Not only is the Mission San Jose Invitational a great East Bay wrestling tournament, it proved to be a great tournament for competitors in the Times’ region.
There was at least one wrestler from the region in 13 of the 14 championship matches. Of those 13, eight were champions.
Foothill’s Kellen Aura (103 pounds) and Tommy Wipfli (130), Granada’s Sean Jackson (125) and Daryl Pasut (189), Las Lomas’ Jason Welch (160) and Jason Swisher (215), Alhambra’s Jordan Abed (152) and Campolindo’s Nikko Triggas (112) emerged as champs.
Abed and Pasut’s championships were the least likely considering they were not seeded in the top two in their respective brackets. However, championships are nothing new for Abed. He recently won titles in the Lawrence Miller Memorial and Ygnacio Valley Pride Tournament. That’s three championships in three weeks.
Thursday’s Diablo Foothill Athletic League double duals at Alhambra and Campolindo should feature some great wrestling as well. Team-wise, the dual between College Park and Mt. Diablo at Alhambra is the most highly-anticipated of the season. They finished second and third in the team scores, respectively, in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty in December and have been considered the favorites this season in the DFAL. The Falcons and Red Devils enter the week as the lone undefeated teams in the DFAL. They are both 7-0. The event starts at 4 p.m.