When it comes to Gilroy High wrestling, it’s all about perspective.
Take this weekend’s Overfelt Tournament in San Jose.
“We were flat and we wrestled terrible,” GHS assistant coach Mike Koester said.
“We still finished second.”
Gilroy took home home the silver medal despite both a so-so performance and the absence of the team’s top three wrestlers – Nicolo Naranjo, Adin Dueñas and Armando Gonzalez, who were all resting up for this weekend’s Mid-Cals.
The Mustangs, back-to-back Central Coast Section champions and the current No. 1 team in the section, were outdistanced by a full-strength Fremont squad, 175-133.
The tournament, composed almost entirely of CCS teams, wasn’t without its bright spots, though.
Gilroy freshman Hunter Collins, a former National Schoolboy champion currently ranked third in CCS, took home first-place honors in the 160-pound weight class. He did it by beating Monta Vista senior Dan Montanez, 6-1, in the finals. Montanez is a two-time state qualifier who had lost just once this season and came in ranked No. 1 in the section.
Was it an upset, though?
Not if you ask Koester, who’s seen Collins hold his own at prestigious tournaments in Reno, Clovis and Los Angeles.
“Anybody who saw it and said it was a huge upset just hasn’t seen Hunter wrestle,” he said. “It’s only an upset if you expect not to win.
“We expected Hunter to win.”
Now that he did, it’s expected Collins will move into the No. 1 spot in the section rankings.
“I was glad to see who I was going to be wrestling before CCS starts,” Collins said. “I know my performance probably helps put me on the map for later on.”
At Overfelt, senior Joseph Serrano (125) was able to make it to the title match, while juniors Mike Ayers (152) and Daniel Gamez (215) both bounced back from an opening loss to post four straight wins.
The surprise of the weekend might have been Ethan Ogle, who was called up from JV and ended up finishing fourth at 3-2.
“That was definitely a pleasant part of the tournament,” Koester said.
JV rolls on
Ogle’s teammates didn’t fare too bad, either. Up against 30 other junior varsity teams, the Mustangs dominating again – winning their third tournament title of the season. With 174 points, Gilroy finished 58.5 ahead of second-place finisher Monta Vista.
Six JV wrestlers advanced to the finals. Chris Krough (127), Ismael Gutierrez (142) and Adam Fortino (173) took home first-place honors, while Travis Sakamoto (121), Seth Whitney (191) and Chas Guerrero (HW) finished second.