SF’s top grapplers prepare for state championships

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 state.

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