Gunn wrestlers earn medals at prestigious Mid Cal event


Gunn had a pair of fourth-place finishes to highlight a 19th-place team finish at the prestigious Mid Cal Invitational that wrapped up Saturday at Gilroy High.

Leading the Titans were junior Ian Cramer (134) and senior Stephen Martin (184). Both athletes exceeded their seeds and defeated top wrestlers from out of the Central Coast Section over the weekend.

Cramer scored 28 of Gunn's 105 points by going 5-2. He won a major decision (14-0) over Jake Perry of Atascadero; pinned Austin Wilson of Menlo-Atherton, lost to Jaden Enriquez of Mission Oaks, 4-3; decisioned Michael lee of Enterprise, 6-0; won a major decision (30-3) over Nick Valadez of Pitman; posted a major decision (10-1) over Max McCann of Monta Vista; and then dropped a 7-5 decision to Chase Herrin of Hughson in the third-place match.

Martin scored 29 points with a 4-2 record. He pinned Niko Schumann of Sacred Heart Cathedral in just 43 seconds to open his tourney. Martin then won in overtime in an ultimate tiebreaker over Noe Garcia of Gilroy, 5-3; pinned Chris Maex of Morro Bay in 3:32; and lost to eventual champion Skyler Gonzalez of Rocklin in the semifinals, 11-6. In the consolation semifinals, Martin won by medical forfeit over Carlos Monetjo of Frontier, but dropped a 3-1 decision to Antonio Melo of Hilmar in the third-place match.

Martin's two losses were his first of the season. He's now 19-2.

Other Gunn wrestlers competing included Cadence Lee (2-2 at 106); David Abramovitch (0-2 at 120); Tanner Kerrins (2-2 at 126); Tavor Baharav (3-2 at 138); Cedric Linares (1-2 at 145); Eric Calderon (1-2 at 220) and Kirill Demyanenko (2-2 at 285).

Aside team champion and host Gilroy and eighth- placer Bellarmine, every school in the top 10 was from out of the CCS. This year's tournament drew teams from all over the state and featured a 64-man bracket in every weight division.

Gunn will host Monta Vista on Thursday in the Titans' final home meet of the season. Gunn needs a victory to force a three-way tie for first with the Matadors and Wilcox.

Boys basketball

Priory junior Scott Harris finished off an impressive week with a 30-point effort to highlight a 67-51 nonleague win over host Alma Heights Christian on Saturday in Pacifica.

Andy Isokpehi added 17 points and Connor Bonfiglio produced 13 as the Panthers (10-5) won for the third time in fourth games during the week. Harris scored 94 points in the four games while Bonfiglio added 89. Each player scored 30 as Harris averaged 23.5 points a game and Bonfiglio averaged 22.2.

In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep's nine-game win streak ended in a tough 61-53 nonleague setback to St. Mary's (Berkeley). Sophomores Mason Randall and Connor Moses led the Gators (11-5) with 17 and 14 points, respectively, as each drained four 3-pointers.

Sacred Heart Prep still remains alone in first place in the West Bay Athletic League at 6-0.

Girls soccer

Menlo School held on to a share of first place in the WBAL Foothill Division with a 3-0 victory over visiting Notre Dame-San Jose on Saturday. The Knights (5-0-1, 9-3-2) were held scoreless in the first half.

After halftime, senior Sienna Stritter provided the winning goal with a shot from 10 yards out following a corner kick by senior Chandler Wickers just five minutes into the half. Four minutes later, senior Amanda McFarland's free kick deflected off an NDSJ player and into the cage for an own goal. Wickers made it 3-0 with a 12-yard shot off an assist from junior Annelise Vought in the 30th minute.

Sophomore keeper Schuyler Tilney-Volk posted her fifth straight shutout for the Knights, who will host King's Academy on Tuesday (2:45 p.m.) before hosting co-leader Sacred Heart Prep on Thursday (2:45 p.m.), with the winner grabbing sole possession of first place.

In another WBAL Foothill Division match, Pinewood dropped a 4-0 decision to host King's Academy. The Panthers (2-5, 3-12) gave up two goals in the first eight minutes and wound up trailing at halftime, 3-0. Pinewood, which is battling to remain in the division after being promoted from the Skyline Division after last season, hosts SHP on Tuesday and visits Castilleja on Thursday.

— Palo Alto


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