Women wrestlers take down stereotypes

By Cortez Cruz Serrato Often looked at as a masculine sport, Mariaelena Hernandez and Adriana Rojas are both taking wrestling at the college level head-on. Hernandez is the team’s go-to wrestler in the 125 and 133 weight class while Rojas is competing for more mat time as the season progresses. Rojas,18, and Hernandez,19, are members of the East Los Angeles College wrestling team. Hernandez is entering her second year with…

September 24, 2014

East Los Angeles College wrestler dies in car accident

By Tadzio Garcia A fiery car crash claimed the life of 19-year-old student Christopher Anthony “Kris” Millan of East Los Angeles College, July 24. “We knew something was off when he didn’t show up the next day. We called him and his family said he did not come home,” teammate Pasha Sabet said. Several ELAC wrestlers said that they had heard about an accident involving a car like Millan’s and…

September 17, 2014

ELAC wrestlers win 15th place at state finals

By Tadzio Garcia The state’s No. 16-ranked East Los Angeles College upset No. 11 Chabot College and No. 13 Lassen Community College taking 15th place at the wrestling state finals last weekend. Top-ranked Sacramento City College won the CCCAA Wrestling State championship and South Coast Conference rival Mt. San Antonio College placed third. Host San Joaquin Delta College in Stockon did not score any points and placed a 19th. ELAC’s…

December 18, 2013

Four Husky wrestlers advance to finals

By Tadzio Garcia  Four East Los Angeles College wrestlers advanced to the state finals after competing in the CCCAA Southern Regionals hosted by the Huskies Saturday in the men’s gym. The ELAC team took eighth place, while Mt. San Antonio College won the team title. Huskies that advanced include Hugo Perez, who also qualified last year in the 125-pound weight class, Adrian Herrera and Joseph Magdaleno-Hudson, both at 157 pounds,…

December 10, 2013

A Wrestler’s Journey to Success

By Melina Martinez Hugo Joshua Perez is a wrestler fulfilling a family tradition by competing for first place in the state championship. This 5’ 4”, 20-year-old East Los Angeles wrestler weighs 135 pounds and is currently ranked fifth in the state. Following in his father’s and uncles’ footsteps, Perez has been wrestling since his freshman year at Alhambra High School. He knew he would succeed in this sport when he…

November 27, 2013

Wrestlers prepare for acclaim

By Tadizo Garcia To win a wrestling state title you should sport a strong team with veteran experience and top recruits out of high school. The Huskies have done just that. Ralph Valle, 19-year East Los Angeles College head coach, had a great recruiting off-season and returns veterans from three past seasons. ELAC will begin with the Green and White Dual next Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the men’s gym….

September 12, 2013

Huskies wrestle to fourth place

By Tadzio Garcia The wrestling team walked in the Mt. San Antonio College Duals last Saturday an underdog and left with a fourth place finish out of nine teams in total. Each of the teams placed in the top-14 at last year’s state finals. The Huskies won their pool and advanced to the championship round losing to eventual champion Palomar College, 38-9, and Bakersfield College, 37-11. The Huskies will be on the…

September 27, 2012

ELAC Wrestling captain fundraises for fellow athletes

By Ashley Garcia Out on the mat since the eighth grade, the captain of the wrestling team worked hard in order to give back to his community. Adrian Macias received an Ernest H. Moreno Scholarship Award at a ceremony held on November 15. The 19-year-old student-worker will be collecting $1000 annually and received $500 of his award at the ceremony. As a first-generation college student, Macias is a major in…

November 28, 2011

Rio Hondo takes down ELAC wrestling team

By Rodolfo Trujillo Under dim lighting and drowned-out by the opposing fans, Husky wrestlers were overworked in a 30-12 loss to Rio Hondo on Thursday. The Huskies struggled and were very close on several matches, winning one by pin-fall. ELAC Coach Ralph Valle told his players after the meet, “I thought we won the first two matches,” referring to calls that the referee made that he felt were in error. Those…

October 13, 2011