The regular season concluded with the Freshman Team going 6-0 and winning a 4th consecutive WCAL Championship, while Varsity and Junior Varsity each finished in 2nd Place with 5-1 and 4-2 records, respectively.
The WCAL Championship is a postseason tournament where the top four individual placers in each of the 14 weight classes at the Varsity Level qualify for the Central Coast Championship. The WCAL awards Team and Individual Championships at all three levels; however, the postseason for the Freshman and Junior Varsity levels conclude at the WCAL Championships.
From an historic perspective, the 2017-2018 season is the 40th year of the Riordan Wrestling Program. The first four years of the program (78-79 through 81-82) the program operated as an independent program with no league affiliation. The next 4 years (82-83 through 85-86) Riordan Wrestling was a part of the North Peninsula League after which they joined the WCAL for the 1986-1987 season. To this point, Riordan had never claimed a League Title and had never won the WCAL Varsity Tournament, placing 2nd 5 times, including the last two years.
The Riordan Wrestling Program came into the WCAL Championships with high expectations across all three levels, in particular at the Freshman level – where they were adamant on winning the outright championship and defending their undefeated dual meet record – and at the Varsity Level where an opportunity to make history awaited.
The Wrestling Program did not disappoint.
The Freshman and Varsity teams were crowned WCAL Tournament Champions while the Junior Varsity Team placed 4th. While the Varsity team lead the team standings for most of the day, the outcome was not decided until the Finals as Riordan advanced five individuals into the championship and Bellarmine advanced six. Both teams came away with three individual WCAL Champions and Riordan was able to clinch the team victory with 211.5 points to Bellarmine’s 199. Junipera Serra was 3rd with 177 points.
Riordan qualified 12 wrestlers to the Central Coast Championship that will be held at Independence High School on February 23rd and 24th. Riordan is currently ranked 8th in the Central Coast Section and will be looking to improve on that ranking and qualify individual for the State Tournament on March 2nd and 3rd.
108: Aidan Allwood, 4th Place
122: Donny Gruday, 4th Place
128: Michael Conefrey, 2nd Place
134: Ian DeVaynes, 2nd Place
140: Luke Tassio, 2nd Place
154: Ernesto Rojas-Martinez, 2nd Place
162: Alex Hsing, 3rd Place
172: Matthew Candler, League Champion
184: Felix Alfaro, League Champion
222: Isaiah Clark, League Champion
122: Erik Dashevsky: 2nd Place
128: Jason Tang, 5th Place
134: Israel Valle-Ortiz, 2nd Place
140: James Shannon, 3rd Place
147: Hunter Davis, 3rd Place
154: Sebastian Black, 2nd Place
222: Daniel Gerard, League Champion
108: Michael Bigler (10), League Champion
115: Alejandro Fillon (9), 6th Place
122: Michael Gray (10), 4th Place
128: Armando Munoz (11), 4th Place
134: Antonio Nathan-Miranda (9), 2nd Place
140: Randolph Aberouette (10), League Champion
147: Jules Mulwa (10), 3rd Place
154: Gene Aberouette (12), League Champion
162: Jake Angelo (12), 3rd Place
172: Jonathan Battad (11), 5th Place
184: Isaac Rogan (12), 2nd Place
197: Ray Russel (10), 3rd Place
222: Kabir Samra (12), 4th Place
287: Dontrell Harden (12), 4th Place