SHARKS PROVE TOP WRESTLING TEAM

SHARKS PROVE TOP WRESTLING TEAM

📅20 December 2014
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By Michael J.A. Nauta Jr.

For almost half a day, wrestlers kept a busy schedule going at the Simon Sanchez High School gymnasium as teams gathered for the all-island meet in the IIAAG High School Wrestling League. With matches going simultaneously on two mats, competitors battled through the day hoping to advance in their respective weight classes and into the finals.

After all matches were complete and results were tallied it was the Simon Sanchez Sharks who came out on top with six gold medals, four silver, and one bronze to clinch the 2014 championship. The Sharks’ squad put together 132 points to get past second and third-place finishers George Washington (92) and FD Friars (88).

“We worked hard each day at practice to make sure that we only do our best during our matches,” said Simon Sanchez’s Mark Toves. Toves garnered a gold medal and first place points for his team after defeating JFK’s Elijah Solang in the 132-pound weight class. “It feels great to have won a gold medal, but it’s an even better feeling when we can contribute as individuals to the team’s final outcome.”

Kyle Samonte of GW escapes from Dylan Mendiolas' takedown attempt.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Kyle Samonte of GW escapes from Dylan Mendiolas’ takedown attempt. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Heading into the gold medal matches, the Sharks had a total ten wrestlers in as many weight classes up for the top hardware. In the opening match, Ryan Sablan was the first Shark to compete as he took on GW’s Justin Pangelinan. With the home crowd behind him, Sablan looked to get things going. However, a very determined Pangelinan needed only one round as he pinned Sablan to capture the 106-pound division title.

One match later, the Sharks turned to Jordan Evangelista in the 113-pound division as he took on JFK’s Aaron Dela Rosa. Evangelista wasted no time taking an early lead on points after a takedown gave him a 2-0 lead. Both wrestlers would end the first round not being able to score any other points. In the second round, it was all Evangelista as the aggressive Shark managed to work his way into pinning Dela Rosa 51 seconds in.

The Simon Sanchez streak continued as Joshua Nauta and Toves added two more gold medals after winning their respective matches. Heading into the third round, Nauta trailed JFK’s Ellie Torres 3-2 and needed to respond with only two minutes in the clock. Nauta managed to pull out a win after putting his opponent’s back on the mat for the pin. Meanwhile, In the 132-pound class Toves needed three rounds after going to battle against a tough Solang of JFK. Takedown and reversal points led to Toves picking up the 9-3 win.

Napu Taiminglo of JFK checks his opponents reaction to time his takedown attacks.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Napu Taiminglo of JFK checks his opponents reaction to time his takedown attacks. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

“Every match is different, so when it comes to the all-island everyone is tough,” said Toves. “Anything can happen so it’s about staying focused and sticking to your own game plan.”

In an exciting 160-pound division match, the Sharks looked to continue their hot-streak. However, before that could happen Mark Tamashiro needed to get past Father Duenas’ Edward Calvo. Calvo immediately took a two-point lead after a successful takedown. Tamashiro trimmed the early deficit in half after being credited with a point for an escape. Both competitors eventually gave the crowd a thrilling show as things stayed right after two rounds.

In the final round Calvo held a 6-5 lead with 25 seconds left, but Tamashiro was able to score the equalizer just as time on the clock expired. With overtime in effect, Calvo shot in a the start and was able to get the two-point clincher that gave him the victory.

Simon Sanchez bounced back quickly garnering first place points as they notched three more victories. Matt Sojo outscored JFK’s Napu Taimanglo for the win via points in the 152-pound class. Teammates Joshua Cantara and Paulo Luna pinned their opponents to capture gold in the 145 and 170-pound division respectively.

OTHER DIVISION RESULTS:

120- FD’s Cyril Maravilla defeated George Washington’s Chandler Aguon via points.

138- Michael Shechan of Guam High School defeated Simon Sanchez’s Peter Benavente via points.

182- FD’s Christian McCreadie defeated GW’s Devin Balabagno via points.

195- Christian Sablan of GW defeated Joejoy Ignacio of Simon Sanchez via points.

220- In an all JFK match, Ryan Babauta took on Joshua Songsong. The duo made for an interesting match not only because they were teammates, but were also cousins. Early on, the match seemed like it was going to be a tight and exciting one. However, midway through an injury to the arm of Songsong would force the match to end and giving the win to Babauta.

285- Southern High’s Michael Diaz couldn’t muster enough points to get by eventual gold medalist Philip Siguenza of GW.

