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.


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It was in the general-purpose room of St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines that Donald Trump made his last pitch to Iowa voters, inside a caucus room. He wanted to make sure people remembered that not only will he build the wall on our border with Mexico, but that he’s the only candidate who will make Mexico pay for it.

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