16 Jul 2014

SF State wrestling alumni celebrate the joy of winning 21st annual Paul B. Jensen Golf Tournament

Booming cheers and applause filled a small Castro Valley pub after SF State wrestling alumni and friends finished the 21st annual Paul B. Jensen Golf Tournament to raise money for

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29 Apr 2012

SF State coaches maximize limited scholarship funds for athletes

When it comes to the sports of SF State, dedication and commitment are two characteristics that can directly lead to financial consideration. For coaches, these are two of the key

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04 Mar 2019

From quitting to leading: Gurrola looks to close Gator career at national tournament

Unlike the room temperature halls of the Don Nasser Family Plaza on the campus of SF State, the wrestling room is uncomfortably hot and unusually empty. Six wrestlers litter the

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15 Nov 2018

Embracing the grind

As he sat drenched in sweat, junior wrestler Nathan Cervantez continued to stretch after his practice. Covered in layers of clothing, Cervantez capped his practice attire with a good old

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13 Nov 2017

Former wrestling coach alleges discrimination

SF State’s former men’s wrestling coach, hall-of-famer Lars Jensen, has filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging age discrimination. Former SF State Athletic Director,

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30 Oct 2017

New Gator wrestling coach takes a chomp at legacy

Being the new kid at school is never comfortable, but for the new men’s wrestling head coach, replacing a legend of over 30 years is a challenge he has accepted

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15 Feb 2017

SF State adds award winning sports information director

After the departure of sports information director Joe Danahey at the end of 2016, SF State’s athletic department hired Brandon Davis as acting associate director of athletics for communications and

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10 Feb 2017

Senior Night loss won’t derail Gators wrestling

Senior night at The Swamp was supposed to be a celebratory occasion, but ended in a loss to Menlo College Oaks 19-20. Thursday night the wrestling team was missing senior

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01 Feb 2017

Gamble makes Gator history

The Swamp was overflowing with Division II alumni, families, and friends who rallied together to cheer for the wrestlers competing in SF State’s 40th Annual California Collegiate Wresting Open on

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28 Jan 2017

Gator men’s wrestling breaks even in back-to-back match

SF State men’s wrestling coach Lars Jensen and assistant coach Isaiah Jimenez donned fresh Hawaiian leis around their necks as they cheered and yelled directions to their wrestlers during the

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15 Mar 2016

Gators’ battle for All-American status comes up short

The wrestling program ended its season Friday with two national qualifiers competing in the Division II National Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Junior Sam Alnassiri went 1-2, grabbing the

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08 Mar 2016

Wrestlers continue streak of nationals qualifiers

For the 53rd year in a row, the SF State wrestling program is sending a wrestler to nationals. Junior Sam Alnassiri and true freshman Fern Giron will be representing SF

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09 Feb 2016

Wrestlers ready to throw down at major tournament

With a 52-year tradition on the line, the SF State wrestling team is looking to send a wrestler to nationals for a 53rd straight year. The NCAA Division II Super Region

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07 Feb 2016

Gators seniors honored before dual meet clash

The Gators won one of their two meets during their last home matches of the season. SF State defeated Simon Fraser University, 33-14 and lost to Colorado Mesa University, 23-14. Before

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08 Dec 2015


The sound of wrestlers being thrown to the mat and the rabid crowd bounced off the pale green trees during SF State’s outdoor wrestling meet against Division I California Polytechnic State

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04 Nov 2015

Gator wrestlers look to take a bite out of tough competition

During SF State’s inaugural winter media day, 174-pound wrestler Johnny Costa was offered a slice of delicious-smelling pizza. Costa politely declined. “Maybe next time I can have a slice, but

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02 Nov 2015

SF State wrestling team starts strong at JC Open

SF State’s wrestling team held down the Swamp today at the SF State JC Open, winning one weight class and placing in two others. Redshirt Junior and Sacramento City College

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30 Oct 2015

Winter teams brace for new season at first-ever Athletics Winter Media Day

Coaches and players from SF State’s three winter sports talked about their upcoming seasons at the first ever SF State Gators Athletics Winter Media Day held Wednesday noon. The wrestling program

