M-A wrestlers pin down three gold medals at PAL finals

The Menlo-Atherton wrestling team came away from the Peninsula Athletic League Championships on Saturday at El Camino High with three gold medals.

Senior James Smith not only captured the 162-pound title, but was named the Outsanding Wrestler in the upper weights for not allowing a point in his two matches.

Smith, the top seed, had an opening bye before pinning Justin Kim of Mills. That put Smith into the title match, where he he came up with a tech pin of Dominic Pintarelli of Half Moon Bay.

The Bears had two other winners in senior Anthony Andrighetto and Austin Wilson as they scored 88 points and finished fifth in the team standings.

Andrighetto won the 122-pound division with a 3-0 record. He pinned Brandon Herrera of Capuchino in 1:06, posted a 12-2 major decision over Emilio Bautista of Half Moon Bay and then registered a 7-1 decision over Patrick Palomata of Terra Nova in the finals.

Wilson won at 134 pounds. He opened with a pin of Felgion Peralta of South San Francisco in 3:04. In the semifinals, Wilson pinned Mat Deleon of Burlingame in just 19 seconds to earn a berth in the finals, where he decisioned David Ortega of Capuchino, 3-1.

M-A's Sam Stroud added to the Bears' scoring total by taking third at 154 pounds. After being pinned in the opening round, Stroud bounced back with a 17-7 major decision of Ryan Tjoa of Hillsdale, a 14-9 decision of Cody Dexter of Half Moon Bay, a 12-4 major decision over Joey Nguyen of Oceana and, finally, a 5-1 decision of Iakona Simpliciano of Terra Nova in the third-place match.

In the girls' PAL meet, M-A freshman Chelsea Wilson was second at 103 pounds. She pinned Charlene Smith of Capuchino in 1:40 before being pinned by Hiba Salem of South San Francisco in the finals.

She'll compete in the girls' CIF State Championships this weekend in Visalia while Andrighetto, Wilson, Smith and Stroud go after honors in the boys' Central Coast Section Championships at Independence High in San Jose, Friday and Saturday.

A handful of local wrestlers, meanwhile, received seeds for the CCS meet. James Giaccia of Palo Alto is a No. 3 at 126 pounds, Gunn's Ian Cramer is a No. 2 at 132, and Gunn's Stephen Martin is a No. 2 at 182. Paly's Josh Deckelman is an alternate seed at 152.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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