TEAM RESULTS:

Champions – Simon Sanchez Sharks (132 points)
Second – George Washington Geckos (92 points)
Third – Father Duenas Friars (88 points)
Fourth – JFK Islanders (74 points)
Fifth – Southern High Dolphins (42 points)
Sixth – Okkodo Bulldogs (22 points)
Seventh – Guam High Panthers (14 points)
Eighth – Tiyan High Titans (7 points)

PHOTO GALLERY:

Justin Lacaden of JFK reverses and prepares to slam Palmer Blas of FD.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Justin Lacaden of JFK reverses and prepares to slam Palmer Blas of FD. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Matthvan Tomagan of JFK prepares to slam Donovan Fernandez of GW.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Matthvan Tomagan of JFK prepares to slam Donovan Fernandez of GW. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

 

GIRLS RESULTS

97 Results
1st Place – Jormane Mendiola of Tiyan High School
2nd Place – Paradis Fejerang of John F. Kennedy High School
3rd Place – Cecilia Cruz of George Washington High School
4th Place – Cloie Sablan of Okkodo High School
1st Place Match
Jormane Mendiola (Tiyan High School) 2-0, So. over Paradis Fejerang ( John F. Kennedy High School) 11-2, Fr. (Fall 1:29).
2nd Place Match
Paradis Fejerang ( John F. Kennedy High School) 11-2, Fr. over Cecilia Cruz ( George Washington High School) 2-2, So. (Bye).
3rd Place Match
Cecilia Cruz ( George Washington High School) 2-2, So. over Cloie Sablan ( Okkodo High School) 0-2, Sr. (Fall 5:26).

102 Results
1st Place – Yvonne Guevarra of Okkodo High School
2nd Place – Abagail Oyardo of Simon Sanchez High School
3rd Place – Savannah Calanda of Tiyan High School
4th Place – Rosemarie Umagat of John F. Kennedy High School
1st Place Match
Yvonne Guevarra ( Okkodo High School) 2-0, Sr. over Abagail Oyardo (Simon Sanchez High School) 1-1, Jr. (Fall 1:10).
2nd Place Match
Abagail Oyardo (Simon Sanchez High School) 1-1, Jr. over Savannah Calanda (Tiyan High School) 1-2, Sr. (Bye).
3rd Place Match
Savannah Calanda (Tiyan High School) 1-2, Sr. over Rosemarie Umagat ( John F. Kennedy High School) 5-5, Sr. (Fall 0:42).

107 Results
1st Place – Jenifer Blas of Tiyan High School
1st Place Match
Jenifer Blas (Tiyan High School) 0-0, Sr. over () , . (Bye).
2nd Place Match
() , . over () , . (RULE).
3rd Place Match
() , . over () , . (Bye).

112 Results
1st Place – Callia Concepcion of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Adhara Balansay of Simon Sanchez High School
3rd Place – Genesis Gomez of Tiyan High School
4th Place – Jenene Camacho of Okkodo High School
1st Place Match
Callia Concepcion (Simon Sanchez High School) 3-0, Fr. over Adhara Balansay (Simon Sanchez High School) 2-1, So. (Dec 2-0).
3rd Place Match
Genesis Gomez (Tiyan High School) 2-1, Jr. over Jenene Camacho ( Okkodo High School) 1-2, Jr. (Dec 11-9).

117 Results
1st Place – Deinnesa Jade Perez of Tiyan High School
2nd Place – Kaedinn Quitugua of George Washington High School
3rd Place – Breanna Tamashiro of Simon Sanchez High School
4th Place – Kamanin Nelson of Southern High School
1st Place Match
Deinnesa Jade Perez (Tiyan High School) 2-0, Jr. over Kaedinn Quitugua ( George Washington High School) 7-1, Jr. (Fall 0:48).
3rd Place Match
Breanna Tamashiro (Simon Sanchez High School) 2-1, Fr. over Kamanin Nelson (Southern High School) 1-2, So. (Fall 1:10).

122 Results
1st Place – Brenisha Reyes of George Washington High School
2nd Place – Rckaela Aquino of Simon Sanchez High School
3rd Place – Brooklin Fritz of Simon Sanchez High School
4th Place – Azyana Taifingfong of Southern High School
1st Place Match
Brenisha Reyes (George Washington High School) 2-0, Sr. over Rckaela Aquino (Simon Sanchez High School) 1-1, So. (Fall 1:37).
2nd Place Match
Rckaela Aquino (Simon Sanchez High School) 1-1, So. over Brooklin Fritz (Simon Sanchez High School) 1-1, So. (RULE).
3rd Place Match
Brooklin Fritz (Simon Sanchez High School) 1-1, So. over Azyana Taifingfong (Southern High School) 0-2, Fr. (Fall 1:53).

