Palo Alto's Laning wins a SCVAL wrestling title

Publication Date: Wednesday Feb 16, 2000

Palo Alto's Laning wins a SCVAL wrestling title

Vikings' senior captain leads seven teammates into the CCS championships next week

When the Palo Alto High wrestling staff asked senior George Laning to move up in weight class for the SCVAL championships, the move wasn't made to improve Laning's chances of medaling.

Rather, Laning switched because teammate Patrick McVittie also wrestled in the same weight class.

As it turned out, the move benefitted both wrestlers last weekend as both came home with medals--helping the Vikings take seventh out of 14 teams.

Laning, the team's captain, was the biggest surprise as he captured the 189-pound division by defeating the No. 1 seed, the No. 4 seed and finally the No. 3 seed in the finals.

Laning was one of seven Paly wrestlers to qualify for the CCS championships, set for Feb. 25-26 at Independence High in San Jose.

Joining Laning will be McVittie, who grabbed fourth at 173 pounds; Timi Wusu, who finished fourth at 160 pounds; Brian Chung, fourth at 217 pounds; Brian Dexter, fifth at 142 pounds; and Adam Cuevas and Charles Baron, who finished sixth in their respective weight divisions.

Paly took 10 wrestlers to the SCVAL finals, with seven medaling. The Vikings scored 78 points, trailing Los Gatos (202), Fremont (192), Monta Vista (153), Los Altos (130), Cupertino (101) and Wilcox (95). 

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