Fabian Garcia – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:20:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.1 Bulldog grapplers meet up with Clayton Valley https://martineztribune.com/2017/02/03/bulldog-grapplers-meet-up-with-clayton-valley/ Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:17:12 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6490 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune Alhambra’s wrestlers were once again at the mercy of their small side in their dual meet loss to Clayton Valley. But in contested matches, the Bulldogs will have been pleased with their six wins  and four losses. The matches were starting to ebb toward the Clayton Valley side, and the …

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Alhambra wrestler Mikey Gargaro looks for direction from his coaches as he closes in on a pin in the Bulldogs’ dual meet against Clayton Valley on Feb. 1, 2017. Gargaro won his match in the 113-pound weight class. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra wrestler Mikey Gargaro looks for direction from his coaches as he closes in on a pin in the Bulldogs’ dual meet against Clayton Valley on Feb. 1, 2017. Gargaro won his match in the 113-pound weight class. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Alhambra’s wrestlers were once again at the mercy of their small side in their dual meet loss to Clayton Valley. But in contested matches, the Bulldogs will have been pleased with their six wins  and four losses.

The matches were starting to ebb toward the Clayton Valley side, and the result looked like it would be lopsided in favor of the Eagles.

But senior Brandon West’s match turned the tide of the meet quickly.

West started the match by scoring an early take down, but the two big men struggled to maintain the pace of the match, and the spent most of the first period battling for position.

But in the second period he settled in and it only took him 48 seconds to get the pin, and the first Alhambra win of the night.

On the other side of the spectrum from 220-pound West, was 106- pound Trinity Oredina, who followed up her teammates win with the second of the night for Alhambra.

Oredina did well to capitalize early on, and wasted no time earning points for a take down. But the first period ended in an even stalemate after her opponent also scored two points, one of which came in an escape.

However only a minute later the Bulldog wrestler was able to beat her opponent via pin in the second period.

Mikey Gargaro followed up that win with one of his own. The 113-pound Bulldog made even quicker work of his opponent, seemingly without breaking a sweat. Gargaro earned points for a take down, but didn’t need them, as he would win via pin only seconds later.

In what was the third match in a string of three wins, Damien Pergakis bested all other Alhambra wrestlers by only needing 24 seconds to get his pin.

Even Fabian Garcia’s win at 145 pounds couldn’t top the effort. Garcia’s pin took 44 seconds, but was impressively worked as he turned a quick reversal into a fast pin.

In the final match of the evening Dustin DeLuca came from behind to take care of business on the night for the Bulldogs.

DeLuca was trailing 4-1 in the second period when he rallied and reversed his opponents take down directly into a near fall. It only took the 152- pound grappler a couple of extra seconds before his opponent was down for the count.

The Bulldog wrestlers will take on Northgate in their final DAL dual on Feb. 8, 2017.

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Short-handed AHS grapplers come up short against Falcons https://martineztribune.com/2017/01/13/short-handed-ahs-grapplers-come-up-short-against-falcons/ Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00:06 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6320 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune The Alhambra wrestling team hosted the first of only two home dual meets on Wednesday evening, and who better to come to town for such an event than College Park. The Falcons prevailed by a mark of 51-24, but the action on the night was close. Key forfeits hurt the …

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Alhambra’s Brandon West nearly closed out the win in his bout against College Park’s wrestler on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra’s Brandon West nearly closed out the win in his bout against College Park’s wrestler on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

The Alhambra wrestling team hosted the first of only two home dual meets on Wednesday evening, and who better to come to town for such an event than College Park.

The Falcons prevailed by a mark of 51-24, but the action on the night was close. Key forfeits hurt the smaller Bulldog team when it came down to the team score.

In junior varsity action, Kyle Pergakis got the night started off with a rough loss after looking like the stronger wrestler in the bout. In the first and second periods of the match, Pergakis outscored his opponent 5-0 with a pair of take downs and an escape. But in the closing seconds of the second period, his opponent reversed him and was able to get the pin with only 3.7 seconds on the clock.

Ryan Silva followed up his match and did the opposite.

Down 4-2 after the opening period, but rallied with an escape in the second, and a pin with only 13.9 seconds left in the third period for the win.

That match saw both players collect a pair of points on violations called by the official, however both boys scored points on multiple take downs.

In the varsity bouts, Mikey Gargaro opened the might against a tough opponent at 113 pounds. The Falcon wrestler busted out of the gate with three near falls in the first period alone after taking down the Bulldog wrestler.

