Midlands, Day 2

If we’ve learned anything from Las Lomas wrestler Jason Welch, it’s to expect greatness and Welch is proving that once again today at the Midlands Tournament at Northwestern University. He won his first match today with a 10-4 decision over Missouri’s Andrew Sherry, then followed it up with a 5-3 win over Central Michigan’s Tyler Grayson in overtime. Welch wasn’t done, scoring a 12-6 decision over Great Falls’ Wayne French. He ran into trouble in his next match though, losing 6-3 to Brian Cobb of the Ragin Raisins Wrestling Club. So, that leaves Welch with one final match tonight for fifth place against Iowa’s Ryan Morningstar. Morningstar is the No. 5 seed in the tournament and is ranked No. 19 in the country by amateurwrestlingnews.com. Morningstar will be the second ranked wrestler Welch faces at the tournament.

For those interested, flocasts.com has a few of Welch’s earlier matches from Midlands up online. Also, those with the Big Ten Network can watch the final round of the tournament starting at 5 p.m. PST.


More Midlands

Well, Las Lomas wrestler Jason Welch is through to the second day of the Midlands Tournament at Northwestern. He won his two outbracket matches and will wrestle tomorrow morning. I’ll try to get some updates tomorrow and post them here.

Also in the world of wrestling, Alhambra’s Aaron Westphal took second at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno. That’s normally a very good tournament. And, if any College Park parents want to update how the Falcons did at the Lemoore Bash, I would not be opposed to finding out what happened.

And, I just got an email from the Lady Lancer girls tournament in Manteca and I’d like to throw the Pittsburg girls team a little love as the Pirates won the team title today. Janelle Vision and Frankie Silva won Pool A titles, Sonia Smith and Dhaynae Capurro won Pool B titles and Jessica Sullivan and Simone Escajada won Pool C titles. I know I don’t write about the ladies that much when it comes to wrestling but come on, winning a tourney is winning a tourney!


Midlands Tournament Update

In the world of prep wrestling, it doesn’t get much bigger than a high schooler bumping up to face college wrestlers and that’s exactly what Las Lomas’ Jason Welch is doing today at the Midlands Tournament at Northwestern University in Chicago. Welch pinned his first opponent in the 157-pound division, Southern Illinois’ Blake Reed, in just 1 minute, 36 seconds. He followed that up with a 11-1 decision over Iowa’s Brooks Kopsar.

In the third round, Welch faced the No. 1 wrestler in the country according to pretty much every set of rankings you’re going to find, Illinois’ Mike Poeta. According to reports on the internet, Poeta was just on another level (which you’d kind of expect from the top wrestler in the nation) and beat Welch 21-7. Welch is the fifth high schooler to ever compete at Midlands and his success has to be making the Northwestern coaches proud since they’ve already inked him for next season.


What ever happend too?????

Just sitting here wondering about some former players in the Bay Area and where they’re at, or what they’re doing?

 Let me start ….. Last I heard former Newark Memorial (George Washington/San Jose State) men’s basketball player Marquin Chandler is playing pro overseas?

Got me thinking about that 2000-01 team that made that run to State. Nick Lash, Vernon Hunter, Matt Rasmussen.

other names:  Jason Steverson, I’lario Vital, Jeff Revay (Washington High), Anthony Oliver (Washington High boys hoops), Jimmy Olson (Encinal High, catcher on the baseball team to Dontelle Willis).

Anyway, you folks get the hint. Let’s some see what you guys can come up with. Anyone with updates, feel free to respond.


Reno TOC: Welch wins

Well, Las Lomas wrestler Jason Welch weathered an early takedown by No. 2 seed Cody Yohn of Alamosa, CO and went on to a 9-5 win to win the 160-pound title in Reno. Just got off the phone with Jason’s dad, John, and he described Yohn as wrestler that is pretty tough to score on. The win take Welch to 2-for-2 in early tournaments this year after he won the Lou Bronzan Invitational last weekend.

Speaking of Liberty, David Klingsheim dropped a 9-8 heartbreaker to Thomas Williams in the semis but came back to win in the third-place match. That 9-8 score will only serve to build up more anticipation for the state tournament as the two could meet again in Bakersfield. Klingsheim’s teammate David Rios placed fifth at 145 pounds.


Reno TOC: Heading for the finals

Well, the Liberty boys are headed for outbracket action after losses in the semis knocked both out of championship contention. David Klingsheim lost a 9-8 decision to Thomas Williams and David Rios got pinned by RJ Pena. Las Lomas’ Jason Welch cruised into the 160-pound final with a majority decision in his match. Cody Yohn of Alamosa, CO will be waiting for him. Finals were scheduled to start at 5 p.m. so we should have results in a little while.


Reno TOC: Semifinal updates

The locals keep on rolling in Reno. Liberty’s David Klingsheim advanced to the 119-pound semifinals with a 10-3 win over Luke Goetl of Mingus High School. He’ll face Thomas Williams in the next round in what will probably be a very entertaining match.

