MID-CALS: GHS in second place after Day 1 of Mid-Cals

Christopher's Jerome Rabena looks for a good opening as he

Six Mustangs, one Cougar advance to Saturday’s semifinals.
Gilroy’s Leif Dominguez and Christopher High’s Jimmie Lopez are each one win away from a finals encounter at 105 pounds.

Both locals eased through the championship brackets Friday and will begin their Saturday in the semifinals.

Dominguez, the tournament’s second-seeded 105-pounder will contend with a familiar foe in Alisal’s Johnny Alonzo, who is currently ranked fourth in the section.

Lopez, whose three victories Friday came via fall, tech fall and major decision, respectively, will deal with No. 3-seed Adrian Camposano of Central. Lopez is seeded fourth.

Five other Mustangs are on the brink of finals berths.

No. 3-seed Paul Fox advanced to the 121-pound semifinals with a 9-0 major decision over Buchanan’s Rico Lozano (No. 7). Fox, a freshman, has a date with No. 2-seed, senior Bo Bettinson out of Reno.

After competing at Mid-Cals as a freshman, junior Aaron Gonzalez returned to the hometown meet and secured a spot in the 127-pound semifinals with a narrow 5-4 decision against No. 3-seed Brain Ha of El Camino. Gonzalez’s next bout is against No. 4-seed Enrique Barajas of Arroyo.

No. 1-seed at 132 pounds, Niko Villarreal saved his best performance of the day – a first-period fall – for last and will face No. 5 seed Josue Hernandez of Madera South in the semifinals.

No. 1-seed Willie Fox blazed a path of three straight victories by fall to earn a spot in the semifinals at 137 pounds. He will wrestle Alfred Murabito of Saratoga.

Blake Kastl – No. 2-seed at 142 pounds – nailed down three first-period falls to move onto the semis where he will engage with No. 3-seed Mikey Soto of San Benito.

Team scores after Day 1

1. Selma 179.0

2. Gilroy 157.5

3. Alisal 129.0

4. Paso Robles 122.0

5. Pitman 115.5

6. San Benito 109.0

7. Central 107.5

8. Madera South 104.0

9. Los Banos 98.0

10. Archbishop Riordan 96.5

11. Dos Palos 91.0

12. Palma 87.0

13. Buhach Colony 86.0

14. Aptos 77.5

15. Christopher 74.5

Day 2 Schedule

Day 2: 9 a.m.

Consolation rounds 5-8

Championship round 5 semifinals

Third session: 3 p.m.

-Finals: 5th/6th and 3rd/4th

Championship finals: 5 p.m.

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