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Wrestling defeats Los Altos high school, 56-13

Emy Kelty

The referee watches closely as James Giachi ('15) comes close to pinning his opponent. Gary Hohbach (‘13), Trent Marshall ('13), Erik Anderson (‘13), Joey Christopherson (‘12), Jared Swezey (‘12), Nick Ortiz (‘12), and Kalen Gans ('12) all had pins for the Vikings.

Nina Kelty, Nora Rosati, staff writers

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Paly wrestling smacked Los Altos High School, 56-13 on Mon. Feb. 6 at Los Altos, tying for first place in duals for the Santa Clara Valley League (SCVAL).
 After a loss to Los Gatos High School last week, the Vikings had to pull away with a win tonight to claim first in league.
“We needed to redeem ourselves from Los Gatos which wasn’t all that great a match. We were glad we could pull through with a win, and win decisively,” co-captain Kalen Gans (‘12) said.
This Thursday Feb. 9 Gunn High School and Los Gatos High School will dual, and the winner will tie with the Vikings for first in league.  The victory tonight concluded the league dual meet season.
“We capped off the season well,” Trent Marshall (‘13) said.

The Vikings had several stand out performances. Gary Hohbach (‘13),  Marshall, Erik Anderson (‘13), Joey Christopherson (‘12), Jared Swezey (‘12), Nick Ortiz (‘12), and Gans each contributed six points to the score board by pinning their opponents. Overall, the team performed well.

“Everyone who got the pin, which was like half the people, did really well…  pretty much the whole team did really well,” co-captain Ortiz said.

As the dual neared an end, the Vikings continued to pick up points. Gans earned a total of eight points for the team, bringing the score to 42-4.  Anderson followed Gans with another pin after a missed escape, bringing the score to 48-4.

In the second to last match of the dual freshman James Giacchi (’15) consistently kept his opponent down and prevented several escapes, earning a total of five points for the Vikings.

The decisive victory was one well earned by the Vikings.

“Everyone wrestled to their best. We got a lot of pins out their, and we were looking pretty good,” Gans said.

The Vikings ended their dual meet season with a strong finish; having only lost to Los Gatos high school, their record now 5-1.

“We are dual meet champs, and we’re obviously stoked about that… now we’re done with the dual meet season,” Ortiz said.

Tanner Marhsall('12) holds his opponent in a close match-up at the end of the dual. Photo by Emy Kelty

Now through with the league season, the team looks forward to the remaining competitions.

“We’re working for SCVALS, we’re trying to qualify 14 guys for [Central Coast Section], and then get as many people to states as possible. States is the ultimate goal,” Marshall said.

To celebrate the victory tonight, the varsity wrestling athletes will bleach their hair.

“We’re going to go bleach our hair…It’s a way to show that you’re a wrestler and be proud that its the post season, and that all you’ve worked for [in season] is coming down to these final matches,” Christian Lonsky (‘12) said.

The Vikings will compete next this Sat. 11 at the SCVAL finals at Homestead high school.

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