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Gunn's Maltz, M-A's Wilson both pin down wrestling titles

 

Gunn's Andy Maltz and fellow junior Chelsea Wilson of Menlo-Atherton both came away with gold medals following undefeated efforts in wrestling tournaments that wrapped up Saturday.

Maltz won gold at 285 pounds at the Bianchini Invitational at Cupertino High and Wilson took the 106-pound title at the girls' two-day Napa Valley Classic at Vintage High.

After taking the team title on Friday at the Ruppel 2nd-Man Invitational, the Gunn varsity stepped up on Saturday and, led by Maltz at the same venue, produced three medalists.

This was Maltz's first varsity tournament with the Titans and he made the most of the opportunity as he pinned all three opponents on his way to the 285-pound title. He opened with a pin of Manny Sandoval of Wilcox in 2:20 before pinning Andrew Romero of St. Francis in 1:03. In the championship match, Maltz pinned Mikey Wiley of Los Gatos in 1:00.

Also earning medals for the Titans were senior Tanner Kerrins (consolation bracket A champion at 145) and junior Aaron Schultz (fourth at 152). Gunn placed 12th out of 31 teams. Kerrins went 3-1 with one pin and Schultz finished 3-2 with three pins while scoring 19 points.

The JV team entered nine wrestlers in the Ruppel Invitational and that was enough to win the tournament title on Friday. First-place honors went to freshman Koh Suzuki (126) and junior Ido Evav (132).

Gunn will open its SCVAL De Anza Division dual-match season on Thursday at Wilcox.

In Napa on Saturday, Wilson finished 5-0 while winning the 106-pound crown at arguably the toughest girls' tournament in Northern California. Making her achievement even more noteworthy was the fact Wilson did not allow a single point.

Wilson, who saw her 2015 season end early due to injury, showed she has returned to the form that earned her a state berth as a freshman. She came in seeded No. 3 in her 34-girl bracket.

Wilson opened with a pin of Breanna Zepeda of Benicia in the first period by an underhook takedown and half-nelson. In Round 2, Wilson defeated Sumia Franco of Castro Valley in the first period after executing a single leg take down and pinning by half-nelson.

In the quarterfinals, Wilson pinned Claire Payne of Ukiah in the first period after executing a single leg takedown and pinning using an arm-bar attack. In the semifinals, Wilson was extended to the second period, where she used an arm bar to pin Hana Minsky of Albany.

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In the championship match, Wilson posted a 5-0 decision over Victoria Borrego of Terra Nova. Wilson's first two points were scored by a single-leg takedown in the first period. The second period was scoreless. In the third period, Wilson started on bottom and escaped using a stand-up and scored a defensive takedown.

Girls basketball

Eastside Prep suffered its third straight loss after dropping a 48-42 nonleague decision to Sacramento High in the New Year's Shootout at Pittsburg High. The Panthers are 7-6 heading into Tuesday's West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) game at Sacred Heart Prep.

The Gunn-Pittsburg game was not reported.

B Girls soccer==

Senior Tierna Davidson gave Sacred Heart Prep a 1-0 first-half lead, tallying an unassisted goal in the 18th minute, but host Mountain View rallied for two second-half goals for a 2-1 nonleague victory on Saturday.

The match pitted the reigning Central Coast Section Division I (Mountain View) and III (SHP) champions.

Junior Natasha Harris and senior Ysa Balout tallied for the Spartans with sophomore Bethan Parry providing an assist. The Gators fell to 3-4 while Mountain View, ranked No. 6 in the state by MaxPreps, improved to 8-0.

The Mills-Pinewood match was not reported.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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