Guam wrestlers take second straight All-island title
Far East 101-pound champion Dylan Pablo and the Guam High Panthers are island wrestling champions once more.
Pablo earned lightweight Outstanding Wrestler honors and led a cavalcade of eight Panthers gold medalists and four silver medalists as Guam High easily defeated John F. Kennedy and George Washington for its second straight All-Island championship.
“Dedication, determination and discipline,” Guam High coach Ed Paz said, calling those qualities the “foundation” of a team that has won 20 straight Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam regular-season dual meets.
The Panthers last month enjoyed their best finish in a DODDS-Pacific Far East tournament. Pablo won the first gold medal in school history, the Panthers earned a school-record 11 weight-class placements, took fourth place in freestyle and finished sixth in the dual-meet tournament.
Pablo, at 103 pounds, began the gold-medal assault and completed an unbeaten season (31-0) by pinning George Washington’s Luke Atkinson in 1 minute, 19 seconds. Pablo was selected the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler for those 140 pounds and lower.
“He’s been the cornerstone,” Paz said of Pablo, a senior. “We’ll miss him. We’ll have to find a new lightweight and start all over.”
Other Panthers gold medalists were R.J. Lopez (119 pounds), Ben Cruz (125), Ray Tenorio (130), Doug McNeil (135), Sean Butler (140), Michael Marcus (215) and Jon Luces (heavyweight). John Babauta (112), Jon Davis (125), Jim Hernandez (160) and Ronnie Sanchez (189) won silvers.
Guam High boys tip Friars in OT to end regular seasonTwo foul shots by Devin Weaver with 3.6 seconds left in overtime put Guam High’s boys ahead by four points on their way to a 62-61 victory over defending IIAAG basketball champion Father Duenas Memorial. The Panthers ended the regular season 7-5 entering next week’s playoffs.
Weaver, selected to the All-Far East Class AA Tournament team last week at Seoul American, finished with 29 points, and Marco Ferreira had 15 points and 13 rebounds.