As many fellow Valley wrestlers past and present can attest, the Wildcats have long dominated league matches, where they have an 18-year-long winning streak. Opponents within CIF-San Diego Section Divisions III and IV have also consistently fallen to Wildcat wrestlers, who have brought home division titles for the past 12 years.
For all of their hard work the team was treated to a ride atop a Brawley Fire Department engine en route to Plaza Park where local dignitaries lauded them for their efforts and sacrifices. Brawley City Councilman Miguel Miranda, himself a CIF wrestling champion in his heyday, was right in noting the amount of sacrifice required by individual wrestlers to reach such a standing.
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By many accounts, head coach Tony Leon is deserving of just as much praise as the wrestlers themselves. As if to underscore the point, Leon was also presented with the Cesar Chavez Si Se Puede award by city officials. When one considers how instrumental such people are in shaping the lives of youths in a constructive manner, the award is fitting irrespective of such a winning record.
For a team that has made countless runs at the Masters team title, won individual titles at all levels and qualified numerous wrestlers to the state championships, the city proclamation makes the wrestlers’ accomplishments all the more prominent. And although the crowd who came out to watch the Wildcat wrestlers get honored this week may not have compared to the throngs who turn out for major sports victory celebrations, the sense of pride and awe was just as honest and sincere. Way to go Wildcat wrestlers, for making us all proud.
THE ISSUE: City declares March 21 as BUHS Wrestling Championship Day.
WE SAY: Well deserved honor.
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