Lowell 2017 SF Section medalists
Lowell Wrestling ended its regular season competition today sending 11 wrestlers to the SF Section championships (AKA All City). We brought home the SF Section champion trophy, five section champions, and ten individual medals.
We medaled 10 of our 11 wrestlers and sent 8 into the finals. Individually we had: five 1st place, three 2nd place, and two 3rd place finishes.
This strong performance propelled us to a solid first place team finish of 165 points which was 37 team points ahead of the second place team. This was despite the fact that we entered the tournament not having wrestlers in three weight classes.
SF Section Champions
108 lbs – Chris O’Neill (senior)
122 lbs – Marco Kwan (senior)
128 lbs – Nicholas Woo (senior)
134 lbs – Jonah Nascimento (soph)
197 lbs – Bryant Nguyen (senior)
2nd place finishers
140 lbs – Michael Ryaboy (frosh)
162 lbs – Sanchez O’Leary (junior)
222 lbs – Gordon Mau (junior)
3rd place finishers
115 lbs – Giovanni Thai (soph)
154 lbs – Maxwell Song (soph)
The five Lowell SF Section champions will now compete at the toughest state wrestling tournament in the country (the CIF State Wrestling Championships) in Bakersfield, Calif. March 3-4. Unlike state wrestling championships in other states for California state championships for other sports; there is no div 1, 2, etc. separation. The CIF State Wrestling championships is “open” with the 40 best wrestlers in the state at each weight class from schools big and small across California competing.
We have been training for and look forward to the challenge.
Giovani Thai scoring near fall points
Lowell capped off its regular undefeated season competition with a dual tonight against Mission winning 80% of its matches and securing a 46-18 team victory.
Getting wins for Lowell were:
108 lbs – Chris O’Neill (senior) – forfeit
115 lbs – Giovani Thai (soph) – 8-2
122 lbs – Marco Kwan (senior) – forfeit
128 lbs – Nicholas Woo (senior) – forfeit
134 lbs – Jonah Nascimento (soph) – pin 1:47
140 lbs – Michael Ryaboy (frosh) – 11-2
147 lbs – Graham Keeton (soph) – forfeit
154 lbs – Maxwell Song (soph) – 18-16
197 lbs – Bryant Nguyen (senior) – forfeit
This makes for another undefeated season for Lowell, and we outscored our opponents 289-117. Still, our sights are set on the SF Section championship tournament (AKA “All City”) next Saturday, Feb. 18 at Washington. The team winner of that tournament earns the section title. Lowell will be missing 2-3 weight classes, so the 11-12 Lowell wrestlers competing are really going to have to step it up to bring home the trophy.
The individual weight class winners of All City will advance to unquestionably the toughest state wrestling championship in the country: the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield March 3-4.
Brittney Dare – 2017 CCS 4th place – 111 lbs
Six Lowell girl wrestlers competed in the 2017 Central Coast Section Girls Wrestling Championships at Oak Grove HS in San Jose last Friday and Saturday. Brittney Dare took the 4th place medal and Anne Chamberlain placed 6th. Lowell placed 13th out of 75 CCS schools.
The CCS championships are the state qualifier all SF Section girl wrestlers must compete in to qualify for the state championships. 75 CCS schools from Daly City to King City compete with the top three finishers in each weight class advancing to the state championships.
Brittney Dare executes a firemans carry to near fall in one of her five wins
Despite injuries preventing three of our nine girl wrestlers from competing, we still fought our way through with five of six Lowell girls making it to the second day and finishing with a 13th place team finish. In two days time the Lowell girls wrestled 30 matches. Brittney Dare, who came into the tournament unseeded, wrestling at 111 lbs went 5-2 putting on a very strong performance racking up four pins and a decision to take 4th place. Anne Chamberlain (senior), who was also unseeded, finished sixth.
Anne Chamberlain working to get a turn on her way to one of her wins
Eighty-four hard practices and thirteen competitons later…a hand salute to the Lowell girl wrestlers who started pre-season conditioning at the end of August, have been practicing hard six days a week for three months taking only Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas off and who competed in 11 tournaments and two dual meets. This is why we finished in the top 20% of CCS teams with half a squad and half of them being first year wrestlers.
Marco Kwan (senior/122lbs) seconds before sealing the deal with a pin
In our fifth section dual of the season, we squared off with Washington tonight in the Lowell gym. We won the dual by a score of 45-11 and advanced our section record to 5-0.
