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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  1. Basketball Fan says:

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

  2. WCAL FAN says:

    Good for Riordan! Good luck young men!!

  3. crusader says:

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

  4. crusader says:

    riordan wins over all the city schools

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