Youth sports: Ramirez earns All-America nod

December 14, 2001

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Imperial Valley Suns' Antonio Ramirez earned All-American status during the national Junior Olympic cross country championship here recently.

Ramirez, from Meadows School in rural El Centro, took 21st in the race, finishing in 12 minutes, 10 seconds. The top 25 finishers were named All-American.

Among other Suns, Alfredo Ocegueda took 58th (12:42), Miguel Verduzco was 73rd (12:55) and Robert Padilla was 90th (13:11).

Brawley Gladiators triumph

SANTEE — Two Brawley Gladiators won their weight classes in a novice wrestling tournament at Santana High School here over the weekend.

Peter Martinez took first at 45 pounds in the rookie division while Reece Leon was first at 90 pounds in the novice class.


Other Brawley Gladiators in the tournament:

In the rookie division, Esai Carpio (40) and Victor Gonzalez (35) both finished third.

Vinnie Elizalde (40) took sixth in the bantam class.

In the midget division Eric Jiles (70) and Abel Ariaz (90) both took sixth while Arthur Perez (100) was uncontested.

In the novice division, Ivan Robles (70), Johnny Vasquez (100) and Armando Guerrero (112) placed second, Gilbert Vallarta (130+) was third and Steven Elizalde (70) took fifth.

Imperial Junior Wrestlers

win at tourney

CHULA VISTA — Imperial junior wrestlers Kenny Caldera and Caleb Hogue won their weight classes during a meet here recently.

Caldera was first in the rookie class and Hogue, at 75 pounds won the novice class.

Among other Imperial wrestlers, Issak Comparan took second in the rookie class.

In the bantam division, John Goodspeed (45) was fifth, Giovanni Acevero (50) was second, Justin Nuñez (50) was third, Robbo Pippin (55) ninth and Jonathan Calhoun (75) second.

Alex Estrada (90) was fifth in the novice class and Tyler Anderson (100) was third.


SEELEY — The winners of Saturday's Imperial Valley BMX Association races were:

Girls — Kiersten Brown (10) and Christine Gotchie (12).

Cruiser — John Mullen (31-35).

Novice — Tyler Herrera (9) and Brock Gordon (13).

Intermediate — Kyle Brown (6), Devon Gardner (9), Tyler Spence (10), Ian Malcolm (15) and Bryan Melton (17).

Expert — Matthew Martin (7), Benjamin Angulo (9), Cameron Lofgren (11), Royce Culp (12) and Shayne Godfrey (13).

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