College Park’s wrestler threatened to finish by technical pin after a reversal in the second period saw him collect 13 points. But with 1:14 on the clock he was able to get the pin and start the night off right for the Falcons.

With a series of forfeits proceeding the night’s opening bout, the Bulldogs were already in the hole before they got any type of roll.

Nate Winslow had an equally tough time with his opponent in the 145-pound division. He was only able to collect a pair of points on escapes in a period and-a-half of action. While his Falcon opponent was able to accrue six points in the opening period alone after nearly pinning his Alhambra opponent.

Eventually, with 1:06 on the clock he made it happen and pinned Winslow.

Fabian Garcia’s match in the 152-pound weight class was the first Alhambra win of the night, and returning North Coast Section competitor did it was style.

Before much time had passed the aggressive Garcia had already taken down his opponent and earned points for a near fall. While it seemed like the Falcon opponent was content to try and run out the clock, Garcia fought hard after what seemed like an eternity trying to get the referee’s whistle. But get it he did, with 23.5 seconds left on the clock in only the first round.

Garcia’s pin would’ve probably garnered a lot more praise for it’s swiftness in any other circumstance. But even he couldn’t match the effort that followed from teammate Dustin DeLuca.

The 160-pounder made such quick work of his opponent, that he didn’t score any points. DeLuca took only 23 seconds to get his pin and much needed points for his team. The win buoyed the Bulldogs, who still had a long road for a comeback.

Josh Bigness followed up next in the 172-pound weight class, which has always been tough.

Bigness struggled against his Falcon opponent, who took him down early in the first period. Twice the Falcon grappler nearly pinned his opponent, but the Alhambra wrestler was able to survive.

That survival wasn’t long, however. Bigness was pinned after a minute of brave battling.

That survival wasn’t long, however. Bigness was pinned after a minute of brave battling.

Neither Jet Noland or Kevin Marmolejo could get Alhambra their elusive third win on the night.

Noland struggled for nearly 30 seconds to fight off his opponent, but with only 8.9 left on the clock the referee blew for the pin. While Marmolejo nor his opponent managed to light up the scoreboard. The Falcon however did get the important points when he got his pin with on 25 seconds left in the third period.

In the final bout of the night, heavyweight Brandon West battled back and forth with his opponent. The two exchanged brief leads, but with nearly no time on the clock the Falcon wrestler scored the near fall, and the win for himself, and the team.

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Garcia tops Bulldog efforts at Faultline Dual Meet with 4-0 day https://martineztribune.com/2016/12/09/garcia-tops-bulldog-efforts-at-faultline-dual-meet-with-4-0-day/ Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:37:51 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6022 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune 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 …

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Sophomore Sam Amadeo pins his opponent in the Novice Tournament on Dec. 2, 2016, at Campolindo High School. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Sophomore Sam Amadeo pins his opponent in the Novice Tournament on Dec. 2, 2016, at Campolindo High School. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

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.

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Dogs beaten down by Wildcats https://martineztribune.com/2016/02/12/dogs-beaten-down-by-wildcats/ Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:35:29 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=3296 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune Alhambra’s wrestlers went on the road on Thursday, Feb. 4, to take on the Dougherty Valley Wildcats in their final Diablo Foothill Athletic League meet with the San Ramon school. Alhambra’s final road DFAL dual once again highlighted the tenacity of the small Bulldog team, which lost 54-18 in the …

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Alhambra’s Joey Miller (right) sizes up his Dougherty Valley opponent in the Bulldogs’ 54-18 loss on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Miller won his match by decision in the final seconds of the third round. Alhambra was forced to forfeit four bouts, but went 4-5 in contested bouts. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra’s Joey Miller (right) sizes up his Dougherty Valley opponent in the Bulldogs’ 54-18 loss on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Miller won his match by decision in the final seconds of the third round. Alhambra was forced to forfeit four bouts, but went 4-5 in contested bouts. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Alhambra’s wrestlers went on the road on Thursday, Feb. 4, to take on the Dougherty Valley Wildcats in their final Diablo Foothill Athletic League meet with the San Ramon school.

Alhambra’s final road DFAL dual once again highlighted the tenacity of the small Bulldog team, which lost 54-18 in the team scores, but only 4-5 in contested matches.

Four Alhambra forfeits propelled Dougherty Valley to a comfortable win on their senior night, and their final home DFAL dual before next year’s league restructure.

Damien Pergakis opened the night in the 128-pound weight class with a loss by major decision. The Alhambra wrestler and his opponent were knotted tightly after two rounds, with Pergakis managing to get on the score sheet with a pair of reversals after being shut out in the opening round.

