Thursday, September 3, 2020

Gone, Lost & Forgotten: Their Best = Southwestern (California)

 Located 15 minutes of San Diego in the community of Chula Vista (where Mario Lopez is from) the Jaguars of Southwestern College at one time had a wrestling program. 

Dick Robinson 

A graduate of Kearney High school where he won a county championship, Dick Robinson wrestled at San Diego State University, where he won a Pacific Coast Conference title in both wrestling & boxing.  He then became coach at Chula Vista High School, when he was offered a position as an Art instructor at Southwestern College.  Upon taking it, he started the Jaguar wrestling program. 

Bill Virchis

A graduate of Chula Vista High school, Virchis wrestled, ran track & was a member of the theatre department during his days in high school.  He continued wrestling & theatre while at Southwestern College & then continued both at San Diego State University.  

He later took over as head wrestling coach/Drama instructor at Chula Vista High school for a short time before accepting positions at Hilltop High School.  During his time as coach the athletic director dropped the wrestling program due to budget restraints.  Virchis set up a fundraiser & not only was wrestling reinstated, it was sustained for many years to come. 

John Hardy
150, 158 lbs 

Hardy was a CCCAA runner-up for the Jaguars in 1970 & third place in 1971. 

Rex Honey 

A graduate of Sweetwater High School, Rex Honey's main sport was football as he excelled as both a tight end and as a Linebacker.  As a wrestler he won a Pacific-Southwestern Conference title.  After his time at Southwestern College, Honey continued his football career at UC-Riverside.  He later become a Geography professor at the University of Iowa. 

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