Written By Matthew Tu
Galileo’s wrestling team is off to a strong start, dominating preseason tournaments at Liberty High November 24th and Clayton Valley High on Dec 8th. In addition In addition to the team win, senior Marino Balinton placed 1st at Clayton Valley tournament and junior Alex Harrington placed 2nd at Liberty.
While Alex currently holds the best record on the team (4-2), the group is led by captain’s, juniors Ben Ngo and Peter Colias. Both captains inspire confidence and passion on the mat. “I couldn’t ask for better captains… it’s just the way they motivate and lead the team,” said junior Aymen Belayadi.
With strong leadership, the Lions have lofty expectations for the season. The team is looking to repeat as all-city champions once again, as last year, the Lions claimed the championship title by 0.5 last year over Lincoln. If the Lions can win another all-city, it will be the 4th championship in 5 years. Aymen says, “This year we have high hopes of winning all city again.”
The one downside to the season thus far has been injuries. 4 wrestlers have already been injured during the first two tournaments, but the team is still in high spirits due to the fact that it’s still only preseason.