9 wrestleters make CIF individuals

Though they could not win league, the varsity wrestlers qualified an unprecedented eight individuals to CIF. The tournament will take place this Friday and Saturday. The team finished third, but if the league championship was a tournament format as opposed to the duals format that it is, the team would have easily taken first, Robert Barry ’08 said.

“Head to head, we beat every team in league,” Head Coach Gary Bairos said. “In league championships, we couldn’t beat Crespi and Alemany because we had to forfeit too many weight classes.”

One must place top three in league to go to CIF. Barry, Matt Katz ’07, Daniel Meer ’08, Gavin Ross ’09,
Alex Shahery ’07, Evan Rappel ’09, Evan Ryan ’09, Richard Leuchter ’08 and Justin Levine ’09 are the eight wrestlers and one alternate going to CIF.

“In CIF, we should do well, since it’s a tournament format, and we’ve had tougher tournaments during
the season,” Barry said.

Top five finishers in CIF go on to masters, and then the top finishers progress to state.

“At CIF, people might be a little nervous because this is the most important tournament of the year besides masters, but we’re used to this since it’s the same length and format as the other varsity tournaments we’ve been in, there’s just more riding on this one,” Leuchter said.

“In my opinion, Harvard-Westlake has far and away the best wrestlers, we just don’t have enough of them,” Bairos said. We’re a young and exciting team, and I think in a few years, we can have enough wrestlers to win league.”