The Santiago wrestling program completed its rise from obscurity, placing second at the Division IV wrestling championships Saturday at Santiago High.
The Cavaliers, who placed 10th at the same meet a year ago, crowned its first Southern Section champion in five years when Carlos Garcia won a 7-3 decision over Norwalk Glenn's David Magote in the 145-pound final.
Joining Garcia at next weekend's Masters competition will be teammate Jimmy Ruvalcaba, who was runner-up in the 119-pound final. Ruvalcaba lost his first match of the season when Elton Sanchez of Azusa held on for a 9-8 victory.
"This is the first time I've had someone from our program qualify since I got here four years ago," Santiago Coach Rocky Gray said. "Last year nobody even qualified from our league."