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The latest on Gilroy’s accomplishments at the State Wrestling
Championships in Bakersfield. Check Tuesday’s Dispatch for full
coverage of the meet.
Gilroy wrapped up its trip to the State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield Saturday with a lock on a top 9 finish after placing four wrestlers, the most in school history, at the 31-year-old competition.

Currently sitting in the No. 6 spot in the team standings – only the 1993 Mustangs, with three placers (Sergio Mar – 4, Isaac Alvarez – 5, Noel Grover – 8), finished as high at State – Gilroy (68.0 points) is likely to finish no lower than 7th overall. No. 7 Central Catholic (60.0 points) has two wrestlers in tonight’s championship matches and could conceivably knock the Mustangs, who are done wrestling, down a spot with a pin or two strong wins. No. 9 Lemoore (58.0 points, one finalist) and No. 10 Ponderosa (57.0 points, one finalist) need pins by their last remaining wrestlers to pass Gilroy.

Junior 135-pounder Armando Gonzalez led the way for the Mustangs with a third-place finish. After dropping his semifinal match Saturday to Chapparal’s Chris Drouin 2-1, Gonzalez bounced back with a 3-1 win over Nevada Union’s Luke Manuel. In the third-place match the coach’s son was able to handle Poway’s surprise placer Schuyler Palmer, 3-2, to become Gilroy’s highest State placer since Luke Corona and Sergio Mar both had third-place finishes in 1993.

Nicolo Naranjo (103), Adin Duenas (130) and Hunter Collins (160) had all been knocked out of championship contention on Friday, but each won their first match in the consolation bracket Saturday to assure themselves of placing. Naranjo placed fourth, Duenas seventh and Collins eighth.

For full coverage of the State Wrestling Championship and the reactions of Gilroy’s wrestlers and coaches to their historic accomplishments in Bakersfield, be sure to pick up Tuesday’s edition of the Gilroy Dispatch.

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