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January 13, 2010 > Mission takes third at Mat Classic

Mission takes third at Mat Classic

By Gary van den Heuvel

Led by two individual champions, the Mission San Jose High School wrestling team finished in third place at the 2010 Mat Classic wrestling tournament, held at Granada High School in Livermore on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Leo Yang won the 135-pound weight division, and Corbin Lee was the champion of the 103-pound weight class for Mission, who scored 171.50 total points. The overall team champion was the host Granada High School, with 261.50 points.

Sophomore Lee is a new member of the varsity squad, and he's earned his spot; this win is his third tournament title of the young season, and he's won 19 of 20 matches this year. Yang, a junior, won his first tournament title of the season and is 16-4 overall this year.

Mission's performance was "a great way to begin our push into the MVAL dual season and the second half of the season," said Warriors assistant coach Andrew Do.

Mission was also bolstered by the third-place finishes of David Wilson (145 pounds), Wei Kuo (125 pounds), David Kim (189 pounds), Michael Lee (a third-place tie in the 152-pound division), Elliot Espinoza (who tied for third place in the 215-pound class) and Zannain Shafi (tied for seventh at 130 pounds).

Among other local competitors, American High School's Manzoor Ezat won the 140-pound division; his teammate Thien Pham finished third in the 112-pound class. Irvington High School's Kevin Mangat finished fifth in the 215-pound level. James Logan High School's Cavan McCaffery tied for fifth place at the 112-pound level. And seventh place finishes were recorded by Mark Francis (103 pounds, Logan), Diego Facundo (119 pounds, Logan), Niko Suminguit (Irvington) and David Munoz (Logan), who tied for seventh at the 140-pound level, and Stephen Kay (171 pounds, American).

At the Big Valley Invitational in Stockton, Newark Memorial High School placed 27th out of 69 schools. Victor Pereira won the 147-pound division, going 5-0 with three pins, and Jon Pratt placed seventh with a 6-2 record in the 154-pound division.

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