WRESTLING: Gilroy shoots for 11th consecutive title

Palma senior Hildelv Manzur (red) is the No. 1 seed in the heavyweight division in the CCS wrestling tournament.

Palma senior Hildelv Manzur (red) is the No. 1 seed in the heavyweight division in the CCS wrestling tournament.

By John Murphy 

The Central Coast Section wrestling tournament is Friday and Saturday at Independence High and 10-time defending champion Gilroy is the heavy favorite.

The gym opens at 9 a.m. Friday and the tourney continues Saturday. The finals are set for 7 p.m. Saturday. The top three placers in each weight class advance to the CIF-State championships the following weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Here are the top seeds — including four from Gilroy — for the CCS tourney:

106: Jimmy Lopez, Christopher.

113: Jesse Vasquez, Gilroy.

120: Isaiah Locsin, Live Oak

126: Victor Olmos, Gilroy

132: Paul Fox, Gilroy

138: Nicholas Villareal, Gilroy

145: Zac Contreras, Riordan

152: Bryan Battisto, Harbor

160: Luis Quintero, King City

170: Jovan Villalobos, Alisal

182: Arthur Georgiyev, South San Francisco

195: Keaton Klockow, Pacific Grove

220: Graham Grant, Saratoga

285: Hildelv Manzur, Palma.

John Murphy may be reached at jmurphy@Prep2Prep.com


Sacred Heart Cathedral making upgrades

By John Murphy 

Sacred Heart Cathedral is improving its athletic facilities, including adding new batting cages and expanding its weight room, according to the school web site and co-athletic director JoAnn Momono. They are improvements costing nearly a million dollars and funded by walkathons.

“It’s in progress,” Momono said of the dual projects. “The batting cages are taking a little longer because of city permits (needed) and so forth. We’re hoping it will all be done by January.”

The batting cages for the school’s baseball and softball teams will be an enclosed, 2,200-square foot facility that will be available year-round, including in inclement weather.

There were no batting cages when Harry Heilmann attended Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The venue — to be known as the Coach Pilara Baseball and Softball Complex after a longtime San Francisco youth coach — will include field turf and a netting system, with a separate, 500-square-foot storage structure that will include space for coaches’ offices and storage.

Sacred Heart Cathedral has a storied baseball tradition, with two baseball Hall of Famers among its alumni in Joe Cronin and Harry Heilmann.

The expanded weight room and updated equipment will enhance the work done by veteran Fightin’ Irish strength and conditioning coach Colin Peuse, who helped train U.S.  Olympian and former SHC running great Shannon Rowbury.