Gunn wrestlers took to the mat at the always-tough Webber Lawson tournament this past weekend, held at league rival Fremont High School in Sunnyvale.
Junior Philip Doan once again led the younger squad on Friday, reaching the top of the podium again with a flawless 3-0 record with 3 falls. Freshmen Pavel Dobrov and Thomas Chadwick also reached the finals before ending with 2-1 records. Dobrov recorded one fall, and Chadwick picked up two of his own. Freshmen Quentin Boussard and Bryan Ayon-Ruiz both placed 4th, with identical 2-2 records with 1 fall each.
On Saturday, seniors and former Terman teammates Koh Suzuki and Dash Lee led the Titans, finishing as runners-up in their respective weight classes. Suzuki notched wins over two top-10 CCS opponents: #9 Brandon Bulatao of Fremont in the quarterfinals, and #8 Peter Heydinger of Monta Vista in the semifinals, who he pinned in the third period. Suzuki fell in the finals to #2 Christian Antonio of Evergreen Valley.
Lee, one of Gunn’s most consistent wrestlers, also racked up a 3-1 record on the day, with three bonus point victories. His wins included two falls and a 14-0 major decision over top-20 opponent Krawitz from Mountain View, en route to the finals. There he was stopped by Evergreen Valley’s Josh Ballestreros, last year’s CCS 5th place finisher at 220 lbs.
Senior Tim Waymouth placed 4th in a tough 145 lb weight class with multiple returning CCS medalists. He picked up two falls, including one over #7 Ramirez of Alisal, before falling in the semifinals to #3 Nick Melendez of Branham. Waymouth was dominating the match on his way to a major decision over Melendez when he was caught in a strong pinning combination by the Branham wrestler. Then, in his medal match, Waymouth was defeated by Fremont’s #2 James Ost, with whom he had split matches with during off-season compeititon.
Sophomore Armin Abolhassani medaled for the first time in a varsity meet, placing 7th at the 170 lb weight class on the strength of a 3-2 record with 2 pins. Sophomore Calvin Cai picked up two falls as well. Saturday also marked the varsity debut of freshman Justin Lin, who ended with a 1-2 record at 113 lbs. Overall, Gunn placed 5th out of 42 teams.
Full results– Varsity/Junior Varsity:
Justin Lin, 1-2
Daniel Shevat, 0-1
Koh Suzuki, 3-1, 2nd (1 pin)
Tim Waymouth, 2-2, 4th (2 pins)
Calvin Cai, 2-2 (2 pins)
Armin Abolhassani, 3-2, 7th (2 pins)
Dash Lee, 3-1, 2nd (2 pins)
Natalie Cai, 0-2
Simon Illouz, 0-2
Pavel Dobrov, 2-1, 2nd (1 pin)
Bryan Ayon-Ruiz, 2-2, 4th (1 pin)
Richard Enkhbat, 0-2
Thomas Chadwick, 2-1, 2nd (2 pin)
Philip Doan, 3-0, 1st (3 pins)
Leighton Rouse, 0-2
Caleb Kim, 0-2
Quentin Boussard, 2-2, 4th (1 pin)
Zachary Lyon, 0-2
Esau Ferdinand, 1-2 (1 pin)
Neil Hanson, 1-2 (1 pin)
Next up: the Titans divide and conquer on Saturday, December 15. The girls will compete at the Lynbrook Ladies Challenge (at Lynbrook), while the boys head to the Nick Buzolich Classic at Lincoln HS. Both schools are in San Jose.