Riordan High School senior Zac Contreras is already one of the most decorated athletes in school history and is arguably the most accomplished wrestler, but the final step of his master plan is still missing.
Contreras, wrestling in the 145-pound weight class, won his school record third straight Central Coast Section wrestling title at Independence High School in San Jose on Saturday and the next step is the CIF State Championships, which take place Friday and Saturday in Bakersfield.
Contreras has a 42-2 record this season, won his third straight West Catholic Athletic League title earlier in the year and pinned all five of his opponents in the CCS tournament. He isn’t a favorite to win the state title (he’s seventh in the state rankings), but that hasn’t swayed his confidence.
“Before I even got to high school, I wanted to be one of the best wrestlers ever in The City and one of the best athletes ever to walk through Riordan,” Contreras said. “I feel it’s halfway accomplished. Honestly, I believe I am, in my eyes, the favorite win. Anything lower than dominating would be disappointing.”
Even with all of the accolades, Contreras may not even be the Crusaders’ best candidate to bring the home The City’s first wrestling state title.
Just a single weight class below, sits Elijah Davis, who is the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the state at 138 pounds. The senior is just behind defending 132-pound state champ Nicholas Villarreal of Gilroy, who defeated Davis in triple overtime in the CCS final on Saturday.
Galileo ends Washington’s AAA wrestling streak: Washington has had its way in the Academic Athletic Association wrestling tournament for five seasons, but a former AAA power dethroned the Eagles on Saturday.
The Lions, who won the three previous AAA team titles before Washington’s historic five-year winning streak, returned to prominence with likely the slightest margin in the San Francisco Section’s history. Galileo defeated second-place Lowell by a half-point (133.5-133) behind individual titles from Swain Wong (113 pounds), Yanek Hakobyan (138 pounds), Luke Hemingway (170 pounds) and Max Friedman (182 pounds).
Although the Eagles didn’t extend their team championship streak, Washington junior Eric Royfman (126 pounds) won his third straight AAA title and is on pace to win four, which was last done by Galileo’s Sam Chue from 2005-2008.
All 14 individual AAA champions also earned spots in the CIF State Championships in Bakersfield.
SHC girls wrestler makes history: The CIF State Girls’ Wrestling Championships have only been around for three seasons and a sophomore from Sacred Heart Cathedral has already done something no city wrestler, regardless of sex, has done before.
Wrestling at 189 pounds, Danielle Pubill advanced to the state title match against Berkeley’s Sinorti Stegman on Saturday at Lemoore High School in Central California, and although she lost, her second-place finish is the highest a wrestler from a San Francisco school has ever finished in a state competition.
Competing at a higher level, Pubill had even more success than she did in the CCS championships, where she finished third.
Martinez throws no-hitter for SHC: Just a spot starter and reliever as a sophomore last season, Sacred Heart Cathedral pitcher Tyler Martinez put together one of the first standout individual performance of the high school baseball season on Saturday against International in the first round of the Dick Murray Tournament.
Although the 18-0 season-opening Irish win was stopped after five innings, Martinez didn’t allow a hit, struck out 12 and walked three on 84 pitches.
Senior Mike Wallace, who figures to be Sacred Heart’s No. 1 pitcher this season, also went 3-for-3 with five RBIs and a home run against International.