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February 24, 2010 > High school wrestling update

High school wrestling update

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By Mike Heightchew

James Logan High School once again asserted their supremacy on the wrestling mat by winning the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) team championship on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Washington High School.

Logan had eight individual champions and an overall point total of 224.5; Newark Memorial High finished second with 153.5; and Mission San Jose High was third with 122.5 points.

Among Logan's individual champions were freshman sensation Armenio Flores (who won the 103-pound title with a 20-6 win over Tung Le of Newark Memorial), Allen Chan (who repeated as a league champ in the 160-pound division) and Toni Pole (who won at the 285-pound level).

Mission San Jose represented itself well, as Elliot Espinoza, Wei Kuo and Isaac Chang all won MVAL titles. Newark Memorial placed two grapplers in the winners' circle: Victor Pereira (147 pounds) and Anthony Rubio (127).

The Hayward Area Athletic League tournament, held at Hayward High School, was dominated by league champion Castro Valley High School, who won the meet for the sixth straight year. Behind seven individual champions, Castro Valley scored a total of 208 points. San Leandro High School came in second with 183.

Mt. Eden High School was represented by 142-pound champion Will Gutierrez. His teammates Andy Tran (132 pounds) and C.J. Curry (162) both finished second in their weight classes. Tennyson High School's Bruce Woods was the 137-pound champion. Luis Cisneros of Hayward High School finished second in the 154-pound division.

At the forthcoming North Coast Section (NCS) Championships, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, at Newark Memorial, 12 MVAL wrestlers will be vying for a championship in his respective weight class. Danny Mai (130) of Logan and Victor Pereira (145) of Newark have the top seed in their weight class.

NCS Championships for the girls will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27, all day at John F. Kennedy High School.

In the South Bay, Milpitas High School sent two qualifiers to the Central Coast Section (CCS) Championships. Arnold Shir (121 pounds) and Jeff Tran (173 pounds) qualified for CCS with their showing at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championship at Harker High School in San Jose on February 13. Shir tied for third place, and Tran finished second at Harker, though neither was able to place at the CCS tournament.

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