December 7, 2010 > Iron Man Duals recap
Iron Man Duals recap
By Sida Lu
Photo by Mike Heightchew
Newark Memorial High School held their 22nd Annual Iron Man Duals for prep boys wrestling on Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. Twelve schools took part in the annual event, splitting the field into two, six-team divisions, blue and gold. Each division had five preliminary duals, with the sixth being an intra-division match based on division rankings.
Of the Tri-City teams, none fared so well in Friday's portion of the tournament, where Cupertino defeated Ukiah, 44-24, Newark defeated Amador Valley, 64-13, Ponderosa defeated Mission San Jose, 64-9, and Fremont-Sunnyvale defeated Marin Catholic, 46-26, in round one. In round two of day one, Amador inched by Los Gatos, 29-27, Newark Memorial defeated Cupertino, 43-25, Ponderosa shutout Fremont-Sunnyvale, 76-0, and St. Francis pushed past Marin Catholic, 62-8.
Round three, the final of the first day, featured a pair of very close and entertaining match-ups in Newark Memorial defeating Los Gatos in a hard-fought bout, 37-32, and Amador Valley getting past Ukiah, 41-40, as well as a shut out and a convincing victory respectively in Ponderosa annihilating Marin Catholic, 82-0, and St. Francis defeating Mission San Jose, 51-19.
Saturday's continuation of the tournament featured rested wrestlers ready to take the mat early in the morning. Although there was no awards ceremony or announced rankings, Ponderosa and St. Francis were the most dominant and had the best overall records for the day. Ponderosa defeated St. Francis earlier in the day, 38-25, but left before wrestling the final match-up, resulting in a forfeit and giving first overall to St. Francis.
Newark Memorial went 3-1 on day two of the event, falling to Firebaugh, 51-24, to start the day, before reeling off three consecutive wins - 44-36 over Ukiah, 69-4 over Fremont-Sunnyvale and 40-33 over Mission San Jose - to take fifth overall in the tournament. Mission also went 3-1 on the day, beating Marin Catholic, 70-33, Fremont-Sunnyvale, 47-30, and Amador Valley, 38-24, before falling to Newark to take sixth overall.
The bright spots from Tri City wrestlers were Will Booth from Mission San Jose, Tung Le of Newark Memorial and Victor Pereira of Newark Memorial. All three went undefeated, anchoring their teams.