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30 Sep 2015

Past and present: The composition of a championship gators team

Four teams in SF State history hold the honor of being the University’s most successful squads ever assembled. While each group had a unique approach to collecting championships, the teams

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17 Mar 2015

Wrestlers close out season at National tournament

A Gator wrestling trio said goodbye to the 2014-2015 season after placing 39th overall among the 48 teams competing in day one of the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships March

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11 Mar 2015

Walk-on wrestler becomes first to head to Nationals in 15 years

In his purple SF State wrestling singlet, Johnny Costa knelt to the mat on one knee to attach his ankle band, but inside he was praying in anticipation of his first

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03 Mar 2015

Three wrestlers at top form, advance to National tournament

The purple mats that spread across the floor of SF State’s wrestling room and typically teem with energetic athletes will feel unsettlingly barren in the weeks leading up to the

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24 Feb 2015

Regionals to test wrestler’s competitive edge

The SF State wrestling team has endured an up-and-down battle this season with tough losses to ranked teams in the nation. As the team heads to the 2014-2015 NCAA Division

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16 Feb 2015

Emotions run high for wrestling senior night

The Gators wrestling squad capped an emotionally charged senior night by beating rival Menlo College in spectacular fashion on Thursday, pulling out a 22-16 victory decided by the final match

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10 Feb 2015

After successful freshmen season, wrestler continues to shine

Growing up in a household where his older brothers wrestled and his father ran a children’s wrestling program, sophomore wrestler Jordan Gurrola considers the wrestling mat his natural habitat. “I

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03 Feb 2015

Gators wrestling keeps chance at Nationals alive

The SF State wrestling team has had its highs and lows throughout the season, but remain with high momentum as Regionals and Nationals approach. The team started off their season

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01 Feb 2015

Mens wrestling takes the mat for host tournament

SF State’s wrestling team started off their tournament-packed weekend with a pair of matches hosting Cal Baptist University Lancers, Simon Fraser University Clans and Minnesota State Moorhead Friday afternoon at

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04 Dec 2014

Men’s wrestling to compete in one of the nation’s toughest tournaments

After a week off and a strong showing at the Nor Cal Open last month, the SF State wrestling team (1-0) will head to Las Vegas for the 33rd annual Cliff

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18 Nov 2014

Wrestlers test skills at Roadrunner open among Division-I schools

After an impressive win over the Division-I Cal Ploy Mustangs, the SF State wrestling team traveled to Fresno, Calif. to compete in the Roadrunner open and build off of their momentum.

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29 Oct 2014

Season preview: Gator wrestling looks forward to national title with new talent

With the 2014-15 season looming, the SF State wrestling team will lean on the experience of 10 letterwinners and one All-American to lead the team to hopefully its first national

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13 May 2014

Isaiah Hurtado and Tiana Wills named SF State’s Athletes of the Year

As the end of the semester approaches, tension is high as everyone is cramming for finals and submitting last projects.  And aside from that usual regime, the SF State Gator

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10 Apr 2014

Wrestling runs through SF State’s siblings’ blood

Like all brothers, Zach and Isaiah Jimenez fight from time to time. But unlike most, they battle it out on a wrestling mat. Zach, a senior at SF State, has

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01 Apr 2014

Gator wrestling closes the season with a national ranking

 After three team members placed in the top of their brackets at Regionals, the SF State wrestling team proved that they had what it takes to compete at the national

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04 Mar 2014

Wrestlers fight extreme altitude for a spot in national championships

Head coach Lars Jensen tells his SF State wrestlers one thing before every match: “Walk in there like you own the place.” Three gator wrestlers did exactly that in the

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25 Feb 2014

Gator wrestlers eye chances at national championship

With the disappointment of both Dylan Phillipy and Isaiah Hurtado missing the national championships last year, the Gators wrestling team approaches the NCAA Division II Super Region Championships this year

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31 Jan 2014

Gator wrestling beats Simon Fraser on Senior Day

[set_id=72157640395969173] The nationally 16th-ranked SF State Gators finished strong in their final two home duals of the 2013-2014 season. The first dual against NCAA Division I Cal State Bakersfield finished

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