Granite Bay's Andrews wins national tourney

Grizzly wrestler claims crown in Virginia Beach
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Since finishing fifth at the CIF state wrestling finals, Gavin Andrews has remained very busy. The Granite Bay High sophomore capped off his postseason exploits with a championship run through the sophomore age group at the National High School Coaches Association tournament in Virginia Beach. "I've been at the tournament five times with three different kids and Gavin is the first won to win a national title," said Granite Bay coach Mike Lynch. The result follows up not only on an impressive performance at the high school state meet, but a championship run at USA Wrestling's frosh/soph state tournament the week before his trip to Virginia. At the state finals, Andrews was a pinning machine. After dropping his initital bout, he rolled through the competition with five consecutive pins, and after another close loss, he pinned his final foe for the fifth-place finish. "That was an amazing performance," Lynch said. "You just don't get six pins at the CIF state meet. If he keeps doing the things he needs to do, the sky's the limit for him." Andrews won his four matches in this national tournament and battled his way through at tough 285-pound weight class to claim the title. After an opening bye, the Grizzly sophomore beat Mike Spencer of New Jersey 3-1 to open the event. After pinning Stephen English of New York, Andrews was not scored on in his final two matches. He shut out Nino Majoy from Ohio in the semifinals and then took care of Florida's Doug Vallaro of Florida 2-0 in the final. That final was a major test, and the match remained scoreless through the first round before Andrews scored in the second. He then turned on the power with a solid strategy to finish off the contest. "The could mean some really positive things for Gavin as a high school athlete trying to get himself ready for college in a couple of different sports," Lynch said.