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AREA WRESTLERS PREPARE FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

Byline: Gerry Gittelson Daily News Staff Writer

Simi Valley High's Chad Troxler, Chatsworth's Frankie Valdez and Highland's Stuart Young are among the favorites in the 26th annual state wrestling championships at University of Pacific's Spanos Center in Stockton. Wrestlers hit the mat today and conclude on Saturday.

Division II heavyweight Troxler finished third in the state last year. Two-time City champion Valdez placed eighth at 160. Young was ninth. Both recorded two pins and finished third at the Masters meet last weekend.

``I think Stuart's got a good shot,'' Highland coach Mike Young said. ``It's tough up there, but he can do it. Especially if he wrestles like he did at Masters.''

Young, who has 196 career wins, is 52-6 with 38 pins this year. Troxler is 50-5 with 28 pins. Quick-pin specialist Valdez is 45-3 with 32 falls.

Andy and Eddie Moro of San Fernando, 130- and 135-pound juniors, should not be counted out even though a City wrestler has never won a state championship. Andy is a three-time City champion and Eddie is a two-time titlist.

Troxler will face City champion Julius Askew (San Fernando) in the first round.

Other locals who figure to have legitimate chances to earn a medal by finishing in the top eight (with usually a minimum of three wins) include El Camino Real's Alex Perez (215), Palmdale's Rickie Ford (189), Agoura's Dylan Hull (189), El Camino Real's Keith Thomas (152), Highland's John Garfinkel (140) and Joe Hernandez (119) and Rick Aguirre (103) of San Fernando.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Mar 6, 1998
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