Gilroy ends the wrestling season with three individual CIF state champions



It was another season to remember for the Gilroy wrestling team, capped off by a strong showing at the California Interscholastic Federation Championships on Saturday in Bakersfield.

The Mustangs finished third in the boys team after three of their wrestlers captured individual titles.

285-pounder Cody Merrill, one of the all-time greats, capped off his high school career by defeating Nicholas Saakian, a junior at St. John Bosco-Bellflower is 3-2.

After Merrill placed first in his weight class at last weekend’s Central Coast Section championships, Gilroy coach Daniel Cormier named his star “the greatest wrestler in Gilroy history” is high praise considering the high-level talent that has come through the Mustangs’ program over the years.

Merrill is set to attend college at Oklahoma State, a powerhouse wrestler.

Gilroy junior Daniel Zepeda, who competes at 138 pounds, also raised his arms in triumph Saturday after defeating Poway senior Paul Kelly 6-2 in the title match.

In the next weight class, 144, Gilroy senior Moses Mirabal celebrated a state title when he defeated Buchanan-Clovis sophomore Joseph Toscano 2-1 in the finals.

Gilroy also had a strong girls performance, finishing fourth as a team.

Three Bay Area News Group coverage girls placed second in the finals: Oakland Tech junior Shayna Ward (120 pounds), Gilroy sophomore Tamara Grace (130) and Santa Clara junior Angelina De Leon (155).

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