Gunn High senior Cadence Lee got her quest for a second straight state wrestling title off to a good start on Friday at the Visalia Convention Center.
Gunn senior Cadence Lee won three matches on the first day of the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships on Friday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports.
While Lee was advancing, two other locals wrestlers were eliminated after each lost two straight matches -- Menlo-Atherton freshman Chelsea Wilson at 101 pounds and Palo Alto junior Alexa Austin at 116 pounds.
At the boys' Central Coast Section Championships, Gunn junior Ian Cramer and senior Stephen Martin were unbeaten during the first day at Independence High in San Jose. Joining them in the semifinals was Palo Alto freshman Seth Goyal.
Cramer, the No. 2 seed at 132, advanced to the semifinals by going 3-0 -- pinning Menlo-Atherton senior Austin Wilson in the quarterfinals in 4:55.
Martin, the No. 2 seed at 182, won all three of his matches by pin, while Goyal also went 3-0 -- with a pin in 30 seconds, a major decision (17-6) and an 8-3 upset of No. 2 seed Ramon Zacarias of Aptos.
Fourth-seeded Pinewood rallied from an early 14-5 deficit and pulled out a 54-31 victory over No. 5 Presentation (16-11) in a CCS Open Division quarterfinal at Gunn High on Friday night.
Pinewood will take its 25-2 record against top-seeded Sacred Heart Cathedral (20-6) in Tuesday's semifinals at Milpitas at 7:30 p.m. The Irish advanced with a 53-47 victory over No. 8 Wilcox (21-4).
The semifinal winners will advance to the finals on Friday at Santa Clara University at 6 p.m. All Open Division entrants have earned automatic berths into the NorCal playoffs.
In Gilroy, No. 7-seeded Eastside Prep (17-9) fell to No. 2 St. Ignatius, 56-44, at Christopher School.
The Panthers next will play No. 3 Mitty (16-11) in a consolation game at Mitty on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The No. 3 Monarchs were upset by No. 6 Scotts Valley, 67-64, in the other quarterfinal at Christopher School.
Junior Destiny Graham had 20 points plus eight rebounds and senior Charmaine Bradford added 12 points and six steals for the Panthers, who fell behind early (9-0) before making a game of it against the co-champions of the West Catholic Athletic League.
Eastside Prep took a 13-11 lead, but was outscored by 30-13 over the second and third quarters as the Panthers' lack of depth -- they suited up six players compared to the Wildcats' 13 -- took its toll. The Panthers also shot poorly from the free-throw line, making just 15 of 26.
Sacred Heart Prep rallied for a 14-11 nonleague win over St. Francis (Sacramento) on Friday in Atherton. The Gators improved to 2-0 on the season with the exciting overtime win.
The Gators were down by two goals with two minutes left in regulation. Sophomore Ally Mayle scored with just under two minutes to bring the Gators within one, followed by a goal from sophomore Libby Muir with seconds remaining in the game to tie it up at 11. In overtime, the Gators scored three straight goals to win the game. Mayle led the scoring with six goals, followed by Muir (3 goals), senior Kiana Cacchione (3 goals), and senior Megan Lamb and sophomore Juliana Clark added one goal each. Sophomore goalie Natalie Palmer had nine saves for the day.