Thursday, December 15, 2011

Titans Win Gunn Quad

Submitted by Christopher Horpel

On Saturday the Titans took on three teams in dual meet competition and went 3-0 on the day. Gunn defeated Lynbrook 77-3, 15th-ranked Salinas 72-12 and 7th-ranked Serra 51-21. Going undefeated for the Titans were Cadence Lee (106), James Perng and Michael Abramovich (113), Chris Jin (152), Stephen Martin (160), Aaron Davis (182), Sean Lydster (195), Harsha Mokkarala (220) and JJ Strnad (285).

This was Gunn’s first varsity competition for the season; next up the Titans take on Los Altos in their first home league dual meet on Friday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. The following day they travel to James Lick High School in San Jose for the Lynn Dyche Classic wrestling tournament.

Complete Gunn Results:

Gunn beat Lynbrook 77-3
106 C Lee (G) won by forfeit
113 J Perng (G) won by forfeit
120 D Papp (G) p A Samudra (L) 5:35
126 E Cramer (G) p M Blackburn (L) 3:12
132 T Baharov (G) won by forfeit
138 J Jacoby (L) d M Mallari (G) 4-1
145 B Lee (G) p A Naylor (L) 1:55
152 C Jin (G) won by forfeit
160 S Martin (G) p Z Charif (L) 1:30
170 J Calderon (G) d J Eicher (L) 12-5
182 A Davis (G) won by forfeit
195 S Lydster (G) won by forfeit
220 H Mokkarala (G) p B Equivel (L) 3:37
285 JJ Strnad (G) won by forfeit

Gunn beat Salinas 72-12
106 C Lee (G) p A Martin (S) 3:05
113 J Perng (G) won by forfeit
120 D Papp (G) p L Graham (S) 3:27
126 E Cramer (G) won by forfeit
132 E Tinico (S) d T Baharov (G) 13-3
138 M Mallari (G) p G Vasquez (S) 1:18
145 B Lee (G) won by forfeit
152 C Jin (G) won by forfeit
160 S Martin (G) p A Olivas (S) 1:06
170 D Forzani (S) p J Calderon (G) 3:17
182 A Davis (G) p S Calander (S) 3:05
195 S Lydster (G) won by forfeit
220 H Mokkarala (G) won by forfeit
285 JJ Strnad (G) p R Timothy (S) 1:00

Gunn beat Serra 51-21
106 C Lee (G) won by forfeit
113 M Abramovich (G) p S Collison (S) 3:46
120 E Hernandez (S) d I Cramer (G) 8-3
126 A Larosa (S) d D Papp (G) 6-3
132 T Roberts (S) p E Cramer (G) 3:26
138 J DeLaRosa (S) d M Mallari (G) 5-1
145 U Molina (S) d B Lee (G) 9-5
152 C Jin (G) d P Becerra (S) 8-4
160 S Martin (G) p C George (S) 1:26
170 J Calderon (G) p J Millington (S) 2:48
182 A Davis (G) p M Ramos (S) 3:25
195 S Lydster (G) p R Parker (S) 1:25
220 H Mokkarala (G) inj def T Glauninger (S) 1:27
285 JJ Strnad (G) p J Beering (S) 1:14

Note: Gunn's 17 pins on the day puts their total up to 67 thus far in the early season. Gunn's "Pins for Pesos" fund-raiser is doing well! Great job Gunn Wrestling!

Chris Horpel
PE Teacher
Wrestling Coach
Gunn High School

Sports Update - December

Further accolades for Gunn sophomore Sarah Robinson. After lowering her PR by a stunning 1 minute and 16 seconds to win SCVAL, she then dropped another 20 seconds to win CCS. Sarah took 3rd place at state and followed that with a 4th place finish at the most prestigious race "Foot Locker West Regional". Robinson beat some of the fastest milers in the state
at the Foot Locker race, runners such as defending state champion Cami Chapus. Sarah's success is all the more remarkable considering that she's only a sophomore and soccer remains her main sport. Sarah qualified for
Cross country nationals but couldn't compete due to previous commitments to
the US national U-17 soccer team. Robinson was announced today the SJ Mercury X-Country runner of the year!!
Check out the article at

You have an opportunity to watch Gunn's premier girl's athlete showing her prowess on the soccer field - so come out and cheer for the Gunn team and show Sarah our appreciation!

