SF State’s wrestling team discovered that for them, positivity and success go hand-in-hand.
After a dismal 2017 season in which no Gator was a national qualifier, 2018 was a bounce-back campaign.
“Our goal this season was to get qualifiers, and we accomplished that,” said head coach Jason Welch,
What a difference a few months can make.
After being unsure of the state of their wrestling team coming into 2018, SF State wrestlers are capitalizing on a revitalized program.
“Starting the season we were all scared, like, ‘Oh, the program might get dropped,’ until now
SF State wrestling head coach Jason Welch is wrapping up the tail end of the season on a strong note.
On Saturday, Jan. 27, SF State's wrestling team placed third overall at the 41st Annual California Collegiate Open, with two of SF State’s wrestlers walking
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In the living room of San Francisco State baseball coach Tony Schifano, something bigger than any game is happening with a group of athletes from Gator athletics.
Each week, these athletes meet as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club, or FCA. Since its founding in 1954,
Senior night at The Swamp was supposed to be a celebratory occasion, but ended in a loss to Menlo College Oaks 19-20.
Thursday night the wrestling team was missing senior Tyson Kuahine, who was suffering from the flu virus, wrestling head coach Lars Jensen said.
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SF State men’s wrestling coach Lars Jensen and assistant coach Isaiah Jimenez donned fresh Hawaiian leis around their necks as they cheered and yelled directions to their wrestlers during the team’s home opener of 2017, on Friday afternoon at SF State.
In a back-to-back match up,
The sound of wrestlers being thrown to the mat and the rabid crowd bounced off the pale green trees during SF State’s outdoor wrestling meet against Division I California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Nov. 7. Mixed with the cries of the spectators were shouts
During SF State’s inaugural winter media day, 174-pound wrestler Johnny Costa was offered a slice of delicious-smelling pizza. Costa politely declined.
“Maybe next time I can have a slice, but I’m watching my weight right now,” Costa said.
Costa and fellow members of the Gators wrestling team
SF State's wrestling team held down the Swamp today at the SF State JC Open, winning one weight class and placing in two others.
Redshirt Junior and Sacramento City College transfer Tyson Kuahine twisted up and out of the bottom position to gain control of his
Four teams in SF State history hold the honor of being the University's most successful squads ever assembled. While each group had a unique approach to collecting championships, the teams share certain traits that contributed to their accomplishments. Based off data compiled from the SF State
A Gator wrestling trio said goodbye to the 2014-2015 season after placing 39th overall among the 48 teams competing in day one of the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships March 13 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mats covered the wooden floors of the Chaiftez Arena, as the Gator
In his purple SF State wrestling singlet, Johnny Costa knelt to the mat on one knee to attach his ankle band, but inside he was praying in anticipation of his first match at Massari Arena at Colorado State Pueblo University on Feb. 27. It was a tradition
The purple mats that spread across the floor of SF State’s wrestling room and typically teem with energetic athletes will feel unsettlingly barren in the weeks leading up to the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships on Mar. 13 and 14.
Only three of the team's
The SF State wrestling team has endured an up-and-down battle this season with tough losses to ranked teams in the nation. As the team heads to the 2014-2015 NCAA Division II West Super Regionals hosted at Colorado State University-Pueblo this weekend, their minds are set
The Gators wrestling squad capped an emotionally charged senior night by beating rival Menlo College in spectacular fashion on Thursday, pulling out a 22-16 victory decided by the final match of the night.
Sophomore Calvin Nichols carried the mental burden of a 16-16 team score into
Growing up in a household where his older brothers wrestled and his father ran a children's wrestling program, sophomore wrestler Jordan Gurrola considers the wrestling mat his natural habitat.
“I started when I was about four,” Gurrola said. "It's always just been the family thing to
The SF State wrestling team has had its highs and lows throughout the season, but remain with high momentum as Regionals and Nationals approach.
