March 3, 2010 > NCS wrestling
By Gary van den Heuvel
The Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) was represented by two tournament champions at the North Coast Section (NCS) Tournament held at Newark Memorial High School on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27.
In the 145-pound division, Newark Memorial sophomore Victor Pereira kept his unbeaten streak alive with a 13-7 win in the final against James Sitzman from Marin Catholic. Pereira is now 45-0 on the season as he heads to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championships this weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, in Bakersfield.
Danny Mai, from James Logan High School, won the 132-pound division when he scored a two-point takedown in overtime against De La Salle's Alex Abono. James Logan finished third overall in the team competition with 149 points. De La Salle High School took the team title with 270.5 points, and Granada came in second with 166.5. (Newark took 15th out of the more-than-100-team field with 82.5 points.)
The final match of the evening provided thrills as Logan's Toni Pole, in the 285-pound final, squared off against Orry Elor from College Park. Both wrestlers were on their feet for most of the match, neither giving an inch. Trailing 4-2 with under 30 seconds remaining in the final overtime period, Pole fired up the crowd, many chanting "Toni! Toni!" with a two-point takedown, but Elor scored the winning point with an escape.
Third-place finishers included Mission San Jose's Corbin Lee (103-pound level), who beat Logan's Artemio Flores in the third-place match, and Logan's Allen Chan (152 pounds).
Newark Memorial's girls team won its second consecutive NCS title at John F. Kennedy High School., earning 185 points. Castro Valley finished second with 168 points. Alyssa Hess won her fourth NCS title with a pin-fall victory over Pittsburg's Dulce Amaya. Daniela Guzman and Katie Burdick earned second-place finishes, and Mission San Jose's Siwen Dickstein won the 103-pound division.