Girl's Golf - Congratulations to Anna Zhou and Jaysee Sarathy, both of whom
made the first team in CCS. Of note, Anna is only a freshman!

Soccer Varsity Boys - started the season with a win over Fremont 3-0. Goals were scored by - David Koo (2 goals) and an own goal by Fremont. Ben Sampson assisted on 2 goals and Mario Victor Tapia on another.

Wrestling - The young Titan wrestling team started their 2011-12 campaign this weekend.
On Friday, Gunn sent five boys and one girl to the 45th Annual JV/Girls' Peninsula Invitational at Half Moon Bay High School. Gunn produced two champions in the boys' division and one in the girls' division for a 7th place in overall standings.
The results -
1st Place - Daniel Papp (126) 3-0, 2 pins, Derek Lai (145) 4-0, 4 pins, Jessica Sun 3-0, 3 pins 3rd Miko Mallari (138), 4-1, 4 pins, 4th James Perng 3-2, 4th Keshav Varma 3-2, 2 pins

On Saturday, 17 Titans traveled to Harbor High School in Santa Cruz and competed in the Harbor Frosh-Soph Invitational. Gunn produced 15 placers, 12 of whom were finalists including eight champions - more than ever before - which bodes well for the young Titan squad. The results are as follows:

1st Place - Cadence Lee (106) 3-0, 1 pin, Sean Ortiz (113) 3-0, 1 pin, Ian Cramer (120) 3-0, 2 pins, Tavor Baharav (132) 3-0, 3 pins, Stephen Martin (160) 3-0, 3 pins, Aaron Davis (182) 3-0, 2 pins, Sean Lydster (195) 3-0, 2 pins, and Sam Biondini (220) 3-0, 3 pins.
2nd Shelby Oyung (106) 2-1, 2nd Cedric Linares (152) 2-1, 2 pins, 2nd Kirill Demyanenko (182) 2-1, 1 pin, 2nd James Foy (195) 2-1, 1 pin, 3rd Michael Abramovich (106) 3-1
3rd Tommy Farley (160) 3-1, 2 pins, 4th Alex Dai (220) 2-2

Although just missing out on placing in the top four, James Stevens (145) and Wilson Horn (152) both added one pin each giving Gunn a total of 40 pins for the weekend. Several parents have pledged $10 per pin for the season in a fund-raising effort to improve Gunn's wrestling room, so the "Fall for Gunn" fund-raiser has begun with a bang! Congratulations Gunn Titans.

Girls Basketball - The Lady Titans took part in the Burlingame tournament last weekend, losing to Lowell in the semi-final, in a close game 45-43. Gunn bounced back to trounce Burlingame 66-17 to take 3rd place. Gunn is now 2-1 for the season. Top scorers were - Zoe Zwerling, Julia Maggioncalda, Claire Klausner, and Cat Perez.

SELPA 1 CAC parent education event – January

Submitted by Karen Mueller

Ipads used for Special Education Teaching, Therapy, and Communication

Mobile devices such as the iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone are the leading way of providing individuals with special needs lightweight, easy to use, and affordable communication options. They are also providing Speech and Language Pathologists a highly motivating, innovative way to elicit speech and language to a wide variety of clients in a therapy setting. Danielle Sampson will examine how the iPad can be used in a therapy room as well as a communication device. She will also examine a variety of applications designed for children with special needs.
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 - meeting is 7 to 9 pm. Hospitality begins at 6:45pm. Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024. (please note special day and time)
This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC ( All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit. No registration is necessary.