Although he knew the meet was close, Mountain View High’s Tai Nguyen said he didn’t look at the score before stepping onto the wrestling mat. The 120-pounder was focused on beating Los Altos’ Jason Klemens in the final match of the night.
Nguyen wasn’t in the dark for long – before he could make a move, his teammates told him that the meet was in his hands – but the freshman didn’t flinch.
“It didn’t stress me out,” he said. “I felt prepared to wrestle my best. I used what I learned at practice and implemented it on the mat.”
Nguyen beat Klemens 13-4, sending host Mountain View to a 31-27 league win Jan. 30.
Nguyen – who has just one league loss – picked up another win Thursday, but Mountain View fell to visiting Lynbrook.
“It was a battle and there were a few matches that could have gone either way,” said coach Francisco Hernandez, whose Spartans dropped to 4-2 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division, “but we ended up losing 46-19.”
Nguyen and Javier Hernandez, in his first match at 220 pounds, earned pins for the home team.
Mountain View topped Los Gatos 3-2 Friday to remain a close second to Palo Alto in the SCVAL De Anza Division. Janvi Subramanyan scored two goals for the Spartans (8-1 in league, 15-1 overall) and Bethan Parry notched the other.
Two days earlier, Mountain View defeated Homestead 3-1. The Spartans had a shutout going until the final few minutes of the road game. Nicole Bumgarner, Parry and Subramanyan scored for Mountain View.
Host St. Francis fell 2-0 to Mitty Saturday, dropping the Lancers to 3-3-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 8-7-2 overall.
St. Francis kicked off the week with a 2-0 non-league win over visiting Bishop O’Dowd Jan. 29. The Lancers’ goals came from Payton Porter and Bella Schou.
Los Altos maintained its second-place standing in the De Anza Division by edging Palo Alto 1-0 Jan. 31. Tommy Florian scored in the first half for the host Eagles, assisted by Ollie De Visser.
Los Gatos scored in stoppage time to get by host Mountain View 1-0 Friday. The goal came on a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.
“Rough game (Friday),” said Spartans coach Jim McGuirk, whose team dropped to 4-5 in the De Anza Division and 7-10 overall. “We played great, and it was a real defensive struggle.”
Two days prior, Mountain View topped host Homestead 3-1. All of the Spartans’ goals came in the first half. The first was an own goal, Ben Lau scored the second and Kasim Yeung the third.
St. Francis snapped a four-game losing streak by taking down Valley Christian 69-54 Saturday in WCAL play. Up a point after the first quarter, the host Lancers pulled away with a 25-15 second-quarter run.
Paige Uyehara scored a game-high 21 points for St. Francis (2-4 league, 13-7 overall).
Behind a big third quarter, St. Francis defeated Mitty 81-62 Friday in WCAL action. The host Lancers, ahead by five at halftime, outscored the Monarchs 27-17 in the third quarter.
St. Francis improved to 8-2 in league and 16-4 overall.
The first time around, Mountain View stunned Los Gatos. The Wildcats got even Friday, routing the Spartans 68-44 in league play.
Mountain View scored just five points in the first quarter and trailed 35-12 at halftime.
The Spartans sank to 2-7 in the De Anza Division and 11-10 overall.
Pinewood thumped Crystal Springs Uplands 73-38 Friday to even its record at 5-5 in the West Bay Athletic League. The host Panthers (11-8 overall) jumped to a 30-4 lead in the opening quarter.
Los Altos proved no match for Palo Alto, which upended the Eagles 63-41 Jan. 31 in De Anza Division play. Los Altos, which had a bye Friday, entered this week 5-3 in league and 12-8 overall.