127 Results
1st Place – Mia Aquino of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Jadine Mika Rasario of John F. Kennedy High School
3rd Place – Tammy Torres of Tiyan High School
1st Place Match
Mia Aquino (Simon Sanchez High School) 2-0, Jr. over Jadine Mika Rasario ( John F. Kennedy High School) 10-3, Sr. (Fall 5:03).
2nd Place Match
Jadine Mika Rasario ( John F. Kennedy High School) 10-3, Sr. over Tammy Torres (Tiyan High School) 0-2, So. (Bye).
3rd Place Match
Tammy Torres (Tiyan High School) 0-2, So. over () , . (Bye).

132 Results
1st Place – Norisa Iglesias of Okkodo High School
2nd Place – Jacobi Headlee of Guam High School
3rd Place – Geraldine Gomez of Tiyan High School
1st Place Match
Norisa Iglesias (Okkodo High School) 2-0, So. over Jacobi Headlee (Guam High School) 0-1, Fr. (Fall 0:32).
2nd Place Match
Jacobi Headlee (Guam High School) 0-1, Fr. over Geraldine Gomez (Tiyan High School) 0-2, Sr. (Bye).
3rd Place Match
Geraldine Gomez (Tiyan High School) 0-2, Sr. over () , . (Bye).

138 Results
1st Place – Louisa Wagthuth of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Kourtnery Eber of Southern High School
1st Place Match
Louisa Wagthuth (Simon Sanchez High School) 1-0, So. over Kourtnery Eber (Southern High School) 0-1, Sr. (Fall 2:52).
2nd Place Match
Kourtnery Eber (Southern High School) 0-1, Sr. over () , . (RULE).

145 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Chloe Taitano of John F. Kennedy High School
2nd Place – Sherrilyn Zamora of Tiyan High School
1st Place Match
Chloe Taitano ( John F. Kennedy High School) 8-1, Sr. over Sherrilyn Zamora (Tiyan High School) 0-1, So. (Fall 1:47).
2nd Place Match
Sherrilyn Zamora (Tiyan High School) 0-1, So. over () , . (RULE).

155 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Audreana Pangelinan of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Brittaney Terlaje of Southern High School
1st Place Match
Audreana Pangelinan (Simon Sanchez High School) 1-0, Jr. over Brittaney Terlaje (Southern High School) 0-1, So. (Fall 1:36).
2nd Place Match
Brittaney Terlaje (Southern High School) 0-1, So. over () , . (RULE).

168 Results
1st Place – Jayronne Gandaoli of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Jewelle Rojas of Okkodo High School
3rd Place – Johanna Aquiningoc of Southern High School
4th Place – Zita Gadia of Tiyan High School
1st Place Match
Jayronne Gandaoli (Simon Sanchez High School) 2-0, Sr. over Jewelle Rojas ( Okkodo High School) 1-1, Sr. (Fall 1:55).
2nd Place Match
Jewelle Rojas (Okkodo High School) 1-1, Sr. over Johanna Aquiningoc (Southern High School) 1-1, So. (RULE).
3rd Place Match
Johanna Aquiningoc (Southern High School) 1-1, So. over Zita Gadia (Tiyan High School) 0-2, So. (Fall 1:27).

184 Results
1st Place – Beatrice Mata of John F. Kennedy High School
2nd Place – Rosie Fritz of Simon Sanchez High School
3rd Place – Amanda Cruz of Okkodo High School
4th Place – Shafra San Nicholas of Okkodo High School
1st Place Match
Beatrice Mata ( John F. Kennedy High School) 10-1, Sr. over Rosie Fritz (Simon Sanchez High School) 1-1, Sr. (Fall 0:41).
2nd Place Match
Rosie Fritz (Simon Sanchez High School) 1-1, Sr. over Amanda Cruz (Okkodo High School) 1-1, Sr. (RULE).
3rd Place Match
Amanda Cruz (Okkodo High School) 1-1, Sr. over Shafra San Nicholas (Okkodo High School) 0-2, So. (Fall 3:20).

