WRESTLING: CCS Day 1 recap

Christopher's John Riffle works to pin San Benito's Alex Gonzalez during their 220-pound match in the Central Coast Section tournament Friday at Independence High School.

Gilroy High sits in first place and will have seven wrestlers in the semifinals after the first day of the Central Coast Section Championships on Friday at Independence in San Jose. The Mustangs have 123.5 points, while second place Palma has 86 points. Meanwhile, Christopher High is in 14th with two wrestlers through to the semis.

Jesse Vasquez went 3-0 on Friday, pinning Wilcox’s Kevin Le in the quarterfinals to advance to the 106-pound semifinal where he will wrestle on Saturday.

Victor Olmos’ three victories on Day 1 all came by fall and totaled a mere 2 minutes, 1 second. He defeated Nick Busby of Palma by fall 56 seconds into the first period to advance into the semifinals.

Paul Fox (126) pinned South San Francisco’s Jason Cervantes to complete a 3-0 day and move into the semis.

Nikko Villarreal (132) continued the Mustangs’ march into the semifinals, punching his ticket with a pin of Edward Garcia of Fremont in the quarters. Villarreal was also 3-0 (all by fall) on Friday.

Senior Aaron Gonzalez earned three wins by technical fall, outpointing opponents by a combined 55-6 en route to his semifinals berth.

On a quest for his first CCS individual championship, Willie Fox (145) had a first round bye then went 2-0, including a first-period pin of Ulysses Molina of Serra to reach the semifinals.

Senior Jose Lara (287) rounds out the seven GHS semifinalists. Lara went 3-0 on Friday and capped the afternoon with a pin of Roman Maaske of Pacific Grove in the quarterfinals.

Still alive in the consolation bracket: Victor Daza (113), Lupe Jimenez (152), Matt Penyachek (160), Mark Penyachek (170) and Julian Cabajal (182.)

Frank Martinez (220) was eliminated from the tournament Friday.

Jimmie Lopez, the 106-pound division’s No. 1-seed, lived up to his billing and cruised to a 3-0 start to his tournament. Lopez knocked off Adrian Alonzo of Alisal 15-2 (major decision) in the quarterfinals and will begin Saturday against in the semifinals.

Stevie White (287) will join Lopez in the semifinals. He discarded Tarik Zied of Prospect 3-1 in overtime.

Andras Kabai (138) and Ricardo Bribiescas (132) will continue their tournament in the consolation bracket.

Raul Meza (113), Jesus Nunoz (126) Jacob Graffigna (152), Herjinder Bhandal (160), Tomas Zamora (182) and Josh Aguilera (195) did not advance to Day 2.

Wrestling Saturday starts at 10 a.m. The finals are slated to begin at 7 p.m.The top three in each weight class move on to next weekend’s CIF State Championships.

 Top-15 team scores after Day 1.


1.            Gilroy                        123.5

2.            Palma                        86.0

3.            St. Francis            65.5

4.            Serra                        65.0

5.            Aptos                        60.5

6.            Bellarmine            56.5

7.            Alisal                        51.0

8.            Los Gatos            50.5

9.            Riordan            48.5

10.            Palo Alto            47.0

11.            Gunn                        43.0

12.            King City            43.0

13.            Overfelt            42.5

14.            Christopher            38.0

15.            Mitty                        38.0

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