Pins, forfeits keep Spartans atop division

Courtesy of Mountain View High wrestling team
Mountain View High’s Jack Hecht lifts his opponent from Monta Vista in the air during Thursday’s meet. Hecht won with a pin.

The Mountain View High wrestling team’s strength-in-numbers approach has served the Spartans well this year.

“Our team is not that strong individually, but we’re dual-meet strong,” coach Ricardo Garcia said. “We don’t have a lot of superstars, but we have a lot of balance.”

Unlike most teams in the SCVAL El Camino Division, Mountain View has a wrestler for every weight class. That has enabled the Spartans to win multiple matches via forfeit at each dual meet.

“I don’t want to win that way,” Garcia said, “but it does help us.”

Mountain View is well on its way to repeating as El Camino champion, improving to 3-0 with Thursday’s 54-21 road rout of Monta Vista. The Matadors forfeited four divisions.

And the Spartans had a rare forfeit of their own.

“We try to fill every weight, and up to (last) week, every weight was filled,” Garcia said. “But our kid at 182 was sick.”

Mountain View more than made up for that with strong performances from several wrestlers. Andrew Pan (126 pounds), Sebastian Spaid (138), Gavin Scafidi (145), Jack Hecht (152) and Jared Krawitz (170) all posted pins.

“We didn’t start well – we were kind of flat,” said Garcia, whose squad dropped its first three matches of the night. “Luckily, our captain at 126 got us on the board with a pin, and that set the tone for the rest of the meet.”

Pan needed just 45 seconds to pin his opponent. Spaid was the only Spartan to beat that time, prevailing in a tidy 35 seconds.

“We really work on those bonus points,” Garcia said of winning via pin. “They really make a difference.”

Standout Tai Nguyen didn’t get a chance to score bonus points Thursday because Monta Vista forfeited the 132-pound class. He has a 10-5 overall record.

“He’s our best wrestler,” Garcia said of the junior, who went 3-2 at the Central Coast Section championships last year. “He has a legitimate chance to get to state.”

Mountain View is scheduled to host Saratoga 5:30 p.m. Thursday and conclude its dual-meet season at the same time a week later at Homestead.

Boys soccer

Ciaran Hernon’s last-minute goal enabled Mountain View to tie Cupertino 1-1 Friday.

Max Mayer set up the score with a long pass over the defense that dropped into the penalty area, according to coach Jim McGuirk, and “Ciaran brought it down with a very nice first touch and then hit a shot into the lower right corner from about 12 yards out.”

Two days earlier, the Spartans blanked Paly 4-0. Gabriel Barrett scored two goals for Mountain View (2-1-3 De Anza Division and 8-2-4 overall).

Girls soccer

Host St. Francis shut out visiting Valley Christian 2-0 Saturday to remain atop the West Catholic Athletic League at 4-0-1.

Girls basketball

Behind 13 points from Tessa Player, Los Altos handed Palo Alto its first league loss of the year, 46-37 Friday. The Eagles outscored the Vikings 17-10 in the final quarter of the De Anza Division game.

Los Altos improved to 3-3 in league and 8-10 overall; Paly dipped to 5-1 and 11-5.

Boys basketball

Mountain View evened its De Anza Division record at 3-3 and improved to 12-6 overall with Friday’s 57-46 win at Milpitas.

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