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Palo Alto 36, Gunn 31

Date of competition: Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Needing two pins in the final two matches to salvage a tie, the Gunn wrestling team came up short of that goal and dropped a 36-31 decision to host Palo Alto in a SCVAL De Anza Division dual match on Thursday night. The Titans (1-1, 4-1) got one of the two wins it needed when senior JJ Strnad posted a 10-3 triumph over Paly's Tanner Marshall in the 285-pound bracket to close the match. Prior to that, Paly's Alex Taussig prevented a possible deadlock by averting a pin at 220 pounds. Gunn's Harsha Mokkarala won the match, 14-2.

The teams split the 14 matches, with Paly winning four by pin and Gunn taking two by pin, Paly senior Kalen Gans, top-ranked in the Central Coast Section at 170 pounds, wrestled up at 195 and posted a pin over Sean Lydster to improve to 17-3 this season. Paly's Christian Lonsky picked up an important six points with a forfeit win at 170 pounds while Jordan Smith added a big win at 113 pounds for the Vikings.

SCVAL De Anza Division
At Palo Alto 36, Gunn 31
106 -- C. Lee (G) tech. fall over Giaccia, 16-1; 113 -- Smith (PA) dec. Abramovich, 10-7; 120 -- Papp (G) p. Gordon, 3:13; 126 -- E. Cramer (G) p. Hobbs, 1:36; 132 -- Christopherson (PA) dec. Bararov, 6-0; 138 -- Ortiz (PA) p. Mallari, 3:29; 145 -- Tr. Marshal (PA) p. B. Lee, 2:50; 152 -- Jin (G) dec. Hobach, 10-4; 160 -- Calderon (G) maj. dec. Sweazy-Gleason, 12-4; 170 -- Lonsky (PA) by forfeit; 182 -- Anderson (PA) p. Davis, 1:30; 195 -- Gans (PA) p. Lydster 1:15; 220 -- Mokkarala (G) maj. dec. Taussig, 14-2; 285 -- Strnad (G) dec. Ta. Marshall, 10-3.
Records: Gunn 1-1 (4-1); Palo Alto 1-0 (2-1)

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jan 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

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