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M-A's Smith places third at prestigous girls wrestling tourney

Kim is a runner-up for the M-A bouys in Saratoga

Menlo-Atherton senior Anna Smith recovered from a loss in the championship quarterfinals to place third in the 131 division of the Napa Valley Girls Wrestling Classic at Vintage High on Saturday.

Smith, who won five of her six matches, suffered her first loss of the season to eventual champion Adaugo Nwachukwu of Silver Creek, 9-4. Nwachukwu is undefeated on the season at 17-0. Smith could possible wrestle Nwachukwu again in the Central Coast Section tournament, if not before.

Smith came back to beat Livermore's Ximena Pulido 8-0 in major decision and then topped Central Catholic's Leilani Martinez 2-0 in the third-place match. Smith beat Martinez 6-3 in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to Nwachukwu.

Following a first-round bye, Smith recorded pins over Central High's Isabella Pelayo in 1:30 and Riverside's Noa Arnold in 3:57.

Junior Hannah Hendrickson (170) placed sixth in her division, while nine others scored points for the Bears, who finished fourth with 102 points. Orland won the team title with 129 1/2 points.

Hendrickson needed four wins in the consolation bracket to work her way to the podium. She pinned Central's Melgoza in 43 seconds, pinned Willit's Isabella Nunez in 2:06, beat Salinas' Melanie Martinez 3-1 and downed Antelope Valley's Winifred Namosimalu 4-1 before losing to eventual third-place finisher Valerie Osborne (22-2) of Oakland. She also fell to Osborne in the quarterfinals.

Hendrickson, who was forced to retire in the second period of the fifth-place match due to an injury, opened with a 1-0 decision over Sequoia Cook

Other scorers for M-A were freshman Ashlye Gutierrez (235), freshman Isabella Epidendio (189), freshman Lauren Wargo (143), sophomore Zoe Zehnder (137), junior Camila Tarazi (126), sophomore Alexia Bensoussan (121), senior Alejha Brussard (116), senior Jordynn Robinson (11) and freshman Kiely Tabaldo (101).

Eden Fisher, Saniya Joshi, Pria Kuykendall, Kayla Melcher, Claire Lange-McPherson, Tess Buckley, Gwendolyn Tomkins and Mari Callahan also competed in the two-day event that drew 140 teams.

Boys wrestling

Menlo-Atherton's Julian Kim placed second in the 126 division of the Jim Root Memorial tournament at Prospect in Saratoga on Saturday. He led four Bears wrestlers who placed among the top eight.

Kim earned a bye into the quarterfinals, where he needed overtime to beat Calavares' Jonas Wong, 9-7, in sudden victory. Kim defeated Serra's Aidan Quinn, 7-4, in the semifinals.

Caleb Prouty placed fifth at 145, downing Heritage's Harrison Garcia 5-0 in the final match. Prouty recorded a pin and two decisions en route to placing fifth.

Peter Sapountzis, who split four matches at 132 on the day, earned a 3-1 decision over Del Mar's Angel Padilla in the consolation final. Davud Khalilov was eighth at 113.

Other M-A scoring wrestlers included Robert Ohtaki (106), Joshua Jimenez (120), Francisco Causor (138), Arvid Astrom (152), Bryan Bekemeyer (160), Cyrus Durham (170), Joseph Mustafa (195), and Eke Misiteni (220).

The Bears placed sixth with 98 points. San Ramon Valley won the title with 165 points.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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