By Robert Balajadia
The GW Geckos wrestling team bounced back from an opening weekend loss to the FD Friars by defeating the JFK Islanders 42-30 at the Phoenix center Wednesday on Halloween night.
Trailing 30-18 in the point totals, Geckos 160 lb. Herbert Fukuda def. Islanders Nobert Rosario via pin to pull GW 30-24 followed by an Islander forfeit at 170 lb. to tie it at 30. Jaymen Shimizu def. Michael Pangelinan at 182 lb. via pin to secure the match for GW as no more Islanders were able to wrestle.
Islanders Zach Flores, Derek Gatmen, and Nicholas Tamashio all got wins via pin for JFK in the loss.
The GW girls won 24-9 by a series of forfeits. Islanders Tiena Toves def. Geckos Tiffany Inoconol via point total in being the only two to wrestle.
138 lb. JFK Derek Gatmen def. GW Shane Aguon via Pin
152 lb. JFK Nicholas Tamashio def. GW Jacob Pangelinan
160 lb. GW Herbert Fukuda def. JFK Nobert Rosario via Pin
182 lb. GW Jaymen Shimizu def. JFK Michael Pangelinan
Forfeits: GW – 2, JFK – 5
114 lb. JFK Tiena Toves def. GW Tiffany Inoconol via Points (7-3)
Forfeits: GW – 1, JFK – 4
FD 40, Guam High 39
Forfeits are a normality when high school wrestling teams compete but a special Halloween trick or treat Wednesday at the FD Phoenix center offered a thrilling set of matches between the Friars and Guam High Panthers that featured no forfeits with the Friars getting the thin 40-39 win over the Panthers.
“This is amazing, never have I seen anything like this,” stated Friars coach Terry Debold on the no-forfeit match between the Panthers.
It ultimately came down to a large margin point victory by Friars Micah Lopez def. Gabriel Paulino at 170 lb. by a total of 14-0 to get the overall four point edge to give the Friars the definitive lead.
“I kept telling Micah when he was up eight-zero that we need that extra two points to get ahead in the standings,” further stated Debold.
A thrilling pin victory by Friars Leonardo Tudela over Franco Ishmael at 182 lb. gave FD the 40-39 lead capturing a thrilling win of a full set of matches. The Friars begin the season strong at 2-0 while the Panthers lose their first, dropping to 1-1.
106 lb. FD Giancarlo Rocco def. GH Connor Null via Pin
113 lb. GH Mark Haas def. FD Civil Maravilla via Pin
120 lb. FD Shane Garcia def. GH Michael Garcia via Pin
126 lb. GH Michael Sheehan def. FD Pavin Blas via Pin
132 lb. FD Cage Quitugua def. GH Brandon Cruz via Pin
138 lb. GH John Haas def. FD Ed Calvo via Pin
145 lb. GH Nicolas Sabata def. FD Rodolfo Silan via Points (4-1)
152 lb. FD Alejo Santos def. GH Ben Carliss via Pin
160 lb. FD Tristen Hocog def. GH Ben Cook via Pin
170 lb. FD Micah Lopez def. GH Gabriel Paulino via Points (14-0)
182 lb. FD Leonardo Tudela def. Franco Ishmael via Pin
195 lb. GH Kind Smith def. FD Christian McCreadie via Pin
220 lb. GH Ian Hansen def. FD Eric Dela Rosa via Pin
285 lb. GH Nicolas Damian def. FD John Paul Mallari via Pin
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