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  1. All-CIF cares about is making revenue and that's the reason sections like Oakland and San Francisco get a direct ticket to the state tournament. The Los Angeles City Section is improving a lot. At the moment, they have 32 schools that offer wrestling. In fact, in 2014 and 2015 they were allowed to take two wrestlers per weight class due to their great accomplishments in the state tournament.
  2. California's first female state qualifier was Tina Nguyen of Oakland High in 1999. However, she did qualify out of a weak section that only has four wrestling teams (Oakland Section). In fact, the year that she qualify to state, there was no other 106-pound wrestlers and that's the reason she was allowed to filled the vacant spot and represent the section. The following year the Oakland Section didn't have a 106-pound wrestler to send to the state tournament. CIF-State Brackets - http://thecaliforniawrestler.com/cif-state-brackets/
  3. https://twitter.com/c_marsteller_57/status/686873267437568000
  4. http://thecaliforniawrestler.com/the-39th-annual-doc-buchanan-preview/
  5. Next weekend should be fun at the Doc Buchanan tournament with Bergen Catholic (NJ), Buchanan, Clovis, San Marino, Bakersfield, Selma, Gilroy and Calvary Chapel. Poway High wont be in attendance.
  6. I know Ali real well as his team wrestled in the same league as my high school. He is a quite it individual, but a great person once you get to know him. Here's a match of him as a sophomore when he won the Los Angeles City Section. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qx6ITVU-Q0
  7. http://www.associatedwrestlingpress.com/news_article/show/545260?referrer_id=1024552
  8. Los Angeles, CA – Standing at almost six feet and weighing in between 160-170 pounds (depending on the weight he lost during the intensive workout with his personal coaches Juan Archuleta, J.D. Hawkins, Eddie Aguirre and his coach since his youth days, his father, Ruben Valencia), Anthony is not your typical teenager. As easily as being a dominant wrestler in the state of California and in the country, Anthony also excels in the classroom. Each evening after coming home from wrestling practice and eating dinner with his family, Anthony makes sure he gets his school work done. “Wrestling is a sport that I eat, breathe and think about 24/7” Said Anthony “Nothing brings more satisfaction to me than to witness the fruits of my labor become a reality. But as much as I love wrestling, I recognize that if I don’t have the grades, I won’t be allowed to compete and wrestle.” After completing two undefeated seasons as a junior and senior and winning three CIF California state titles, the St. John Bosco senior is ready to contemplate the next stride in his wrestling career… to challenge for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team and wrestle in Rio. Scholastic Career Zahid and Anthony as youth wrestlers Since his freshman season, the heart and soul of the St. John Bosco wrestling program has been Anthony and his younger brother, Zahid. Their illustrious wrestling careers include each winning three CIF California state titles, four Doc Buchanan tournament titles, and earning titles at the prestigious Walsh Ironman Tournament in Ohio for a total six times between the two; Anthony won the event twice, while Zahid made history this past season by becoming the second wrestler in the 20 year history of the event to win it four times. Two-time NCAA champion and U.S. Open Champion, David Taylor was the first to achieve this feat. Winning a California state title is not an easy task to accomplish. The California state tournament with only one division and well over 800 schools is considered the nation’s most demanding state to win. Numerous wrestlers who went on to have outstanding college and international careers never earned a prestigious California state title. Both of the Valencia brother’s only outright loss to a California wrestler happened during their sophomore season. Zahid lost to Sean Williams, who is currently wrestling at the University of Oklahoma, 3-2 in the state semifinals in 2013; Zahid and Sean met once during the regular season where Zahid pinned Williams in the finals of the Battle for the Belt tournament. The same year Anthony lost in the finals of the state tournament to his future Arizona State teammate, Chris Pagdilao of Santiago High School, 5-3. But now, their high school wrestling days are over and both brothers are concentrating on the future as collegiate wrestling awaits them. Both have signed to wrestler for Coach Zeke Jones and assistant coaches Chris Pendleton, Lee Pritts and Jordan Oliver at Arizona State. Anthony is scheduled to wrestle in the 174-pound weight category and Zahid at 184 lbs. “We’re most likely giving way to redshirt at ASU. Going in right away is probably not the brightest thing to do right now. My goal, as well as Zahid’s, would be to aid the team in the future by winning a PAC-12 title and make ASU a powerhouse in college wrestling once again.” Arizona State Head Coach Zeke Jones was a great