Defending state wrestling champions Isaiah Locsin of Live Oak and Nikko Villareal of Gilroy are back. So is 10-time defending Central Coast Section team champion Gilroy, with four top seeds heading in to Saturday's CCS finals at Independence High.
Saratoga's Graham Grant (220) and South San Francisco's Arthur Georgiyev (182), both No. 1 seeds, will be looking for their first CCS titles.
Grant advanced to the 195-pound final last year as a sophomore, losing to Bellarmine senior Danny Chaid.
"Last year I injured my ankle and missed half the season,'' Grant said. "This year I'm in much better shape.''
First-year Saratoga coach Armando Gonzalez Jr, a former Gilroy wrestler, has worked with Grant on his strength.
"He shows great heart and fortitude every time he gets on the mat,'' Gonzalez said.
Georgiyev placed fourth last year at 170.
"He's much quicker this year,'' South City coach Steve Matteucci said. "He likes to get real low. As he's become more comfortable at that style, he's gotten smoother and faster. And the faster you are, the stronger you are.''
Locsin went undefeated as a sophomore last season, winning CCS at 113. He's lost this season to highly ranked Darian Cruz of Pennsylvania and Mason Pengilly of Porterville. He's ranked No. 2 in the state behind Pengilly in the 120-pound weight class, but should have little difficulty defending his CCS title.
Villareal, seeded No. 1 at 138, received
Christopher's Jimmie Lopez (106), Gilroy's Paul Fox (126) and Riordan's Zac Contreras (138) are also returning CCS champions. Fox will wrestle at 132, Contreras at 145.