Tuesday, April 30, 2013

17 Young Pinoy Wrestlers to Compete in SEA Youth Wrestling

(Our two bronze medalists in last year's SEA Junior and Cadet Wrestling Championship: Joshua Gayuchan of Ifugao in the foreground, extreme right, and Alvin Lobreguito of Quezon City, during the opening ceremony's parade inside the Institute of Physical Education Hall, Suphanburi, Thailand.)

We in the Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) are sending off 17 young Filipino wrestlers—our  national sports association's biggest-ever international athletic delegation since 1997*—who will fly to Suphanburi, Thailand tonight to compete in the 6th Southeast Asian Junior and Cadet Wrestling Championship from May 3 – 5, 2013.

From a token delegation of only three wrestlers in last year’s edition of the championship, this time WAP fields a much bigger Philippine Youth Wrestling Team with the hope of proportionately increasing our chances of winning more medals than the two-bronze medal output in 2012. Last year’s bronze medals were bagged by Joshua Gayuchan of Ifugao and Alvin Lobreguito of Quezon City.

Gayuchan, who still belongs to the cadet (16-17 years old) division, will lead the Philippine Youth Wrestling Team with the goal of winning gold this time around. Lobreguito, on the other hand, has already graduated to the senior-age division at 21, and is concentrating on the 2013 Southeast Asian Games instead, which will be hosted by Myanmar this December.

While it will be very gratifying for us if all of our wrestlers will bring home medals, the truth is this team is composed of young athletes with varying competitive levels. Some are expected to win, some are expected more to learn, but all are expected to become better athletes and individuals.

Still, for the record, we find it a safe bet that they’ll take home a minimum of three gold medals.

In our 2013 Philippine NationalYouth Wrestling Championship last April 12-14, WAP qualified a total of 47 athletes for the Thailand event (which allows two athletes per weight class per country) but only 17 received funding. Six are funded by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), eight are supported by WAP, two athletes from New Era University (NEU) are sponsored by the Iglesia Ni Cristo and one from Mandaluyong City has all expenses paid by his family.

This year’s Philippine Youth Wrestling Team is made up of Baguio City’s Rosegyn Malabja, Minalyn Foy-os, Jerald Bosikaw and David Caoli; NEU’s Kristine Jambora, Nikkita Suarez and Brylle Magnabijon; Quezon City’s Meldion Piñon, King Bryan Guingona and Jefferson Manatad; Taytay’s Joseph Cañolas and Michael Jay Cater Sedano; Ifugao’s Joshua Gayuchan; Zamboanga City’s Marlou Onrubia; Makati City’s Richelle Piolo; Mandaluyong City’s Vince Palanca and Dumaguete City’s Ronil Tubog.

Serving the team as coaches for this international meet are national team Head Coach Roel Pacional and Greco-Roman Coach Roy Camposano, and NEU women’s wrestling and incoming national coach Maribel Jambora-Angana. Their team manager is WAP President Juan Alberto Balde.

WAP is still raising support for the other qualifiers who can’t make it to Thailand, to be able to see action in the much tougher Asian Junior Championship in Phuket, Thailand from June 13-16 and to the Asian Cadet Championship in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from July 25-28.

Update: Click here to see PHL Youth Wrestling Team results!

Those who want to help our participation in the abovementioned Asian Junior and Cadet Championships can deposit to our following Philippine National Bank (PNB) Harrison Plaza Branch accounts: 1) Account name: Wrestling Association of the Philippines, 2) Peso Account No. 411912700014 and/or 3) Dollar Account No. 411912700030. Any amount will be deeply appreciated—and needed. Those who wish so will be duly acknowledged. Thank you for your support.

*In 1997, the WAP fielded a total of 23 athletes for that year's Southeast Asian Senior Wrestling Championship in Vietnam.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Results of 2013 National Youth Wrestling Championship, list of PHL Youth Wrestling Team Qualifiers

(Photo taken on April 14, 2013 courtesy of Wrestling Association of the Philippines Vice President and New Era University Wrestling Team Coach Peter "Pong" Meimban)

A total of 160 young Filipino wrestlers, aged 10 to 20 years old and representing 20 clubs nationwide, competed in the 2013 National Youth Wrestling Championship of the Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) held from April 12 – 13 at the National Wrestling Gym, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.

