MVP Spotlight: Giancarlo Facio

Representing SJ High School, senior wrestler makes round two of statewide meet and national team

Photos by Corey Evan
Giancarlo Facio and his coach Fidel Salcedo.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

For high schoolers, there’s a time and a place to get your aggression out. For San Jacinto High School senior Giancarlo Facio, that would be after school in the wrestling room. His success this season saw him being picked to go to the CIF statewide wrestling meet at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield on Saturday, March 3.
Giancarlo, nicknamed “Gian” (pronounced “John”), was nominated to our MVP Spotlight by his mother, Claudia Tamayo. “I read the paper all the time and I love seeing scholar athletes getting recognized for all their hard work and dedication, so I started thinking of Giancarlo’s high school wrestling career,” said Tamayo. “Right before he started high school, I told him he needed to join a sport; I didn’t care what it was, he just needed to be involved [before wrestling he never did anything else]. It would be good for when he was ready to go to college, I told him.
“So two weeks into his freshman year, he came to me and said I’m going to wrestle,” she continued. “I was surprised— Giancarlo was only 95 lbs. Like a supportive mom I said to him, ‘that would be so cool!’ Now, here we are blessed with an academic and wrestling scholarship.”
Having just come off of round two of the statewide wrestling championships in Bakersfield, Facio took time out of preparing for the national meet to talk about his time wrestling. “One of my P.E. teachers had a wrestling seminar, and I just thought it was fun because he showed us a lot of takedown moves,” explained Facio. “I came to practice after school and I just decided to get into it.”
He also had a record of 21 wins and 6 losses this season, according to Coach Fidel Salcedo. Salcedo says he’s hopeful Gian’s legacy will live on and inspire future Tiger wrestlers at San Jacinto.
After high school, Facio is committed to Concordia University in Nebraska and their Bulldog wrestling program (a Division ‘A’ program). He plans to major in computer science, so he can develop app games for people to download onto their mobile devices.
Facio thanks his coaches for helping him get into the sport as well as his mom for supporting him in this endeavor…and driving him to practice. “She’s the one who basically made me stay in this sport.”
Despite his relatively small stature, Facio stands very tall in our MVP spotlight today. Congratulations, Gian!
Do you have a student athlete to nominate for our MVP Spotlight? If so, you can reach me, Corey Evan, at 760-270-5625 or cevan@thevalleychronicle.com.

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