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Wildcat grappler wins two at national tourney

April 06, 2002|STAFF REPORT

CLEVELAND — Brawley Union High School wrestler David Villagran is one win away from earning All-American status in the national high school wrestling championship here today at the Public Hall Convention Center.

The 106-pounder got off on the wrong foot at the national tournament Friday, falling 7-4 to New York state champion Tom Finnery.

Villagran, who took eighth place at the CIF California state championship in March, bounced back Saturday with two consecutive victories.

Both wins were impressive as Villagran outscored his opponents by a combined score of 22-1.

In his first match Saturday, Villagran knocked off Nevada state champion Joshua Sampo 10-1. He followed that later in the day with a 12-0 shutout of Washington state champion Ryan Trotter.

Villagran, a senior, will take on two-time defending Florida state champion Nate Engel today in an eighth-place match.

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