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Brawley B team fares well at IVL meet

February 08, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

For decades the Imperial/Desert Valley League finals meant a shot at qualifying for the CIF wrestling postseason.

Now, with the IVL's move to the San Diego Section from the Southern Section, the IVL finals are nothing more than a glorified Valley tournament as all teams compete in the CIF meet regardless of how they fare at the Valley finals.

All IVL teams competed in the IVL finals at Central Union High in El Centro on Wednesday, with every team with at least one weight-class winner.

Leading the pack was Palo Verde with four triumphant grapplers.

The final outcome may have been different had Brawley Union High — which finished undefeated in IVL duel meet competition — competed with its regular varsity team. With the CIF tournament right around the corner, the Wildcats entered their varsity B team and still finished with three winners and led all teams with seven wrestlers in the finals.


Many coaches and wrestlers would have liked to have taken on the Valley's best as a barometer for CIF.

"It was kind of disappointing not going against their best, but I'll take what I can get," said Southwest wrestler Bill Amidon, who won the 127-pound division. "This tournament kind of helps you get ready for CIF, but I think I would have been more prepared if I got to go against Brawley's real team."

Nonetheless, Amidon pinned Calexico High School's Eddie Rodriguez at the 1-minute 37-second mark of their final match. Amidon was the lone weight class winner for the Eagles.

Taking first place for Brawley were Joel Aguirre (121), Daniel Martinez (147) and Brandon Kellum (191).

In final matches Aguirre picked up a 7-5 decision over Central's Ernie Castellanos, Martinez pinned Central's Cameron Lechner at the 2:53 mark and Kellum pinned Holtville's Roland Larson (3:28).

Three of Palo Verde's four weight class wins came by pin. Bryan Perez (162) pinned Holtville's James Hawk at 1:25, Jerry Wright (217) pinned Brawley's Carlos Garcia (1:23) and heavyweight Lavriano Garnica upended Brawley's Devin Stills (3:00). Gabe Carter rounded out the Palo Verde wins with an 8-5 decision over Southwest's Eddie Cortez in their 154-pound match.

Central, Calexico and Holtville all finished with two winners.

Winning for Central were 132-pounder Danny Vasquez in an 18-8 decision over Brawley's Mark McConnell, and Michael Staton (173), who took the decision over Southwest's Chris Gonzales 9-2.

Calexico's Esteban Jimenez pinned Central's Mario Luna 1:45 into their 105-pound match and Harry Ramirez (142) pinned Brawley's Anthony Cardenas at the 4:25 mark.

For Holtville it was 114-pounder Cody Acosta pinning Southwest's Chris Espinoza (2:58) and Edel Lopez (137) getting a 10-4 win over Calexico's Aaron Barrios.

Taking third places for Brawley were Michael Soza (105), Esteban Mendez (114), Anthony Arevald (127) and Adrian Vandiver (162).

Joe Torres (147), Eric Burnsworth (173) and Sam Massey (heavyweight) all finished third for Holtville.

Finishing third for Calexico were Max Leimgruber (132) and Santiago Almazan (217). Frank Guieb (154) and Alan Adame (191) placed third for Central.

Palo Verde's Stephen Armenta (121) and Chris Schuster (142) and Southwest's Eddie Conner (137) all took third places.

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