Connect with us

GSPN

SANTOS PINS STATE TITLES

[sixcol_five_last]

By Michael Cruz

The Road to Glory

2013 CIF champion Peter Santos Jr. (photo courtesy of sacbee.com)

2013 CIF champion Peter Santos Jr. (photo courtesy of sacbee.com)

While most four year olds were playing with toys, Peter Santos started wrestling.

“It was fun! I immediately fell in love with the sport because I’m such a competitive person,” said Santos.

Peter Santos, Sr. was a wrestler and football player at Benicia High. He started coaching Peter, Jr. early and made sure it was all about wrestling in training. Back home, the Santos’ instilled strong family values and academics.

Santos excelled in football and wrestling his freshman and sophomore years at Woodcreek High School. However, an early exit his sophomore year at the CIF made Santos refocus on wrestling. His new goal was to just wrestle and win a state title. He transferred to nearby Oakmont High School. Fast forward to 2013 wrestling season and Santos wins the league, division, and SJS Master Championships.

Santos had his chance at redemption in the 2013 CIF State Tournament. He pinned his first round opponent in three minutes. Santos shutout his next challenger 12-0. Alec Gamboa’s streak came to end with Santos pinning him in less than two minutes. Peter kept going to another level. His semifinal opponent Jovan Villalobos was rendered scoreless in losing 15-0.

The finals were set and Peter faced a familiar opponent Cory Griego. Griego was the #1 ranked wrestler in the CIF. Here is what happened:

The Accolades

Santos posing with his Mission San Jose High School Invitational Champion of Champions award. (photo courtesy of thecaliforniawrestler.com)

Santos posing with his Mission San Jose High School Invitational Champion of Champions award. (photo courtesy of thecaliforniawrestler.com)

Peter Santos winning the CIF 2013 170 lb. wrestling title was only the start.  He finished ranked #8 nationally according to http://www.intermatwrestle.com/rankings/high_school/170 and #11 on FloRanking. Peter was also named Sacramento Bee’s wrestler of the year and Male Athlete of the Year for Sport Stars Magazine:

http://issuu.com/sportstars/docs/sjxapril18x13/1

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/06/5242284/oakmonts-santos-a-gentleman-off.html

http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage/250778-Wrestling-Prep-Banquet-2013/video/712598-Santos-Ready-For-Some-Cake-Then-NC-State

He was next chosen to the prestigious California Dream Team and competed against other states at The Americas Cup. Peter went undefeated taking out the Idaho and Michigan state champions at The Americas Cup and helping CDT win it all. On National Signing Day he signed with the NC State Wolf pack wrestling team. On May 18, he was named to the All-American Wrestling Team.

The Future is Bright

Peter Santos is enjoying his last summer before college. He is ready to go cross-country and compete at the collegiate level. The young man is so likeable and humble. Maybe in four to five years we can see him on espnU at the NCAA Championships.   Or maybe we can dream for 2016 and beyond?

http://www.keepolympicwrestling.com/

[fbshare url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/gspn/santos-pins-state-titles/” type=”button”] [fblike url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/gspn/santos-pins-state-titles/” style=”standard” showfaces=”false” width=”450″ verb=”like” font=”arial”]

[/sixcol_five_last][useful_banner_manager_banner_rotation banners=53, 69, 38 interval=8 width=120 height=600 orderby=rand]

 

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

April

May 2024

June
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
Events for April

1st

Events for May

2nd

Events for May

3rd

Events for May

4th

5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for May

4th

No Events
Events for May

6th

Events for May

7th

Events for May

8th

Events for May

9th

Events for May

10th

Events for May

11th

12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for May

11th

No Events
Events for May

13th

Events for May

14th

Events for May

14th

No Events
Events for May

16th

Events for May

17th

Events for May

18th

19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for May

19th

Events for May

20th

Events for May

20th

No Events
Events for May

21st

No Events
Events for May

22nd

No Events
Events for May

23rd

No Events
Events for May

25th

26
27
28
29
30
31
1
Events for May

26th

Events for May

26th

No Events
Events for May

27th

No Events
Events for May

28th

No Events
Events for May

29th

No Events
Events for May

30th

No Events

COMING SOON …

Guam Track & Field National Championship May 26

All-Island Wrestling Alumni Tournament June 8

10th Micronesian Games from Marjuro

QUICK HITS

Bailey Concepcion makes it to the Seattle Seahawks dance team for the 2nd straight year.

Congratulations @seadancer_bailey
—————————————–
The St. Paul Warriors are the 2024 IIAAG Boys Middle School Basketball League Champions! The Warriors defeated the 2nd seed Andersen Dragons 60-47 to cap off their undefeated season.
Mario Bork led the Warriors with 20 points in the championship game.

More in GSPN