The Amador Valley boys' wrestling team started their East Bay Athletic season off with a bang, rolling over Monte Vista 60-12 last Wednesday.
Tyler Self had a pin at 113 pounds as did Gabe Alviar at 138, when he pinned his opponent in just one minute, 24 seconds.
Jacob Lum scored a technical fall in his match at 160 pounds, Thomas Pak had a convincing 13-4, James O'Brien got a pin in 3:30 at 220 pounds and Jake Perlman scored a 7-5 win at 182 pounds.
Foothill had some strong performances, but still dropped a tough 46-28 match to an always strong Livermore team on the same night.
The highlights for Foothill included a pin by Alex Nielsen just a freshman in 3:51 of his match. At 145 pounds, Cameron Ghoddoucy produced a convincing 9-0 win against his opponent. Luke Hazen scored the other win on the mat for the Falcons, pining his opponent in 2:49.
Dustin Dukleth received a forfeit win for the Falcons at 195 pounds, as did Justin Phillips at 120 pounds.
On Saturday, the Falcons sent a team to the Mat Classic at Granada. Ghoddoucy placed 2nd, with Phillips finishing third.
Last week, the Foothill boys basketball team opened the EBAL season with a pair of defense-inspired wins.
The first game of the week was a 53-28 win over Livermore on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The Falcons used an up-tempo, harassing defense to keep the Cowboys off balance.
Senior Seth Cobb led the Foothill offense with 16 points. Sophomore Sam Novitske had nine points, with Garrett Wrenn and William Lewis adding eight each.
The second game of the week last Friday saw the Falcons hold California scoreless in the first quarter on the way to a 49-28 win.
Junior Rod Allen had 11 points to lead Foothill to the win, with Cobb and Wrenn chipping in 10 each. Shaun Kienhofer and Michael Smith played hounding defense throughout the game.
Foothill split a pair of games the week of Jan. 4 to keep the Falcons solid season on course.
On Jan. 5, the Falcons won their sixth straight game, thumping California 3-0.
The match was a tale of Foothill starting slowly each, feeling the pressure of the Cal attack. But as each half went on, the Falcons controlled the flow of the game and we able to capitalize.
Tami Kwong scored an unassisted goal in the 25th
minute of the match to make the halftime score 1-0. After another slow start to the second half, Julia Densmore finished off a feed from Kwong to net the Falcons second goal in the 62nd minute. Kwong finished the scoring on another unassisted
goal in the 89th minute.
With four players missing to state team commitments, the Falcons winning streak came to an end last Thursday as they dropped a hard fought, 2-1 game to Carondelet, the top ranked team in the state.
Foothill fell behind 2-0, but cut the deficit in half when Kwong scored her third goal of the week. But despite pressuring the Carondelet defense throughout the rest of the game, the Falcons were unable to draw even.