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Gunn, Palo Alto pin down individual wrestling titles

 

The Gunn and Palo Alto wrestling teams each pinned down an individual title with Ian Cramer and Seth Goyal doing the honors during two separate tournaments on Saturday.

At the annual Bianchini Memorial at Cupertino High, Cramer highlighted the weekend for Gunn by winning the 138-pound title. He went 4-0, including a pin of Sebastian Marin of Silver Creek in 5:57 in the title match to improve to 10-0 this season.

Cramer opened with a pin of Edmund Yau of George Washington in just 34 seconds, pinned David Tran of Fremont in 5:08 in the quarterfinals and pinned Arjun Gill of Homestead (3:43) in the semifinals.

Gunn had four medalists out of six entrants. Jonah Wager went 2-2 and finished fourth at 182 and Kirill Demyanenko also went 2-2 and took fourth at 285. At 126 pounds, David Abramovitch finished sixth with a 1-3 mark.

At the Ruppel 2nd Man tourney (JV) on Friday, Gunn's Andy Maltz was second at 285.

Gunn will open its SCVAL De Anza Division dual-match season on Thursday by hosting defending league tournament champ Wilcox on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

At the Granada Mat Classic in Livermore, Palo Alto's Goyal won the 126-pound title while improving to 10-1 this season. He opened with a 6-3 decision, added a 12-6 win in the quarterfinals, posted a 12-5 semifinal win before registering a 23-11 win in the finals.

Paly teammate James Giaccia fashioned a 4-1 record and finished tied for third at 132 pounds.

Palo Alto will open its SCVAL De Anza Division dual-match season on Thursday by hosting Fremont at 6 p.m.

Girls soccer

Menlo School wrapped up a 2-0 finish on a San Diego trip after defeating Escondido Charter, 2-1, Saturday in San Diego. The Knights (3-2-3) got a solid defensive effort from Tess Batchelder and Lizzie Lacy picked up nine saves in goal.

Leah Swig scored twice for the Knights. Alexandra Walker fed Swig on the first goal 10 minutes into the game. Then, with eight minutes remaining, McKenzie Doyle sent a cross to Swig for a 2-0 lead.

"Leah had two excellent goals and almost scored a couple other times," Menlo coach Donoson FitzGerald said. "Zoe (Enright) played very well; McKenzie Doyle had a nice assist."

At Gunn, Palo Alto opened 2015 like it closed 2014 with a 6-0 nonleague victory over the host Titans. The Vikings improved to 6-0 while outscoring the opposition by 25-1.

Paly junior Jacey Pederson assisted on what proved to be the winning goal when she got behind the Gunn defense and sent a cross to Nika Woodfill, who collected the pass with her first touch and with her second touch scored. In the 11th minute, Paly had a free kick just outside the penalty area and Pederson got the ball up over the Gunn wall and just under the crossbar for a 2-0 match.

A minute later, Paly senior Katie Foug collected a loose ball, created space and scored. Near the end of the half, Pederson was running at the defense and was brought down in the penalty area. She scored on the resulting penalty kick, even though Gunn keeper Liz Cromarty dived to the right direction and got a hand on the ball.

In the second half, Palo Alto continued maintaining possession but Gunn defended well until the 64th minute. Woodfill settled a rebound off a defender and scored for 5-0. Paly finished the scoring in the 80th minute when Natalie Maloney sent Tess Preising a through ball and Preising's shot hit the near post, rolled across the goal line, hit the far post and spun in for Paly's final tally.

Gunn (2-3-1) dropped a 2-0 nonleague decision to visiting Santa Clara on Friday.

Boys soccer

Sacred Heart Prep rallied from a one-goal deficit in the first half to tie host Hillsdale, 1-1, in nonleague action Saturday.

The Gators (4-1-2) wrapped up their preseason schedule by tying the Knights in the second half when AJ Hamer scored off an assist from Matthew MacFarquhar.

Sacred Heart Prep will open its WBAL seasonon Wednesday by hosting rival Menlo School at 3:30 p.m.

The Knights (2-3-1) are coming off a pair of 4-1 matches, first losing to host Santa Cruz on Friday before beating host Carmel on Saturday.

Against Carmel, the Knights bounced back and took the lead midway through the first half on Will Chisholm's third goal of the season on a nice assist from Alistair Shaw. Menlo poured it on at the start of the second half as Chisholm scored in the first minute off an assist from Jackson Wagner. Junior midfield Tyler McGraw made it 3-0 after a good pass from junior defender Michael Quezada. Junior midfielder Matt Joss rounded out the scoring after taking another pass from Wagner.

Quezada scored Menlo's lone goal in the loss to Santa Cruz.

In Mountain View, Gunn dropped a 3-2 nonleague match to host St. Francis. The Titans (3-3-1) got a goal from senior Dmitriy Timokhin and an own goal in the first half to forge a 2-2 halftime deadlock. The Lancers (4-3) picked up the winning goal after intermission.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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