There's no doubt Brawley Union High School sets the standard in the Imperial Valley in wrestling.
Over the weekend the Wildcats took second in the 20-team Monte Vista tournament in Spring Valley and proved they also can be one of the top powers in the San Diego CIF Section.
Helping Brawley become a dominant force are the performances of its heavier wrestlers. Leading Brawley in an area where many teams have holes is heavyweight Jose Gutierrez.
A team captain, the 17-year-old senior won his weight class at the Monte Vista tournament Saturday with a 4-0 record.
Gutierrez had to get past Poway High's Steven Veating, who defeated Gutierrez earlier in the year in the finals of the Mira Mesa tournament. Gutierrez got some redemption by pinning Veating in the third period to win the tournament crown.