Wrestling: Riordan continues breakout season, freshmen make impression on AAA

By Jeremy Balan

San Francisco will be well-represented at the CIF wrestling state championships in Bakersfield this weekend.

Headlining the group of wrestlers is a pair from Archbishop Riordan High School, which had a school-record four Central Coast Section medalists and two finalists in the section championships Saturday.

Senior Paul Ahern and sophomore Zac Contreras will represent the Crusaders in Bakersfield.

Riordan had a standout season, but the Academic Athletic Association made some history of its own.

Washington High School won its fourth consecutive AAA title, matching their run of four championships from 2001-2004.

Washington took the team glory, but a trio of freshmen may have the lasting impact.

Washington’s Eric Royfman (103-pound class), Balboa’s Emil DeGuzman (112) and Lincoln’s Jonathan Limon (160) all won their weight classes, catching San Francisco Section commissioner Don Collins by surprise.

“No ninth-graders have won section titles in recent memories,” Collins said in a media release. “We’ll have to check the section records to see when the last time a ninth-grader won a wrestling title.”

All winners of the AAA’s 14 weight classes will also compete at the state championships.

AAA wrestling champions by weight class

103 – Eric Royfman, freshman, Washington
112 – DeGuzman, freshman, Balboa
119 – Brandon Tran, junior, Washington
125 – Edlizer Juarez, senior, Mission
130 – Carlos Gonzalez, senior, O’Connell
135 – Wilson Qiu, senior, Washington
140 – Ricky Feng, senior, Lincoln
145 – Jamie Loo, senior, Mission
152 – Sean Kately, senior, Balboa
160 – Jonathan Limon, freshman, Lincoln
171 – Michael Chan, senior, Galileo
189 – Kent Lau, junior, Washington
215 – Prince Jacob, senior, Galileo
285 – Michal Brzozek, junior, Galileo

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4 Comments on "Wrestling: Riordan continues breakout season, freshmen make impression on AAA"

  1. Basketball Fan | March 4, 2011 at 8:16 AM |

    Good luck Zac and Paul. Go Crusaders!!!!

  2. Good for Riordan! Good luck young men!!

  3. Paul and zac outscored the entire AAA section by themselves
    Good to actually see wrestling get mentioned

  4. riordan wins over all the city schools

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