In our final regular season competition, Lowell won a close dual against Washington 33-28 behind key wins by Chris O’Neill (soph) at 108lbs and Asa Jungreis (senior) at 134lbs.
Both squads are similarly sized with holes in our line-ups. We know Washington is coached well and always has some tough wrestlers, so the outcome hinged on the three most competitive pairings. We won two of those with clutch wins by Chris O’Neill (soph) at 108lbs and Asa Jungreis (senior) at 134lbs.
We finish the regular season 7-1 outscoring our opponents 341-196.
Next up for Lowell Wrestling is the SF Section Championships (aka All City) this coming Saturday at Lincoln. The section champion at each weight class earns the right to represent their school and SF at the hardest state wrestling champions in the country: CIF State in Bakersfield, Calif.
Marco Kwan after cruising to a 14-2 major decision
Lowell defeated SFI 37-24 tonight at Lowell. Chris O’Neill, Marco Kwan, Aldren Pasol, Asa Jungreis all came through with dominating performances while Cris Sanchez added extra insurance to the team score with a win by decision.
In a battle with a numerically improved SFI (even split on forfeits), Lowell won five of eight matches wrestled. Chris O’Neill (soph) started the action in aggressive beast mode and won by injury default. Marco Kwan (soph) then came on with a dominating 14-2 major decision. Leading 18-6 in the 3rd period, Aldren Pasol (senior) pinned his opponent. Asa Jungreis (junior) continued the onslaught with a 58 second pin. In the heavier weights, Cris Sanchez (senior) came out the victor with a 3-1 decision.
Next up for Lowell is our final dual meet of the season against Washington at Lowell on Monday, Feb. 16. It should be a good match up, as both teams are roughly on numerical par with their varsity line-ups, and Washington always has some tough wrestlers.
John Dente gets mean for the pin
On Tuesday, Feb. 3 Lowell took the victory honors against Lincoln in a home dual meet. Getting pins for Lowell were Marco Kwan (soph), Aldren Pasol (senior), and John Cedrick Dente (junior).
Having significant holes in the line-up continues to put Lowell in a points deficit out of the gate. In this case, we spotted Lincoln 12 points due to forfeits. We earned those points back and then some by winning nearly all the matches wrestled.
We really hope to have more athletes on the squad next season…specifically in the middle weights (145-170lbs) and heavy weights (182-285lbs)… I’m talking to you, football players!
Next up for Lowell Wrestling:
Our girls will be at Oak Grove HS in San Jose on Friday and Saturday competing in the Central Coast Section championships in an effort to qualify for the Girls CIF State Championships. 75 schools from Pacifica to King City will be competing with the top three girls in each weight class advancing to the state championships.
Our varsity boys will be traveling to El Camino HS in South City to participate in their final varsity tournament of the season. They will be competing against 34 Central Coast, North Coast, and SF section schools.
Lowell Wrestling traveled to O’Connell last night in an away dual and emerged the 54-12 victor with the only forfeit points given up due to having no big guys in the line-up. Asa Jungreis (senior, 132lbs)) and Chris O’Neill (soph, 106lbs) had solid first period pins.
Asa Jungreis tightens the noose on the way to a pin
Next up for Lowell will be the toughest Girls varsity tournament of the regular season for our girls this Saturday at San Benito HS in Hollister. Over 50 schools will be represented in this excellent precursor to the girls state qualifier (Central Coast Section Championships) in San Jose on Feb 6-7.
Saturday, Jan. 24 was a busy day for Lowell Wrestling. We had thirteen of our wrestlers were scattered in three different tournaments. We came home with ten medals
We sent five wrestlers to the Albany Invitational varsity tournament six wrestlers to the Battle Across the Bridges JV tournament at Redwood HS; and two to The Pound girls tournament at San Rafael HS.
