The Gunn Titans placed 5th at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League finals last weekend.
With 11 entries in the varsity tournament and 13 in the junior varsity, Gunn came away with two champions and five automatic qualifiers for the Central Coast Section championships next week.
Seniors Dash Lee and Tim Waymouth both finished atop their weight classes. Lee, at 182 lbs, avenged two losses to league foes, scoring falls over Morris Paterson of Fremont and Andrew Leung of Los Gatos. In the finals, Lee needed only 35 seconds to secure the victory with a high amplitude headlock hip throw.
Waymouth was just as dominant, recording four pins in four matches. In the 152 lb finals, Waymouth picked up a second-period fall over Palo Alto’s Halo Lynch. With the win, Waymouth earned his 25th victory so far, going into the postseason with a 25-5 record.
Senior Koh Suzuki, at 132 lbs, also reached the finals. Suzuki rolled past Los Gatos’ Nick Rusinek in the quarters, before avenging a loss to Fremont’s Branden Bulatao in the semis, who had beaten Suzuki at the Gunn-Fremont dual meet in sudden victory. Suzuki dropped a 9-2 bout to Palo Alto’s Adar Schwarzbach in the finals.
Sophomores Calvin Cai and Armin Abolhassani also guaranteed themselves spots in the section championships. Abolhassani placed 4th at 160 lbs, while Cai placed 3rd at 145 lbs, defeating top-20 foes Hernandez of Los Gatos and R. Cruz of Cupertino.
Junior Philip Doan placed 7th at 138 lbs. He fell just short of automatically qualifying when he suffered a 5-4 loss in the consolation quarterfinals. Doan bounced back with a major decision victory over Lynbrook’s Aich.
In the junior varsity division, Gunn had six placewinners in total. Senior Ben Goldgof, in his first season wrestling for the Titans, and junior Marek Hertzler both finished as runners up, at 160 lbs and 145 lbs respectively. Junior Esau Ferdinand was right behind Hertzler, placing 3rd at the same weight.
Earning 4th place finishes for Gunn were freshmen Carter Jaquette, Daniel Shevat, and Simon Illouz. Each came away with 3-2 records.
Overall, the Titans scored 94 points in the JV tournament, good for 5th place. Varsity also took 5th place, scoring 113 points. Los Gatos won the tournament, scoring 277.5 points.
106- Amar Srivastava, 0-2
113- Justin Lin, 0-2
120- Bryan Ayon-Ruiz, 0-2
126- Richard Enkhbat, 0-2
132- Koh Suzuki, 2-1, 2nd, 1 pin
138- Philip Doan, 2-2, 7th
145- Calvin Cai, 4-1, 3rd, 2 pins
152- Tim Waymouth, 4-0, 1st, 4 pins
160- Armin Abolhassani, 2-2, 4th, 1 pin
182- Dash Lee, 2-0, 1st, 2 pins
220- Neil Hanson, 0-2
106- Natalie Cai. 1-2, 1 pin
113- Simon Illouz, 3-2, 4th, 2 pins
113- Pavel Dobrov, 1-2
126- Daniel Shevat, 3-2, 4th, 2 pins
132- Leighton Rouse, 0-2
132- Thomas Chadwick, 2-2, 1 pins
138- Ethan Huang, 2-2, 2 pins
138- Quentin Boussard, 1-2, 1 pin
138- Carter Jaquette, 3-2, 4th, 1 pin
145- Marek Hertzler, 3-1, 2nd, 2 pins
145- Esau Ferdinand, 4-1, 3rd, 1 pin
152- Audrey Tsien, 0-2
160- Ben Goldgof, 2-1, 2nd
Up next: Gunn’s aforementioned CCS qualifiers will join the girls at the combined boys and girls CCS Championships this coming Friday and Saturday, at Independence High School in San Jose.