HS. Plus, his practice attendance has been perfect and he works hard in practice setting the example for others to follow.

Taking 4th place at 120 lbs. was junior, Lorenzo Pesino. Lorenzo wrestled five tough matches going 3-2 including one against the North Coast Section #1 ranked (as well as state-ranked) 120 lbs. wrestler. Lorenzo wrestled very aggressively never letting up on his offense. Even in his losses, he was constantly on the attack.

Taking 8th place at 126 lbs. was sophomore, Pryor Vo. Pryor wrestled four matches and went 2-2. Pryor’s losses were by close decision only. He wrestled very well and won one of his matches with a Peterson Roll to a pin with .5 seconds left in the period.

As you may know, high school wrestling teams consist of 14 weight classes. Team scoring in tournaments is calculated by win points each os a team’s 14 wrestler gains in a tournament. Taking that into consideration, Lowell put on an outstanding performance by taking 14th place out of 24 teams…when we had only about 1/5 of a team competing.

Great job, Lowell!

Next up will be a home (@ Lowell) dual meet on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 4:00 PM. This should be a good meet as Balboa has been wrestling tough…but so have we. Come support Lowell wrestling in the Lowell house!

Lowell Defeats Mission 51-24

Lowell had its second sectional wrestling dual meet this afternoon at Mission winning it 51-24.

Although Mission generally doesn’t have the numbers to fill all weight classes resulting in forfeit points for us…they always have some tough wrestlers in the weight classes they do have. It was important to us to win the meet on matches actually wrestled (which we did 15-13) as well as overall.

One of the marquis match-ups was at 113 lbs where Manuel Varguez (senior) faced the reigning section champion and one of the two best wrestlers on their team. In an exciting match which went the entire six minutes, Manuel trailed 1-4 with less then 30 seconds left when he exploded a takedown followed by three near fall points to win 6-4.

We also were able to get eight JV and girls matches. Our JV and girls did a bang-up job with seven wins by pin (four first period pins) and only one loss.

Next up for our wrestlers will be this Saturday when our varsity competes at the Lawrence Miller Memorial tournament at Alhambra HS in Martinez and the JV and girls teams are at the Mark Lance Invitational at College Park HS in Pleasant Hill.

Lowell Wrestlers Stifle O’Connell 66-3

In its first home varsity dual meet the Lowell wrestling team bested O’Connell 66-3.
Lowell got five victories by pin, two victories by major decision, five victories by forfeit and just one loss by decision.

Individual Results:
106: Aldren Pasol – won by forfeit
113: Manuel Varguez – won by forfeit
120: Kelvin Mai – won by fall
126: Lorenzo Pesino – won by fall
132: Alondra Barajas – won by forfeit
138: Emilio Wise (team captain) – won by fall
145: Taylor Takao (team captain) – won by fall
152: Ivy Ouyang (team captain) – won by fall
160: Rubin Girling – loss by decision, 4-6
170: Mohammed Suleman – won by major decision, 8-0
182: Derek Yi – won by forfeit
195: David Yeung – won by major decision, 10-0
220: Rostyslav Tolochko – won by forfeit
285: double forfeit

Emilio Wise seconds away from a pin

Lorenzo Pesino fighting for a takedown

Five Lowell Girls Place – Three Medal at Queen of the Mat

Alondra, Ivy, Cynthia, Theresa, Jenelle, Jane


Lowell sent six girl wrestlers to the Queen of the Mat girls wrestling tournament at Pittsburg HS on Jan. 7. This was a sizable tournament with 31 teams from mostly North Coast and Central Coast Section schools and a good performance barometer for our girls as they prepare for the CCS state championships qualifier on Feb. 3. Our girls wrestled very well having some very tough matches going 17-9.

Sophomore Cynthia Law took 2nd place at 118 lbs. Senior Ivy Ouyang (team captain) took 3rd place at 152 lbs. Sophomore Alondra Barajas took 3rd place at 132 lbs. Sophomore Jenelle Lai took 5th place at 113 lbs. Sophomore Theresa Zhao took 5th place at 146 lbs.

Individual performances:

113 lbs. Jenelle Lai went 3-2 with three wins by fall
118 lbs. Cynthia Law went 3-1 with one win by fall
132 lbs. Alondra Barajas went 4-1 with three wins by fall
132 lbs. Jane Zhao went 1-2 with one fall
146 lbs. Theresa Zhao went 2-2 with one fall
152 lbs. Ivy Ouyang went 4-1 with three wins by fall

Lowell defeats San Francisco International 63 – 24

TK Gettting the Pin


In its first section meet of the season the Lowell varsity wrestling team won decisively over San Francisco International (SFI) by a score of 63-24. Lowell racked up the score with five pins (four of them in the first period) and a host of forfeits by SFI.