We came home with ten medals including:
Albany Inv. – Varsity
Sasha Gonzalez (senior) – 3rd pl. 113lbs
Chris O’Neill (soph) – 4th pl. 106lbs
Asa Jungreis (senior) – 5th pl. 132lbs
Lowell varsity at Albany HS
The Pound – Girls
Jill Liang (frosh) – 4th pl. 126lbs
Anne Chamberlain (soph) – 4th pl. 121lbs
Jill & Anne show off their hardware from The Pound in San Rafael
Battle Across the Bridges – JV
Dominic Nocon (frosh) – 1st pl. 106lbs
Hatuey Hernandez (frosh) – 2nd pl. 106lbs
Sanchez O’Leary (frosh) – 2nd pl. 126lbs
Marcos Kwan – 3rd pl. 120lbs
Martin Jiang (soph) – 3rd pl. 170lbs
Sasha Gonzalez gets some quick tilt points before switching to pin mode
In its fourth section dual meet of the season, Lowell defeated June Jordan 42-12 tonight at Lowell.
We were facing a very undermanned June Jordan squad. Still, it is always important to us to win dual meets on matches wrestled…not forfeit points. This is true when we have more wrestlers in the line up than the other team or when the other team has more than us (as was the case with Galileo last week).
There were only four varsity matches wrestled out of fourteen weight classes. We went 3-4 in this matches with pins by senior Sasha Gonzalez at 113lbs (54 seconds); junior Asa Jungreis at 132lbs (30 seconds); and junior John Cedrick Dente at 195lbs (5:48).
Next up for Lowell is a busy Saturday with wrestlers at three different tournaments: varsity at the Albany Invitational; JV at the Battle of the Bridges at Redwood HS; and girls at the Julie Gonzales Invitational at Vallejo HS.
Saturday, Jan. 17 was a busy tournament day for Lowell with wrestlers competing in three different tournaments.
We sent seven wrestlers to the Albany JV tournament, three girls to the Terra Nova girls tournament, and two wrestlers to the Chris Snowden Memorial varsity tournament in San Anselmo.
At the San Anselmo varsity tournament, first-year sophomore Chris O’Neill to 4th place at 108lbs at Chris Snowden Memorial.
At the Terra Nova girls tournament, first-year Amanda Kallenbach won her first medal ever by taking 3rd place in the varsity 137lbs bracket. First-year freshman Jill Liang went 5-0 taking first place in the JV 126lbs bracket.
At the Albany JV tournament, second-year sophomore Kian Mojabi took third place at 132lbs.
Next up for Lowell is a home dual meet against June Jordan on Wed., Jan 21, 4pm in the Lowell gym.
(Sasha Gonzalez hits a sick foot sweep against Galileo)
In a close dual meet, Lowell fell just four points short of Galileo in a 36-40 loss on Thursday, Jan. 15.
This season’s varsity squad fills just 10 of 14 weight classes, so we always know we are giving up 24 forfeit points out of the gate. Tonight, we had nine in the line-up, as one of our wrestlers is out with an injury for the next 1-2 weeks. Therefore, we were down 0-30 before we even started wrestling.
Galileo always has a full squad (all 14 weight classes filled), so we knew the nine Lowell wrestlers would need to win with what we had and score a lot of pins. Our wrestlers rose to the occasion and wrestled well winning 7 out of 9 matches including five pins. There’s no question that Lowell completely out wrestled Galileo, but the 30 point forfeit deficit was just a little too much to overcome.
Next up for Lowell is a busy Saturday with tournaments at Terra Nova (Girls), Albany (JV), and Drake (Varsity)
Martin Jiang seconds away from a pin
In our second section dual meet of the season, Lowell topped Balboa 42-33.
The following wrestlers all got pins for Lowell: Aldren Pasol (120lbs), Martin Jiang (170lbs), Cris Sanchez (182lbs), and John Dente (195lbs).
Next up for Lowell is an away dual at Galileo this Thurs., Jan. 15.
Chris O’Neill -3rd place at Clayton Valley Inv.
Coming off last Friday’s 59-24 section opening win over Mission, Lowell sent four wrestlers to the Clayton Valley Invitational in Concord on Saturday, Jan. 10.
This was the toughest varsity tournament we have competed in this season. 29 mostly North Coast Section schools competed with most weight classes having state-ranked wrestlers.
Chris O’Neill (sophomore), took third place at 106 lbs. This Chris’ second varsity tournament ever. He dropped his first match in a close 4-6 decision to the eventual tournament champion. Chris went on to win his next four matches all by pin including a 29-second pin in the consolation championship match to take 3rd place.
Next up will be an away dual meet at Balboa on Tuesday, Jan. 13.