Gunn's Mikayla Silverman reached the championship match at 150, to qualify for the state meet.
M-A's Ale'Jha Brussard and Palo Alto's Alexandra Lee also earned spots at state.
Palo Alto junior Adar Schwarzbach has been working on reaching the state ever since getting into wrestling a few years ago. Winning a Central Coast Section title is special and now he's thinking about higher achievements.
"I'm trying to place at state," Schwarzbach said. "I'm ranked 12th and the top eight place. It's great to win here but all I care about is being on the state podium."
Schwarzbach was one of three Vikings to reach the championship finals. Dara Heydarpour was pinned by Gilroy's Chase Saldate at 152 pounds and Cade Creighton lost to Evergreen Valley's Marcos Jimenez, 11-7, at 160 pounds.
The three wrestlers all qualified for the state meet.
If someone told Bensoussan at the beginning of the season that she would win a CCS title, she would "think they were crazy. No way!"
With Smith the lone returning CCS placer from M-A, the team appeared ready to relinquish its crown to Gilroy, which placed second with 160 1/2 points to M-A's 162. Half Moon Bay, M-A's top rival in the Peninsula Athletic League, was third.
Palo Alto placed 15th with 70 points, Gunn was 19th with 53 and Woodside was 47th out of 76.
"It's so amazing after losing all our seniors from last year to come back and pull it off, I'm so proud of this team," Smith said.
She's particularly proud of Bensoussan, whom she took under her wing this season and who pinned her opponent in the third period at 121.
"Anna has been a big mentor for me," Bensoussan said. "She stayed after practice and worked with me to improve. I wanted to do better conditioning and work after practice. As the season progressed, I stayed in the zone."
While the seniors set the tone last year, it took everyone on the team to keep it going this year, resulting in success.
"The team dynamic was so important to the seniors last year," Benssoussan said. "We really worked to keep that this year. It's so amazing, even with new wrestlers."
Tabaldo, who also won in a pin at 101, is no ordinary freshman. She began wrestling in the third or fourth grade, emulating older brother Royal Tabaldo, now a freshman wrestling at Menlo College, who won the Cascade Collegiate Conference title on Saturday.
Tabaldo has worked out with Menlo team members over the summer and works with the U.S. national team coach as she develops into an international wrestler.
"I expected to make it to the finals and see how far I got from there," Tabaldo said. "I stayed calm. I knew I was down on points and I waited until the right moment."
Gilroy ran away with the boys team title, recording 328 points. Evergreen Valley finished second with 195 1/2 points, followed by Palma (137 1/2), Los Gatos (137) and Riordan (134 1/2). Gunn finished 20th with 39 1/2 points and Menlo-Atherton was 35th with 23 points. Woodside was 64th in a field that included 80 schools.
Gunn had two placers in Calvin Cai, fourth at 145 pounds, and Philip Doan, fifth at 152 pounds. M-A's Misiteni Eke placed sixth at 220 pounds. Only the top three qualify for state.
Schwarzbach trailed for the first time in 17 matches and it merely motivated him a little more.
"He got the first takedown and I let my guard down," he said. "I thought 'that's it, no more.' I'm glad I was able to wrestle from behind. I proved to myself I could come back to win."
Schwarzbach didn't realize how much work he needed to put in to improve as much as he did over the years. He went from placing sixth in the SCVAL as a freshman to becoming a CCS champion as a junior.
"I am blown away to be here and see this level of success," Schwarzbach said. "I had no idea how deep down the rabbit hole I'd have to go. But wrestling has been the best thing that's ever happened to me and I'm happy to be here."
With three Paly wrestlers in the finals and a few more who just missed, Schwarzbach sees the Vikings program on the rise.
"Give us a few years, the future is very bright," he said.
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