Los Altos High wrestling coach Nick Testa says this year's team is the best he's ever had, and it's hard to argue with him.
The Eagles have competed in three tournaments this season, winning two and placing second in the other.
"This is the best start we've ever had," said Testa, in his seventh year as coach. "We had never won a tournament before this year."
The team's latest victory came Dec. 20 at the James Lick Tournament in San Jose. Los Altos tallied 158 points in the 20-team competition. Host James Lick finished second with 155 1/2 and Westmont took third with 147.
Nine Eagles placed in the tourney and four advanced to the finals: Matt Young (135 pounds), Tony Suber (160), Jon Wiener (171) and Chris Mazurkiewicz (215).
Testa considers his team the favorite to win the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division, though Palo Alto has the coach a little concerned.
"Palo Alto has four good kids," Testa said, "but I think we have more than four."
The coach considers 189-pound senior Gunars Turaids his best wrestler. His other top grapplers include Edwin Valle (103) Matt Charles (145), Cesar Valle (119), Anthony Davis (heavyweight), Young, Suber, Wiener and Mazurkiewicz.
The Eagles return to the mat Jan. 8., traveling to Saratoga for a 6:30 p.m. match that signals the start of league competition.
The St. Francis High boys basketball team beat Palo Alto 55-48 in the championship round of the Fremont Holiday Tournament Dec. 23 in Sunnyvale.
Senque Carey led the Lancers (6-1) with 20 points and center Adam Buck added 18.