original photo courtesy of Chris Mora; Tech-Fall.com
The Adidas High School Wrestler of the Week Award this week goes to Aaron Gandara of Poway High School in Poway, California. Gandara, who has bounced in and out of the rankings over the last year, was a one-time Arizona state champion before transferring to Poway and taking fourth a year ago in California. In July, Aaron took third place in Fargo at the Junior Greco-Roman National Championships after placing second in Reno and third at the Ironman, as a junior. This past weekend, he went 5-0 and won the 152-pound division at Freakshow. Along the way, he took out two-time Ohio state champion Bryce Hepner in the quarterfinals. Through five matches, Gandara conceded just five points and allowed only one takedown. Gandara, who is committed to Campbell, will be looking to take home his first California state title this year in a weight class that includes five ranked or honorable mention wrestlers.
Congratulations to Aaron Gandara, TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week.