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December 16, 2009 > Logan varsity and JV wrestlers win events

Logan varsity and JV wrestlers win events

By Gary van den Heuvel

James Logan High School had a triumphant weekend on the wrestling mat, with their varsity boys winning the team competition at the Bay Area Invitational at Castro Valley High School, and their junior varsity team taking top honors at the Cougar JV Duals, held at Newark Memorial High School. (Both events took place on Saturday, Dec. 12.)

The victory at the Invitational over 23 other schools was truly a team accomplishment, as the Colts had only one individual champion: Artemio Flores. Flores won the 103-pound division with an 8-6 overtime win over Mission San Jose High School's Corbin Lee. Lee has started the season off on a roll - the week prior, Lee won his weight division at the Newark Rotary Ironman tournament.

Logan, who finished with 180.50 total points, had three second-place finishers: Danny Mai in the 140-pound division, Nolen Kajiwara (145 pounds) and Alan Chan (171 pounds). Matt Haney (189 pounds) placed third, and fellow Colts Cavan McCafery (112 pounds) and Diego Facundo (119) each finished fifth.

Mission San Jose performed admirably at the Invitational, finishing in fourth place with 145.50 points. Mission's top grappler, besides Lee, was 125-pounder Wei Kuo, another individual champion at the Newark Ironman. Kuo was a runner-up this time, on the short end of a 14-8 defeat to Dublin High School's Tyree Owens.

Warriors David Kim (215 pounds) and David Wilson (145 pounds) each finished third in their respective weight classes, and Nathan Ellebracht (140) had a fourth-place finish. Their teammates Michael Lee (152) and Elliot Espinoza (189) each finished fifth.

Tracy West High School and Castro Valley finished second and third, respectively.

Logan's JV team won the Cougar JV Duals, defeating Palo Alto in the championship match. Host Newark Memorial finished in fifth place.

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