225 Results
1st Place – Aura Gumba of George Washington High School
2nd Place – Thomia LeonGuerrero of Tiyan High School
3rd Place – Kamea McCormick of Okkodo High School
1st Place Match
Aura Gumba (George Washington High School) 3-1, Jr. over Thomia LeonGuerrero (Tiyan High School) 1-1, Sr. (Fall 4:15).
2nd Place Match
Thomia LeonGuerrero (Tiyan High School) 1-1, Sr. over Kamea McCormick (Okkodo High School) 0-1, So. (RULE).
3rd Place Match
Kamea McCormick (Okkodo High School) 0-1, So. over () , . (Bye).

BOYS RESULTS

106 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Justin Pangelinan of George Washington High School
2nd Place – Ryan Sablan of Simon Sanchez High School
3rd Place – Palmer Blas of Father Duenas Memorial High School
4th Place – Justin Lacaden of John F. Kennedy High School
1st Place Match
Justin Pangelinan ( George Washington High School) 14-1, Jr. over Ryan Sablan (Simon Sanchez High School) 2-1, Sr. (Fall 1:30).
3rd Place Match
Palmer Blas (Father Duenas Memorial High School) 8-1, So. over Justin Lacaden ( John F. Kennedy High School) 6-6, Sr. (Dec 5-4).

113 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Jordon Evangelista of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Aaron Dela Rosa of John F. Kennedy High School
3rd Place – Kristian Cruz of Father Duenas Memorial High School
4th Place – Elijah Reyes of John F. Kennedy High School
1st Place Match
Jordon Evangelista (Simon Sanchez High School) 3-0, Sr. over Aaron Dela Rosa ( John F. Kennedy High School) 14-2, Sr. (Fall 2:51).
3rd Place Match
Kristian Cruz (Father Duenas Memorial High School) 7-2, So. over Elijah Reyes ( John F. Kennedy High School) 1-5, So. (Fall 0:45).

120 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Cyril Maravilla of Father Duenas Memorial High School
2nd Place – Chandler Aguon of George Washington High School
3rd Place – Keith Sablan of Simon Sanchez High School
4th Place – Anthony Castro of Okkodo High School
1st Place Match
Cyril Maravilla (Father Duenas Memorial High School) 13-0, Jr. over Chandler Aguon ( George Washington High School) 13-2, Sr. (Dec 9-3).
3rd Place Match
Keith Sablan (Simon Sanchez High School) 3-1, Fr. over Anthony Castro ( Okkodo High School) 2-2, Jr. (Fall 5:07).

126 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Joshua Nauta of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Ellie Torres of John F. Kennedy High School
3rd Place – Leonard Calvo of Father Duenas Memorial High School
4th Place – Alan Collins of George Washington High School
1st Place Match
Joshua Nauta (Simon Sanchez High School) 3-0, Jr. over Ellie Torres ( John F. Kennedy High School) 9-1, So. (Fall 5:37).
3rd Place Match
Leonard Calvo (Father Duenas Memorial High School) 3-1, So. over Alan Collins ( George Washington High School) 13-4, Sr. (OT 5-3).

132 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Mark-Tyler Toves of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Elijah Solang of John F. Kennedy High School
3rd Place – Kyle Samonte of George Washington High School
4th Place – Dylan Mendiola of Southern High School
1st Place Match
Mark-Tyler Toves (Simon Sanchez High School) 3-0, Sr. over Elijah Solang ( John F. Kennedy High School) 9-1, Sr. (Dec 9-4).
3rd Place Match
Kyle Samonte ( George Washington High School) 16-3, So. over Dylan Mendiola (Southern High School) 3-2, Sr. (Dec 9-7).

138 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Michael Sheehan of Guam High School
2nd Place – Peter Benavente of Simon Sanchez High School
3rd Place – Jaione Villegas of Father Duenas Memorial High School
4th Place – Ronnie Ytelug of George Washington High School
1st Place Match
Michael Sheehan ( Guam High School) 3-0, Sr. over Peter Benavente (Simon Sanchez High School) 2-1, Sr. (Dec 4-2).
3rd Place Match
Jaione Villegas (Father Duenas Memorial High School) 11-3, Jr. over Ronnie Ytelug ( George Washington High School) 11-3, Sr. (Dec 8-6).

145 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Joshua Cantara of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Gheno Rebelkuul of Southern High School
3rd Place – Kai Blas of Father Duenas Memorial High School
4th Place – Zachary Cejoco of Okkodo High School
1st Place Match
Joshua Cantara (Simon Sanchez High School) 3-0, Sr. over Gheno Rebelkuul (Southern High School) 3-1, Sr. (Fall 5:14).
3rd Place Match
Kai Blas (Father Duenas Memorial High School) 11-3, Jr. over Zachary Cejoco ( Okkodo High School) 3-2, Sr. (Fall 0:52).

