The Gunn wrestling team made the most of its Senior Night by handing visiting Monta Vista a 47-24 defeat, which earned the Titans a share of first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division. The Matadors are ranked No. 5 in the Central Coast Section while the Titans are No. 11.
Six Gunn seniors, all starters, were honored before the meet began. Seniors Michael Abramovitch (106), Cadence Lee (113), Tavor Baharav (145), Cedric Linares (152) and Stephen Martin (195) all came away with big wins. The only senior non-winner was Eric Calderon.
A lot was on the line with this dual, as both teams were vying for the division championship. Monta Vista came in with a 4-0 dual-meet record while Gunn was 3-1. The Titans' triumph forced a three-way tie for first place, with Wilcox sharing, as well.
Gunn has a bye next week but Monta Vista (hosting Paly) and Wilcox (3-1) will compete. The Titans have a bye next week. The Titans will wrap up their dual-meet season at Wilcox on Feb. 12. A victory will give Gunn its third straight dual-meet title since the Titans hold a tiebreaker over Monta Vista.
On Saturday, Menlo-Atherton will host a six-team tournament that begins at 10 a.m. and finishes around 3 p.m. In addition to the host Bears, teams competing in a dual-match format will be Sequoia, Aragon, Woodside, Capuchino and The King's Academy.
Eastside Prep won its second straight game of the week, a 41-35 nonleague triumph over visiting Alma Heights on Thursday night. The Panthers (9-8) pulled out to a 15-10 first-quarter lead and then played the visitors evenly from there. Darius Riley tallied 12 points and Owens Smith added 11 for Eastside.
Sacred Heart Prep evened its record in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) with a 40-32 win over host Mercy-San Francisco on Thursday night. The Gators (3-3, 12-8) trailed by 16-13 at halftime before making their move. Meghan Holland led the comeback with 14 points with Riley Hemm adding 12.
A depleted Menlo-Atherton squad saw its title hopes in the PAL Bay Division take a hit with a 2-2 tie with host Aragon on Thursday. The Bears were playing without senior starters Julia Stoner and Kelley Eason and wound up suffering the consequence against a team winless in league play.
In the first half, Aragon got on the board first when a long kick soared over the defense.The ball was initially blocked by sophomore keeper Ilana Winawer, but then finished by an Aragon forward. The Bears out-shot the Dons, 6-2, in the first half, but it was the Dons who took the 1-0 halftime lead.
In the second half M-A (4-2-2 8-2-4) found the equalizer when senior Cayla Stillman fed junior Amanda Wiseman to even the score at 1. The Bears kept pressing and scored the go-ahead goal when sophomore Jordan Olesen crossed a ball to sophomore Sarah McLeod, who finished with a nicely controlled one-touch volley into the net.
With 10 minutes to go in the second half and the Bears up 2-1, a ball that wasn't cleared by the M-A defense found its way to sophomore forward Erica Martinez, who was able to tie the score for Aragon. Despite a furious push at the end -- and a total of seven shots from the Bears in the second half -- the game finished in a deadlock.
In the WBAL Foothill Division, Castilleja rolled to a 4-2 victory over visiting Pinewood at the Mayfield Soccer Complex. The Gators grabbed a 1-0 halftime lead over the Panthers (2-7, 3-14), who scored its goals in the 67th minute (Nicole Colonna from Elle Stephan) and again in the 77th minute (Olivia Biggs from Stephan).
"Kudos to Castilleja, who looked and played much better than in our first meeting," said Pinewood coach Michael Tetzlaff, who had only 11 players available. "Now things suddenly look mighty bleak in terms of our staying in the Foothill Division, unless Castilleja loses again against Notre Dame-San Jose, and we can beat Priory again. We'll see."