wrestler with abundant wrestling moves that helped him acquire a silver medal in the 1992 Barcelona games at 52 kilograms. Other accolades by Jones was being a 6-time National Freestyle Champion, 4-time World Cup Champion, Pan American Games Champion, 3-time Collegiate All-American, and receiving the “World’s Most Technical Wrestler Award” awarded by FILA in the 1991 World Championships in Verna, Bulgaria. International Career Anthony Competing in the U.S. Open Anthony recalls how as a youth wrestler he was asked by his father (Ruben Valencia) what was one of his goals for the future…Anthony told his dad that his dream was to become an Olympian champion and represent the United States. “The dream of representing my country in the Olympics has been a goal of mine since I was small. It’s a dream of mine that I hope to achieve in the future.” Last year, Anthony, competed in the FILA Junior Division and defeated 2015 NCAA D-1 National Champion and fellow Californian, Isaiah Martinez. However, this year he was shooting for something much bigger, something that only six other high school wrestlers have achieved… to place in the U.S. Senior Open. High School wrestlers that have placed in the U.S. Open Senior division include Logan Steiber(Ohio.), Chris Fleeger (Pa.), Cary Kolat (Pa.), Joe Russell (Ore.), Nate Carr (Pa.) and fellow Californian, Dave Schultz. “The reason I decided to bypass the FILA Junior tournament and enter the senior division of the U.S. Open was to ascertain myself where I stand with the top guys in the country in the senior level.” The decision was a wise one as Anthony finished third in the 74-kilogram weight class. Along the way, he defeated 4-time college All-American and two-time finalist, Tyler Caldwell of the Sunkist Wrestling Club, 10-0 in the third-place bout. His lone defeat of the tournament came in the hands of the eventual runner-up, Andrew Howe of the New York Athletic Club in the semifinals. At one point during the match, Anthony was up 4-0 on Howe after obtaining two take-downs via a misdirection shot and his famous double leg take down. “It feels great to take 3rd in the U.S. Open, but in reality, I am not satisfied 100% with myself. I came to Vegas expecting to win my weight class.” Prior international events for Anthony included winning gold in the junior division of the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, placing 9th at the Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, and winning the Bronze medal at the Copa Do Brazil tournament in 2014. Now that Anthony has officially qualified for the 2015 U.S. World Team Trials which will be held June 12-14 in the Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, he will need to be mentally prepared to challenge for the title. “My mentality going into the World Team Trials in Wisconsin, will be fully committing myself to training for it; I now recognize what mistakes I need to work on. I will keep my faith in God strong and follow his path and if it’s his plan for me to win the tournament, then I’ll definitely get myself ready to compete at the World Championships in Vegas and get myself a world gold medal in Brazil.” Anthony and his mother Mercedes The U.S. World Team Trials will determine the entire men’s Freestyle World Team, as well as establish the final four weight classes for the women’s Freestyle World Team. In effect, the event will finalize both the men’s and women’s freestyle teams for the 2015 Senior World Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 7-12. “One day, God willing, I hope to participate in Mix Martial Arts,” Said Anthony “I’ve been practicing other types of combat sports since I was 10 years old and I love it. It’s been a dream of mine to get in the octagon and go full blast fighting. I hope on getting more training done for MMA during open dates and begin fighting right after I win the Gold medal in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. At this instant in time, Due to the lack of opportunities for wrestlers after their collegiate and international careers, most wrestlers are trying their luck in MMA and signing contracts with companies like Bellator, One Championship, UFC, and World Series of Fighting to help them financially. Don’t be surprised to see Anthony winning world titles inside the octagon in the future.
  9. http://thecaliforniawrestler.com/aspirations-of-being-an-olympian-drives-anthony-valencia-to-compete-in-the-u-s-open/
  10. I don't believe Joey Davis was part of the Monster Garage. Many other California wrestling studs have gone and wrestled with the Monster Garages kids but are not part of the club.
  11. http://thecaliforniawrestler.com/cade-olivas-wins-the-gold-medal-at-the-junior-pan-american-championship-games/
  12. http://thecaliforniawrestler.com/the-palomino-family-40-years-of-wrestling-tradition-in-the-golden-state/
  13. BraunMann, I thought of asking him that question, only I opted not to at the last minute. Alex is a great kid with a great vision and I hope nothing but the best for him in his future endeavors. -Pablo
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