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