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December 30, 2009 > Newark wrestlers impress at Brentwood Tournament

Newark wrestlers impress at Brentwood Tournament

By Gary van den Heuvel

The Newark Memorial High School wrestling team sent both its boys and girls team to compete at the 26th Lou Bronzan Tournament at Liberty High School in Brentwood on December 22 and 23. The boys team finished ninth out of 55 schools, while the girls team finished in first place. This year was the first in which a girls competition was included.

The winning boys team was the tournament host, Liberty High School, who were thought to be in rebuilding mode this year after the graduations of eight starters, including one state champion and four who placed at the North Coast Section (NCS) Championships.

Newark was represented by four individual champions. Sophomore Victor Pereira, coming off a season-opening win early in the month at the Newark Rotary Ironman Tournament, won the 145-pound weight class. Pereira was 4-0 with three pins, his last pin coming in the final against Jesse Baldazo of Liberty.

Alyssa Hess stayed on a roll. Four days after her tournament win at the Castro Valley Girls Classic, Hess won the 154-pound division. Hess was joined in the winners' circle by her teammates Paige Natividad (98 pounds) and Lisa Tran (103 pounds), who won their respective tournaments. Mika Anderson, Laura Choate and Lizzy Clements each had second-place finishes for Newark.

Other notable showings by Newark came from Mick McElvogue (189 pounds), who went 6-2 with five pins on the way to a fourth-place finish; Tung Le (103 pounds), who finished fifth with a 3-2 record; Trevor Hubby (125 pounds, 3-2 record, 7th place); and Jacob Pratt (130 pounds, 3-3, 8th place).

American High School's Thien Pham took fifth place in the 112-pound division with a 12-10 win over Liberty's Jacob Thompson in the fifth-place match. Pham's teammate Daniel Luty finished fourth in the 160-pound class.

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