Saving his best for last

11 Jan 2020 admin

first_imgWEST COVINA – Good things are worth waiting for. With a 9-0 decision in the finals of the CIF-Southern Section Coastal Division wrestling championship, South Hills High School senior wrestler Jonathan Aguirre won his first title at 145 pounds last Saturday. South Hills coach Robb Froh said Aguirre’s latest success isn’t the least bit surprising to him. “Jonathan has always had the talent,” Froh said, “he’s just gotten a lot of bad draws. Even then, he took good wrestlers to the limit. He has become very focused lately and it couldn’t happen to a more fun-loving kid who tries to bring everyone together.” Aguirre is very popular among his teammates and is credited with bringing the best out of even the most talented wrestler on the team. Thomas Williams is ranked No. 1 in the state at 112 pounds and is 42-1, but feels Aguirre has had the biggest positive influence on the team’s chemistry. “Jon is the main reason we’re close as a unit,” Williams said. “He’s a great motivator and he has become a much more balanced wrestler of late.” The only thing Aguirre may treasure more than his recent title are the relationships he’s formed along the way. Aguirre is extremely close with just about everyone he’s come in contact with. “I think of him like he’s my son,” South Hills assistant coach Chris Taylor said. “Jonathan has been in the shadow in his family and has decided to break out of it.” Aguirre says he can’t emphasize enough the value of his father James’ support. “My dad is in the stands at every match and is proud of me whether I win or lose,” Aguirre said. “It wouldn’t be the same without him there and I can see how happy he is when I wrestle.” Aguirre and his brother, Randy, are close as well and he says he takes his grades a lot more seriously because his older brother has helped Jonathan learn from his past mistakes. “I didn’t take school as seriously as I do now (in college) and Jon’s realized how important grades are,” Randy said. Aguirre boasts a 3.5 grade-point average and would like a career as a firefighter when his wrestling days are over. His cousin, Eddie, played a large role in his maturity on the mat, but the wrestler that has made the biggest difference in his rise to the top is 140-pounder Sal Castillo. “Sal came from Oklahoma and we came in as freshmen together. He probably didn’t realize it, but he was kicking my butt every day that we wrestled until our junior year,” Aguirre said. “He’s made me so much better.” Perhaps Aguirre’s improvement on the mat and focus of late has played a large role in his recent success, but he credits his family, coaches and teammates for the acclaim he now enjoys. With a CIF ring now on its way, Aguirre is focused on the last two weeks of his prep wrestling career. His impact on the South Hills program will last long after his departure. “He’s the most likable kid I’ve ever coached and he just brings the best out of everyone,” Taylor said. “I am not prepared to say good-bye to him.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Aguirre comes from a wrestling family. His cousins, Eddie, 24, and Brian, 23, and his brother, Randy, 21, all wrestled for South Hills. Jonathan became the first of the four to win a CIF crown. Randy wrestles at San Francisco State and said Saturday he was sweating all day until he got the text message he was waiting for. “When I saw that he had won, I got the biggest smile on my face and it made the rest of my day so much better,” Randy said. Aguirre’s season record of 36-10 isn’t an accurate indication of his talent. The Huskies had what many feel is a murderer’s row schedule and the South Hills captain is peaking at just the right time. “I was hoping to wrestle this well all year, but I am glad I am doing it now,” Aguirre said. “I am really focused and am working really hard to get better each day.” center_img Aguirre, 17, is saving his best for last and his family, friends, teammates and coaches couldn’t be happier for someone they call a “great kid.” Aguirre will ride the hot hand he’s been dealt when the Masters Meet begins today in Rialto. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class advance to the state meet in Bakersfield. last_img

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