wrestling

Started from the mat, now we’re here

February 21, 2018 Sports

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 — we’re 25th in the nation,” said redshirt senior ...

Former wrestling coach alleges discrimination

November 13, 2017 News

SF State’s former men’s wrestling coach, hall-of-famer Lars Jensen, has filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging age discrimination. Former SF State Athletic Director, Charles Guthrie, has since resigned from his position and has since been removed from the SF State athletic website. But, he was under fire this ...

New Gator wrestling coach takes a chomp at legacy

October 30, 2017 Sports

Being the new kid at school is never comfortable, but for the new men’s wrestling head coach, replacing a legend of over 30 years is a challenge he has accepted and has been waiting for his whole life. Jason Welch, the new coach, said he is up to the task after being hired to lead ...

Gators’ battle for All-American status comes up short

March 15, 2016 Sports

The wrestling program ended its season Friday with two national qualifiers competing in the Division II National Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Junior Sam Alnassiri went 1-2, grabbing the 12th spot in his weight class, while Fern Giron lost both of his matches. Neither wrestler won enough matches to become an All-American, which was ...

Wrestlers continue streak of nationals qualifiers

March 8, 2016 Sports

For the 53rd year in a row, the SF State wrestling program is sending a wrestler to nationals. Junior Sam Alnassiri and true freshman Fern Giron will be representing SF State at the NCAA Division ll National Championship in Sioux Falls, South Dakota March 11-12. For head wrestling coach Lars Jensen this is nothing new; ...

Wrestlers ready to throw down at major tournament

February 9, 2016 Sports

With a 52-year tradition on the line, the SF State wrestling team is looking to send a wrestler to nationals for a 53rd straight year. The NCAA Division II Super Region IV Championships start Feb. 26 and will be held in Gunnison, Colorado. Only the top four wrestlers from each of the 10 weight classes who place in ...

Gators seniors honored before dual meet clash

February 7, 2016 Sports

The Gators won one of their two meets during their last home matches of the season. SF State defeated Simon Fraser University, 33-14 and lost to Colorado Mesa University, 23-14. Before the first match of the day against SFU, three Gator seniors were honored on senior day. Calvin Nicholls, Travis Ino and Gabe Fuentes were all ...

Gators wrestling keeps chance at Nationals alive

February 3, 2015 Sports

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 wins, the Gators would follow with two losses against ...

Wrestling runs through SF State’s siblings’ blood

April 10, 2014 Sports

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 with Zach — he coached him. Isaiah was an ...

Wrestlers fight extreme altitude for a spot in national championships

March 4, 2014 Sports

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. Isaiah Hurtado, Zach Jimenez and Andrew Reggi will move forward ...

Gator wrestlers eye chances at national championship

February 25, 2014 Sports

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, due to injury, Phillipy is back and ready to ...

One Gator places during injury-plagued California Collegiate Open

February 5, 2014 Sports

  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 / Xpress After three consecutive blowout wins to reach the ...

Gator wrestling beats Simon Fraser on Senior Day

January 31, 2014 Sports

[set_id=72157640395969173] 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 hustled by them a little bit, but ...

Gator wrestling loses to Stanford, team still in top 20

January 27, 2014 Sports

[set_id=72157640207572134] 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 into the match up ranked 25 in Division ...

Gator Madness rallies fans and athletes for winter sports

October 22, 2013

  To mark the beginning of winter athletics at SF State, Gator fans and athletes gathered at The Swamp (main gymnasium) to celebrate the first Gator Madness last Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight. The athletic department hosted the kick-off rally, which consisted of team scrimmages, fan relays and even a half-court shot competition worth ...

SF State wrestling returns with best recruiting class in years

October 17, 2013 Sports

[set_id=72157636603413454] 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 to an even higher ranking lies within the recruiting ...

Graduating SF State athletes discuss life after college

May 26, 2013 Sports

Summer is fast approaching and graduation is lurking around the corner. Many of SF State’s graduating athletes, from cross-country to volleyball, spent most of their college lives deeply involved in their sport and are now preparing for the working world outside the University’s bubble. Life after college for Samantha Battles, a defensive specialist on the ...