Spartans and Scorpions take it to the mat


Camarillo and Rio Mesa high schools’ wrestling teams enjoyed brilliant campaigns last winter. The Scorpions earned a share of the Pacific View League title with Oxnard while the Spartans celebrated eight finalists and six champions at the league tournament. Now the script is flipped. Camarillo has taken its lumps, according to head coach Ron Wilson. […]

Andrew Gonzalez of Oxnard High is the Star’s boys scholar athlete of the year

Andrew Gonzalez is posing for photo.

Graduating from high school is a memory still fresh in Andrew Gonzalez’s mind, yet he already feels withdrawals from being away from wrestling. So Gonzalez is doing the next best thing. He is staying active and sharing his insight with a new generation of wrestlers. “Already over the summer, I’ve started to miss it so […]

Take Down!

Wrestling club is posing for photo.

Some attributes of an elite wrestle rare that they must have the strength of a body builder, cardio of a cross country runner, and brains of a chess grandmaster. This is aseason wrap-up about Rio Mesa Spartan Wrestlers during winter 2010-2011 on how they had a greatseason. Despite through cutting weight, not eating, intense practices, […]

Camarillo’s Matt Hickman is the Star’s Wrestler of the Year

Matt Hickman is exercising.

Statistics can be twisted to support practically any argument, but in the case of Matt Hickman the only thing the stats support is that fact that the Camarillo High senior had the most impressive career of any wrestler in the history of the county. Hickman’s career mark was 184-29, including 110 pins, He is a […]

Hickman is runner-up at the CIF Masters wrestling final

Matt Hickman, headshot.

Short of the goal of repeating as champion, Camarillo High’s Matt Hickman left the CIF-Southern Section Masters Wrestling Championships Saturday in Temecula in a positive frame of mind. Hickman lost to Santa Fe’s Joey Davis, the No. 1-ranked 152-pound wrestler in the state, 3-2 in double overtime in the final. Davis scored the deciding point […]

Oxnard’s Magana wrestled more than just opponents

Adrian Magana, headshot.

For those who might think that wrestling isn’t a grueling sport, just check out Adrian Magana’s effort last Saturday. First, let’s back up one day. Magana, a senior from Oxnard High, entered the CIF-SS Coastal Division individual wrestling championships at Pacifica High on Friday as the No. 2 seed in the 130-pound weight class. After […]

Rio’s Anguiano wins Pacific View League crown

Marcus Anguiano, headshot.

A week ago, senior heavyweight Marcus Anguiano from Rio Mesa High was wrestling with the junior varsity squad. After pinning Miguel De La Cruz from Channel Islands with 55 seconds remaining in the third period, he’s now a Pacific View League wrestling champion. “It’s great having this feeling right now,” Anguiano said. “I feel so […]

Long-time high school wrestling coach has made a positive impact in the county

When Joel Labman stepped into the wrestling room at Oxnard High back in 2004, he weighed just 85 pounds and according to then head coach Rob Vieira, he was a bit immature. While there were people in the program who weren’t sure that Labman could make it, assistant coach Scott Yvarra saw something in the […]

Hickman powers into Masters

Nine wrestlers from the Pacific View League will compete in the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet today and Saturday at Temecula Valley High. Camarillo’s Matt Hickman won the 152-pound crown at last weekend’s CIF-SS Coastal Division finals to punch his Masters ticket. Hickman will be joined in Temecula by teammate Matt Schwartz (171); Oxnard’s Adrian Magana […]

At Camarillo, wrestling really is a family sport

When Nick Galan heard his older sister Amy was going to join the wrestling team, the Camarillo High freshman thought she was crazy. “I thought it was silly and it looked funny,” Nick said. “I also thought it was easy and that I could do it without any problem.” Amy Galan, who is a senior, […]