January 20, 2010 > MVAL wrestling highlights
MVAL wrestling highlights
By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By Mike Heightchew
Mission San Jose High School's wrestling team had a stellar week, dominating Irvington 66-12 in their Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) home opener on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and capping their week by winning the Clayton Valley Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 16. Their MVAL rival James Logan finished in second place at the Invitational.
Mission placed three wrestlers in the finals at Clayton Valley, and had one individual champion: David Wilson, who won the 145-pound division. Logan also had three finalists, two of them took home the gold: Artemio Flores, who beat Mission's Corbin Lee 4-2 in the 103-pound level; and Allen Chan, who won the 152-pound final by forfeit.
Against Irvington earlier in the week, Mission won every match except two; one of those, the 285-pound match, was a forfeit. Mission's winners included David Kim (215 pounds), Elliot Espinoza (189 pounds), David Wilson (152), Nathan Ellebract (145), Zannain Shafi (135) and Benson Zhang (125).
Zhang's match against Irvington's Ali Mahmood featured several exciting takedowns and a lot of scoring by both grapplers; Zhang won the decision by a 26-17 score. Several of the matches were Irvington forfeits.
Elsewhere in the MVAL, Newark Memorial opened their league season with a 64-12 throttling of Washington. Elmer Hamidy (285 pounds) won his match by a 6-1 score. Mick McElvogue (189 pounds), Jared Reis (171), Jose Martinez (160), Victor Pereira (152), Jon Pratt (145), Jacob Pratt (135), Trevor Hubby (130) and Anthony Rubio (125), all won their matches by pin fall. Washington's lone winner was Domonic Cesena (140 pounds).
Newark also took part in the King of the Mat tournament at Windsor High School on Saturday, Jan. 16, taking fifth place. Pereira was the Cougars' only victor on the day. McElvogue (191) and Jon Pratt (151) finished second in their respective weight class.
Newark's girls team represented their school admirably, scoring three wins. Lisa Tran (103 pounds), Laura Choate (126) and Melanie Silva (132) all won by pin fall.
Newark's Lady Cougars took part in the CIF North Regional tournament at Inderkum High School in Sacramento on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16, and defended their title from a year ago, topping the 85-team tourney. Choate (126) and Alyssa Hess (154) led the way for Newark with first-place finishes.