During the Brawley Union High wrestling team's summer program last year, Anthony Cardenas was not one of the grapplers attending regularly.
He hoped to be a varsity wrestler at 140 pounds, but his lack of summer participation turned out to be his downfall as other wrestlers got better but he didn't.
Cardenas is not making the same mistake. He has been a regular in Brawley's summer workouts this year and is 4-0 in the four-week tournament the Wildcats are hosting for Imperial Valley and Yuma area schools.
"It's a pretty tough weight class. There's about 10 guys in that same weight, which I think is the most in any weight," said the 17-year-old Cardenas, who will be a senior in the fall. "For me it's very important that I come out here. I can work on more moves and just get more reps so I can get better prepared for the season."