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PREP WRESTLING '93-'94: SEASON PREVIEW : Hard Work Has Put Capistrano Valley Seniors on Top

December 10, 1993|KIM Q. BERKSHIRE | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Top wrestlers: Darin Beard, Sunny Hills, Sr., 189; Bob Celmer, Brea-Olinda, Sr., 189; Josh Cramer, Sunny Hills, Sr., 145; Ahid Diab, Los Amigos, Sr., 119; Eric Escobedo, Huntington Beach, Sr., 160; Jerome Espinoza, Kennedy, Sr., 130; Aaron Greco, San Clemente, Jr., 145; Rich Harvey, El Dorado, Sr., 112; Rob Harvey, El Dorado, Sr., 103; Mike Jarrett, Sunny Hills, Sr., 119; Mike Lee, Sunny Hills, Sr., 140; Lambert Lo, Irvine, Sr. 135; Broc Loza, Trabuco Hills, Sr., 171; Lance McBride, Brea-Olinda, Jr., 119; Steve Martinez, Garden Grove, Jr., 145; Justin Meier, Irvine, Jr., 135; Bryan Neal, Savanna, Jr., 145; Dylan Newman, San Clemente, Sr., 160; Tim Nienstedt, Trabuco Hills, Sr., 160; Brian Olsen, Brea-Olinda, Sr., 135; John Pickens, Ocean View, Sr., 152; Teak Sato, Savanna, Sr., 125; Wali Sibrie, Buena Park, Sr., Hwt.; Loi Vo, Brea-Olinda, Sr., 145; Andy Von der Ahe, Santa Margarita, Jr., 135.

League favorites: Century: El Modena; Empire: El Dorado; Freeway: Sunny Hills; Garden Grove: Kennedy; Olympic: Calvary Chapel; Orange: Brea-Olinda; Pacific Coast: Laguna Hills; Sea View: University; South Coast: Capistrano Valley; Sunset: Santa Ana.

1992 final poll: 1. Calvary Chapel; 2. El Modena; 3. Savanna; 4. Irvine; 5. San Clemente; 6. Santa Ana; 7. El Dorado; 8. Canyon; 9. University; 10. Capistrano Valley.

1993 preseason poll: 1. Calvary Chapel; 2. El Modena; 3. Laguna Hills; 4. Capistrano Valley; 5. Santa Ana; 6. Canyon; 7. Irvine; 8. Savanna; 9. University; 10. Brea-Olinda.

Key dates: Five Counties Invitational, Jan. 14-15 at Fountain Valley; Orange County Holiday Classic, Dec. 21-22 at University; CIF preliminaries and finals, Feb. 18-19 at Downey; CIF Masters meet, Feb. 26 at Fountain Valley; State meet, March 4-5 at Stockton.

Notes: Brotherly love sprinkled at Calvary Chapel, El Dorado, Kennedy, Laguna Hills and Sunny Hills, which feature twins, and siblings Tung, Toan and Tai Nguyen (brother Johnny is a sixth grader) at Troy. . . . Orange Lutheran Coach Craig Swanson has 186 career victories. . . . Mission Viejo, 0-15 in 1991-92 and 20-8-1 last season, looks improved. . . . Brea-Olinda has 12 returning starters off a team that qualified 11 for the section meet and outpointed Orange League champion Savanna in its league meet. . . . Garden Grove, league champions in '89 and '90, struggled from '91-93, but appears strong with 12 returners. . . . Loara senior Ken Smith (130) is the drum major for the Saxon band. . . . San Clemente assistant John Owens' 32 years of coaching--17 as the Tritons' head--spans the junior high, high school and college levels; as a guard, he started a prison program.

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