My name is Haydee Angeles Lopez, I am one of the Team Managers for Marshall Fundamental’s newest sport, Wrestling. I became interested in wrestling through my AP Psychology teacher, Mr. Daniel Jarashow, who also happens to be the Wrestling Team’s head coach. In our passing conversations, he talked about the techniques of wrestling with its throws, takedowns, pins, and grappling holds. My interest became fascination, and then I found a way to be a part of the action as a team manager.
By Haydee Angeles Lopez
Marshall Fundamental Secondary School has a high school wrestling team! Well… more like two wrestling teams: the Boys and Girls Teams. And in all honesty, this is the third year these teams have existed… High school wrestling originated at Marshall through Coach Daniel Jarashow who connected with Beat the Streets Wrestling in Los Angeles in 2018. What was then a Middle School Program has now evolved into high school Athletics.
But this year certainly feels like a new beginning. A new competition mat, with Marshall’s logo. A new competition space, with our first-ever outdoor wrestling match under the cafeteria dome. And a new standard of excellence: Our wrestlers made the CIF playoffs for dual meets and individuals after we finished our season 15-1. An early loss in the CIF dual playoffs on Jan 29th moved the team to 15-2.
Senior McCarley Root, a veteran player has been a member of the Wrestling Team since its inception. A Cross Country and Track and Field Athlete, Root joined the Wrestling Team once he heard it was forming, stating, “I wanted to be a part of something new that would leave a legacy with the school, so I joined the Wrestling Team.”
The Marshall CIF-qualifying team has 25 boys and 4 girls on the roster. This team size is nearly triple the size of our previous teams. And with that added roster, we have qualified 13 of 14 starting boys for the CIF Individual tournament this weekend.
The team with both female and male student-athletes is now covering all weight classes from the top to the bottom. That is from 106 pounds to heavy weights up to 285 pounds. We ended our regular season with a victory against Franklin High School (39-33).
Our 14 athletes headed to the CIF Individual tournament, Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12, were 9th grade: Issac Benivedez, Joshua Gonzalez, Chris Murrillo, and Zack Venable. 10th grade: Marcella Komo, Oscar Duenas, and Abraham Moreno. 11th grade: Kenneth Torres and Andrez Velez. 12th grade: Marvin Cano, Nareg Kabaian, Warren Koslow, McCarley Root, and Miguel Urrutia.
Warren Koslow Advances to Masters Level
Two years ago only two kids qualified for Masters. This year 13 athletes qualified! Five guys won matches to start their tournament! Two guys placed: Oscar Duenas got 7th and Warren Koslow placed 5th advances to Masters.
Haydee Angeles-Lopez is a Marshall Fundamental Senior. She’s the founder of the Me, Myself, and Help Club and a member of the Latino and the Armenian Clubs.
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