VACAVILLE — All of Gionn Peralta’s work on the mat has paid off.
The Vacaville High senior signed a letter of intent to join the wrestling team at San Francisco State University, according to a press release from the school, Wednesday.
Peralta won’t be completely alone. Gators head coach Lars Jensen is the brother of Wood High head coach Thor Jensen.
Peralta, a four-time California state medalist and two-time finalist (8th, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd), leaves Vacaville as one of the Bulldogs’ most accomplished wrestlers of all time. At the CIF State Championship on March 7, it was Peralta’s second match, a 13-5 major decision of Buena’s Fabian Aguilera, that broke Russ McGrew’s 15-year record for most varsity wins in a career. Peralta added three more, with his win in the state semifinals over James Logan’s Jacob Donato, marking the grappler’s 200th career win, a rare feat in the state of California. Peralta’s state medals in four consecutive years is a first for any Bulldog athlete.
Peralta also leaves VHS the most dominant pinner of all time, with 145 career falls – 31 more than the second wrestler on the list.
With a career record of 200-20, Lars Jensen projects Peralta as a leading candidate to start for the Gators at 125 pounds next season.
Prep boys tennis
Armijo captures eighth straight MEL title
NAPA — The undefeated Armijo High boys tennis team celebrated its eighth straight Monticello Empire League title as it defeated Napa 6-3, Wednesday.
Sean Dolan at No. 4 and Liem Ngyuen at No. 5 did not drop a game in their matches for the Indians (13-0), but it was freshman Andrew Saghir who had the big match as he defeated Napa senior Gavin Brazelton 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.
“I’m very proud for our seniors,” Armijo coach Greg Davis said. “It’s not often that anyone can win anything eight straight times. We feel fortunate, but we worked extremely hard for it.”
Derek Wadsworth won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, while Erik San Miguel prevailed 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6.
Armijo’s other win was at No. 2 doubles as Jose Gagilone and Patrick Dolan won 2-6, 6-2, 11-9.
“(Winning) feels great for the team,” Davis said. “Goes to show we’re doing things right at Armijo.”
Armijo looks to remain unbeaten as it hosts Vacaville, Thursday.
Vikings shut out Wolves for SCAC win
FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High softball team continued its winning ways as it shut out American Canyon 7-0 in Solano County Athletic Conference play, Wednesday.
Bailey Tingley pitched the complete game as she allowed only four hits and two walks for the Vikings (10-4, 5-1 SCAC).
Freshman Hope Brandner had another big day at the plate as she brought in three runs, going 2 for 4 with a double and a home run, while Kiwi McDaniel was 3 for 3 with an RBI.
Vanden will look for a share of first place in SCAC as it travels to Benicia, Friday.
Mustangs continue to roll with 15-0 triumph
FAIRFIELD — The Rodriguez High badminton team swept Napa 15-0 in Monticello Empire League action, Wednesday, winning six matches by forfeit.
Bianca Corterz, Raiza Balancio, Markia Ongpuaco, Janelle Sandhu, Mikaela Peralta, Kristine Paeste, Lei Paeste and Nicole Vu were all double winners for the Mustangs.
Rodriguez travels to Armijo, Thursday.
Armijo 10, Wood 5: At Vacaville, the doubles teams played the hero for the Indians (12-2, 11-1 MEL) as they won every match, while only three out of the eight singles players earned victories for Armijo.
Serenity Liew and Ysabelle Balomadres were the only double winners for the Indians as Liew won 21-9, 21-12 in her No. 1 singles match and 20-22, 21-19, 21-13 in No. 1 doubles along with Stephanie Weber. Balomadres won 21-17,21-14 in her No. 7 singles match and 21-12, 20-22, 21-15 in No. 2 doubles with Angelica Roxas.
The Indians host Rodriguez, Thursday.