Before I continue this column demonstrating that the Valley is one of the best hotbeds for high school wrestling in the nation, I am giving the address of a website that will allow you to read the back story about the horrendous decision Fresno State made and the deception and true motives leading to the elimination of the wrestling program.
This is a story I wrote back in 2006 that was picked up by a lot of message boards around the country as well as many college wrestling programs at the time. In order to understand what our local high school wrestlers have been denied, reading how it happened will give you a true perspective of this tragedy. Go to: http://wrestlingtalk2. proboards.com/index.cgi?boa rd=college&action=display &thread=681
If you are in search of the finest diamonds, you go to Antwerp. If you want the best filly, depending on your definition, you either go to Churchill Downs or Match.com. But if you are a college wrestling coach looking for the finest high school wrestlers, you head to the Central Valley.
For more than 30 years the Central Section, which extends from Bakersfield to Merced County, has produced what might be the highest number of championship teams, individual state champions, state placers and AllAmericans of any area in the nation...