Friday, February 28, 2014

Cen. Catholic Wrestler, Home Invasion Victim, D-Q'd From Masters

(Editor's Note: I'll have a full rundown of the action from day one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's Masters' Wrestling Championships in Stockton later tonight. However, this story is from the Modesto Bee and is thus far the story of the wrestling tournament)
 — Central Catholic High School wrestler Cristian Dominguez, who won his first match at a regional meet about 36 hours after he was shot in the arm in a home invasion robbery, was disqualified from the tournament.
It was ruled that Dominguez did not have medical clearance from the school to compete, according to Will DeBoard, spokesman for the Sac-Joaquin Section, the governing body of high school sports in the northern Central Valley that operates the meet.
Dominguez learned about the lack of clearance following his first-round victory over (Franklin's) Ali Khan. Dominguez was forced to forfeit that match and subsequently was DQ'd.
Dominguez and family members were in tears following the ruling, which occurred at about 1:15 p.m.
"It breaks my heart," said Central Catholic athletic director Billy Hylla. "It's such an unfortunate situation knowing what the family has been through this week. And to compound it all ... I feel terrible for Cristian. It's not his fault. It kills me."
Hylla was not aware until Thursday afternoon that Dominguez had decided to wrestle in the meet.
Wednesday night, Dominguez was shot in the arm by at least four suspects during a home invasion robbery at his family's house in Salida, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.
He was taken that night to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. He was released from the hospital on Thursday.

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