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Prep report: It's on to the CCS for local wrestlers

 
Palo Alto High sends nine wrestlers to the Central Coast Section tournament this weekend in San Jose. Photo by Keith Ferrell.

Palo Alto produced three Santa Clara Valley Athletic League champions and Gunn had two champs at the SCVAL tournament Saturday at Lynbrook High.

Four other Vikings and one Titan also reached the championship match as Paly placed second to Los Gatos for the team title, 277 1/2-209, and Gunn was fifth with 113 points.


Timothy Waymouth. Photo by Butch Garcia.

Dash Lee. Photo by Butch Garcia.
Overall, Palo Alto had all nine of its wrestlers qualify for the Central Coast Section tournament, which gets underway with the boys first session at 10 a.m. and the girls first session at 6 p.m. Friday at Independence High in San Jose. Gunn will send at least five wrestlers.

Paly's Adar Schwarzbach beat Gunn's Koh Suzuki, 9-2, to win at 132 pounds. Gunn's Timothy Waymouth returned the favor at 152 pounds, pinning PA's Halo Lynch in 2:47. Waymouth recorded four pins en route to his championship.

Vikings senior Andrew Wang defeated Los Gatos' Markie Murabito, 17-5, to earn the 126 title and freshman Cade Creighton beat Milpitas' Lou Noble 16-6 to win the 145 title.

Gunn's Dash Lee successfully defended his 182-pound title, pinning Los Gatos' Andrew Leung in 35 seconds.

Palo Alto's Max Felter, Peter Graham, Dara Heydarpour and Charlie Williams also reached the championship round. Felter lost, 5-4, to Fremont's Joseph Kashitani at 106 while Graham (113) and Heydarpour (138) were pinned in the third period and Williams at the end of the second period.

Gunn's Calvin Cai and Armin Abolhassani and Paly's Macguire Ferrell also qualified by finishing among the top four in their weight class. Cai pinned Benjamin Hernandez of Los Gatos at 4:00 to win his third-place match. Abolhassani (160) and Ferrell (182) placed fourth.

Gunn's Phillip Doan finished seventh at 138 pounds and could be awarded an at-large bid. He fell just short of automatically qualifying when he suffered a 5-4 loss in the consolation quarterfinals.

Boys soccer

Menlo-Atherton fell, 1-0, to league leading Burlingame on Friday. The Bears dominated play for much of the game, only to give up a late game winning goal.

M-A (9-6-3, 7-3-2) was particularly dominant in a wet first half, controlling play with crisp passing and strong runs through the Panthers' defense. The Bears had several good scoring opportunities, narrowly missing the target on numerous occasions. The defense was stout, conceding a corner but keeping the Panthers' attack at bay. The half ended with the Bears leading in shots 7-3.

Burlingame broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, converting a header off of a free-kick. After the goal, the Bears pressed forward, generating several good scoring chances but could not find the equalizer. The final shot tally favored M-A, 21-7. With the loss, M-A drops four points behind Burlingame with two games to play.

The Bears close out the regular season at home with games against Woodside on Monday and a senior day clash with Sequoia on Wednesday. There will be a pregame ceremony honoring the seniors.

Badminton

Palo Alto High is seeking a badminton coach, with the season set to begin in less than a month.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact Paly Athletic Director Therren Wilburn at twilburnsudduth@pausd.org.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by III
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 11, 2019 at 7:44 am

Paly 9 wrestlers total, of 14 possible weight classes to this tournament.
8 in the finals; 3 1st, 5 2nd and 1 4th. Took 2nd as a TEAM!!
Amazing performance. Not sure equaled in the storied past successful league
wrestling of Paly, 1960-70s! Paly did have a championship team leagues in 2010-ish? But not sure put 8 in finals!!!
Congrats to the wrestlers and the hard work, effort.
Congrats to the coaching staff and keeping your men in the hunt :----)
On to CCS and congrats to all wrestlers/teams that qualified.
III


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Posted by Fifa
a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 11, 2019 at 1:36 pm

Great work, Gunn Titans! Not bad for a rebuilding year with a brand new head coach (Dennis Chan) stepping in to fill Coach Horpel's legendary role. Congratulations to all of the wrestlers at Gunn & Paly who participated this season, especially those who will continue to battle in the post-season. May the combined athletes represent the city well at CCS.


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