Andrews earns spot on Bakersfield podium

Granite Bay sophomore with five straight pins
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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It wasn’t easy, but Granite Bay sophomore wrestler Gavin Andrews reached the podium at the CIF State Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday in Bakersfield. Andrews lost his opening bout in the heavyweight division, an 11-9 decision to Barry Gee of Fountain Valley, Friday morning, leaving him a long road through the consolation bracket to reach the medal stand. The young grappler past the first test by pinning four straight opponents to close out the first day of competition, earning the chance to return for Saturday’s championship round at Rabobank Arena. On day two, Andrews delivered his fifth consecutive pin, guaranteeing a spot in the top eight. The run was stopped briefly by Sac-Joaquin Section rival Peter Anguiano of Franklin, who beat the sophomore 3-1. Anguiano finished third in the state. “Wrestlers from the Sac-Joaquin Section placed first, third, fourth and fifth (in the 285-pound division),” Lynch said. “Our section represented four of the top six placers, and five of the top eight. It’s pretty clear that at the 285-pound division the Sac-Joaquin Section dominated the state. Our wrestlers didn't just win their matches. As Gavin illustrated, they pinned their way through the tournament. “He turned in an amazing performance for any athlete competing at the CIF State Meet. Six pins is pretty amazing. We used our little joke as a theme whenever we talked to anyone about how the tournament was going.” Next up was Michael Mannigalam of Calvary Chapel of the Southern Section, who Andrews pinned to lock up fifth place in a 285-pound weight class that is dominated by upper classmen. Roseville's Dylan Jankovich (130 pounds) and Woodcreek's Peter Santos (125 pounds) both lost first-round bouts as well, and then won two matches before being eliminated on the first day of competition. Jankovich, in particular, had a difficult draw as he faced the eventual second place wrestler, Bobby Morales of Laguna Hills, in his first duel.