Wrestling award goes to ex-coach

Mercury News

Former Lynbrook High wrestling coach Gus Talbot was honored for his dedication to the sport last week as he was awarded the Silicon Valley Wrestling Legacy Award at the second annual Silicon Valley Challenge Cup held at Santa Clara University.

Talbot started his coaching career at Madrone Junior High in Sunnyvale and at James Lick in 1956. He began his career at Lynbrook when the school opened in 1965.

Talbot didn't wrestle in high school, but he joined the wrestling team at San Jose State, where he competed for two years. Talbot coached Lynbrook to the Northern California title in 1970 and retired in 1992 with a career record of 252-89-8.

He coached seven individual CCS champions and had two state placers, including heavyweight Jerry Bishop, who was a runner-up in the first state championship in 1973.

Talbot and his wife, Marge, still live near Lynbrook. He is enjoying his retirement and can be heard at the Moose Lodge in Sunnyvale on Friday nights where he plays trumpet in a swing jazz band.

SOCCER: Archbishop Mitty has taken a No. 12 national ranking into the West Coast Classic, the state's premier boys soccer tournament.

The Monarchs are seeded No. 16 in a 32-team event that began Wednesday and continues through Saturday in Irvine.

Coming off a penalty-kick final win over Live Oak in the Homestead Christmas Cup, Mitty (6-0-3) has been placed in a four-team bracket with Santa Margarita Catholic, Thousand Oaks and San Dimas.

The results of Mitty and West Catholic Athletic League rival Bellarmine, the top seed, will help determine the placement of Northern California teams in future rankings.