SAN JOSE — If Saturday night is an example of what’s to come, it’s safe pencil in Gilroy as the Central Coast Section boys wrestling champion for years to come.

The Mustangs made it 16 team titles in a row with 373.5 points — shattering the previous mark of 297 — while finishing atop the podium 10 times in the 14 weight classes.

“Gilroy is a powerhouse,” Bellarmine junior Victor Jaquez said. “They’re going to be a powerhouse for a long time and all we can do is try and knock them off. But they’re amazing.”

Gilroy is ranked No. 4 in the state according to The California Wrestler in advance of next week’s CIF championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

The Mustangs could benefit from a state contender at 220 pounds, with Jacquez the favorite after a fifth-place showing as a sophomore last year.

“I definitely feel that target on my back getting bigger and bigger,” Jaquez said. “Next week, everyone wants the state title and everyone is trying hard to get it. And I’ve got to go out there and try harder than everyone else.”

First order of business, Jaquez recorded five pins over the two-day CCS championships, including a fall at 3:45 in the second round for back-to-back titles.

“I was always told never let the crowd get to you, never let the hype get to you,” Jacquez said. “Everyone puts a lot of pressure on me to do well, but I just go wrestle my match.”

That’s exactly what Silver Creek senior Eric Sanchez set out to accomplish as the No. 1 seed at 113 pounds.

After a runner-up finish last year, Sanchez secured a spot atop the podium with a pin while 37 seconds remained in the third period.

“It feels way better,” Sanchez said. “I love the feeling of winning and I’m glad I …read more

Source:: East Bay – Sports


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