29 Jan 2019

Grit fuels wrestlers to consecutive wins at conference

Grit and toughness secured the wrestling team a victorious dual meet over New Mexico Highlands and Simpson University on Friday, Jan. 25 at The Swamp. The Gators chomped through Rocky

15 Nov 2018

Embracing the grind

As he sat drenched in sweat, junior wrestler Nathan Cervantez continued to stretch after his practice. Covered in layers of clothing, Cervantez capped his practice attire with a good old

31 Oct 2018

Gators test themselves in a purple and gold scrimmage

Gators wrestling rumbles in a tune-up alumni day scrimmage, giving the crowd 11 battles to watch at the Swamp on Saturday, Oct. 27. SF State’s weight class picture cleared up

11 Apr 2018

Wrestling coach balances graduate degree with Olympic hopes

Assistant wrestling coach, graduate student and a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) fellow — just one of these job titles would carry a hectic schedule to maintain on its

15 Mar 2018

Welch provides the juice

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.

21 Feb 2018

Started from the mat, now we’re here

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.

29 Jan 2018

A pair of Gators finish first in 41st Annual California Collegiate Open

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

15 Nov 2017

Faith unites the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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

10 Feb 2017

Senior Night loss won’t derail Gators wrestling

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

28 Jan 2017

Gator men’s wrestling breaks even in back-to-back match

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

08 Dec 2015


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

04 Nov 2015

Gator wrestlers look to take a bite out of tough competition

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

02 Nov 2015

SF State wrestling team starts strong at JC Open

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

30 Sep 2015

Past and present: The composition of a championship gators team

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

17 Mar 2015

Wrestlers close out season at National tournament

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

11 Mar 2015

Walk-on wrestler becomes first to head to Nationals in 15 years

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

03 Mar 2015

Three wrestlers at top form, advance to National tournament

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

24 Feb 2015

Regionals to test wrestler’s competitive edge

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

16 Feb 2015

Emotions run high for wrestling senior night

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

10 Feb 2015

After successful freshmen season, wrestler continues to shine

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

03 Feb 2015

Gators wrestling keeps chance at Nationals alive

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

01 Feb 2015

Mens wrestling takes the mat for host tournament

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

04 Dec 2014

Men’s wrestling to compete in one of the nation’s toughest tournaments

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

18 Nov 2014

Wrestlers test skills at Roadrunner open among Division-I schools

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.

Andrew Reggi poses for a picture the morning after winning his match 8-1 against Cal Poly Pomona in San Francisco Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.
12 Nov 2014

Wrestler works to become All American

Isolated, SF State wrestler Andrew Reggi stretched and waited patiently for his next match, while a song by rapper Drake rang through his headphones to block out the noise of the

29 Oct 2014

Season preview: Gator wrestling looks forward to national title with new talent

With the 2014-15 season looming, the SF State wrestling team will lean on the experience of 10 letterwinners and one All-American to lead the team to hopefully its first national

10 Apr 2014

Wrestling runs through SF State’s siblings’ blood

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

01 Apr 2014

Gator wrestling closes the season with a national ranking

 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

04 Mar 2014

Wrestlers fight extreme altitude for a spot in national championships

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

25 Feb 2014

Gator wrestlers eye chances at national championship

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

05 Feb 2014

One Gator places during injury-plagued California Collegiate Open

  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

31 Jan 2014

Gator wrestling beats Simon Fraser on Senior Day

[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

27 Jan 2014

Gator wrestling loses to Stanford, team still in top 20

[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

17 Oct 2013

SF State wrestling returns with best recruiting class in years

[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

26 May 2013

Graduating SF State athletes discuss life after college

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