February 10, 2010 > Wrestling recap
By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By Mike Heightchew
All in all, just another typical week for the Newark Memorial High School wrestling program: Alyssa Hess wins her tournament - check; Victor Pereira dominates his weight class in another tournament - check; and along the way, the Cougars beat two Mission Valley Athletic League rivals - check.
Hess, a senior, added another title to her illustrious high school career with her win at the California Girls Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 30, in Hanford. Hess, a 2009 state champion and undefeated this year, won the 154-pound division with a second-round technical fall over La Serna's Jackie Williams in the championship match. Newark finished fourth in the team competition with 115.5 points. West Covina won the team championship.
Other local medalists in Hanford were Newark's Laura Choate (146 pounds) and Mission San Jose's Sowen Dickstein (98 pounds).
Newark was the dominant squad in their midweek matchups with American and Irvington, which both took place on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at James Logan High School. The Cougars beat American 50-26, and Irvington, 71-12 (Newark's JV squads won by the respective scores of 72-4 over American, and 72-0 over Irvington).
Trevor Hubby (125-pound division), Jacob Pratt (135 pounds) and Jon Pratt (145 pounds) each won their two matches. Several matches were forfeits (Pereira didn't have to set foot on the mat at all), and Elmer Hamidy (285 pounds), Mick McElvogue (189), Anthony Rubio (130), Anthony Arce (119) and R. Derama (103) each won a match on the mat for Newark.
Sophomore Pereira was able to display the skills that have earned him a 38-0 record on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Mission San Jose Invitational, where he won the 145-pound title with a pin fall victory over Clovis's Adrian Salas in the second round. For Pereira, it was a repeat of his victory at MSJ last year. Clovis won the team title.
The host squad represented themselves nicely at the MSJ Invitational - Mission placed five medalists in the event. Wei Kuo (127 pounds) was the top seed in his division, and after winning his first three matches, lost the final to second-seeded Brian Sergi of College Park. Corbin Lee (105 pounds) and David Wilson (147) finished third, Elliot Espinoza (217) finished fourth, and Michael Lee (154) took sixth.
Currently the MVAL is a three-team dogfight; both Newark and Mission are staring up at top dog James Logan, who last week ran John F. Kennedy High School out of the gym with a 72-9 squashing. Kennedy was more competitive against American, who nevertheless won the dual, 38-31.