One of the elite upper weight wrestlers to come out of Capistrano Valley High, Gerardo Hernandez, recently signed with Division II program, Minot State in North Dakota. Hernandez who is projected to compete at 197-pounds for the Beavers could eventually take over the varsity role, as starter Briley Chrissler will be graduating.
While at Capistrano Valley, Hernandez was a four-time CIF-Southern Section medalist and a two-time state qualifier after placing third in the section tournament as a junior and senior. During his senior year, Hernandez placed fourth at Doc Buchanan and won the Five Counties tournament. At the state tournament, Hernandez finished with a 6-1 record as he placed third at 182-pounds.
Hernandez will become the ninth grappler from the golden state to be on the Beaver roster. Last season, heavyweight Mitchell Eull, became the first MSU wrestler to advance to the NCAA Championships, registered the first NCAA Championship win in school history and became the first Minot State wrestler to earn NCAA All-America honors.