ON THE MAT . . . Gunn High junior Cadence Lee pinned down the third national title of her wrestling career by winning the FILA Cadet 108-pound division at the Body Bar Women's National Freestyle Championships during the weekend in Lakeland, Fla. Lee won six times, including a best-of-three win in the finals, while pinning each of her opponents while earning a berth to represent the U.S. at the FILA Cadet World Championships to be held in Serbia in August. Lee's coach at Gunn, Chris Horpel, will be honored along with Palo Alto High graduate and Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz when both are inducted into the California chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel in Palo Alto. The event is already sold out. Schultz and his brother Mark, who won gold medals at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, already are "distinguished members" of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame — the highest such honor in the sport. There are two halls of fame in California, the California Wrestling Hall of Fame and the California Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Horpel and the Schultz brothers are now in both. Horpel and his father, Frank, are the only father-son combination to be named to both California halls. Also being inducted on Saturday will be Lee Allen, the former Menlo College women's coach, along with Nancy Schultz, who was married to Dave until his tragic murder in 1996 and became a spokesperson in the sport. In addition to coaching the Gunn wrestlers, Horpel oversees the Terman Middle School program as well as the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club (founded by Nancy Schultz), which operates out of Gunn during the summer.
ROWERS ADVANCE . . . Three local high school girls earned gold medals in rowing and trips to the national championships following successful efforts at the USRowing Southwest Junior District Championships earlier this month at Lake Natoma near Sacramento. More than 600 rowers competed for invitations to the USRowing Youth National Championships, set for next month in Oakridge, Tenn. Among those headed to Tennessee will be Sacred Heart Prep senior Danni Struck, Menlo-Atherton junior Katie Kelly and Woodside senior Makayla Karr-Warner. The US Youth National Championships are a precursor for youth rowers participating in the World Championships, which will occur in Lithuania later this summer. Struck got things started for the Stanford Junior Crew team by winning the gold medal in the Single Sculls event. .
Struck then teamed up with her club teammate Victoria Wallace to win silver in Double Sculls. Struck's third berth to nationals came when the boat rowed by Struck, Wallace, Sharon Wu and Allyssa Meyer captured the bronze medal in Quadruple Sculls. The Stanford Juniors, coached by Monica Hilcu and rowing out of Redwood City, qualified a total of nine boats to nationals next month. Kelly and Karr-Warner represented NorCal Rowers at the meet and won gold in Doubles. Rowers from Northern and Southern California competed alongside those from Nevada, Utah and Arizona.