Washington had a relatively sparse line-up due to injuries and such, but they did give us six matches with Lowell winning four of those six.
Getting wins for Lowell were:
108lbs – Chris O’Neill (senior), pin 2:48
115lbs – Giovani Thai (sophomore), 5-1 decision
122lbs – Marco Kwan (senior), pin 3:00
197lbs – Bryant Nguyen (senior), pin 3:32
We have just one more dual left next Wednesday at Lowell against Mission. We have trained to be undefeated in team duals and are one win away from that. However, what matters far more is winning the SF Section tournament championship (aka All City) on Saturday, Feb. 18, and in the process, have at least five tournament champions to qualify for the CIF State Championships in Bakersfield March 3-4.
Our girls will be traveling to Oak Grove HS in San Jose this Friday to compete in the CCS championships. There, they will be competing against 75 CCS schools from Daly City to King City to earn a berth in the CIF Girls State Championships in Visalia Feb. 24-25.
Lowell’s six pins against Galileo
Lowell traveled to Galileo tonight for our 4th section dual meet of the season and gave a dominating performance on the mat winning 90% of the matches wrestled. We were without a few of our starting wrestles due to various temporary ailments, so we had to forfeit four weight classes…meaning we were down 0-24 before the dual even started.
With ten matches to wrestle and starting out down 24, we got the job done by winning nine of those ten matches…six of them by pin. This improves our section record to an undefeated 4-0.
108lbs – Chris O’Neill (senior) won by pin in 38 seconds
115lbs – Giovani Thai (soph) defeated the reigning SF Section champion 5-1
122lbs – Marco Kwan (senior) won by 14-8 decision
128lbs – Nicholas Woo (senior) won by pin in 58 seconds
134lbs – Jacob Goldstein (junior) won by pin in 1:21
140lbs – Michael Ryaboy (frosh) won by pin in 1:00
147lbs – Ryan Chan (junior) won by 13-6 decision
154lbs – Maxwell Song (soph) lost 8-12
162lbs – Lowell forfeit
172lbs – Lowell forfeit
184lbs – Lowell forfeit
197lbs – Bryant Nguyen (senior) won by pin in 3:23
222lbs – Gordon Mau (junior) won by pin in 1:56
287lbs – Lowell forfeit
Next up for Lowell will be varsity, girls, and JV tournaments this weekend followed by a home dual against Washington next Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5:00pm in the Lowell gym.
Lowell at the 2017 Seaside Showdown
Seven Lowell girls competed at the Seaside Showdown tournament at Terra Nova HS in Pacifica this past Saturday. 40+ Central and North Coast Section schools competed.
Sophomore Sara Quiñones won 1st place at 170lbs.
Sophomore Natalie Fong took 2nd place in the 101lbs JV category
Freshman Daniela Romo-Maldonado took 2nd place in the 131lbs JV category
Freshman Airah Franco took 3rd place in the 131lbs JV category
2017 Kermit Bankson medalists
It was a busy Saturday of tournament for Lowell Wrestling with everybody competing somewhere. We sent five boys to the Kermit Bankson Invitational at Albany HS.
46 North Coast, Central Coast, and SF Section schools competed.
Senior Chris O’Neill earned his second first place varsity tournament finish of the season by going 4-0 and dominating his way through the 106lb weight class.
Senior Nicholas Woo went 3-2 taking 4th place 1t 126lbs
Senior Marco Kwan went 3-1 taking 7th place at 120lbs
Chris O’Neill – tournament champion & Outstanding Wrestler
We did a lot of traveling and a lot wrestling over the three day weekend with 28 Lowell wrestlers competing in four tournaments and wrestling over a hundred matches. In the end, we brought home 16 medals and an Outstanding Wrestler trophy.
Saturday, Jan. 14
1) The varsity boys competed in the Clayton Valley Invitational. Lowell finished the day with four medals:
Senior Chris O’Neill was the tournament champion at 106lbs and received the Outstanding Wrestler award for winning all his matches by pin. This was Chris’ first ever first place finish at a varsity tournament.
Senior Nicholas Woo took second place at 126lbs.
Junior Sanchez O’Leary took 3rd place at 132lbs.
Senior Marco Kwan took 4th place at 120lbs.
