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Kuinini Manumua- the weightlifting star from San Francisco

By: Zhixian Zhu

 


Manumua at the International Weightlifting Federation's Youth World Championship.

 

   On the very last day of the International Weightlifting Federation’s Youth World Championships, Lincoln High senior Kuinini Manumua won a bronze medal in the snatch for the United States.

         Manumua trains at the Hassle Free Barbell Club in San Francisco, California, and is of Tongan descent. She’s a fighter howthat brought a bronze medal home to the U.S. from the Youth Word 2017

      “I started lifting three and a half years ago near the end of my Freshmen year in high school. My current coach Kevin Doherty introduced me to weightlifting since he was a teacher at the school I am attending for a program named Avid. He is also the weightlifting, track and field and football coach,” said Manumua.

      Weightlifting is not an easy sport, but Manumua gets her strength from people who are supportive and encouraging towards her. She says that all of the motivation makes her work hard and push through the tough times she do so she won’t disappoint anyone. “Everyone has up and downs,” explains Manumua, revealing that when she gets knocked down in practice, she would, “eat a lot of ice cream, and keep my head held high no matter what happened.”

     Lifting in the +75 kilogram class and weighing in at 97.8 kilograms (215.6 pounds), Manumua delivered personal records across the board: a snatch of 93 kilograms (205 pounds), a clean & jerk of 117 kilograms (258 pounds), and a total of 210 kilograms (463 pounds).

Cheerteam

By: Zev 

The Mustang squad cheered their hearts out in their effort for first.
 

At the beginning of the year the mustang cheer team was locked in on one goal: 1st place at the Jamz national championship; but it seemed to be an unrealistic goal compared to the last few seasons. Despite being good enough to get a bid to nationals the last three years, the team had never placed higher than ninth; but this year their fortune changed.

Determined to fly higher than ever, the team worked meticulously hard for the entire year getting each and every routine right down to the last smile.

Sophomore Ilysa Berger said, “We had practice 3 times a week and all the other competitions we did before nationals really helped.”

The team headed to Vegas on February 22nd, with butterflies in their stomachs and a chilliness in the air. After a light Thursday, the team prepped one last time before their first performance on Friday evening. When the time of the performance came, the squad put out a relatively strong showing, with one fall costing them a few points and pushing them back into fourth at the end of the first day.

Saturday the team came back with a renewed energy. Junior captain Sabrina Chu said, “I personally think this is the best we've been all year long.”

Berger agrees, saying “I think that we’ve gotten better this year because I think that everyone took it more seriously and actually strived for first place.”

Despite another small fall on Saturday Chu exclaimed, “Overall our performance and execution was much higher than Friday.”

Freshman Sara Elalaoui said that teamwork led to their improved performance. “Our team worked so hard and we all supported each other with all our stunts so we could place as high as we could.”

Thanks to their rejuvenated efforts, they were able to move up in the standings and pull into second place, in the end only losing by 0.2 points.

Although second place was the highest finish by the team by far in the past few years due to how close they were to first, it was still hard to take.

Berger was hoping for a different result stating, “I think that we should’ve won because we did the hardest stunts in our division, but we got big deductions from the stunts that fell so it makes sense.”

           Chu also understands the result, but is bugged by how close they came. “As for not getting first, it was no particular persons fault. We lost by so little which was really disappointing knowing that if we would've just bobbled our head or pointed our toes or even been louder for the cheer we could've won.”

Hopefully next year the squad can make it back to nationals, but this time, climb all the way to the top.

Two All-City wrestling championship scoring error causes upset

By: Alison Wu

 


 Lincoln High's wrestling team celebrates after the game, not knowing that a scoring error would record Galileo High as taking first place even though Lincoln actually won.

 

On Saturday, February 17, Abraham Lincoln High school’s wrestling team went to the All-City championship, and after a strong day of wrestling they were announced All-City Champions. Ten out of the twelve wrestling team members went home with medals. Sophomore Tyree Cross, Junior Eugene Larios-Feltons, and Junior Germain Matias qualified for the state championship. However, on Sunday, February 18th, the wrestling team got a message saying the California Scholastic Federation of San Francisco (CIF SF) was stripping the team of the championship due to an error in scoring.

"We won by 13.5 points. After a day the judges sent a email to me about  they somehow miscounted Galileo High school's score by 14 points which is a very large margin." said Coach Chad Chiparo.

People on the wrestling team were upset, surprised, and disappointed, but said they would use this as motivation for next year.

First year sophomore wrestler Jose Delacruz-Torres who got third place in the 132 weight class at All-City championship said, "I am angry because they announced that we got first place. After that day our coach told us that we actually got second place because they miscounted the points."

"I am very disappointed about how the judges miscounted the 14 points, and I feel like I could have done better," said Jacen Canales, a Sophomore wrestler who also got a third place in the 120 weight class at All-City championship.

Chiparo, not wanting to give the trophy back to the CIF to give to Galileo, asked for a meeting to review the score.

After the meet with CIF SF on Wednesday, March 14, the CIF determined Lincoln did actually win the All-City championship, but refused to officially change the ruling back because it was already scored. Although when it was scored the first time it had Lincoln winning, the CIF SF changed it so that Galileo was named champions.

"We reviewed the scores, and it turned out there were a couple more scoring errors in our favor. The person that's keeping the score did not know many technicalities in the scoring, so he did not know what he was really doing," said Chiparo.

Chiparo explained that all other CIF district sections use a computer, but the CIF SF has not been willing to pay for a system that would be an advantage to the league in order to prevent such errors.  

"Next year we are only losing two wrestlers and the whole team will be back. Abigail Morales will be a junior next year and the only girl. We hope to get more females, ‘Calling out for more female wrestlers!’ " said Chiparo.

At the state meet Larios-Feltons and Cross won a match, which has never happened for any San Francisco school for the past six years. This year is the best finish in the three years of Chiparo's coaching, and regardless of the outcome of the match, Chiparo cannot be more proud of his athletes.