With the competition's theme, “Ipanatili ang Buno sa Olimpiyada (Keep Wrestling in the Olympics)," the top three teams that emerged after the smoke cleared are Quezon City, as team champion, and followed by Taytay in 2nd place and Ifugao State University in 3rd place.

US News Las Vegas reports in its article 47 local wrestling champs set to join competition in Thailand:
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), according to Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) secretary general Karlo Sevilla, has assured financial assistance to only 14* of those who made it to the SEA championships. Sevilla added though that WAP is trying its best to secure funding to 33 others, most of them coming from provincial clubs, so they could earn the trip and do honors for the country. [...]
“Those who made it to the SEA championships are products of WAP’s efforts to create an immensely larger and deeper pool of young wrestlers nationwide, and casting wider nets with our competitions to catch potential elite wrestlers for the Philippine Team,” Sevilla said.
(*Clarification: Of the 14, six athletes will be funded by the PSC, while the other eight will be supported by WAP.)

Here are the complete results of the national competition, followed by the list of qualifiers to the 2013 Southeast Asian Juniors and Cadets Wrestling Championship to be hosted by Thailand in Suphanburi Province from May 1 – 5.

BULINGGIT BOYS – A (Ages 10-11)

            NAME                                                            MEDAL                                  TEAM
Jhon Errol Valencia                            Gold                                        Montalban
Jhon Arnel Estimada                          Silver                                       Taytay
Ron Elly Nogalas                               Bronze                                     Pasig City
Jhon Jerald Andal                               4th                                            Pasig City
Ronel Sorio                                          5th                                           Bulacan
Jaspher Bautista                                 Gold                                         New Era University
James Rico Delos Reyes                     Silver                                      Marikina City
Jayson Agustin                                   Bronze                                      Quezon City
Jhon Paul Valdez                               Bronze                                      Montalban
Rodrigo Escala                                   4th                                             Quezon City
Laurence Valdez                                5th                                             Montalban
Gabriel Mantala                                 Gold                                          Laguna
Dan Gayuchan                                   Silver                                          Ifugao
Christian Bulagsac                             Bronze                                      Quezon City
Ralph Lester Maraingan                    4th                                             Bacolod
Errol Balingit                                      5th                                              Bulacan
Paul Dave Reyes                                Gold                                          New Era University
Arjay Gaspar                                      Silver                                          Bulacan          
Mjay Porcadilla                                  Bronze                                       Taytay

BULINGGIT BOYS – B (Ages 12-13)

Rexor Albarico                                   Gold                                        Taytay
Reynald Pacalla                                 Silver                                       Quezon City
McColly Peranca                               Bronze                                     Pasig City
James Ritchie Subaran                       4th                                            Marikina City
Jordan Bautista                                  Gold                                         New Era University
Jhonrel Palma                                     Silver                                       Zamboanga City
Joshua Rublica                                   Bronze                                     Quezon City
Fj Hore                                                4th                                            Pasig City
Marco Peranca                                   5th                                            Pasig City
Jhon Israel Gonzaga                          Gold                                        Quezon City
Russel Victoria                                   Silver                                      Marikina City
Mark Clarence Javier                         Bronze                                    Quezon City
Jericho Fajardo                                   Gold                                        Laguna
Amir Aboga-a                                     Silver                                      Zamboanga City
Nimrod Guimian                               Bronze                                    Laguna
John Eric Comeso                               4th                                           Quezon City
John Andre Samadio                         Gold                                        Laguna
Jefferson Tayaban                              Silver                                       Ifugao S.U.
Ivis Larena                                         Gold                                        TayTay
Melvin Oga                                        Silver                                       TayTay
Pierre Jahn Tayaban                          Gold                                        Ifugao
Manolito Arabit Jr                              Silver                                       Marikina City

Terrenz  Hermosa                              Gold                                        Zamboanga City
Adriel Falsario                                   Silver                                       Makati
Raymond Blasog                               Bronze                                     Pasay