2) The varsity girls traveled to Lodi where they competed at the Tigers Ladies Challenge at Tokay HS.
This was their toughest tournament of the season with 46 Sac-Joaquin and Central Section teams competing in the crucible.
Sophomore Sarah Quiñones went 3-1 taking 7th place at varsity 170lbs.
Junior Jill Liang took 1st place at JV 131lbs
Freshman Airah Franco took 5th place at JV 131lbs
3) The JV boys competed at the Albany Invitational.
Sophmore Jonah Nascimento took 1st place at JV 132lbs
Freshman Michael Ryaboy took 1st place at JV 138lbs
Junior Jacob Goldstein took 2nd place at JV 132lbs
Sophomore Maxwell Song took 2nd place at frosh/soph 152lbs
Freshman Song Zhao took 2nd place at frosh/soph 220lbs
Senior Bryant Nguyen took 3rd place at JV 220lbs
Monday, Jan. 16
Seven girls competed at The Amazon tournament at Pittsburg HS.
Sophomore Sarah Quiñones took 1st place at varsity 170lbs.
Junior Brittney Dare took 3rd place at varsity 116lbs
Freshman Airah Franco finished in 2nd place at JV 131lbs
Freshman Daniela Romo-Maldonado took 3rd place at JV 131lbs
This was a very busy weekend for us. This week is a bye week for us in the SF Section, but next Saturday we will compete at varsity, girls and JV tournaments in Albany, Hollister, and Livermore.
PJ O’Leary getting his first varsity pin
Sanchez O’Leary getting a 54 second pin
Lowell took 11 of its 30 wrestlers to Balboa for its third dual meet of the season and emerged 51-18 victors.
There were eight matches wrestled with Lowell winning six…five of those by pin. 2nd year sophomore Jonah Nascimento started things off with a third period pin at 132lbs. 3rd year junior, Sanchez O’Leary, got a pin in just 54 seconds at 138lbs. 1st year frosh, Paul “PJ” O’Leary, filling in for our injured 145lb starter and wrestling in his first varsity match ever secured a 3rd period pin. And 1st year senior, Bryant Nguyen also got a 3rd period pin at 220lbs.
We also wrestled two JV matches both of which Lowell won by pin. The first was by PJ O’Leary at 138lbs and the second by 1st year sophomore, Maxwell Song.
With today’s win, Lowell’s section record is 3-0. Next up for Lowell will be three tournaments this Saturday with the varsity boys traveling to Clayton Valley for their invitational; the girls traveling to Tokay HS in Lodi for a very tough Sac-Joaquin, North Coast, and Central section-stacked tournament; and the JV traveling to Albany HS for their JV invitational. 29 of Lowell’s 30 wrestlers will be competing this Saturday.
Nick Woo getting in on a double leg takedown against SF International
Ryan Chan tightens the vise on his way to a pin again Lincoln
Lowell Wrestling began its section competition with a 3-way dual against Lincoln and SF International. Lowell won both duals decisively winning 14 of 20 matches wrestled and with a cumulative score of 102-43.
The first dual was against SF International which Lowell won 54-15 racking up three pins in the process by senior, Nick Woo at 126 lbs, 1st-year sophomore, Maxwell Song at 152 lbs, and 1st-year senior, Byant Nguyen at 220 lbs.
The second dual against Lincoln ended with Lowell scoring 48 and Lincoln 28. Five Lowell wrestlers pinned their opponents: Chris O’Neill (senior/106 lbs) with a 1st period pin; Marco Kwan (senior/120 lbs) with a 2nd period pin; Nick Woo (senior/126 lbs with a 1st period pin; Jonah Nascimento (soph/138 lbs) with a 1st period pin; Ryan Chan (junior/145 lbs) with a first period pin.
In addition, Lowell went six for six in JV matches against Lincoln with all wins coming by pin from: Natalie Fong (soph/113 lbs), Slavik Gevorkyan (soph/132 lbs), Daniela Romo (frosh/138 lbs), Paul “PJ” O’Leary (frosh/152 lbs), Maxwell Song (soph/160 lbs), and Song Zhao (frosh/220 lbs).
Next up for Lowell will be a varsity tournament at Granada HS (Livermore) this Saturday, Jan. 7th followed by another 3-way dual against Balboa and O’Connell next Wednesday, Jan. 11 at O’Connell.