Gunn senior wrestler Ian Cramer produced three straight wins, including two by pin, to capture the 145-pound division at the 2014 Lynn Dyche Classic on Saturday at James Lick High in San Jose.
Cramer's efforts helped the Titans finish fifth in the 24-team tourney. Gunn took 11 athletes and came away with one champ and seven other medalists. The Titans scored 113.5 points to trail first-place Oak Grove (170), Palma (153), Leigh (144.5) and Carothers (126.5).
Cramer, a team captain, had two pins before posting a 15-0 (technical fall) in the finals. He finished second at the Central Coast Section Championships last season and currently is ranked No. 1 in his weight class in the CCS.
Gunn's Alex Yu went 3-1 with three pins and finished third at 170 pounds. Teammate Tanner Kerrins went 3-2 and was fourth at 138, while Shelby Oyung (2-2 at 132), David Abramovitch (2-2 at 126) and Kirill Demyanenko (3-2 with three pins at 285) all placed fifth. Jonah Wager was 2-3 with two pins at 182 and finished sixth with Zane Koehler taking seventh at 195.
Elsewhere, Palo Alto's Alexa Austin dominated the 121-pound weight class at the 12th annual Castro Valley Girls Wrestling Classic. Austin went 3-0 with a major decision (18-5) in the finals to improve to 9-1 this season. This tournament is known as one of the tougher girls'-only events in the state.
Paly teammate Sara Aguilar finished third at 189 pounds, going 4-1 while only losing to last year's state champ, Jackie Quinones of Arroyo (Southern Section).
A day after a three-point win, Menlo School dropped a tough 50-44 nonleague decision to visiting Half Moon Bay on Saturday in a battle of unbeatens. The loss snapped the Knights' win streak at four. The Cougars improved to 7-0.
Menlo jumped out of the blocks, taking a quick lead on a pair of 3-pointers by Will Richardson and a basket by Charlie Roth. The Knights held a 28-25 halftime lead, thanks in large part to Tench Coxe, who scored 10 points in the second quarter.
Menlo (4-1 overall) got a big boost from beyond the arc with a combined six 3-pointers from Coxe (13 points) and Richardson (nine). Roth also had nine points and led the Knights in rebounding with 10.
Half Moon Bay was led by 6-foot-6 center Austin Hilton and 6-7 power forward Case DuFrane. Hilton scored nine of his 17 points in the third quarter when HMB pulled away to take its first lead. DuFrane finished with 16 points.
In San Mateo, Menlo-Atherton (3-5) dropped a 65-36 nonleague decision to host Serra in the Merv Harris Classic.
With seniors Brije Byers and Destiny Graham combining for 41 points, Eastside Prep rolled to a 71-5 dismantling of out-manned Thurgood Marshall in nonleague action Saturday night. Byers had 21 points and seven assists with Graham adding 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Panthers improved to 8-1 heading into the holidays.
Senior Chaccity Cunningham added 15 points and 11 bounds with freshman Kayla Tahaafe finishing with eight points with freshman Alayah Bell contributing seven points. Byers is averaging 18.3 points a game while Graham is scoring at 18.0 per contest.
In San Jose, Pinewood rallied from a 26-22 halftime deficit and rode a 39-point second half to a 61-48 nonleague victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral in the annual Presentation Shootout at Presentation High. Sophomore Akayla Hackson tossed in 20 points to pace the Panthers (6-1) with senior Marissa Hing adding 15.
Freshman Stella Kailahi contributed 10 points and seven rebounds while junior Chloe Eackles finished with five points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Pinewood outscored the Irish, 26-7 in the final period to pull away. Sophomore Erin Poindexter-McHan drained a trio of 3-pointers for nine points.
Also at the Presentation Shootout, Gunn (3-4) was routed by Scotts Valley, 80-44.
In Atherton, guard Riley Hemm tossed in 17 points as host Sacred Heart Prep posted a 49-26 nonleague victory over visiting Woodside on Saturday. Ma'ata Makoni added 10 points for the Gators (7-1), who pulled away in the second half by scoring the Wildcats 32-12.
In San Jose, Palo Alto (7-1) used a solid defensive effort to post a 45-26 victory over Piedmont Hills in the Hunt Memorial Shootout at Evergreen Valley High. Sophomore point guard Julie Chandler and Paly teammate Lauren Koyama were key to the victory by holding senior point guard Jennielyn Sipat from Piedmont Hills scoreless in the game.
Paly coach Scott Peters also singled out the defensive efforts of Coco Lovely and Maddy Atwater. Freshman Sophie Frick also was instrumental to the team defensive effort by coming off the bench to set the tone with her physical play and rebounding. Piedmont Hills had been averaging 54 points a game.
In Burlingame, Menlo School struggled early but won going away, 49-33, over host Burlingame in nonleague action Saturday. Kenzie Duffner led the Knights (4-1) team in scoring with 16 with Hannah Paye adding 13 and Sam Erisman nine, while Mallory North led the team with four blocks. Menlo next plays a makeup game at Sequoia High on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Palo Alto wrapped up its 2014 preseason schedule with a big 2-1 victory over perennial power Gilroy in the Oak Grove Tournament on Saturday in San Jose. This was an evenly played game with neither team having many shots until Paly's Michel Siaba and Ed Chen combined to score the first goal.
The Vikings (3-1-2) had a defensive lapse in the second half as Gilroy continued to control the ball in the first 15 minutes. The Mustangs tied the game in the 10th minute. Paly controlled the ball for most the remaining half, with several near-scoring chances. The winning goal game came when Chen beat Gilroy's right back to the end line and put a nice cross to the waiting Cole Tierney.
Defenders Reuben Kramer, Preston Kupper, Steven Blatman along with keeper Eli Friedlaner had nice games, according to Paly coach Don Briggs.
In Concord, the Sacred Heart Prep boys suffered their first soccer loss of the season, a 2-1 decision to San Ramon Valley in the De La Salle Tournament on Saturday. The Gators (3-1-1) got their lone goal from Eric Hausken off an assist from AJ Hamer.
Menlo-Atherton wrapped up the Gold Division championship of the Burlingame Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Christopher on Saturday at Burlingame High. The Bears finished 3-0 in the tournament, outscoring their opponents, 11-1, and earning 29 out of a possible 30 points.
The match started a bit slow with M-A's best scoring chances thwarted by three offside calls. Senior Annie Harrier finally got the Bears (3-1-1) on the board just before the halftime whistle when she picked off a back pass to the keeper and took it straight to the open goal for an easy tap-in and a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, freshman Josephine Cotto found the net in the 20th minute on a beautiful pass through the middle from sophomore Katie Guenin. Cotto's goal in the 20th minute put the Bears up 2-0. Less than 10 minutes later, Cotto found the net again -- this time on a feed by junior Miranda Simes.
Also at the Burlingame tourney, sophomore Mia Shenk provided two goals and junior Tierna Davidson tallied a goal and two assists as Sacred Heart Prep rolled to a 4-0 victory over Hillsdale. The Gators (4-2) scored three goals in the first half before sophomore Lindsay Johnson scored in the second half off the second assist from Davidson. Johnson also assisted on Shenk's first goal in the 22nd minute.