The Titans brought eleven wrestlers to the boys and girls CCS Championships Friday and Saturday, hosted by Independence High School in San Jose.
On the boys side, Gunn’s highest placewinner was senior Dash Lee at 182 lbs. Despite being unseeded, Lee battled his way to a 5th place finish. Rolling past the first round with a 14-second pin, Lee was stopped by eventual champion Rawls of St. Francis in round two. In the wrestlebacks, Lee notched wins over foes from Andrew Hill, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, and Lincoln, before falling in the consolation semifinals to Viorato (Gonzales). Lee took 5th place after his intended opponent, Jimenez of Evergreen Valley, defaulted due to injury. Lee ends his season with a 26-13 record.
Gunn’s second placer was also unseeded, as senior Tim Waymouth medaled for the second consecutive year for the Titans. At 152 lbs, after pinning Half Moon Bay in round two, Waymouth dropped a hard-fought 6-1 decision to eventual champion Vizcarra from Gilroy in the quarterfinals. Waymouth’s bid to make the state championships was cut short in the consolation semifinals, when he was beaten by Salinas’ Alfredo Mendoza, last year’s CCS runner-up. In the medal match, Waymouth was edged 6-5 by Rodriguez from Bellarmine. Waymouth ends his season with a 28-8 record.
Senior Koh Suzuki and sophomore Calvin Cai both reached the round of 12, two matches away from placing. Suzuki, wrestling at 132 lbs, rolled past his first two matches before dropping a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Gonzales’ Gregorio Alfaro in the quarterfinals. In the consolation quarters, Suzuki wrestled a wild back and forth shootout with Evergreen Valley’s Matthew Regala, ending in a 16-10 loss for Suzuki. Suzuki ends his season with a 22-13 record.
Calvin Cai, competing at 145 lbs, ended his tournament with a 3-2 record with two bonus point wins. Cai notched a major decision in round one, before being stopped by Palma’s Gonzales in round two. In the wrestlebacks, Cai defeated foes from Pioneer and Riordan before dropping a tough 12-2 decision to Aptos’ Luke Keaschall.
Sophomore Armin Abolhassani also competed for the Titans, wrestling at 160 lbs.
Unfortunately, none of the SCVAL alternates in the 138-lb weight class were entered into the brackets, which meant that junior Philip Doan had his season cut short. As a testament to Doan’s level of competition however, the top four placers at this weight from SCVAL comprised four of the top five CCS placers as well.
For the girls, Gunn brought six competitors in total.
Junior Alia Drescher led the charge with a breakout performance. Wrestling at 143 lbs, Drescher racked up 5 pins en route to a 3rd place finish and a bid to the state championships next week in Bakersfield. After falling in the first round, Drescher set off on a six-match win streak that included victories over 3 of the top 6 seeds.
Sophomore Mikayla Silverman also secured herself a spot at the state championships. Competing at 150 lbs, Silverman knocked off the #3 and #4 seeds Gast (Silver Creek) and Sartain-Miller (San Lorenzo Valley) to reach the bronze medal match, where she fell to Fremont’s Annabel Garcia to finish 4th. First-year wrestler Silverman earned 3 falls over Friday and Saturday, and she has medaled in every tournament she entered this year.
Senior Audrey Tsien also earned a medal, placing 6th at 160 lbs. After receiving a bye in the opening round, Tsien fell to eventual runner up Perez of Salinas. In the wrestlebacks, Tsien pinned Sequoia’s Turner to make the top 6, where she fell to Mendez (Half Moon Bay) and Ocampo (Alisal).
Senior Natalie Cai was one match short from placing, ending with a 3-2 record at 106 lbs. Cai made the quarterfinals where she was stopped by eventual champion Greta Gustafson (Santa Cruz). In the consolation quarters, Cai edged Los Gatos, 4-2, but ended up losing to her first round opponent in the round of 12, Lowell’s Viviana Ojeda.
Junior Lola Robinson and senior Kayla Lin ended with 2-2 records. Robinson, wrestling at 111 lbs, picked up a pin and a major decision. Lin, wrestling 126 lbs, earned two falls, but unfortunately fell to Lincoln’s Mia Olmos, who was nationally ranked as high as 5th earlier in the season.
Overall, Gunn’s five entries combined for 47 points on the boys’ side, good for 21st place out of 81 teams. Unsurprisingly Gilroy was the top team again this year, with 377 team points. On the girls’ side, Gunn scored 72 points, enough for a top-10 finish out of 68 teams. Menlo-Atherton came away with the girls’ team title with 221.5 points.
132- Koh Suzuki, Top 12, 2-2
145- Calvin Cai, Top 12, 3-2, 1 pin
152- Tim Waymouth, 6th, 3-3, 2 pins
160- Armin Abolhassani, 0-2
182- Dash Lee, 5th, 6-2, 4 pins
106- Natalie Cai, Top 8, 3-2, 2 pins
111- Lola Robinson, 2-2, 1 pin
126- Kayla Lin, Top 12, 2-2, 2 pins
143- Alia Drescher, 3rd, 6-1, 5 pins
150- Mikayla Silverman, 4th, 3-2, 2 pins
160- Audrey Tsien, 6th, 1-3, 1 pin
Up next: Drescher and Silverman gear up for the prestigious CIF State Championships, which will be a combined boys and girls event for the first time at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Wrestling begins 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 21.