Gunn pins down a special weekend with big title


The Gunn wrestling team has taken a well-deserved holiday break after pinning down one of the most successful weekends in Gunn sports history.

It started with a dominating 56-21 dual-match victory over rival Los Altos to open the SCVAL De Anza Division season on Friday, and ended with a team championship at the 25-team Lynn Dyche Classic tournament in San Jose on Saturday.

Gunn (1-0, 4-0) took 12 wrestlers to the Dyche Classic wrestling tournament at James Lick High and scored 226 points while producing five individual champions, including the Outstanding Wrestler in the lightweight division.

St. Francis, ranked No. 2 in the Central Coast Section, was a distant second with 141 points.

According to Gunn coach Chris Horpel, who was honored with the tournament's Coach's Award, it was the program's first major varsity team title in nearly 40 years.

Gunn junior Eric Cramer won the 126-pound title with four pins and was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the lighter weights. Junior Daniel Papp won the 113-pound title with two pins, Senior Chris Jin won the 152-pound crown, Julian Calderon took the 160-pound title and sophomore Sean Lydster won at 195 pounds with three pins.

Sophomore Cadence Lee had a pair of pins while taking second at 106 pounds, junior Blaze Lee was third at 145 points with three pins, freshman Ian Cramer took the 120-pound crown with two pins, junior Miko Mallari was fourth at 138 with two pins and senior JJ Strnad was fifth at 220 pounds with a pair of pins. The Titans had no entries at 170 and 285 pounds.

In the division-opening win over Los Altos a day earlier, the Titans came up with eight pins to help secure the victory -- Cadence Lee, Papp, Eric Cramer, Blaze Lee, Calderon, Lydster and Strnad. Lydster had the fastest pin for Gunn, in just one minute.

Palo Alto sent only five wrestlers to the Lynn Dyche Classic, but still came away with an individual champion as Erik Anderson won the 182-pound title.

"We had a few wrestlers who needed some varsity matches," said Paly coach Dave Duran.

In addition to the title won by Anderson, who just came out after finishing football, Paly got a second place from Christian Lonsky at 160, third places from Trent Marshall at 145 and Gary Hohbach at 152 and a sixth from Jared Swezey-Gleason at 170.

Next up for the Vikings will be a try-meet with CCS No. 16-ranked San Benito and host St. Francis (No. 2) on Friday. Third-ranked Paly will wrestle San Benito at 11 a.m. and the Lancers at 3 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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