The South San Francisco High School wrestling team has been looking forward to the Central Coast Section tournament all season and has two wrestlers with a shot to take home a championship beginning Friday.
“All season is geared for this,” South City coach Steve Matteucci said. “CCS is a tournament. State is a tournament. That’s why we play tournaments all season.”
Miguel Rodriguez (138 pounds) and Arthur Georgiyev (170) lead the charge and are each the fifth seed in their respective weight classes.
Matteucci said anyone in the top six could be a champion, and that should be their goal.
“Once you get within the top six, anyone could be a champion. Wrestle any match like it’s your last,” he said. “Tell all your friends you’re going to be CCS champion ... the more likely it will happen.”
But what Rodriguez and Georgiyev bring is experience and a mentality that sets the example for their younger teammates.
“What anybody should do to prepare yourself: Make sure your focus is on wrestling,” Matteucci said. “I try to teach them how to lead by example. ... Miguel kind of does his thing and the younger guys learn from him.”
The South City team has been focused on mentally preparing for CCS, even doing meditation.
“I tell my kids to go home go to sleep, and dream about wrestling the perfect match,” Matteucci said. “Wrestle their match. We talk about it year round, how they mentally prepare.”
But South City is not the only Peninsula team with aspirations of a championship.
Capuchino’s Lucciano Molina is the fourth seed in the 195-pound division, which features two West Catholic Athletic League wrestlers, including top-seeded Danny Chaid from Bellarmine.
Led by Travis Roberts, Serra has one of the deeper teams in the tournament.
Roberts is a four-time WCAL champion in four weight classes, finished third at CCS a year ago, and is the second seed in the 126-pound division.
The Padres also have Tim Glauninger, who won the WCAL 220-pound division this year, and Jerry DeLaRosa in the
The top three finishers in each weight class earn a trip to the California Interscholastic Federation state championships, which begin March 2 in Bakersfield.
WHERE: Independence High School, San Jose
FORMAT: Single-elimination for championship bracket; with double-elimination for third place, beginning in first round