SAN JOSE -- The 195-pound match at the Central Coast Section wrestling finals was an all-football player affair with a couple of running backs squaring off at Independence High School.
Archbishop Mitty's Chandler Ramirez, the No. 2 seed, defeated Sean Lydster of Gunn, who was unseeded, 7-4.
"When I came in to school life I was just football, football, football,'' Ramirez said. "My freshman football coach (Chris Curry) was also the wrestling coach. He got me started wrestling. I loved it ever since. I don't know, there could be a future here.''
Lydster and Ramirez were both standout fullbacks and linebackers during football season. Lydster pulled a big surprise Saturday making it to the championship match.
"He's just a very good athlete,'' Gunn coach Chris Horpel said. "He has a small bag of tricks, but he made them work again and again. He got his body and mind all in sync. If we can fix a couple of technical things he could do some damage at state.''
South San Francisco's Arthur Georgiyev won the 182-pound title, 7-3 over Monterey's Jacob Golden.
"Coming in my freshman year my coach said to stay with it and become a champion,'' Georgiyev said. "I stuck with it. Hard work pays off. Winning a championship is just amazing. No one can take it away from you.''
Saratoga junior Graham Grant won the 220-pound title with a pin in the second round.
"This is exactly what I wanted, I'm really happy,'' Grant said. "It was really good for getting me ready for state. I'm hoping to place if everything goes right.''
Live Oak's Isaiah Locsin barely got in a workout before ending his 120-pound match with Sean Summers of St. Francis in 55 seconds on a pin.
"He's a great opponent and great friend,'' Locsin said of Summers. "In the offseason he helps get me in shape.''
It was the third consecutive CCS championship for Locsin, who will attempt to defend the state championship he won last year as a sophomore.
"I just want to say thanks to my teammates for making wrestling such a fun experience,'' Locsin said.
In the most closely-contested match of the evening, Riordan senior Elijah Davis battled defending state champion Nikko Villareal of Gilroy to a 1-1 tie through two overtime periods. In the third overtime, Villareal took a 2-1 lead with 8.9 seconds left on a point awarded for a technical violation on Davis, who then chose to assume a neutral, standing position in the hopes of getting a takedown. That choice gave Villareal another point. Villareal was then penalized a point for stalling, but still emerged with a 3-2 victory.
Gilroy, with four individual champions, won its 11th consecutive team title. The Mustangs scored 210 points. Palma was second (142.5), followed by Alisal (125), St. Francis (110), Mitty (108.5) and Gunn (106).
Mitty's Shane Triantos, a No. 6 seed, reached the 145-pound final, but then ran into defending champion Zac Contreras of Riordan, who defeated Triantos 24-9.
Pioneer had two No. 2 seeds who reached the finals -- John Sinclair at 152 and Grant Biral at 160. Both lost but advance to the state meet as second-place finishers.
"Having two kids in the finals, I don't know if Pioneer has had anyone in the finals, ever,'' Pioneer coach Fernando Flanagan said.
Christopher's Jimmie Lopez defended his title at 106, opening a 12-0 lead on Silver Creek's Alvin Nguyen before finishing with a pin in the third round. Serra senior Elias Hernandez advanced to the 113-pound final, where he lost an 8-2 decision to Gilroy sophomore Jesse Vasquez. Jerry De La Rosa (132), also a senior at Serra, lost to Gilroy's Paul Fox 7-1. Half Moon Bay's Joseph Lowman lost the 170-pound bout to Alisal's Jovan Villalobos 15-4. And Fremont's Gary Miltenberger (285) battled Palma's Hildelv Manzur before losing by pin at 5:59.
Cadence Lee of Gunn (103), Cady Chessin of Los Gatos (114) and Jasmine Mendoza of Overfelt (138) won state titles at the girls state championships in Lemoore.