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It was the second straight Jim Bauer tournament win for the wrestling Pirates, and second consecutive win for Levi Gonnion. It was also the second year in a row where the team won the Jim Bauer tournament at Eastside High School in Lancaster.

“We won the entire tournament as a team and had 12 individual medalists,” said assistant coach Michael Aanerud. “This gives Levi back-to-back tournament titles, and he’s really peaking at the right time. He was on his game this weekend and he looks very ready for the postseason.”

The team was scheduled to play in the first of the last two meets of the season at Santa Maria on Tuesday. (Scores were not available at Journal press time.) Senior night and the last dual meet is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at home against Morro Bay.

Individual placers at Jim Bauer were Levi Gonnion (119) in first, with second-place finishes for Casey Ellis (125), Abe Santos (152) and Blake Chaves (189). Coming in third for their weight classes were Travis Porter (160) and Lee Jensen (215), followed in fourth by Steven Fields (135) and Joey Norcia (160). Rounding out the medalists were Massimo Genovese (112), Josh Schaeffer (145) and Jake Jacobsen (171).

“The team as a whole is the big story here, though. To have 12 kids place in a varsity tournament with 20 teams is an incredible feat. Even more impressive is how the team managed to defend last year’s title in such imposing fashion. We are all very proud of what the boys did this weekend, and we’re looking forward to the final stretch of the season,” said Aanerud.

Previously, Santa Ynez seniors traveled to Lompoc High Jan. 18 to provide them a 62-10 trouncing, and to earn their third league win. Overall this season, they are 13-2. The junior varsity team also came out ahead, defeating the Braves 55-9.

“That was the last time our seniors will wrestle at Lompoc. The first time these young men wrestled there, they squeaked by with a 10-point win. (This time) the seniors showed great skill and total dominance by winning all 8 of their matches by pin or technical fall,” said head coach Brian Wallace.

There were six pins for the night, the fastest coming from Porter in 52 seconds. Others were made by Genovese, Gonnion, Carlos Soto (130), Chaves and Roman Santos (HWT). Ellis won a 16-0 technical fall, while wins were had by Michael Azevedo (119) 8-5; Riley Huffman (140) 9-8 and Javier Guzman (145) 7-0. Daniel Clark and Abraham Santos received forfeits.

“We looked good again in league competition, and right now we seem to be close to our peak. This is exactly where we want to be heading into the postseason. We have 2 more league duals against teams that beat us last year, and we’re focused on returning the favor this season,” said Aanerud.

— Staff report