Jaime Ruelas has captured another CIF title.
After starring on the gridiron, Ruelas, a senior at Bishop Union High
School, is now showcasing his exceptional skills on the wrestling mat.
Ruelas won four matches to win the 170-pound Coastal Division title in
the CIF-Southern Section Ford Championships, Presented by Farmers.
Ruelas, his coaches, Shaun Joseph and Mark Hodges, mom Kelli and his
brothers made the long trek to Pacifca High in Oxnard for the two-day
event last Friday, and Ruelas rewarded his supportive crew with a stellar
One opposing coach called the Coastal Division one of the toughest
tournaments in California. The top five wrestlers in each weight class
earned a trip to the prestigious CIF-SS Masters Meet, this Friday and
Saturday at Temecula Valley High School.
Ruelas improved to 31-7 on the season and is expected to be the No. 2 seed
in the 170-pound weight class at this week’s Masters tournament.
Ruelas was a standout player on Bishop’s 2010 CIF-SS Northeast Division
championship team, and in 2011 the two-way star was named to the
all-CIF-SS Northeast first-team defense.
The tough-nosed Ruelas was constantly praised by Bronco football coach
Bill Egan as a leader and hard worker, and wrestling coach Hodges echoed
“He’s just one of those kids that when you tell him something or show him
how to do it, he does it,” Hodges said. “He’s just a great young man.”
Ruelas will be gunning for a berth in the state tournament, but his
athletic legacy at Bishop Union High School will be tough to duplicate:
two-time CIF champion.
The following is a press release from Bishop High assistant wrestling
coaching Mark Hodges:
*JAIME RUELAS CROWNED CIF CHAMPION !!!*
Bishop Bronco Wrestling
Last Friday and Saturday, *senior Jaime Ruelas* competed in the CIF
divisional tournament at Pacifica High School in Oxnard. To continue on to
the Southern Section Masters Tournament, a wrestler must place in the top 5
in his weight class; if he places any lower than 5th, his season is over.
Since the elimination of divisions by school size in CIF wrestling in 2001,
Colten Scott from Bishop is the only wrestler from all the wrestlers in the
High Desert League to have made it to the Masters Tournament – until now.
Prior to 2001, Randy Rodgers in 1986 and Ryan Bigham in 1998 and 1999
placed in the small school division.
With several state-caliber wrestlers in his weight class, both the coaches
and Jaime knew that this would be a tough tournament. In his weight class,
there were state-ranked wrestlers – including 5 of the CIF Southern Section
top ranked wrestlers.
Jaime got a bye in the first round and in the second round he totally
dominated his opponent from Western High School with a final score of 13-0.
In the quarter finals, Jaime was also able to score a major decision over a
wrestler from Servite High School who was recognized as an honorable
mention at the state level. The final score was 19-9.
In the semifinals, Jaime faced a returning masters placer and state
qualifier from Temecula Valley. Jaime was aggressive thoughout the match,
winning a major decision with a score of 12-2. This guaranteed his entry
into the Masters meet, but Jaime wanted a first place finish.
Jaime wrestled in the finals against a state-ranked wrestler from Victor
Valley who had defeated him earlier in the season. Jaime was in control
throughout the match, winning by a score of 5-3. This first place finish is
a first not only for Bishop, but the entire High Desert league –a CIF
Coach Joseph said, “Jaime is staying focused, wrestling each match with an
intensity that is a joy to watch. You can see his confidence grow with each
Jaime will wrestle next at the Southern Section Championship Meet, known as
the ‘Masters Meet’, in Temecula Valley this coming Friday and Saturday. The
Southern Section of CIF has 581 schools and if Jaime is one of the top 9
wrestlers in his weight class, he will qualify for the state tournament.