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February 11, 2011 > MVAL performs well at MSJ Invite

MVAL performs well at MSJ Invite

By Sanjna Shukla

On Feb. 4 and 5, Mission San Jose High School held their annual wrestling tournament, the MSJ Invitational. This much anticipated event attracts over sixty schools from all over California, and teams have been preparing for months.

Newark Memorial, James Logan and home team Mission San Jose were all expected to do relatively well.

Jacob Macalolooy of James Logan made it all the way to the semifinals in his respective weight class before falling to a player from Oakland. Macalolooy ended up advancing in the consolation bracket, and won fifth place in the 103 weight class. William Booth of Mission San Jose, also in the same weight class as Macalolooy, beat out Jason Thepkaisone of Newark Memorial, and advanced pretty far into the tournament. Booth won three out of his four matches, before ending his streak to a wrestler from Liberty High School. Corbin Lee of Mission San Jose, who was seeded No. 7 in his weight class, fell to a Clovis wrestler in the third round of the tournament. Jacob Pratt of Newark Memorial High School walked away with fifth place in the 135 weight category.

In the round following a victory over a James Logan Wrestler, Pratt suffered his first loss of the tournament, dropping him to the consolation bracket. After a couple wins in the consolation bracket, Pratt was defeated by a first seeded Liberty High School wrestler. Nolen Kajiwara of James Logan earned third place in the 140 pound weight class. Victor Pereira of Newark Memorial High School achieved the greatest success of any Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) wrestler, as he was crowned champion of the 152 weight category. In that same weight class, a wrestler representing American High School, Daniel Luty garnered third place.

Clovis High School , with a wrestler seeded in nearly every weight class, walked away with first place at the MSJ Invitational with a whopping 145 points. De La Salle was in second with 120 points. James Logan excelled at the tournament as they got sixth place overall with 69 points; Newark Memorial finished 11th. And host Mission San Jose High School came in 19th place with 40 points.

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