SAN MARINO — There's a natural temptation to wonder just what kind of season San Marino High senior James Wade would have had without the presence of University High phenom Gage Brymer.
It seemed around every corner, at every championship opportunity, Wade would ultimately run into the nation's top-ranked player and would ultimately be denied.
"In all honestly, Gage is just on another level. He's a machine and his work ethic, from what I hear, is the best in Southern California," San Marino High Coach Melwin Pereira. "I wanted to be realistic with James when we game-planned for Gage. So, I gave him two pieces of advice. The first was to try and take as many points as possible. The second thing was to improve against him each time."
Ultimately, the two met on three occasions in 2013 with Brymer winning all three matches at Ojai, the CIF Southern California Regionals and at the CIF Southern Section Individual Championships.