CHASE SALDATE Gilroy Wrestling SportStar of the Week

Chase Saldate (Gilroy, CC, 11) photo/SportStars

Saddle Up Your Horses We Got a Trail to Blaze

Gilroy High’s Sr. wrestling sensation, Chase Saldate bags a coveted new Stetson cowboy hat after taking the Doc Buchanan Tournament championships this past January 4-5 in Clovis, California.

It’s All About the Hat!

The Michigan State-bound Saldate continued his dominant senior campaign with a championship victory in the 138-pound division. And at the prestigious Doc Buchanan Wrestling Tournament, champions are bestowed a brand new Stetson cowboy hat. Saldate got his!

Saldate was Gilroy’s only champion in the Clovis-based tournament, helping to lead the Mustangs to a fourth-place finish overall.

Currently, he is the Number 1-ranked wrestler in NorCal by SportStars Magazine and ranked Number 2 in the state by

Blazing His Trail

Saldate finished fourth in the 126-pound division of the 2018 CIF State Wrestling Championships last March. The win this January is a fitting sendoff to Michigan State where Saldate will wrestle for the Spartans in the Fall.

See all the tournament weight-brackets, standings and winners [here].


A history of Gilroy High School wrestling by SportStars INSIDER, Al Fontes is posted on the California Wrestler. See Striving for Excellence – Gilroy High School (CCS).

In his story, Al lists every state medalist, All-Americans, and top-level wrestlers who went on to earn All-American status in college.

And Fontes elevates the Gilroy High wrestling program as “far and away one of the best programs in the state. And for that matter, in the entire country.”