Before you read Stevie’s R’s advance of tomorrow’s team duals, please explain why some teams don’t send their best wrestlers to dual meet championships? I don’t know if it’s the case this season, but it’s happened in the past. If the best high school teams don’t send their best wrestlers, then why have dual meet team team championships? I know the argument, that the best individuals have to rest for CIF prelims the following week, but what happened to sucking it up and winning one for the team, especially for that kid who works just as hard, but isn’t going anywhere individually, but could do enough to help his team win a CIF team titloe, if only his best teammates were along for the ride. I grew up enjoying the duals, and think there isn’t enough emphasis placed on them anymore.
Above: Our salute to late Rosemead coach Lou Madrigal. May you rest in peace Big Fella.
By Steve Ramirez
South Hills, Northview, Bishop Amat and Sierra Vista high schools were awarded top four seeds when the CIF-Southern Section released its pairings Thursday for Saturday’s Toyota Dual Meet championships.
The division tournaments will be held at six campus sites. First-round matches begin at 11 a.m., with the finals scheduled for 7 p.m.
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South Hills, which won the San Antonio League, received the No. 2 seed for the Division II meet at Alta Loma. South Hills drew Freeway League runner-up Sonora in the first round. South Hills won dual championships in 2003 and last season.
Also in Division II, West Covina, the San Antonio League runner-up, drew Trinity League champion St. John Bosco. The Bulldogs won a dual title in 2006.
Northview and Bishop Amat received No. 3 seeds in Divisions I and IV, respectively.
The Vikings face Murrieta Valley in the first round of the Division I tournament at Los Alamitos. Northview has won four dual titles this decade (2000, ’04, ’05, and ’06). San Dimas, which finished second in the Valle Vista League to Northview, faces No. 4 seed Sultana in the first round.
Bishop Amat, which won dual titles in 1998 and 2007, drew Granite Hills for the Division IV meet at Cajon.
Wilson, which finished second to the Lancers in the Miramonte League, opens against No. 4 seed Silverado.
Sierra Vista, which has dominated the Montview League in recent years, is the No. 4 seed and will face Yucca Valley in the Division VI meet at Alemany. Gladstone, an at-large entry from the Montview League, faces No. 2 seed Morro Bay in the first round.
Glendora, Arroyo and El Monte are among the entries for the Division III tournament at Montclair.
Glendora, which finished second in the Sierra League, faces No. 2 seed North Torrance in the first round. Mission Valley League winner Arroyo, faces California in the first round, while El Monte faces top-seeded Santa Fe.
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