29-32 KG
Jenny Cuiscano                                  Gold                                        Quezon City
Justine Rublica                                   Silver                                       Quezon City
38 KG
Roy Mart Comeso                              Gold                                        Quezon City
Ricky Caragos                                     Silver                                       Bulacan
42 KG
Jason Cater                                         Gold                                        Taytay
Jayvee Gonzaga                                 Silver                                       Quezon City
JR Larena                                            Bronze                                     Taytay
Jerald Monterola                                4th                                            Mandaluyong City
Brainnard Quizon                              5th                                            New Era University
47-48 KG
Michael Angelo Horqueta                 Gold                                       Zamboanga City
John Mikko Mantala                           Silver                                       Laguna          
Rolph Bautista                                    Bronze                                     New Era University
Angelo Nicar                                       4th                                            Quezon City
53 KG
Brent Ross                                           Gold                                        Mandaluyong City
John Oliver Banate                            Silver                                       Cavite
59 KG
Christian Sanoh                                 Gold                                        Zamboanga City
Elton Sanruelle                                  Silver                                       Marikina City
John Robert Quion                            Bronze                                    Cavite


39-42 KG
Gedion Lauyon                                  Gold                                        Quezon City
Jaymark Macalma                              Silver                                       Quezon City
Paul  Mabon                                       Bronze                                     Antique
46 KG
David Caoili                                       Gold                                        Baguio City
Jonathan Paala                                   Silver                                       Antique
Edmar Santiago                                 Bronze                                     Antique
Michael Elardo                                   4th                                            Quezon City
54 KG
Jerald Bosikaw                                   Gold                                        Baguio City
Norman Tubog                                  Silver                                       Dumaguete City
Michael Gonzalez                              Bronze                                     Cavite
Sabrin Guingona                                Bronze                                     Quezon City
Raymond James Guttierez                 4th                                            Antique
Jeck Sumanting                                    4th                                            Quezon City
Mark Joseph Engalan                         5th                                            Mandaluyong City
63 KG 
Joseph Cañolas                                   Gold                                        Taytay
Jayson Baucas                                     Silver                                       Baguio City   
Ruñeth Decano                                   Bronze                                     Taytay
Jay-o Gonzaga                                     4th                                            Quezon City

69 KG
Marco Adriano                                  Qualified                                 New Era University



46-50 Kg
Meldion Piñon                                    Gold                                        Quezon City
John Michael Rocero                          Silver                                       Antique
Mophy Namuhe                                 Bronze                                     Ifugao S.U.
Bonnipher Escote                               Bronze                                      Antique
Peter Salazar                                        5th                                            Antique
Christian Rodriguez                           5th                                            Taytay
55 KG
Marlou Onrubia                                 Gold                                        Zamboanga City
Ronil Tubog                                        Silver                                       Dumaguete City
Noel  Hemoroz                                   Bronze                                     Bacolod City
60 KG
King Byan Guingona                         Gold                                        Quezon City
Brylle Magnabijon                              Silver                                       New Era University
Phycel Guiniling                                 Bronze                                     Ifugao S.U.
Arens  Rañola                                      4th                                            Quezon Province
66 KG
Ram Morales                                      Gold                                        Pasig City
John Rey Larena                                Silver                                       Taytay
Domigo Gayuchan                            Bronze                                     Ifugao S.U.
Ceferino Goleña                                 4th                                            Antique
74 KG
Josh Sapinoso                                     Gold                                        Mandaluyong City
Roberto Nicoleta                                Silver                                       Taytay
Niño Bautista                                     Bronze                                     Montalban
85 KG
Lloyd Abucayan                                Gold                                        Davao City
Mark John Dalusan                           Silver                                       Antique


39-42 KG

Jonathan Paala                                   Gold                                        Antique
Jay Mark Macalama                          Silver                                       Quezon City
Paul Mabon                                        Bronze                                    Antique
46 KG

David Caoili                                       Gold                                        Baguio City
Edmar Santiago                                 Silver                                       Antique
Michael Elardo                                   Bronze                                    Quezon City
50 KG

Michael Cater                                     Gold                                        Taytay
Bonnipher Escote                               Silver                                       Antique
Jeck Sumanting                                  Bronze                                     Quezon City
54 KG

Joshua Gayuchan                               Gold                                        Ifugao S.U.
Sabrin Guingona                                Silver                                       Quezon City
63 KG

Jefferson Manatad                             Gold                                        Quezon City
Jason Baucas                                      Silver                                       Baguio City


