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Gunn at SCVALs 167.50 points (third), Paly at SCVALs 147 points (fifth)

Date of competition: Saturday, February 14, 2009

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A long day of wrestling at the SCVAL Championships last weekend earned Gunn and Palo Alto one individual champion each and a host of qualifiers for this week's Central Coast Section Championships in San Jose. Gunn senior Dylan Gorman brought home the title at 140 pounds while Palo Alto senior Patrick Sheehan earned the championship at 160 pounds following Saturday's league finals at Palo Alto Alto.

While both teams performed well during the dual-match season, the overall team title went to Fremont with 189 points. Saratoga finished second with 184 while Gunn grabbed a solid third with 167.50 after heading into the final round in second place. Los Gatos, which beat Paly in the dual-match season, finished fourth with 161.50 points with the Vikings taking fifth with 147 points in the 15-team competition.

The top eight wrestlers in each division scored, with Gunn and Paly each tallying points in seven weight brackets. Sheehan came into the league meet as the prohibitive favorite to win, and did. He defeated senior Matthew Thalin of King's Academy in the finals to advance to the first day of CCS action this Friday at Independence High in San Jose. The section meet concludes Saturday, with action beginning each day at 10 a.m. Gorman, who began his wrestling career at Gunn at 112 pounds, won his first league title by beating sophomore Ian Messaros of Cupertino in the finals.

Palo Alto qualified eight wrestlers to CCS while Gunn advanced nine.

SCVAL Championships
At Palo Alto High
Team scores -- 1, Fremont 189.00; 2, Saratoga 184.00; 3, Gunn 167.50; 4, Los Gatos 161.50; 5, Palo Alto 147.00; 6, Cupertino 140.00; 7, Milpitas 114.50; 8, Los Altos 104.00; 9, Lynbrook 69.50; 10, Wilcox 58.50; 11 (tie), King's Academy and Santa Clara 50.00; 13, Harker 41.50; 14, Monta Vista 34.00; 15, Homestead 15.

Winners and Gunn, Paly placers
103 -- Chu (Saratoga); 3, Christopherson (Paly).
112 -- Nguyen (Saratoga).
119 -- Yanogacio (Milpitas).
125 -- Chessin (Los Gatos); 5, Yon. Rotman (Gunn).
130 -- Schwager (Los Gatos); 2, Sakai (Paly); 4, Alon (Gunn).
135 -- Rahmil (Los Gatos); 2, Weidemann (Gunn); 5 Arnon (Paly).
140 -- Dylan Gorman (Gunn); 6, Feldstein (Paly).
145 -- Tormey (Los Altos); 3, Post (Gunn); 4, Oshima (Paly).
152 -- Loren (Saratoga); 2, Simon (Paly); 4, Bordbari (Gunn).
160 -- Patrick Sheehan (Paly); 8, Blanchette (Gunn).
171 -- Alvarez (Cupertino); 2, Blumenfeld (Gunn); 7, Cullen (Paly).
189 -- Yen (Saratoga); 5, Velasquez (Paly); 7, Keenan (Gunn).
215 -- Boales (Saratoga); 3, Castillo (Paly); 4, Cherry (Gunn).
285 -- Karabats (Fremont); 2, Park (Gunn).

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm

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