Wildcats get their own day
Brawley Union High's head wrestling Coach Tony Leon accepts the proclamation presented to the Brawley Union High wrestling team by the City of Brawley on Wednesday. Behind Leon is the school's wresting team which recently won its 12th consecutive CIF-San Diego Section title. (March 22, 2012)
The past 12 years, the Wildcats have won the CIF-San Diego Section title in either Division III or D-IV.
They made countless runs at the Masters team title, won individual titles at all levels and have qualified numerous wrestlers to the state championships.
For all their dominance, they still feel they haven’t received the recognition they deserve.
That changed Wednesday when the city of Brawley proclaimed March 21 as the Brawley Union High School Wrestling Champions Day.
“I think it’s well worth it. I thank them for this honor they’ve bestowed on our program,” said Tony Leon, the Wildcats’ head coach since 2004. “Obviously, we’re celebrating the youth in our community and that’s something that we should do always because that’s our future.”
The streak started when Leon was assistant to then head coach Keith Smith.
The young Wildcats squad bolstered only two seniors this year and still battled to a second-place finish at the Masters tournament, right behind Poway High.
The Poway Titans have also dominated, winning 26 consecutive Masters’ titles.
“They have that dominance and that’s where we want to get to,” Leon said.