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Lowell Wrestlers Battle at State Championships

Sasha staying tough on top en route to a defeat of the CCS champion and #16 ranked wrestler in the state.

Sasha staying tough on top en route to a defeat of the CCS champion and #16 ranked wrestler in the state.

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.

Individual performances:

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:
http://youtu.be/J1psk-We2-E

Rostyslav’s pin of the Calif. #26
http://youtu.be/I_Mcca5uzmM

Pryor’s tough OT loss to the Calif. #34
http://youtu.be/HiYPTgSs5kc

2013-14 CIF SF Section Champions

2013-14 CIF SF Section Champions

2013-14 CIF SF Section Champions

back row, left to right:
Rostyslav Tolochko, Rubin Girling, Derek Yi, James Wong, Reece Jones,
Anthony Huang

middle row, left to right:
Herman Zeng, Asa Jungreis, Kevin Yang, Cris Sanchez, Pryor Vo, Michael
Wise (head coach)

front from, left to right:
Kelvin Mai, Sasha Gonzalez, Cynthia Law, Aldren Pasol, Kian Mojabi,
Shamil Makhachev

 

Lowell Wrestling Wins SF Section Title!

2014 SF Section Champions

 

For the first time in 18 years (1996), Lowell Wrestling won the SF Section wrestling championships held Saturday, Feb. 22 at Lincoln HS. This comes a few days after closing our regular season undefeated in the section.

We had wrestlers in eleven out of fourteen weight classes. We were also without our undefeated 160lb wrestler, Rubin Girling, due to injury…so we knew we were going to have to get maximum wins and pins to overtake teams with a full roster competing. Our guys came out with all cylinders firing.

Coming into the finals round we were down nine points to reigning champions, Galileo. Both us and Galileo had seven guys in the finals. That meant we were going to have reach down within ourselves and settle things on the final field of battle with pins. We did just that winning four of seven finals matches (all by pin) overtaking Galileo for the team title.

All in all, we placed 10 of 11 wrestlers in the top three including: four 1st place, three 2nd place, and three 3rd place finishes.

Here are your Lowell placers:

1st place
Sasha Gonzales (junior) – 108lbs
Aldren Pasol (junior) – 115lbs
Pryor Vo (senior) – 134lbs
Rostyslav Tolochko (senior) – 287lbs

2nd place
Anthony Huang (senior) – 147lbs
Cristian Sanchez (junior) – 184lbs
Derek Yi (senior) – 197lbs

3rd place
Herman Zeng (sophomore) – 122lbs
Kevin Yang (senior) – 128lbs
Kelvin Mai (senior) – 140lbs

The champions of each weight class advance to the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield, Calif. March 7-8. This is the hardest state wrestling championship in the country. To even win a single match there is very challenging. We welcome that challenge.

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.

Lowell Wrestlers Defeat Washington 40-27

Aldren Pasol riding hard

Aldren Pasol riding hard

In its sixth section dual meet of the season the Lowell Wrestling team defeated Washington 40-27 advancing its section record to 6-0 with one section dual meet left in the season.

 

 

 

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, we travelled to Washington for our sixth section dual meet of the season. We were missing two guys from the line-up due to injury/illness, so we knew we were starting off 12 team points in the hole. This meant we would have to step it up and win most of the matches wrestled…preferably by pin (6 team points).

The Lowell wrestlers answered the call winning six of eight matches wrestled and all the key match-ups: 108 lbs , 147 lbs ,184 lbs, and 197 lbs

Winning on the mat for Lowell were:

108 lbs – Aldren Pasol (junior) – pin
115 lbs – Sasha Gonzalez (junior) – pin
134 lbs – Pryor Vo (senior) – decision
147 lbs – Anthony Huang (senior) – pin
184 lbs – Cris Sanchez (junior) – major decision
197 lbs – Derek Yi (senior) – decision

Next up for Lowell is our final dual meet of the season against Galileo next Wednesday, Feb. 19. This dual meet will be at Lowell, so please come support your warriors…as this should be an exciting dual meet.

Five Wrestlers Medal at Colt Invitational

Colt Inv. medalists: Rostyslav, Sasha, Pryor, Anthony, Kelvin

Colt Inv. medalists: Rostyslav, Sasha, Pryor, Anthony, Kelvin

Lowell sent seven wrestlers to the Colt Invitational varsity tournament on Sat., Feb. 8. Forty-five CCS, Sac-Joaquin, NCS, and SF section schools competed. Five of our seven wrestlers medaled  getting one first, one second, one 4th, one 6th, and one 7th place finish.

 

 

 

Medaling for Lowell were:

1st pl. – Rostyslav Tolochko (senior), 287lbs
2nd pl. – Pryor Vo (senior), 134lbs
4th pl. – Sasha Gonzalez (junior), 115lbs
6th pl. – Anthony Huang (senior), 147lbs
7th pl. – Kelvin Mai (senior), 128lbs

This was our final regular season CIF varsity tournament. We had an aggressive practice and  tournament schedule this season of eight varsity tournaments; four JV tournaments; and two girls tournaments. Maximum real-world match experience outside the SF section is necessary to prepare us to compete at a state level.

