St. John Bosco wrestler earns top honor at CIF tournament

Zahid Valencia of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower.

Zahid Valencia of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower was named the CIF Player of the Year in the lower weight classes at the recent California Interscholastic Federation Individual Tournament, as the Braves took second place in the team competition.

Valencia, who competes in the 132-pound weight class, was one of three Braves’ individual champions. The others were Julian Gendreau (112 pounds) and Anthony Valencia (170 pounds). Matt Williams (150 pounds) and Joseph Dominguez (138 pounds) each took third place in their weight classes.

All five were named to compete in the CIF Masters Meet Feb. 28 and March 1 at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario. The top nine finishers in each weight class will advance to the CIF State tournament.


A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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