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May 25, 2022

WRESTLING: Lopez’s gold leads way for Cougars at El Camino Colt Invitational

Five medalists, including one champion, helped lift the Christopher High wrestling team to a third-place showing out of 44 teams at the El Camino Colt Invitational on Saturday in South San Francisco. The team bronze is the Cougars’, who are ranked No. 7 in the Central Coast Section, second-best placing at a tournament this season.

CHS finished with 131 points. Palma took first with 193.5 points.

Sophomore Jimmie Lopez, the CCS’s No. 1-ranked 106-pounder, defeated No. 3 Hunter Rehbien of Palma 3-2 in the finals. Lopez went 5-0 for the tournament, using a  bye two technical fall wins of 16-0 and 15-0, respectively, and a fall in the semifinals.

Raul Meza cruised to the 113-pound final with three pins and a major decision propelling him into the championship where he fell by major decision to Luis Cruz – No. 5 in CCS – of King City.

Heavyweight Steven White also placed second, narrowly missing out on gold after a 2-1 loss to Palma’s Heldelv Manzur, the section’s No. 1 285-pounder. White in No. 4 in CCS.

Also making it to the podium were Edgar Cuevas (fifth at 145 pounds) and Herjinder Bhandal (sixth at 160.)

Finals results:

106: Jimmie Lopez (Christopher) over Hunter Rehbien (Palma), Dec 3-2.

113: Luis Cruz (King City) over Raul Meza (Christopher), Maj 16-3.

120: Brian Gomes (Sobrato) over Sam Denning (Sonoma Valley), Dec 4-3.

132: Alex Garcia (Palma) over Anwar Halteh (El Camino), Pin 1:29.

138: Tyler Torrecillas (Leigh) over Jared Jacoby (Lynbrook), Pin 5:10.

145: Zach Zhang (Sobrato) over Dante Francesconi (Woodside), Pin 0:53.

152: Bart Bonfantini (Palma) over Jacob Carr (Aptos), Dec 5-3.

160: Charlie Guttiari (Burlingame) over Evan Enright (Sobrato), Dec 2-0.

170: Joe Else (Aptos) over Tyler Foslien (King City), Pin 2:31.

182: Peter Johnston (Sequoia)  over Keon Armin (Cupertino), Dec 8-4.

195: Micah Spalding (Miramonte) over Aria Assemi (Mills), Maj 15-7.

285: Heldelv Manzur (Palma)  over Steve White (Christopher), Dec 2-1.

Top-10 team scores:

1.    Palma            193.5

2.    Aptos            167.5

3.    Christopher        131.0

4.    King City        129.0

5.    Sobrato        117.0

6.    El Camino        88.5

7.    Sequoia        84.0

8.    Leigh            83.5

9.    Sonoma Valley    82.0

10.    Burlingame        81.0

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