SMHS Notable Alumni Series - Evan Wick
The sport of wrestling goes back thousands of years, and was one of the events at the first modern Olympics in 1896. The successful San Marino High School wrestling program contributes to the rich tradition of the sport, and that excellence is represented by notable alum, Evan Wick (SMHS Class of 2016).
Evan was named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week on December 21, 2022 following an 8-2 win over 2022 World Bronze Medalist, Vasyl Mykhailov in San Marino on Dec. 18. His victory helped Team USA overcome Ukraine 5-4 in the Beat the Streets LA dual meet hosted at the Barth Athletic Complex on the Huntington Middle School campus. This honor is the most recent of numerous achievements for the four-time NCAA All-American and Team USA wrestler.
Evan and his twin brother, Zander, were both state champions their senior year at San Marino High School, leading the Titans to a sixth place finish at the state tournament. Evan continued his wrestling career at the University of Wisconsin, and also began competing for Team USA. He capped his NCAA career in 2022 with a Pac-12 championship and 3rd place finish in the NCAA tournament for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he recently accepted a position as assistant coach for the wrestling team.
It is very special that USA Wrestling has recognized a Titan wrestler representing the United States. The San Marino High School community should also be very proud of Evan’s achievements and continuing success in the sport of wrestling.
See the USA Wrestling website for more about Evan Wick.
SMHS Notable Alumni Series - Andrés Cantor
Whether you call it fútbol or soccer, there is no denying that the beautiful game was the most watched sports event on Earth during the World Cup final this past Sunday. What may be a surprise to many is that one of the most famous soccer announcers in the world is a San Marino High School alum.
The most recognizable soccer goal call in the United States is the calling card of Andrés Cantor (SMHS Class of 1980). The Argentine-American was brought to tears during his Telemundo World Cup broadcast as his native Argentina captured the title. This is a career highlight that began modestly when he played midfield for the Titans, and served as sports editor of the San Marino High School paper. His resume now includes numerous national honors and awards in recognition of his sports broadcasting and journalism. And he has even voiced himself on an episode of The Simpsons.
There are many reasons to be a proud Titan, but it is special that San Marino High School's own Andrés Cantor brings the joy and excitement of soccer to millions of fans.
For those who are interested in more about this notable alum, read Kevin Baxter's LA Times article from Nov. 20, 2022.
Why Should You Stay Involved with your Alma Mater?
If you're like most people, you may not have the tightest connection with your high school alma mater. It's typical for graduates to go out into the world, heading off to college, trade school, the workforce or the armed forces. It’s the beginning of adult life.
As time goes on, we tend to lose a strong sense of connection with the schools we attended in our formative years. But more than any yearbook, class ring or Facebook group, staying engaged and involved with your alma mater is a great way to keep that connection—and even help out current students in meaningful ways.
Even if you are someone who put considerable distance between your high school and your current life, you can still stay involved. And, a good place to start is by joining.