Wrestling prospect Brandon Sotomayor wins tournament

BY KAREN CRUZ No.1 state-ranked East Los Angeles College heavyweight sophomore Brandon Sotomayor  was the only Husky to win during The Brawl Tournament at ELAC on  Nov. 18. He  defeated last year’s reigning champion Chance Eskam of Palomar College. ELAC’s wrestling team hosted the all-day tournament. Sotomayor ranked No. 2 in last year’s tournament against Eskam in the 285 weight class. Sotomayor was undefeated, but Eskam broke his record by…

November 30, 2017

OPINION: Wrestling proves to be sport for all

By Karen Cruz Wrestling is a difficult sport that requires a lot of dedication, discipline, proper nutrition, and strength. Wrestling is a sport that doesn’t discriminate regardless of gender. It doesn’t discriminate your body type, height, or weight.  It challenges the wrestler to test how much strength they have.   There is always a place for you to wrestle based on your weight class. There are 10 weight classes all…

November 28, 2017

Sports Briefs

Water Polo Water Polo lost at Cerritos College 17-7 with five goals coming from Sophia Gonzalez. According to assistant coach Irene Young, the team got fatigued and stopped scoring. ELAC’s next game is at El Camino on October 4. Wrestling The wrestling team placed 14 out of 24 in the Santa Ana invitational. Brandon Sotomayor won three falls to one, winning him MVP of the upper weight class. The next…

October 5, 2017

Wrestling loses at home to Rio Hondo

  By Gustavo Buenrostro The wrestling team suffered a 6-4 loss against Rio Hondo College last Wednesday in the South Gym. East Los Angeles College head coach Ralph Valle was disappointed with how the dual meet went. “I didn’t think we wrestled very well at all. It was a close match, but something went wrong. The guys that wrestled well, wrestled well, but I don’t think it was a good…

October 12, 2016

Skilled wrestling team ready for upcoming season

By Jose Godinez Although the upcoming wrestling season does not start until September, the ELAC wrestling team seems more than ready for competition. The team wrestles throughout the year and begins strength training and conditioning during the summer. “As long as we push each other and help each other out everyday during practice, off and on the mats, we will be ready,” said ELAC wrestler Pasha Sabet. Retention of wrestlers…

May 20, 2015

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