46-50 KG
Murphy Namuhe                              Gold                                        Ifugao S.U.
Peter Jhon Salazar                             Silver                                       Antique
60 KG
Mario Gacuma                                   Gold                                        Zamboanga City
Arens Rañola                                     Silver                                       Quezon Province
69 KG
Vince Palanca                                    Qualified                                 Mandaluyong City
96 KG
Lloyd Abucayan                                Gold                                        Davao City
Raymond Llacuna                             Silver                                       Cagayan de Oro City
Mark Jhon Daylusan                         Bronze                                     Antique


26 KG
Zerlyn Estimada                                 Gold                                        Taytay
Ara Marie Rizo                                    Silver                                       Taytay
Angelica Galleros                               Bronze                                      Pasay City
28 KG
Jodelyn Torres                                    Gold                                        Taytay
Mary Jane Recente                             Silver                                       Pasay City
30 KG
Cathlyn Gee Vergara                         Gold                                        Pasay City
Cyrine Galleros                                   Silver                                       Pasay City


30 KG
Rogelyn Limoran                               Gold                                        Taytay
Jenalyn Cuiscano                               Silver                                       Quezon City
34 KG
Maria Pilar Custodio                         Gold                                        Zamboanga City
Maria Elaiza Rowen Tatad               Gold                                        Quezon City
37 KG
Abigail Baleña                                    Gold                                        Quezon City
Jessa Sumanting                                 Silver                                       Quezon City
40 KG
Roselyn Escala                                    Gold                                        Quezon City
Kiana Santos                                        Silver                                       New Era University
 Jessica Bobis                                        Bronze                                     Quezon City
44 KG
Heidi Mae Piñon                                Gold                                        Quezon City
April Joy Samadio                              Silver                                       Quezon City
Shiena Jane Salcedo                           Bronze                                      Zamboanga City
48 KG
Bless Napiloy                                      Gold                                        Ifugao S.U.
Lovely Joy Martinez                          Silver                                       Quezon City
52 KG
Bless Napiloy                                      Gold                                        Ifugao S.U.
Andrea Allain Aldeya                        Silver                                       Zamboanga City
Lovely Joy Martinez                           Bronze                                     Quezon City


40 KG
Danica Tagle                                      Gold                                        Quezon City
Geselle Lauyon                                  Silver                                       Quezon City
44 KG
 Daniella Palanca                               Gold                                        Mandaluyong City
 Andrea Mae Elardo                          Silver                                       Quezon City
48 KG
Lovelyn Bandao                                 Gold                                        Ifugao S.U.
Divine Grace Cumahilig                   Silver                                       Ifugao S.U.


46 KG
Kristine Jambora                                Gold                                        New Era University
Maria Avonny Cabreros                   Gold                                        Taytay
Angelica  Macalos                              Bronze                                    Quezon City
Abigail Ballogan                                 4th                                            Ifugao S.U.
Charina Gaa                                         5th                                            Quezon City
49 KG
Rosegyn Malabja                               Gold                                        Baguio City
Nikkita Suarez                                   Silver                                       New Era University
52 Kg
Minalyn Foy-os                                  Gold                                        Baguio City
Lyndell Pacala                                    Silver                                       Quezon City


48 KG
Richelle Piollo                                    Gold                                        Makati City
Bemyla Bernas                                    Silver                                       New Era University
Annabelle Bayangan                         Bronze                                     Ifugao S.U.
Heroco Balaniyan                              4th                                            Ifugao S.U.
63 KG
Rhealyn Serafico                                Gold                                        Ifugao S.U.
Cherish Dumaniw                             Silver                                       Ifugao S.U.

SPECIAL AWARD (for wrestling and winning in special matches vs. more senior wrestlers)
            Maxwell Francisco                                                                             Taytay

Top Three Teams:
1.      Quezon City, Team Champion
2.      Taytay, 2nd Place
3.      Ifugao, 3rd Place

( Poster design by Detremier Villones of Gorilla Printing, illustration of Milo carrying the cow from the website Blackboxstrength.com)


