ON THE MAT . . . A highly successful season was followed by a disappointing end for three seniors and one junior at the CIF State Championships this past weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Out of 10 combined matches by the four local wrestlers, only Gunn senior Eric Cramer
was victorious as he won twice before being eliminated. Cramer won his opening match at 126 pounds, 4-2, over Daniel Williams of Hughson to reach the second round. There, Cramer posted a 7-6 decision over Adam Bracamonte of East Bakersfield. Cramer then dropped into the consolation bracket following a 10-2 loss to Artemio Flores of James Logan and finally was eliminated after a 6-5 loss to sophomore Josh Cortez of Temecula Valley. Gunn senior Daniel Papp
(120) and junior Sean Lydster
(195) both started in the Round of 32, but neither lasted long. Papp was pinned by James Gomez of Woodcreek in 5:51 and then was eliminated in a 7-5 loss to Daniel Ruiz of Madera. Lydster opened with a 6-2 loss to Tyler Macdonald of Newbury Park before being eliminated by Oscar Martinez of Centennial-Corona in overtime, 2-1. Palo Alto senior Gary Hohbach
competed at 152 pounds and suffered a 15-6 loss to Alexander Graves of San Marcos (San Diego) in the opening round. Hohbach then saw his prep career end following a pin by Vacaville's Zach Dawson in 1:36. Cramer is headed to Stanford in the fall and hoping to continue his wrestling career there. Gunn coach Chris Horpel
said Papp has been admitted to several schools with strong wrestling programs and most likely will join former Gunn CCS champ Stefan Weidemann
at Cal Poly-SLO. Meanwhile, the Menlo College wrestling season came to an exciting conclusion on Saturday evening at the NAIA Wrestling national championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Eric Lopez headlined the Oaks' efforts, finishing second at 165 pounds. Lopez won his semifinal match, 7-5, to start the day and become the only Menlo wrestler to enter the championship round. Lopez met Jimmie Schuessler of Grand View in an exciting conclusion to his season. Schuessler and Lopez battled it out and were tied with time running out. Schuessler was able to score a point with just under 18 seconds remaining to earn the 4-3 decision and claim the national championship title. Menlo's Angel Garcia, Scott Brasil, and Lopez all earned All-American status on Saturday.Garcia placed third in the 133-pound division. He lost his semifinal match to eventual national champion Prescott Garner of Southern Oregon University. Following the loss, Garcia won a 4-2 decision to enter the third-place match, which he won in dominating fashion, an 11-3 major decision. Brasil lost his semifinal round to the eventual champion at 285 pounds, Eric Thompson of Grand View. Brasil then lost two consecutive one-point decisions, 2-1 and 3-2, to take home sixth place in the tournament.