Although the Mountain View High wrestling team entered Tuesday’s regular-season finale at Los Altos in a good position to finish undefeated in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division, it would take more than a win to pin down the title.
Even if the Spartans (4-0) beat the Eagles (2-2) in the meet – held after the Town Crier’s deadline – they would still have to perform well at this weekend’s SCVAL Tournament to claim the crown.
“The only way we could lose the league title is if we beat Los Altos on Tuesday, and we land three places below the second-place team in our league, which this year is Lynbrook High,” Mountain View coach Francisco Hernandez said last week.
Mountain View beat visiting Homestead 44-27 Thursday behinds pins by Jared Krawitz, Darren Nhieu and Tai Nguyen.
Pinewood routed Notre Dame-San Jose 90-25 Saturday to remain perfect in the West Bay Athletic League (9-0). Hannah Jump scored 21 points for the host Panthers (19-2 overall).
Los Altos topped host Monta Vista 38-27 Friday, improving to 8-2 in the El Camino Division.
Mountain View’s 55-34 home loss to Los Gatos Jan. 30 eliminated the Spartans from playoff contention at 2-7 in the De Anza Division and 6-14 overall.
Los Altos snapped a six-game losing streak by routing Homestead 60-33 Jan. 29, but the Eagles’ scoring struggles returned in their next game. Los Altos fell 45-32 at Cupertino Friday. The Eagles, held to four points in the fourth, dropped to 2-7 in the De Anza Division and 11-10 overall.
Mountain View Jan. 29 suffered its first De Anza Division loss, 56-52 to visiting Los Gatos. Jailen Daniel-Dalton scored 15 points for the Spartans (7-1, 17-3).
Mountain View’s depth will be tested this week, as the De Anza Division’s top team has suffered a spate of injuries.
“We’re very banged up,” said coach Ivan Bandov, who noted that center back Erin Alexander is out for the season with a stress fracture and forward Janvi Subramanyan is “day to day” with a knee injury from last week.
The Spartans (8-0, 15-0-1) were expected to have only one or two subs Monday against Fremont (played after the Town Crier’s deadline), though Bandov said “hopefully a few will be back for a tough game Wednesday versus Los Gatos (8-1-1 league).”
Last week, Mountain View posted a pair of shutouts: 3-0 at Palo Alto and 2-0 at Los Gatos. Allie Montoya had two goals and an assist against Paly; Subramanyan and Isabella Walker scored a goal each versus Los Gatos.
Mountain View followed a 4-3 De Anza Division loss to Los Gatos Jan. 28 with a 1-1 tie with Palo Alto two days later. Sawyer Sevely scored twice and Ben Smith notched the other goal in the Los Gatos game. Gabriel Barrett scored for the Spartans (2-2-5, 5-5-7 overall) versus Palo Alto.
Los Altos edged Santa Clara 1-0 Friday on a goal by Jimmy Dessouki. The Eagles improved to 3-4-3 in the De Anza and 6-4-7 overall.