Prep wrestling: Top tourney efforts from Paly, Gunn, M-A

Charlie Williams (right) won the 160 pound division at the Cupertino Bianchini Tournament. Photo by Keith Ferrell.

Palo Alto's Charlie Williams and Gunn's Timothy Waymouth each won an individual title at the Cupertino Bianchini Tournament on Saturday and both teams finished among the top 11. Vikings' Dara Heydarpour also reached the championship match in his division.

Max Felter, Adar Schwarzbach, Halo Lynch and Tyler Weaver-Escobar each placed third for Paly while Philip Doan was third and Dash Lee fifth for the Titans.

At the Napa Valley Classic girls wrestling tournament, Lauren McDonnell and Abby Ericson each reached the championship match of their respective divisions Saturday and Menlo-Atherton finished second in the largest and oldest girls tournament in the country at Vintage High.

Williams recorded a 10-6 decision at 160 pounds for his title, Waymouth won the championship at 145 pounds, pinning his final opponent.

Heydarpour was the runner-up at 138 pounds. Felter won his final match at 106 pounds, Schwarzbach recorded a pin in the third-place match at 132 pounds, Lynch was third at 145 and Weaver-Escobar edged his opponent, 3-2, at 152 pounds.

Doan placed third at 145 pounds and Lee won his fifth-place match by decision at 182 pounds.

Girls wrestling

McDonnell (137) and Ericson (160), each of who placed second, were joined on the podium by Evelyn Calhoon (121) and Anna Smith (131), who each placed fourth.

Palo Alto's Ashley Wang split six matches and placed sixth at 121. Calhoon beat Wang in the consolation fours.

Fola Akinola, who placed second at last year's state meet, made her season debut at the Classic, winning one of three matches. Paola Ramirez won five of her seven matches.

Menlo-Atherton will compete at the Lady Baler Bash on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Hollister.

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4 people like this
Posted by III
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 7, 2019 at 7:49 am

III is a registered user.

Uhhh, Top 11? :------)
Paly took a very very strong team 3rd place.
Earning what I believe to be its FIRST EVER Team Trophy
for this tournament. Cuppertino tournament has been around
at least since 1990....
Not to mention almost every Viking won their last match, huge
for team point totals.... Very impressive results.
7 of 8 Vikings top 3 in their weight class....

Congrats to Gunn as well.....

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