Sporting their matching blond hairdos, the members of the Victor Valley High School wrestling team filled the Victor Valley Union High School District boardroom Feb. 17 as they were recognized for a stellar season.
The Jackrabbits claimed their fifth straight Desert Sky League team title and dominated the DSL finals. They claimed 10 individual titles at the finals, and all 14 of the team’s wrestlers placed at least third to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Coastal Division Individual Championships at Lakeside High, where the Jackrabbits won the championship for the second year in a row.
At the CIF-SS Coastal Division Individual Championships, the Jackrabbits qualified nine wrestlers with one alternate to the Masters tournament, which will be held in Ontario Feb. 26 and 27, and had one champion in David Ortega at 120 pounds. Sunny Luna (113), Gabriel Avila, Julian Mercado and Austin Fifer finished second, while Noah Padilla (106), Ryan Brown (182) and Jordan Hill (220) placed third, according to a report in the Daily Press.
Victor Valley coach C.T. Campbell told the Daily Press that’s the most Masters qualifiers for the Jackrabbits since he’s been with the program.
Victor Valley also took home a team CIF title, beating Vista Murrieta 43-29 in the finals to win the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division Dual Meet Championships at Carter High. The Jackrabbits also won the championship in 2012 and 2013.
Another important accomplishment for the team this season was a victory in the 50th Dick Comly Invitational — the first time the school had won its own tournament since 1994.
Campbell and the team accepted commendation coins from the VVUHSD Board of Trustees and showed off their CIF championship plaque at the Feb. 17 meeting.