UPDATED:Winter Wrestling for BHS


Marina Costa

Bassett wrestling is coming in hot with a brand new team and coaches this year. The 2019-2020 varsity wrestling team is small but mighty this year as there is only 14 people on the team. Boys and girls have matches and tournaments scheduled and they’re ready to wrestle.


In December, the Bassett Olympians went up against the Baldwin Park Braves and unfortunately didn’t win, but individually the team did amazing. Andres Boch (12), talks about his season this year and how he thinks he’ll do, “This year is all about putting in the hard work and grinding it out on the mat. I’m so excited this year to wrestle and make it to CIF and hopefully masters or state.”


The girls have another promising year this year with Angelica Media (11) already placing 4th at the West Covina Girls Wrestling Tournament in December, “I missed wrestling season so much on our off season and now that it’s back it feels so good getting back into it and getting the feeling of excitement I get when I wrestle. Winning felt so great and whenever the referee put my arm up towards the STATS table and crowd, I felt a sense of pride for my school and sport.”, Media says as she talks about her win and getting back into wrestling.


Head Wrestling Coach Matthew Garcia talks about how this year for the team,  “As a team I believe that we still have a chance to win league. We are facing a lot of challenges with a new team and a low turnout of kids. The wrestlers we do have this year are from some of the hardest working kids I’ve ever coached. The kids that are on the team are dedicated and want to win league and will do anything to make it happen.”


In January, the girls team went to San Dimas Girls Tournament and Bonita Girls Tournament. There were a couple of wins,  but no one placed. The boys team went to the Arroyo Classic and also didn’t place, but did their absolute best.


League finals for wrestling are up and the wrestlers are anxious to get back onto the mat. The season is coming to an end but they still have more matches to push for. CIF, Masters and hopefully State.


League finals took place at La Puente Highschool on February 4. All the schools in the league met up one last time to wrestle and find out who will be going to CIF individuals. Ganesha, La Puente, Pomona, Edgewood High School went up against the Bassett Olys and had no wins!


Eight out of ten wrestlers were crowned league champs and 2 qualified for CIF individuals. League Champs: Max Arroyo 106, Gustavo Erazo 120, Andres Boch 145, Ruben Chavez 152, Mark Carrillo 195, Matthew Garcia 285, Angelica Medina 126, and Marina Costa 189. CIF qualifiers: Dulce Bravo and Rubi Owens. Andres Boch was two time league champion for 145’s and two time league middleweight MVP.


CIF individuals are weeks away but feels like days for these wrestlers and the training will really pay off in the long run. Perseverance, dedication and hard work is what this wrestling team has and it’s shown that they want to be the best of the best.


CIF has come and gone, as well as this year’s wrestling season. The girls wrestling team went to Hillcrest Highschool on February 15 and boys went to Palm Springs February 14 and 15 to compete but sadly none of our wrestlers made it to CIFSS (Masters). With the team ending it on a good note, we’ll just have to wait until next season for more wins and pins.