A pair of Oaks wrestlers win title at Menlo tournament


Troy Lakin and Eric Lopez each won their division and host Menlo College placed second as a team at the Menlo tournament Saturday.

Lopez won three matches to capture the crown at 165 pounds, including a major decision in the championship match.

Eric Lopez
Lakin opened with a technical fall and then survived a pair of hard-fought decisions to win the title at 125 pounds.

Joel Palabriea and Nick Karis finished second in their respective divisions. Palabriea won a pair of matches, each by two points, before losing in the 141-pound championship match. Karis had a major decision and a pin before dropping a tough, 3-2, match in the title tilt.

Christian Franks went 5-1 in the tournament and placed third at 149 pounds while Josh Sowma was 4-1 at 174 pounds to finish third.

Men's soccer

Menlo College announced Saturday the addition of attacker Eli Bunton from San Diego, and goalkeeper Alex Coates from York, England, who are transferring from Duvision I Manhattan College in New York.

Bunton missed much of his sophomore season at Manhattan with an injury, but was capped 17 times in his freshman season, including 15 starts. Before Manhattan, Bunton led Albion Soccer Club to consecutive National League Championships in 2010 and 2011.

Coates started 34 games in the net for the Jaspers during his freshman and sophomore seasons, recording 143 saves in two years. He was also a MAAC All-Academic Team selection in 2014.

Before Manhattan, Coates was named to the English National Team, playing matches in Scotland and Estonia. Both Bunton and Coates McDowall will join the Menlo family this January for the spring semester.

Women's wrestling

Menlo College was home for the first time, hosting its annual tournament, which featured five teams from two different countries.

The Oaks had a strong showing, including Cady Chessin and Kalin Knight-Alvarez sweeping their respective pools for a first-place showing.

Knight-Alvarez went 3-0 with two of her three wins coming by way of tech fall. In her final match, Knight-Alvarez earned a hard fought 6-5 victory over Genie Gokhman of University of Alberta.

Chessin also went 3-0, with two pins. Her day started with a pin of Farah Tag (University of Alberta) and then dispatched Zarina Bridgitte of Southwest Oregon Community College before winning her final match of the day via injury default.

Menlo's Lauren Richardson finished second in her pool by going 2-1 on the day. Richardson won her first two matches via decision before falling in the finals to pool champion Saydee Bailey of SWOCC.

Women's basketball

Amber Lane scored 12 points but Menlo College was no match for Division I UC Davis on Saturday, dropping a 77-56 decision to the host Aggies in an exhibition game.

The Oaks led, 19-18, midway through the first half before UC Davis went on a 22-2 run to take a 41-21 halftime lead.

Menlo (11-3) travels to La Sierra on Friday to open Cal Pac Conference play.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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