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AOW: Carrillo leads Brawley to CIF championship

February 20, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

It was the most dominating performance at the CIF San Diego Section Division III wrestling tournament Saturday and maybe one of the most dominating ever.

What Brawley Union High School's Hector Carrillo accomplished is almost mind-boggling. In four matches at CIF the 142-pounder recorded four pins, all in the first minute, and only wrestled a combined 3 minutes, 22 seconds on his way to a CIF crown.

Had an outstanding wrestler award been handed out, there's no doubt Carrillo would have won it easily.

Carrillo helped the Wildcats to their first CIF title in the 25-year coaching career of Keith Smith. Brawley won with 287.5 points, more than 40 more than second-place Ramona High.

Many wrestlers would be enthused about such individual accomplishments, but Carrillo took a "whatever" approach to his individual championship.

"It really didn't mean that much to me because I knew I'd walk through it. I usually get nervous before tournaments and matches, but I wasn't even nervous at all for this," said the 17-year-old senior. "The tournament was all right. It wasn't the hardest I've been to this year. I think Five Counties was a lot tougher."


While many people had predicted Ramona would be Brawley's toughest challenge, Carrillo thought Ramona wasn't even a concern.

"People were talking about Ramona and they even came in talking smack, but we shut them up," added Carrillo. "I wasn't even worried about them. I just went in there and worked whoever I was facing."

Working his opponents is an understatement. Carrillo didn't allow any of his opponents to score. About a month ago at the Holtville tournament he accomplished the same feat on his way to first place there.

With all those accomplishments, he still doesn't get as much credit or recognition as some of his teammates. Smith thinks all that is because of his style of wrestling.

"He's not a real flashy wrestler. He just goes out there and gets pins. That's the way I used to be," said Smith. "Going into CIF I knew he was capable of doing what he did. That's the way he's been all year. He's one of the guys I don't have to worry about."

Next up is a trip to the Masters meet in Carlsbad on Saturday. If Carrillo can finish in the top three, he'll earn a trip to the state championships in Stockton.

"If any one kid deserves to go to state, Hector does," said Smith. "He's probably worked as hard, if not harder, than anyone on this team. Hopefully he'll use CIF as a springboard for this weekend and for state."

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