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DECADE’S MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES: #2 MATT SOJO

The Top 10 multi-sport athletes of the past decade.

By Robert Balajadia

With high school sports officially wrapped up for 2020, we’ve decided to count down the top 10 male and female multi-sport high school athletes of the past decade (2010-2020). This list centers around athletes who were not only dominant in one sport, but were multi-faceted stars every time they took the field/court.

Following the direction of a list created by GSPN’s Patrick Lujan four years ago on the best multi-sport athletes ever on Guam, ‘like sports’ (like cross country and track & field) will be ranked the same.

We continue the countdown with boys #2 Matt Sojo of the 2015 Sanchez Sharks.

Matt Sojo was the type of football player that never left the field. It wasn’t due to a limited roster either, Sojo was just a plug-and-play kind of athlete that made your team better as long as he was on the field. Whether the team needed a half back to hit a hole, or an offensive lineman to make that hole, Sojo was your guy. Sojo played linebacker for the Sharks as well, being in the upper echelon of the league getting selected All-Island twice. Sojo’s versatility played a big part in the team’s back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.

Sojo’s versatility on the football field translated to one of the best in rugby earning Co-MVP on two separate occasions. A sure tackler and a hard to bring down ball carrier made Sojo standout each game. Matt and the Sharks would validate their regular season dominance with a rugby title in 2014.

As if two contact sports weren’t enough, Matt Sojo was also one of the Sharks best wrestlers. In each of their title winning seasons, Sojo was competing for a gold medal. He took silver as a sophomore, but never settled for less than gold as an upperclassman.

To round out the year, Sojo saddled up for the Sharks paddling team that is always in the conversation with the best in the league. The team would take gold in the mixed races while finishing 2nd place as a team.

Sojo’s Accolades

Football – 2x Champion, 2x 1st Team All-Island (offense), 3x 2nd Team All-Island (defense)
Rugby – 1x Champion, 2x Co-MVP, 3x 1st Team All-Island, 1x League leader in points
Wrestling – 3x Champion, 2x Gold Medalist, 1x Silver Medalist
Paddling – 1x Gold Mixed Races, 2x Silver Sotteru

Sojo’s reaction to making the list

“I’m just shocked… I really couldn’t have done this without my teammates.”

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9. Juan King Jr.
10. Nathaniel Kyle Gaitan

Honorable Mention

Dylan Naputi (GW)
Ryan Quitugua (GW)
Devin Maluwelmeng (GW)
Noah Quichocho (GW)
Shelby Meeks (GW)
Damon Hocog (GW)
Bryton Cepeda (FD)
Noah Diaz (FD)
Roy Taimanglo (FD)
Jake Benito (FD)
RJ Rokop (FD)
Jujuan King (Guam High)
Aaron Blaz (Okkodo)
Maks Kepwe (Okkodo)
Dezdin Fikes (Okkodo)
LJ Aguon (Guam High)
Nolan Chamberlain (JFK)
Wayne Blas (JFK)
Jonah Hahn (JFK)
Patrick Cruz  (Sanchez)
Wes Shiroma (Sanchez)
Josh Sablan (Sanchez)
Kobe Sotelo (Harvest)
Sean Evans (Harvest)
Mason Caldwell (Harvest)
Takumi Simon (St. John’s)
Brandon Miranda (St. Paul)

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RIP: Former Guam football player Phil Mendiola, shown here with son Tano, passed away in Las Vegas due to a heart attack. Mendiola played for numerous Guam teams from youth to varsity. He was 39.
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Morgan McKenna (left with black face mask) poses for a photo with Guam Football Association Technical Director Sang Hoon Kim (seated, with blue face mask) and Guam Football Association Assistant Technical Director Ross Awa (standing) after signing his letter of commitment to play intercollegiate men’s soccer for Muskingum University in Ohio. The Fighting Muskies compete in NCAA Division III’s Ohio Athletic Conference.

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