The team started off their season with two wins against Division I opponent Cal Poly and Simpson University. From those two match
SF State’s wrestling team started off their tournament-packed weekend with a pair of matches hosting Cal Baptist University Lancers, Simon Fraser University Clans and Minnesota State Moorhead Friday afternoon at The Swamp. The Gators fell short to Cal Baptist 25-12 but ended the day with
After a week off and a strong showing at the Nor Cal Open last month, the SF State wrestling team (1-0) will head to Las Vegas for the 33rd annual Cliff Keen Invitational Dec. 6 and 7.
The invitational will include 40 schools from colleges throughout the
After an impressive win over the Division-I Cal Ploy Mustangs, the SF State wrestling team traveled to Fresno, Calif. to compete in the Roadrunner open and build off of their momentum.
The Gators were one of a few Division-II teams to compete at the open alongside nine Division-I
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="600"] SF State's wrestles Oregon State's Nate Keeve at the California Collegiate Open, which was held in SF State's Main Gymnasium, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Reggi won the match 8-3 but wouldn't advance any further due to an injury. Gavin McIntyre/Xpress.[/caption]
Isolated, SF State
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="708"] Redshirt seniors Andrew Reggi and Vicente Aboytes in the SF State wrestling room, where they train and practice, Friday, Oct. 26, 2014. Both said they were looking forward to what is to come this season as they enter their fifth year
Like all brothers, Zach and Isaiah Jimenez fight from time to time. But unlike most, they battle it out on a wrestling mat.
Zach, a senior at SF State, has wrestled alongside his brother his entire career. But this year has been different. Isaiah didn’t wrestle
After three team members placed in the top of their brackets at Regionals, the SF State wrestling team proved that they had what it takes to compete at the national level. Andrew Reggi, Zach Jimenez, Isaiah Hurtado, and head coach Lars Jensen headed to Cleveland,
Head coach Lars Jensen tells his SF State wrestlers one thing before every match: “Walk in there like you own the place.”
Three gator wrestlers did exactly that in the NCAA Division II Super West Region/RMAC Championships in Grand Junction, Colo. March 1 and 2.
With the disappointment of both Dylan Phillipy and Isaiah Hurtado missing the national championships last year, the Gators wrestling team approaches the NCAA Division II Super Region Championships this year with a renewed focus on nationals.
After missing most of last season, including the regional meet,
SF State's Andrew Reggi wrestles Oregon State's Nate Keeve at the California Collegiate Open, which was held in SF State's Main Gymnasium, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Reggi won the match 8-3 but wouldn't advance any further due to an injury. Photo by Gavin McIntyre
The nationally 16th-ranked SF State Gators finished strong in their final two home duals of the 2013-2014 season.
The first dual against NCAA Division I Cal State Bakersfield finished with a 24-12 loss, but the Gators were not discouraged.
“Division I Bakersfield is tough and we got
The Gators were unable to ride the momentum of being nationally ranked for the first time all year into a victory over the visiting Stanford Cardinal.
SF State fell to Stanford 33-8 in their dual meet at The Swamp Saturday afternoon Jan. 25; the Cardinal came
The Gators will start the 2013 season from a tenth place finish in the NCAA Division II National Championship last year. Three returning wrestlers are expected to lead the team back to success, but head coach Lars Jensen says the key to propelling the team
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Samantha Battles, a photojournalism major, will be moving to Fresno after graduating this Saturday to coach volleyball at the high school she once attended, Buchanan High. Battles has played volleyball since third grade and coached since high school. Photo by Dariel
In double overtime with just 30 seconds to go and a national championship title on the line, SF State senior Naveed Bagheri only had to watch the clock run down and wait for the last match of his college career to come to an end.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024" caption="Isaiah Jimenez (top) wrestles with Zach Jimenez during practice in SF State's gym on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a recent decision to remove wrestling from the Olympics due to monetary reasons. Photo by Andy Sweet
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Optimism paid off for the SF State wrestling team as they grappled toward victory.
Three Gators placed in their respective weight classes, totaling out the day with six wins by fall in the 37th Annual California Collegiate Open at SF State, Feb. 2.
SF State's wrestling team lost a close match against the California Baptist University Lancers today at the Swamp. The loss puts SF State's season at 7-7 in dual meets.
Despite the loss, numerous Gator wrestlers racked up solid wins. Seniors Isaiah Jimenez, 165 lbs, won by