Ukiah’s Pablo Gonzalez goes 4-2 at national championships

Ukiah wrestling coach Gary Cavender, right, helped guide Pablo Gonzalez, left, on a path that would lead to an NCS wrestling championship.  (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Ukiah wrestling coach Gary Cavender, right, helped guide Pablo Gonzalez, left, on a path that would lead to an NCS wrestling championship. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

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Ukiah High School senior Pablo Gonzalez, who placed fourth earlier this month in the CIF State Wrestling Championships, closed out March by winning four of six matches this weekend at the 25th annual NHSCA National Championships in Virginia Beach, Va.

Gonzalez, competing in the heavyweight division, lost his first-round match, then won four straight matches, two by pin, before being eliminated in a match that could have qualified him for today’s third- through 8th-place matches.

[RELATED: Click here for Gonzalez’s full results]

Gonzalez had a tough draw at the outset, losing by pin at 5:56 to two-time Utah state champion Cole Mair. Gonzalez then defeated fellow Californian Justin Gillham in a 4-3 decision and beat Pennsylvanian Ben Carrillo 3-0. The Ukiah wrestler then pinned two foes, taking out Drew Aho, a Division II Arizona state runner-up at 2:13, and winning by fall at 2:28 over Troy Artiles of Florida.

In his last match, Gonzalez dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Fremont High-Sunnyvale’s Gary Miltenberger, who had placed seventh at the CIF event March 7-8 in Bakersfield and won a Central Coast Section title earlier this year.

– PRESS DEMOCRAT STAFF

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