But in the third round, he only scored once on a near fall, while his opponent nearly pinned him three times. He did well to avoid being pinned, but was beaten handedly.

In the 132-pound weight class, Ricky Lopez found himself beaten by technical fall. Lopez had great difficulty executing any of his game play against the Wildcats grappler. He was nearly pinned twice in the match, but managed at the very least to avoid handing Dougherty Valley all six team points.

Alhambra’s first win of the night came from Nate Winslow in the 140-pound weight class. Winslow also scored one of Alhambra’s two pins on the night. His opponent only got on the score sheet due to an illegal move regarding forearms on the neck of an opponent it appeared.

After a quick take down in the final round, Winslow pinned his opponent with 57 seconds left on the clock for Alhambra’s first win of the night.

Jacob Smith followed up his teammates effort with a win of his own. Smith found his task much harder than Winslow seemingly did. I the first round, he scored only on a take down, while the second round saw the two wrestlers evenly-locked.

In the final round, the Dougherty Valley wrestler scored on an escape, and nearly threatened to take the lead. He shot for a take down, but Smith’s ability to reverse the move earned him two points, and the win.

Dustin DeLuca had a tough night out in his match in the 152-pound weight class. He was shut out by his opponent, who scored twice in the opening round by nearly pinning DeLuca.

It took only 13 seconds into the final round before the Wildcat wrestler took down and pinned the Bulldog for Dougherty Valley’s first pin of the night.

Fabian Garcia backed up his teammate, and at that point leveled things with a win by pin of his own.

Twice the 160-pound Bulldog wrestler had looked to have secured victory only to see his opponent thwart him. But in the second round after nearly pinning him again, Garcia came through with six big team points for Alhambra.

Joey Miller added to the streak with a grind it out victory that is typical of a team captain.

Miller and his opponent battled through two tight rounds, but the Bulldog senior was forced into action when his opponent managed to steal a point through an escape by starting in a defensive position.

With two seconds, Miller got the take down he needed by shooting at the sprawling wrestler to get the win.

Dougherty won the final three matches by technical pin and major decision to make what was once a tight competition into a blow out due to the four Alhambra forfeits.

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Bulldog wrestlers fall short in Senior Night dual meet https://martineztribune.com/2016/02/05/bulldog-wrestlers-fall-short-in-senior-night-dual-meet/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:35:03 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=3230 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune There were only seven contested matches in the Bulldogs’ second-to-last Diablo Foothill Athletic League home dual meet of the year against the Miramonte Matadors Jan. 28. Before the matches got underway, Miramonte forfeited four matches, while Alhambra forfeited three, giving the Bulldogs a slim advantage in the team score. Of …

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Alhambra’s Tyler Kingsley attempts to turn his opponent and pin him in the Bulldogs’ 41-32 dual meet loss to the Miramonte Matadors on Jan. 28, 2016. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra’s Tyler Kingsley attempts to turn his opponent and pin him in the Bulldogs’ 41-32 dual meet loss to the Miramonte Matadors on Jan. 28, 2016. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

There were only seven contested matches in the Bulldogs’ second-to-last Diablo Foothill Athletic League home dual meet of the year against the Miramonte Matadors Jan. 28.

Before the matches got underway, Miramonte forfeited four matches, while Alhambra forfeited three, giving the Bulldogs a slim advantage in the team score.

Of the seven contested matches, only two were decided by pins.

Tyler Kingsley opened the night in his match against his opponent in the 120-pound division.

Kingsley was shutout by his opponent, who scored a take down in the opening period. A reversal in the second period, and a take down and near fall allowed the Miramonte grappler to walk away with a points decision that cut the Alhambra team score lead to 24-22.

In the 126-pound weight class, Shahade Sjoberg was pinned with 1:06 in the second period. In the first period the referee chided both wrestlers, who were deadlocked. Sjoberg took down the Alhambra grappler, who couldn’t score a point in the opening period.

Ricky Lopez brought home the first win of the night for Alhambra in a contested match in the following bout. The 132-pound senior won by technical fall after a dominating performance.

In the first period, Lopez scored six points on a pair of near falls and a take down. He continued his dominance in the second period. Lopez took down his opponent almost instantly, but couldn’t find the pin. Damien Pergakis made a late comeback in his match after falling behind big. The two wrestlers in the 138-pound weight class had a stalemate first period where neither grappler could manage to make an impression on the score card.

