by Cam Lippincott
The Las Lomas wrestling team is preparing for another fantastic season. Las Lomas retained their Diablo Athletic league championship and NCS division 2 east bay dual team championship, winning the title two years in a row. Las Lomas has won the dual team championship 6 times this decade. The Knights have been ranked the 50th best wrestling program in all of California, in which the majority of that list are private schools. A dual match is when two teams have each player from their weight class wrestle head to head, and when someone wins they earn points for their team. The high school weight classes go from 106 pounds to 285 pounds. Like all sports, the team with the most points wins.
Las Lomas’ championship team is producing championship players. Last year, the team had four 1st team all-league players; Marco Ruffinelli, Josiah Monjares, Parker Godfrey and Tate Bossert, who is ranked top 12 in California. They also had four 2nd team all-league players; Jake Gaitan, Kiko Acosta, Logan Sales, and Kai Hall Nitto.
The team this year will surely be a force to be reckoned with, especially with Senior Tate Bossert leading the way. Bossert is a 2-time 1st team All league wrestler, and last year Bossert won the 2019 NCS championship for the 170lb weight class, beating five other wrestlers in the tournament. Last year Bossert was ranked 3rd in the NCS for the 170lb weight class by Calgrappler.com. Bossert says he was not surprised by his greatness “When the previous season started I thought that I was gonna be able to do that well. It all just depended on how hard I was willing to work to get to that point”. In his senior season Bossert is unaware of his future in wrestling and is committed to working harder than ever, “I will need to work harder than I used to and will have to be very dedicated”.
The team’s league play will begin on January 9th against College Park and Clayton Valley Charter in a dual match. On January 16 they play Northgate and Benicia and on January 30 they play Acalanes. League play is very important to a team’s success. Very much so for Las Lomas because our league, the DAL, always has very good teams. A teams league record is always something the NCS will look at when they are making playoff brackets. So winning them is a top priority for many teams.
This year’s team is sure to live up to Las Lomas’ previous wrestling seasons of greatness as they are sure to repeat as DAL league champions and look to retain their NCS title. The Las Lomas community wishes the team the best of luck.