106 lbs: freshman Aldren Pasol won by forfeit
113 lbs: senior Manuel Varguez won by forfeit
120 lbs: sophomore Kelvin Mai won by fall (1st period)
126 lbs: junior Lorenzo Pesino won by decision 9-8
132 lbs: senior Emilio Wise won by forfeit
138 lbs: double forfeit
145 lbs: lost by forfeit
152 lbs: senior Taylor Takao won by fall (2nd period)
160 lbs: sophomore Rubin Girling won by fall (1st period)
170 lbs: senior Mohammed Suleman lost by fall (1st period)
182 lbs: lost by forfeit
195 lbs: sophomore Derek Yi won by fall (1st period)
220 lbs: Rostyslav Tolochko won by fall (1st period)
285 lbs: double forfeit

Our next section dual meet will be Tuesday, January 10, 4:00 PM against O’Connell at Lowell. Please come and show your support for Lowell wrestlers!

Lowell JV wrestling team takes 3rd place at Terra Linda

Lowell JV wrestling team takes 3rd place at Terra Linda invitational. Four wrestlers medal

Lowell sent 13 wrestlers to the Terra Linda invitational JV wrestling tournament at Terra Linda high school in San Rafael on December 19 and 20. After two days of hard wrestling law brought home the third-place team trophy

Medaling for Lowell were:

Sophomore Pryor Vo took 1st place in the 126 lbs weight class
Sophomore Jenelle Lai took 2nd place at 113 lbs
Sophomore Derek Li took 2nd place at 195 lbs
Sophomore Rubin Girling took 3rd place at 160 lbs

Although wrestling is an individual sport; team points are awarded when a wrestler wins a match at either a dual meet or tournament. Winning by major decision (8-14 points) yields team points than a decision (1-7 points). Winning by technical fall (15+ points) gets more points than a major decision. Winning by fall (aka pin) is worth the most team points.

Lowell’s 3rd place finish would not have been possible without the efforts of the entire team. Even those that did not medal gave the team points with every when they scored in the tournament.

Also wrestling for Lowell were and contributing to the team finish were:
Freshman Aldren Pasol at 106 lbs.
Sophomore Chris Mok at 120 lbs.
Sophomore Kevin Yang at 120 lbs.
Junior Carlos Yanes at 126 lbs.
Sophomore Joshua Roa at 126 lbs.
Sophomore Alondra Barajas at 132 lbs.
Senior Ivy Ouyang at 152 lbs.
Sophomore Mohammed Suleman at 170 lbs.

Lowell wrestlers have had a good week — in the last four days earning eleven medals and bringing home two team trophies to add to the Lowell trophy case.

Lowell Girl Wrestlers Place 2nd/Five Medal at Lynbrook Challenge

Ivy, Alondra, Cynthia, Jenelle, Jane, Theresa, and Maggie

Led by senior Ivy Ouyang (tournament champion), the Lowell varsity girls wrestling team placed second at the Lynbrook Ladies Challenge at Lynbrook HS in San Jose on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Despite sending only half a girls team (seven girls), the Lowell girls varsity wrestling team still powered through for a second place team score behind strong performances by all our girls.

Medaling for Lowell were:

Ivy Ouyang (senior) – 1st place at 146 lbs. Ivy pinned every opponent she faced in the first period capped by a stunning 38 second pin in the championship match.

Alondra Barajas (junior) – 2nd place at 132 lbs. Alondra physically dominated her opponents, but had a very tough championship match against the reigning CCS champion.

Cynthia Law (sophomore) – 2nd place at 123 lbs. Cynthia weighed in for the 118 lbs. weight class, but the tournament put her in the 123 lbs. weight class. Still she managed to beat all the bigger girls she wrestled accept for the tournament champion.

Jenelle Lai (sophomore) – 3rd place at 114 lbs. Jenelle also had only one loss in a close match. She pinned or majored everybody else she wrestled.

Theresa Zhao (sophomore) – 4th place at 146 lbs. Theresa is a first year wrestler but wrestled well.

Also competing and getting wins for Lowell were first year wrestlers Maggie Medina (sophomore) at 114 lbs and Jane Zhao (freshman) at 132 lbs.

Although there were many impressive individual performances by the Lowell girls the second place finish with only half a team was a team effort and the direct result of hard conditioning and wrestling and lots of drill in the practice room. Hard work always pays off: our girls are proof of that.

Well done!