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Ventura's Gonzalez Gives Top Wrestler a Scare

January 04, 1998

Ventura High's Cristobal Gonzalez nearly defeated the nation's top-ranked wrestler in the 189-pound class on Saturday night at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

Gonzalez eventually was decisioned, 7-5, by two-time defending national champion Justin Ruiz of Utah Taylorville in a championship match.

Gonzalez's second-place finish in the country's elite tournament assured him of All-American status.

Ventura's Joe Martinez upset top-seeded Joe Parry of Las Vegas Cimmaron with a 14-6 major decision, but eventually defaulted to Jose Figueroa of New Mexico Salpoint because of a back injury.

The Cougars finished 18th in the tournament, which was won by Oklahoma Choctow.

BOYS' SOCCER

Burroughs 2, Crespi 1--Miguel Meneses' second goal of the game came with three minutes left and gave the Indians (7-1-4) a nonleague victory at Crespi.

GIRLS' SOCCER

Burroughs 6, Hoover 0--Lisa Palermo scored five goals and Krisi Biser scored once for Burroughs (6-5) in a Hoover tournament pool-play game.

The Indians captured the tournament championship--which goes to the team that scores the most goals in two games--by scoring 12 times.

In an earlier 6-1 victory over Glendale (0-8), Palermo scored twice and Biser scored once.

Burbank 5, Glendale 0--Molly Raine and Jennifer Shaw each scored three goals for the Bulldogs (7-3) in two games of the Hoover tournament. Earlier, they defeated Hoover, 4-0.

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