1.  *Kristine Jambora – New Era University, gold, 46 kg. cadet girls
2.      Ma. Avonny Cabreros – Taytay, silver, 46 kg. cadet girls
3.      *Rosegyn Malabja – Baguio City, gold, 49 kg. cadet girls
4.      Nikkita Suarez – New Era University, silver, 49 kg. cadet girls
5.      *Minalyn Foy-os – Baguio City, gold, 52 kg. cadet girls
6.      Lyndell Pacala – Quezon City, silver, 52 kg. cadet girls
7.      *Richelle Piolo – Makati City, gold, 48 kg. junior women
8.      Bemyla Bernas – New Era University, silver, 48 kg. junior women
9.      Rhealyn Serafico – Ifugao State University, gold, 63 kg. junior women
10.  Cherish Dumaniw – Ifugao State University, silver, 63 kg. junior women
11.  Gedion Lauyon – Quezon City, gold, 39-42 kg. cadet boys freestyle (FS)
12.  Jaymark Macalma – Quezon City, silver, 39-42 kg. cadet boys FS
13.  *David Caoli – Baguio City, gold, 46 kg. cadet boys FS
14.  Jonathan Paala – Antique, silver, 46 kg. cadet boys FS
15.  *Jerald Bosikaw – Baguio City, gold, 54 kg. cadet boys FS
16.  Norman Tubog – Dumaguete City, silver, 54 kg. cadet boys FS
17.  *Joseph Cañolas – Taytay, gold, 63 kg. cadet boys FS
18.  Ruñeth Decano – Taytay, bronze, 63 kg. cadet boys FS
19.  Marco Adriano – New Era University, 69 kg cadet boys FS
20.  *Meldion Piñon – Quezon City, gold, 46-50 kg. junior boys FS
21.  John Michael Rocero - Antique, silver, 46-50 kg. junior boys FS
22.  *Marlou Onrubia – Zamboanga City, gold, 55 kg. junior boys FS
23.  *Ronil Tubog – Dumaguete City, silver, 55 kg. junior boys FS
24.  *King Bryan Guingona – Quezon City, gold, 60 kg. junior boys FS
25.  Brylle Magnabijon – New Era University, silver, 60 kg. junior boys FS
26.  Ram Morales – Pasig City, gold, 66 kg. junior boys FS
27.  John Rey Larena – Taytay, silver, 66 kg. junior boys FS
28.  Josh Sapinoso – Mandaluyong City, gold, 74 kg. junior boys FS
29.  Roberto Nicoleta – Taytay, silver, 74 kg. junior boys
30.  Mark John Dalusan – Antique, silver, 96 kg. junior boys
31.  Jonathan Paala – Antique, gold, 39-42 kg. cadet boys Greco-Roman (GR)
32.  Paul Mabon – Antique, bronze, 39-42 kg. cadet boys GR
33.  Edmar Santiago – Antique, silver, 46 kg. cadet boys GR
34.  Michael Elardo – Quezon City, bronze, 46 kg. cadet boys GR
35.  Michael Jay Cater – Taytay, gold, 50 kg. cadet boys GR
36.  Bonifer Escote – Antique, silver, 50 kg. cadet boys GR
37.  *Joshua Gayuchan – Ifugao State University, gold, 54 kg. cadet boys GR
38.  Sabrin Guingona, Jr. – Quezon City, silver, 54 kg. cadet boys GR
39.  *Jefferson Manatad – Quezon City, gold, 63 kg. cadet boys GR
40.  Jason Baucas – Baguio City, silver, 63 kg. cadet boys GR
41.  Morphy Namuhe – Ifugao State University, gold, 46-50 kg. junior men GR
42.  Peter John Salazar – Antique, silver, 46-50 kg. junior men GR
43.  *Mario Gacuma – Zamboanga City, gold, 60 kg. junior men GR
44.  Arens Tan Rañola – Quezon Province, silver, 60 kg. junior men GR
45.  Vince Palanca – Mandaluyong City, 69 kg. junior men GR
46.  Lloyd Abucayan – Davao City, gold, 96 kg. junior men GR
47.  Raymond Llacuna – Cagayan De Oro City, silver, 96 kg. junior men GR

*The 14 athletes whose names are marked with asterisks are already assured of governmental and private support to join the SEA Juniors and Cadets Wrestling Championship. The team managers, along with the WAP board, are still raising funds to support the participation of the 33 others. WAP welcomes sponsorship/financial assistance to help the rest of our qualifiers take part in the annual regional competition for young Southeast Asian wrestlers.

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