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The wrestling gym at SF State on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Cameron Lee / Golden Gate Xpress)

‘Get Tough’ Remembering Coach Lars Jensen’s Legacy

Sydney Vargas, Staff Reporter February 1, 2021

The year was 1980. Lars Jensen, a college senior, had just won the SF State annual wrestling tournament. The team, excited — the energy, palpable. But after a day of setup and wrestling, all were...

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

Thomas De Alba July 16, 2014

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 the wrestling team. The...

SF State coaches maximize limited scholarship funds for athletes

Sean Duffy April 29, 2012

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 components to consider...

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

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

Ildar Sabirov March 4, 2019

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 room that usually houses...

Nathan Cervantez, who is a member of the SF State wrestling team and a business major at SF State gets ready for practice with his teammates on Thursday November 8, 2018. Cervantes is ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II and finished second at NCAA Division II Super Regionals. (LINDSEY MOORE/Golden Gate Xpress)

Embracing the grind

Ildar Sabirov November 15, 2018

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 singlet. Cervantez...

Former wrestling coach alleges discrimination

Jose Jimenez November 13, 2017

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...

Jason Welch, recently appointed head coach for wrestling at SF State, poses in the wrestling training room at SF State, Oct. 23, 2017. (Oscar Rendon/Golden Gate Xpress)

New Gator wrestling coach takes a chomp at legacy

Jose Jimenez October 30, 2017

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 and has been waiting for his whole life....

Brandon Davis, acting associate director of athletics for communications and fan development of SF State, takes photos of the SF State Gators during their game against the Chico State Wildcats at The Swamp on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

SF State adds award winning sports information director

Eli Walsh February 15, 2017

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...

SF State senior wrestler Dylan Furtado grapples onto Menlo College Wrestling sophomore Jeffrey Uyesaka at SF State on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

Senior Night loss won’t derail Gators wrestling

Jose Jimenez February 10, 2017

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 Tyson Kuahine, who was suffering...

Sf State Gators’ Matt Gamble wraps around Gionn Peralta of UNA on his way to taking 1st place in the 125-weight-class during the 40th Annual California Collegiate Wrestling Open on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at SF State in San Francisco, Calif. (Mason Rockfellow/Xpress)

Gamble makes Gator history

Jose Jimenez February 1, 2017

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 Saturday. Matt...

Dylan Furtado of SFSU pauses to pray before wrestling against opponent Daxton Gordon of Cal Baptist at an SFSU home match in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, January 27, 2017. (Tate Drucker/Xpress)

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

Laura Monique Ordoñez January 28, 2017

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 team’s...

Gators’ battle for All-American status comes up short

Christopher Contreras March 15, 2016

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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