Gunn's Weidemann pins down a prestigious wrestling title


Gunn senior Stefan Weidemann made some school history by winning the 152-pound division at the Mid-Cal Invitational on Saturday at Gilroy High. Weidemann is the first Gunn wrestler ever to win a title in the prestigious event and now is 15-0 this season, with 12 wins coming by pin.

"Stefan had a great game plan and executed it perfectly," said Gunn coach Chris Horpel. "The Mid-Cals are a good indicator to see if you are ready for CCS and State. Seven of the top 10 teams were from other sections . . . we even had out-of-state representation there."

Weidemann scored 42 team points while finishing 5-0 in the two-day meet. Gunn finished 28th in the 70-team event with 75.5 points.

After opening with a bye, Weidemann pinned Arthur Georgiyev of South San Francisco) in 2:53. Weidemann followed that up with a pin over Jose Cardenas of Seaside in 3:16.

In the quarterfinals, Weidemann won by decision over Charles Yllan of Madera South), 9-1. That earned Weidemann a berth in the semifinals, where he won by decision over Johnathan Gonzalez of Santa Teresa), 6-2. In the championship match, Weidemann won by decision over Isiah Morfin of Selma, 3-0.

Weidemann came into the tournament ranked No. 16 in the state by

Two other Gunn wrestlers made it to Saturday's action -- sophomore Eric Cramer (119) and junior Chris Jin (145). Cramer went 4-2 and scored 12 points while coming within one match of also bringing home a medal. He won three matches by pin and missed a medal following a 2-1 loss to Robb Rodriguez of San Benito in Round 6 of the consolation bracket.

While the regular-season tournament schedule is over for Gunn, the Titans have three dual meets remaining in the SCVAL El Camino Division before the SCVAL Championships, where Gunn and Fremont likely will contend for the title. Next up for the Titans will be a home meet against Lynbrook on Thursday. Gunn then will host Fremont on Feb. 3.

Meanwhile, Palo Alto junior Kalen Gans made it to the championship match at 162 pounds before dropping a 9-2 decision to Adam Busch of Castro Valley. Busch was ranked No. 2 at 171 pounds in the North Coast Section and No. 15 in the state.

Gans did defeat Chris McCallaCreary of Harker in the semifinals, 14-5. McCallaCreary was ranked No. 1 in the Central Coast Section at 160 pounds, a spot Gans now occupies.

The Vikings finished 26th as a team with 80 points. Menlo-Atherton also competed, finishing 51st with 36 points.

Palo Alto will be at Los Gatos on Thursday, with both teams matching 3-0 records in the SCVAL De Anza Division. The winner most likely will wrap up the regular-season title. The Vikings will closer their regular season at home on Feb. 1 against Cupertino.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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