For being only a sophomore, Donivan Giangregorio performed like a senior. The football player and wrestler handled his business both on the gridiron and the mat.
In his first year of varsity football, Giangregorio played on the offensive and defensive line and would also play linebacker. He collected 75 total tackles and 36 of them were solo. He also had two sacks, recovered one fumble and blocked one punt. As an offensive lineman, he helped pave the way for Calaveras running backs to rush for 2,832 yards and 30 touchdowns. Giangregorio was a first-team Mother Lode League player.
When the football season ended, Giangregorio moved into the wrestling room. Wrestling in the 182-pound weight class, he went 37-8. Giangregorio placed first at the Tim Brown Invitational, the Casa Roble Tournament and a tournament in Turlock. Giangregorio took first in the Mother Lode League, first in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament, second at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament and qualified for the State Finals. Giangregorio also won the Iron Man Award.
“Donivan worked out with me on Monday, and is working out with Kodiak (Stephens) today after spring football; he is special,” Calaveras head wrestling coach Ryan Upchurch said. “I think Donivan has the ability to rewrite some record books in both football and wrestling while here at Calaveras. To top it off, he got a 4.286 GPA last semester.”