Connect with us

GSPN

FRIARS BEGIN TITLE DEFENSE WITH 2-0 START

The 2018 IIAAG Wrestling League held its first meet of the season on Saturday at the Guam High Gym featuring the Okkodo Bulldogs, Southern Dolphins, FD Friars and host Guam High Panthers.

By Jay Leon Guerrero

The 2018 IIAAG Wrestling League held its first meet of the season on Saturday at the Guam High Gym featuring the Okkodo Bulldogs, Southern Dolphins, FD Friars and host Guam High Panthers.

Okkodo, Academy/FD start season 2-0

The Okkodo Bulldogs are off to a good start in the girl’s league, winning their dual meet against the Southern Dolphins and Guam High Panthers. Alexandria Cruz (155 lbs) and Christine San Nicolas (184 lbs) both recorded victories via pinfall to help the Bulldogs off to a good start for the season.

The Academy Friars also started off their season with a 2-0 start; defeating Guam High Panthers 42-18 and the Southern Dolphins 42-0. Returning all-island gold medalist Lauren Lujan started her season with a pair of victories, one via pin and the other via forfeit.

“We lost a couple of seniors from last season but I have a lot of faith in the team that we will do well this season,” said Lujan. “I definately got all the jitters out in the first match and my confidence level will be higher for the rest of the matches .”

In the boy’s division, the Southern Dolphins defeated the Okkodo Bulldogs 34-28 in the closest match of the meet. Okkodo’s Samuel Ghose (145 lbs) recorded a victory by points (8-5) and Peter Olandez got a first round victory via pinfall to give Okkodo an early lead.

Brock Bonnette (160 lbs) and Gavin Terlaje (195lbs) secured the win with victories via points and pin, respectively. Okkodo’s heavyweights Bartolome Jose Abuan (220lbs) and Jared Suelo (285 lbs) both recorded wins via pinfall but the deficit was too large to overcome.

Southern ended the day with a 1-1 record, falling to FD 48-30. FD’s Matias Calvo (195 lbs) and Kaleb Gamboa (120 lbs) both recorded victories via pinfall for the Friars. The Friars, the defending champions, will get a bit stronger in the next few meets with some football players joining the team.

Calvo was an all-island champion last season (182 lbs) and moved up a weight class (195 lbs) for the new season.

“Getting back on the mat can be a bit nerve-racking; I was a bit anxious but I also wanted to see what the competition looks like. For our first meet, we wanted to establish a good team culture. We had seniors last year guiding us so this season we wanted to get some underclassmen on the mat to get some experience,” said Calvo.

“The confidence in the team stays the same but the culture did change a bit. We lost some good senior leaders and now that they are gone, a lot has changed,” said Gambala.

“Today the team recognized what they needed to do (on the mat) and they did it and some saw what they needed to work on and I’m pretty sure they will come back and improve,” said Gambala.

Scores:
Girls division –
Okkodo 30, Southern 6
Okkodo 30, Guam High 18
FD/Academy 42, Guam High 18
FD/Academy 42, Southern 0

Boys division –
Southern 34, Okkodo 28
Okkodo 36, Guam High 15
FD 51, Guam High 0
FD 48, Southern 30

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

Ad

Athletes Birthdays by W5

GPS Sports Calendar

June

July 2021

August
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
Events for July

1st

Events for July

2nd

Events for July

3rd

4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Events for July

4th

Events for July

5th

No Events
Events for July

6th

Events for July

7th

No Events
Events for July

8th

Events for July

9th

Events for July

10th

No Events
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
Events for July

11th

Events for July

12th

No Events
Events for July

13th

Events for July

14th

No Events
Events for July

15th

Events for July

16th

Events for July

17th

No Events
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Events for July

18th

Events for July

19th

No Events
Events for July

20th

Events for July

21st

Events for July

22nd

Events for July

23rd

Events for July

24th

25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Events for July

25th

Events for July

26th

No Events
Events for July

27th

Events for July

28th

No Events
Events for July

29th

Events for July

30th

Events for July

31st

No Events
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Foody’s Fun Facts

Favorites From Year 2

Polls

Which omitted high school sport did you miss the most?

View Results

COMING SOON …

2020 Tokyo Olympics

 

UFC Fight

Aug 1: Trevin Jones vs. Tony Kelley

 

 

QUICK HITS

Nicole Cruz had a chance to take a photo with USA gymnast and GOAT Simone Biles on her way to the Tokyo Olympics. How cool!

 

————————————–

Guam’s Joey Miranda met up with Chamorrita Softball Star Bubba Nickles and Olympic Teammates Dejah Mulipola and Aubree Munro out in Tokyo!

Photo credit: GNOC

 

 

 

 

More in GSPN