BRAWLEY – The Brawley Union High School wrestling squad will be at Olympian High this weekend attempting to continue a tradition that has spanned almost the entire millennium, winning CIF.
For the Wildcats, winning is a tradition that was started even before the first of fourteen straight CIF titles, winning twenty straight IVL titles along the way.
The Wildcat wrestlers’ hard work, dedication, and unity will be on full display at the first stop of the wrestling post season. They will look to finish at the top of each individual weight class.
The top six in each weight class will move on to the CIF Masters tournament next week at Mission Hills.
One Wildcat looking to add on to an already impressive CIF career is Senior Vinny Elizelde. He aims to gather more gold to his trophy collection with another CIF individual title this weekend. Elizelde who had won Both CIF and Masters tournaments last year comes into this year’s edition undefeated having won every tournament and duel match all year. Having already won this season’s Five Counties and Holtville Tournaments, Elizelde is hoping to end the season capped by a state title.
The Wildcats have posted a dominant IVL showing this 2013-2014 season, winning every duel and ending on top of total team points in the IVL tournament. They also had great showings in individual tournaments such as California’s Five Counties Tournament at Fountain Valley and the 51st Annual Holtville Rotary Tournament.
Wildcat Head Coach Tony Leon is looking for another gold piece to add to the mantle, his eleventh straight CIF title in eleven seasons as Brawley’s lead wrestling instructor.
“I’m exited, we are young but focused on winning CIF again. I won’t lie, I’m stressed about it. My boys, they mean the world and I want it for them. I just can’t wrestle for them. It’s their time to prove something for themselves,” said Leon in anticipation for this weekend’s matches.
It’s almost the moment these Wildcat boys have been looking toward all year; a time to prove on the mat what Brawley wrestling is all about, as the Wildcat mantra goes; “Anybody, Anytime, Anywhere.”
Here are a few wrestlers representing Brawley: