Wrestling’s senior night ends in devastating loss

    Palo Alto High School sophomore Nathan Sanchez grapples with his opponent on the mat. Though Paly lost to Los Gatos 48 - 28, the team is hoping to do well at league tournaments coming up. "Everybody wants to do well, but top 4 at leagues is what will send you to CCS so that’s a lot of people’s goals," senior Elliot Clark said. Photo: Angelina Wang.

    Palo Alto High School sophomore Nathan Sanchez grapples with his opponent from Los Gatos High School Wednesday in the Peery Family Center. Though Paly lost to Los Gatos, 48 – 28, the team is hoping to do well at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League tournament coming up. “Everybody wants to do well, but top four at leagues is what will send you to CCS [Central Coast Sectionals], so that’s a lot of people’s goals,” senior Elliot Clark said. Photo: Angelina Wang.

    Senior night brought bittersweet memories for Palo Alto High School’s wrestlers (3-3-0), in a loss to Los Gatos High School, 48 – 28.

    “We could’ve done better in some aspects, but I’m proud of how we did today,” freshman Halo Lynch said. “Our seniors did fairly well today. I’m very proud of them and wish them well in the future careers.”

    Seniors Calvin Grewal and Elliot Clark both won their matches, by pin and forfeit, respectively, while seniors Cooper Kim and Bryan Tsang took hard-fought losses at heavier weight classes than they usually compete in, due to a lack of wrestlers in corresponding weight classes.

    “Senior night was really special for all of us because we’ve all stuck with the program for at least three years,” Clark said. “This is a nice way to say goodbye.”

    With league tournaments and finals coming up, the team hopes to maintain its position in the De Anza division, according to Clark.

    Last weekend, the girls’ varsity team competed in the Central Coast Section Tournament, finishing 14th overall, with three medals and a combined record of 19-13.

    “Our varsity team killed it today [at CCS],” junior Masa Perez said. “They worked extremely hard for this win.”

    There are no league rankings for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League and the team is aiming for a top three finish, according to Clark.

    The Vikings will be heading to Los Gatos to compete at Leagues at 2 p.m. on Friday.

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