By GERARDO RECINOS
Alhambra’s wrestlers had a busy weekend, starting with the novice tournament on Dec. 2, and continuing with the Faultline Dual Meet in Larkspur the following day.
At the Novice Tournament, hosted by Campolindo, the 10 Diablo Athletic League school’s sent their youngsters to do battle with the rest of the league’s teams in a tournament style competition to get their feet wet for the upcoming season.
Alhambra wrestled 23 matches total that day, and had 11 wins and 12 losses. Of the 11 wins, eight of them were won by a Bulldog pin.
The varsity team went to Redwood High School the next day and took third place in their pool, beating Vintage-Napa 34-18, losing to Ukiah 53-18, beating Healsburg 42-24, and losing to hosts Redwood 53-30.
In the 113-pound weight class, Trinity Oredina went 1-0, with the win coming by pin fall. At 120 pounds, Mikey Gargaro went 2-1, with one of his wins also coming by way of pin. At 132 pounds, Damion Pergakis went 2-1, with two wins by pin. At 138 pounds, Ryan Silva went 0-1. At 138 pounds, Nate Winslow went 1-2. At 145 pounds, Tyrone Hall went 0-2. Dustin DeLuca went 0-2 in the tough 160-pound weight class. Gabriel Gonzales had a rough day out, going 0-4 in his matches for the day. Kevin Marmolejo went 1-0 at 220 pounds, with his win coming via pin fall. Heavyweight Brandon West went 1-1 on the day.
The highlight of the day was returning North Coast Section qualifier Fabian Garcia who went 4-0 with four pins at 152 pounds. Overall the Bulldogs had 26 matches, and won 12 of them.
Alhambra’s varsity wrestlers next compete at the Bill Martell Invitational at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek on Dec. 17.