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March 1, 2011 > NCS wrestling championship recap

NCS wrestling championship recap

By Sida Lu
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Wrestlers from the Mission Valley and Hayward Area athletic leagues prepared all season for February 25 and 26-- the North Coast Section boys wrestling championships hosted at Newark Memorial High School. Hundreds of wrestlers in 14 weight classes left it all on the mats in a bid to qualify for the CIF state tourney and bring victory to their school.

HAAL sent 40 wrestlers to represent the league with Arroyo and Castro Valley sending the most at 11 and 14 respectively. Arroyo's Enrique Barajas shined at the tournament as he steamrolled his competition, going deep into the bracket. He eventually took second place in the 125 weight class and is moving on to state with an overall record of 37- 8. Castro Valley's Adam Busch was also impressive, finishing fourth in the 160 weight class. Abel Robels of San Leandro was the only other HAAL wrestler to place, taking fifth in the 140 weight class and falling short against the eventual champion. Although only one San Leandro wrestler placed, it turned in a solid performance as a school, finishing 21st with 66.5 points while Castro Valley took 14th with 87 points.

MVAL sent 46 wrestlers, most of whom were from James Logan High, which sent 14, and Newark, which sent 10. Fifteen MVAL wrestlers placed in the NCS Championships, 12 of which were from Logan or Newark. Logan's Jacob Macalolooy, John Santiago, Danjorel Permito, David Permito, Chumkaur Dhaliwal and Matthew Haney all placed fifth and sixth, with Nolen Kajiwara taking fourth.

Host Newark Memorial's Jacob Pratt qualified for state with a third-place finish and an overall record of 32- 8. But it was Newark's Victor Pereira who really stood out as he dominated the 152 weight class, recording victories over five NCS wrestlers to boost his overall record to 42- 3 and place first in his weight class. Daniel Luty of American, and Corbin Lee and Wei Kuo of Mission San Jose rounded off the wrestlers who placed at NCS with sixth and seventh place finishes. James Logan took fourth in the tournament with 156 points and Newark Memorial took fifth with 139.5 points.

Yet the real story of the NCS wrestling championships was the continued dominance of De La Salle, which won the tournament with 309 points, 120.5 points more than the second place finisher, Liberty High. De La Salle wrestlers took home six gold medals out of the 14 possible.

The wrestlers who qualified for the state CIF Championships will face off at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield on March 4 5.

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