152 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Matthew Sojo of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Napu Taimanglo of John F. Kennedy High School
3rd Place – J`son Cruz of Tiyan High School
4th Place – Keoni Taimanglo of John F. Kennedy High School
1st Place Match
Matthew Sojo (Simon Sanchez High School) 3-0, Sr. over Napu Taimanglo ( John F. Kennedy High School) 9-4, So. (Dec 8-3).
3rd Place Match
J`son Cruz (Tiyan High School) 3-1, Sr. over Keoni Taimanglo ( John F. Kennedy High School) 4-4, So. (Dec 6-4).

160 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Edward Calvo of Father Duenas Memorial High School
2nd Place – Mark Tamashiro of Simon Sanchez High School
3rd Place – Mandy Andrew of Southern High School
4th Place – Pedro Aquiningoc of John F. Kennedy High School
1st Place Match
Edward Calvo (Father Duenas Memorial High School) 12-1, Sr. over Mark Tamashiro (Simon Sanchez High School) 2-1, Jr. (OT 8-6).
3rd Place Match
Mandy Andrew (Southern High School) 5-1, So. over Pedro Aquiningoc ( John F. Kennedy High School) 8-7, Sr. (Fall 4:32).

170 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Paulo Luna of Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place – Elijah Quichocho of George Washington High School
3rd Place – Christian Lopez of Southern High School
4th Place – Gavin Perez of John F. Kennedy High School
1st Place Match
Paulo Luna (Simon Sanchez High School) 3-0, Sr. over Elijah Quichocho ( George Washington High School) 15-3, Jr. (Fall 1:15).
3rd Place Match
Christian Lopez (Southern High School) 5-1, Sr. over Gavin Perez ( John F. Kennedy High School) 8-9, So. (Fall 3:28).

182 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Christain McCreadie of Father Duenas Memorial High School
2nd Place – Devin Balabagno of George Washington High School
3rd Place – Donovan Fernandez of George Washington High School
4th Place – Matthuan Tomagan of John F. Kennedy High School
1st Place Match
Christain McCreadie (Father Duenas Memorial High School) 13-0, Sr. over Devin Balabagno ( George Washington High School) 12-3, So. (Dec 4-3).
3rd Place Match
Donovan Fernandez ( George Washington High School) 9-3, Sr. over Matthuan Tomagan ( John F. Kennedy High School) 10-3, Jr. (Fall 4:58).

195 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Christian Sablan of George Washington High School
2nd Place – Joejoy Ignacio of Simon Sanchez High School
3rd Place – Darwin Dela Cruz of Okkodo High School
4th Place – Alfred Bordallo of Father Duenas Memorial High School
1st Place Match
Christian Sablan ( George Washington High School) 13-0, Sr. over Joejoy Ignacio (Simon Sanchez High School) 2-1, So. (Dec 11-7).
3rd Place Match
Darwin Dela Cruz ( Okkodo High School) 2-1, Sr. over Alfred Bordallo (Father Duenas Memorial High School) 4-4, So. (Fall 0:45).

220 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Ryan Babauta of John F. Kennedy High School
2nd Place – Joshua Songsong of John F. Kennedy High School
3rd Place – Donel Pascua of Okkodo High School
4th Place – Kyle San Nicolas of George Washington High School
1st Place Match
Ryan Babauta ( John F. Kennedy High School) 14-0, Sr. over Joshua Songsong ( John F. Kennedy High School) 8-2, Sr. (M. For.).
3rd Place Match
Donel Pascua ( Okkodo High School) 3-1, So. over Kyle San Nicolas ( George Washington High School) 10-6, Sr. (Fall 3:13).

285 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Philip Siquenza of George Washington High School
2nd Place – Michael Diaz of Southern High School
3rd Place – Derrick Artero of Father Duenas Memorial High School
4th Place – Curtis Sanchez of John F. Kennedy High School
1st Place Match
Philip Siquenza ( George Washington High School) 14-3, Sr. over Michael Diaz (Southern High School) 2-1, Jr. (Dec 4-2).
3rd Place Match
Derrick Artero (Father Duenas Memorial High School) 10-2, So. over Curtis Sanchez ( John F. Kennedy High School) 6-7, Sr. (Fall 1:25).

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