It was a big weekend for the Archbishop Riordan High School Crusaders.
The varsity basketball team topped Hillsdale 69-33 in the Division III playoffs. The Crusaders advance to semifinal play Tuesday against third-seeded Mills. Read a recap of the game in this article from the San Francisco Chronicle.
In wrestling news, the Crusaders had a victorious weekend at the CCS Championship in San Jose.
Going into the CCS Championship, the Crusaders were projected to finish in 11th place in and earn two individual seeds (Gene Aberouette #3 @ 152 and Michael Bigler #5 @ 106).
The Crusaders spent much of the 1st day in the top five and advance 8 of their 12 wrestlers to the 2nd day of competition. After a hard fought Day 2, the Crusaders finished in 8th place out of the 77 teams that qualified wrestlers for the CCS Championship, scoring 83.5 team points – the highest point total and 1st Top 10 finish since the 2012-2013 season. Riordan had the highest team finish of any WCAL school while the WCAL placed five teams in the Top 20.
Coming in as unseeded wrestlers, Senior Jake Angelo, Sophomore Michael Gray and Freshman Antonio Nathan-Miranda all earned key wins to make the 2nd day competition and finish in the top half of the tournament.
Junior Armando Munoz and and Senior Isaac Rogan finished in the Top 8 and narrowly missed an opportunity to place Top 6 in the CCS Championship.
Michael Bigler navigated a difficult bracket and gutted out a couple key matches to earn a 5th place finish in the 106 pound weight class, while Sophomore Randolph “Dolf” Aberouette came in as an unseeded wrestler and placed 6th in the 138 pound weight class.
Senior Gene Aberouette will advance to the CIF State Tournament this weekend, where only 40 individual wrestlers in the entire state qualify to compete. Gene dominated his weight class, earning all bonus point victories en route to a 3rd place finish at the 152 pound weight class. His only loss coming to the eventual runner up and #10 ranked wrestler in the State.
106: Michael Bigler (Sophomore): 3-2, 5th in CCS
120: Michael Gray (Sophomore): 3-2, Top 12
126: Armando Munoz (Junior): 4-2, Top 8
132: Antonio Nathan-Miranda (Freshman): 2-2, Top 16
138: Randy Aberouette (Sophomore): 4-3, 6th in CCS
145: Jules Mulwa (Sophomore)
152: Gene Aberouette (Senior): 5-1, 3rd Place
160: Jake Angelo (Senior): 1-2, Top 16
182: Isaac Rogan (Senior): 3-2, Top 8
195: Ray Russell (Sophomore)
220: Kabir Samra (Senior)
285: Dontrell Harden (Senior)