Next up for us will be an away meet at Washington this Wednesday followed by our final season dual at home against Galileo on Wed., Feb. 19. Our SF Section championships will be Sat., Feb. 22 at Lincoln HS. The section champion for each weight class advances to the CIF State Championships in Bakersfield March 7-8…the toughest state wrestling championships in the country.

Lowell Wrestling Defeats SF International 60-6

Cris Sanchez working for the pin

Cris Sanchez working for the pin

The Lowell Wrestling team defeated SF International 60-6 on Wed., Feb. 5.

 

 

 

Even though SFI brought far less than a full team, it was important to us to win matches actually wrestled. We did just that with three pins by Anthony Huang, Cris Sanchez, and Derek Yi. The win brings our season record to 5-0 with our two most challenging section duals of the season left: Washington on Wed., Feb. 12 and Galileo on Wed., Feb. 19.

Next up will by our final varsity tournament of the season at El Camino HS this Saturday. 44 schools will be competing there, so we will be doing lots of wrestling.

Three Wrestlers Medal at Puma Classic

Puma Classic medalists - Rostyslav, Sasha, and Derek

Puma Classic medalists – Rostyslav, Sasha, and Derek

Lowell sent seven wrestlers to the Puma Classic at Maria Carillo HS (Santa Rosa) on Sat., Feb. 1. Forty-four NCS, CCS, Northern, and Sac-Joaquin section schools competed with Lowell taking home one 3rd place, one 6th place, and one 7th place medal.

This was without a doubt the toughest tournament we attend in the regular season. Forty-four NCS, CCS, Northern, and Sac-Joaquin section schools competed with multiple state-ranked wrestlers in nearly every weight class. Lowell took home one 3rd place, one 6th place, and one 7th place finish.

 

 

 

Sasha Gonzalez (junior) had a standout performance going 4-1 including a win over Sac-Joaquin section and NorCal power, Vacaville.

3rd place: Sasha Gonzales (junior), 115lbs
6th place: Rostyslav Tolochko (senior), 287lbs
7th place: Derek Yi (senior), (197lbs

Pryor Vo (senior), 134lbs also performed well going 2-2 with his only losses coming to the #8 and #26 state-ranked wrestlers in his weight class.

Next up for us will be a home dual meet against SF International at Lowell on Wednesday, 4pm

Lowell Wrestlers Defeat O’Connell 57-6

Derek Yi seconds away from a pin

Derek Yi seconds away from a pin

On Wednesday, Jan. 28 Lowell hosted O’Connell in it’s fourth section wrestling dual meet of the season. Lowell defeated O’Connell 57-6 with pins from Aldren Pasol (junior), Anthony Huang (senior), Rubin Girling (senior), and Derek Yi (senior). Pryor Vo (senior, 132 lbs) won his match by 15-0 tech fall, and Sasha Gonzales won his match by 18-2 major decision.

 

Next up for the Lowell varsity wrestlers will be our toughest regular season varsity tournament of the season: the Puma Classic at Maria Carillo HS (Santa Rosa) this Saturday. We are very much looking forward to this tournament as there will be 3-7 state-ranked wrestlers in every weight class.

Our JV wrestlers will be at the Liberty Invitational JV tournament at Liberty HS in Brentwood.

Five Lowell Wrestlers Place – Pryor Vo Wins Championship at Albany Varsity Inv.

Medalists - Aldren, Sasha, Pryor, and Rubin

Medalists – Aldren, Sasha, Pryor, and Rubin

We sent seven wrestlers to the  Albany Varsity Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Albany HS. Thirty-one NCS, CCS, Northern, and Sac-Joaquin section schools competed. Five Lowell wrestlers placed and four medaled with Lowell finishing seventh in the team standings despite missing several wrestlers from our line-up.

 

 

 

We had great performances by all our wrestlers,. The highlight was Pryor Vo (senior) who powered his way through to the championship match with pins against Scotts Valley, De La Salle, and a tech fall over San Ramon Valley. He then went on to  dominating 8-0 major decision over Terra Linda in his championship match.

Placing for Lowell were:

Pryor Vo (senior) – 1st place at 132 lbs
Aldren Pasol (junior) – 4th place at 106 lbs
Sasha Gonzalez (junior) – 4th place at 113 lbs
Rubin Girling (senior) – 6th place at 160 lbs
Derek Yi (senior) – 8th place at 195 lbs.

Also wrestling well were Herman Zeng (sophomore) at 120 lbs and Kelvin Mai (senior) at 126 lbs.

This is the sixth varsity tournament we have competed in so far this season. We have medaled wrestlers at every single one of those tournaments and shown the Bay Area and NorCal that we have a team and individuals who can compete with and defeat wrestlers from all over Northern California…not just San Francisco. We have been training hard for over three months to get where we are today with still more hard work and competitions to go to prepare our wrestlers for a shot at competing at the toughest high school state wrestling championships in the country…and hopefully beating people there too.