2/19/2013 5:00:00 PM Jacket wrestlers claim two IVL individual titles
Randy Peterson Palo Verde Valley Times
BLYTHE - Frankie Borboa and Dion Wilson each won their respective individual weight class in last week's Imperial Valley League championships in Brawley. Borboa was the 108-pound champion while Wilson was at the other end of the weight spectrum as he claimed the league's heavyweight championship.
This is the first time in several years that the league has held an individual meet to determine their weight championships.
Jacket wrestling coach, Frank Borboa, took 11 wrestlers to the meet and, in addition to the two winners, also had a wrestler finish second along with having three others finish fourth in their respective weights.
"The kids did really well," Borboa said. "Even those that didn't place. This was a small but very tough tournament and we're very proud of them."
Wilson, a senior and team leader, had to feel good about his win as he defeated two wrestlers that had got the best of him during the regular dual-meet season. The Jacket big man earned a bye in the first round then posted an 8-5 decision in the semis over a Brawley wrestler before claiming the title with a 2-1 decision over his Holtville opponent in triple overtime.
Borboa also received a bye in the first round due to high seeding then pinned his Brawley opponent in just 33 seconds to advance to the finals. In the title bout, the sophomore lightweight held off a Calexico wrestler to win by a 6-2 decision.
"Frankie and Dion stepped it up a lot," Coach Borboa said.
The lone Jacket runner-up came in the 140-pound weight division where Jonathan Smith advanced to the finals. Smith pinned his Imperial foe in the second period and earned his championship bout appearance with a 6-4 decision over his Brawley opponent in overtime. A Calexico wrestler rolled to a technical fall in the title match giving Smith the second place finish.
Chris Shoemate (148) also posted a quick pin as he dispatched a Calexico wrestler in just 34 seconds of the opening period of his first match, but the Jacket senior fell victim in a pair of close decisions in the next two rounds to finish fourth.
The other fourth-place finishers for the Jackets were Angel Gomez (122) and Sam Guilen (220).
"Jonathan was really impressive and Angel has come a long way," Coach Borboa said. "I'm also very proud of Chris who wrestled tough."
Other wrestlers making the trip were Daniel Galvan (115), Eric Hernandez (128), Josh Messerli (172), Dustin Peacock (184), and Ronald Waymire (197).
The Jackets have only the CIF meet on their regular schedule. They will be traveling to Mater Dei High School in Chula Vista for the Division Finals on Saturday. Any wrestlers that finish high enough in their individual weight classes will advance to the Masters meet the following weekend.