Klingsheim’s teammate, David Rios, advanced to the 145-pound semis with a 12-5 decision over Selma’s Justin Lozano. Next up for Rios is No. 1 seed RJ Pena of Sprague HS.

 And in the 160-pound bracket, there was no quarterfinal surprise for Las Lomas’ Jason Welch as he took down Nolan McBryde 21-9. Welch will face No. 4 seed Ethan Smith of Wasatch-Utah in the semifinals.

Check back later for more updates.


Reno Tournament of Champions

For those interested in a little early-season wrestling action, the Reno Tournament of Champions concludes today and a few local kids are making some noise.

As expected, Las Lomas’ Jason Welch is the No. 1 seed at 160 pounds. He probably won’t be challenged until the final where he could meet Cody Yohn of Alamosa, CO. That would be a re-match of last year’s title bout.

Liberty is leaving its mark on the proceedings as two Lions, David Klingsheim and David Rios, have reached the quarterfinals. Klingsheim is wrestling at 119 pounds and Rios is at 145 pounds. Klingsheim’s road to the title match is an interesting one since he was unseeded to begin the tournament. That means if he wins his quarterfinal match he could be faced with a semifinal showdown against the No. 1 seed, South Hills-West Covina’s Thomas Williams. Williams won a state title last year at 112 pounds.

For those interested in the rest of the Bay Area’s wrestlers, Gilroy’s two standouts – Hunter Collins and Jesse Delgado – are still in it. Both are seeded No. 1 with Delgado wrestling at 112 pounds and Collins at 189. The championship round is scheduled for 5 p.m. today, so I’ll have more updates later in the day.


Winter Soccer Classic update, day 2

The Gold Division of the Winter Soccer Classic is beginning to take shape, and it’s looking like we could wind up with a fun matchup in the championship on Friday. Amador Valley is in control in Group A. The only way the Dons won’t make it to the title game is if they slip up and lose on Wednesday against Berkeley, which has lost to Newark Memorial and California and has not scored a goal in its first two games. Richmond can secure a spot opposite Amador Valley in the championship if it takes care of business against James Logan on Wednesday. That’s no gimme, though. Logan just tied San Ramon Valley 0-0 tonight.

Richmond-AV would be a fantastic title game. But should Richmond fall to Logan, it would open the door for, well, Logan — or for SRV. The Wolves have a tough game themselves, though, as they take on a Deer Valley that impressed the heck out of me in an easy 4-2 win over Foothill tonight. The Wolverines looked very good, especially forward Chris Martinez, who scored three times in 22 minutes in the first half. I’m pegging SRV-DV as the game of the day for Wednesday, even though it might have no bearing on who plays in the championship.

It’s all DFAL all the time in the Silver Division, where the title game berths are anything but decided — in Group A, at least. Group B is Northgate’s to lose after the Broncos pulled out a 1-0 win over Piedmont. Acalanes is only two points behind Northgate, but Wednesday’s matchups don’t bode well for the Dons. Northgate faces Berean Christian, which has been outscored 13-0 in its first two games. Acalanes faces Piedmont, which proved to Northgate just how tough it can be. Campolindo has an outside shot, but like Acalanes, it would need Northgate to lose to Berean Christian. I just don’t see that happening. The Broncos are off to a great start this season.

Group A is wide open, with Las Lomas leading College Park by one point. The Knights face Liberty and College Park faces De Anza on Wednesday. Something tells me this will come down to a tiebreaker, and if it does, the edge for the moment would go to Las Lomas. This will all change based on Wednesday’s results, though. Concord is a distant third in Group A. And if you’re counting, that means there are DFAL teams in the top three spots of both groups in the Silver Division. There will be an all-DFAL title game and likely an all-DFAL consolation championship, which likely nobody is looking forward to except the fans. It should be fun to watch, even if it is a waste of a contact for the teams involved.

For complete results and schedules from the tournament, click here.

— James Leonard


NCS Boys Basketball – Division I prediction

Some leagues around the East Bay have already begun and others are getting set to begin this week. A couple of leagues won’t start until after the new year. But here I am ready to give you the NCS Division I bracket three months in advance! OK, well not the actual bracket. But my predictions, anyway. Join in and create your own in the comment section.

This is a prediction of what I think the brackets will look like by the end of the season. Not a prediction of what I think the bracket would be if the season ended today!

 NCS Division I bracket


No. 8 Granada vs. No. 9 San Ramon Valley

No. 5 Monte Vista vs. No. 12 James Logan

No. 7 Amador Valley vs. No. 10 California

No. 6 Berkeley vs. No. 11 Antioch


No. 1 De La Salle vs. No. 8 Granada

No. 4 Castro Valley vs. No. 5 Monte Vista

No. 2 Newark Memorial vs. No. 10 California

No. 3 San Leandro vs. No. 6 Berkeley


No. 1 De La Salle vs. No. 5 Monte Vista

No. 2 Newark Memorial vs. No. 3 San Leandro


No. 1 De La Salle vs. No. 2 Newark Memorial


De La Salle