The Miramonte wrestler struck first, scoring points on a reversal and a pair of near falls.

In the third period, Pergakis mounted a rally. He nearly pinned his opponent in what would’ve been a shock victory.

Jacob Smith continued his strong season at 145 pounds with a win by decision. A late take down in the third period and points earned from an escape were just enough for Smith to leave with another DFAL win under his belt.

Dustin DeLuca was in for a tough match on Thursday. He was pinned with 3.5 seconds left on the clock in the second period, despite nearly finding a way to get out of it. He was taken down and nearly pinned in the first period.

Fabian Garcia was beaten by major decision in the final match of the night. With a chance to flip the outcome of the team score, Garcia reversed the momentum of the match after coming out flat.

Garcia nearly pinned his opponent after being outscored 5-0 in the opening period. With 6-3 going into the final period, Garcia was beaten handedly after nearly twice being pinned.

His loss sealed the fate of Alhambra in the team dual scores, 41-32 in favor of the Matadors.

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Bulldog grapplers fall short in DFAL opener https://martineztribune.com/2015/12/17/bulldog-grapplers-fall-short-in-dfal-opener/ Fri, 18 Dec 2015 04:42:25 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=2757 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune The Bulldog wrestling team opened their Diablo Foothill Athletic League campaign with a shock loss to Acalanes on Thursday, Dec. 10. Coach Pep Roa said before the match that he and his athletes were still scouring the school to fill out their roster. The unfortunate reality is that not having …

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Alhambra’s Jacob Smith (left) stands neutral with his opponent during his match in the 152-pound division at the Bulldogs’ opening meet in Diablo Foothill Athletic League play on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Smith pinned his opponent after scoring three near falls earlier in the match. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra’s Jacob Smith (left) stands neutral with his opponent during his match in the 152-pound division at the Bulldogs’ opening meet in Diablo Foothill Athletic League play on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Smith pinned his opponent after scoring three near falls earlier in the match. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

The Bulldog wrestling team opened their Diablo Foothill Athletic League campaign with a shock loss to Acalanes on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Coach Pep Roa said before the match that he and his athletes were still scouring the school to fill out their roster. The unfortunate reality is that not having a wrestler to fill out a spot results in a forfeit. That came back to haunt the Bulldogs in their 37-36 team loss.

In contested varsity matches, the Bulldogs were 5-4, but in conceding the 170 and 182 pound weight classes they conceded 12 crucial points.

The junior varsity wrestlers opened the night with four straight wins coming from Mikey Gargaro, Tyrone Hall, Troy Haisley and Claire Casaws.

Ricky Lopez opened the night for the Bulldogs in the 132-pound weight class. Lopez struggled in a traditionally tough class and was beaten on points after being taken down three times.

Damion Pergakis followed up with a win in the 138-pound weight class. After a take down and near fall in the first period, Pergakis wasted little time in the second, taking down his opponent and pinning him in under a minute.

Dustin Deluca followed in the 145-pound weight class, and delivered the win of the night. After being taken down, Deluca escaped, took his opponent down and pinned him with 28 seconds left on the clock in the first period.

In the 152-pound weight class, Jacob Smith opened his DFAL campaign with a win, totaling three near falls before finally getting it done.

After an opening period where both wrestlers were blanked, Smith had two near falls in the second period, but time expired before the official had seen a definitive pin. He proceeded to take down his opponent and pin him with only 57 seconds remaining on the clock for a third win in a row for Alhambra.

Both Fabian Garcia and Andre Parilla were beaten to break up the streak for the Bulldogs. Garcia fought through his match against his tough opponent despite being taken down twice and then being nearly pinned. Parilla, a freshman, was pinned in the 220-pound weight class with 1:17 on the clock in the first period.

Joey Miller made quick work out of his opponent in the heavyweight division. He scored once on a takedown, then pinned his opponents just outside of a minute of time elapsed.
With a chance to give the Bulldogs a safety lead, Tyler Kingsley came up big in the 120-pound weight class. Kingsley scored a quick take down and then pinned his opponent with 52 seconds still left on the clock in the first period.

It all came down to Nate Winslow in the 126-pound weight class.

Winslow was being outclassed by a tough opponent, but managed to stay in contention through the first two periods, only down 5-1. That result would have forced a draw in the team score, but in the third period the Acalanes wrestler went off. He collected the points he needed so that even by not securing the pin, he got his team the win.

Two take downs and a near fall secured the Dons’ win and sent Alhambra home one point short of their league opening win.

The Bulldogs hosted Campolindo on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.

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