Menlo's own Jesse Ruiz, a men's wrestler from 2007-2009, can now call himself a proud member of the Mexican Olympic Team. Ruiz heard the exciting news just a few days ago and was elated about this outstanding honor. "Making the team is a great accomplishment," commented Ruiz. "Going to the Olympic Games has been a dream of mine, and as of now I am literally one tournament away from making it in."
Ruiz is officially a member of the Mexican Olympic Team, and if he is able to come up big in a final qualifying tournament in Orlando in late March, then he will wrestle in the 2012 Olympics in London.
"It's truly remarkable," claimed Menlo College Athletic Director and former head coach of Ruiz, Keith Spataro. "I am overjoyed for Jesse and this amazing honor. He has made the program and the entire school extremely proud and I know that we will see him in London this summer."
Ruiz enjoyed a storied Menlo career from 2007-2009 wrestling in the Heavyweight Division. The native of Santa Ana, CA was a National Champion in 2008 and an All-American in 2009. He credits Menlo, Spataro, and current Oaks Head Coach Joey Martinez for helping him get to this point in his wrestling career.
"I owe a lot to Joey, Keith, and the entire Menlo program for helping me to decide to finish my college wrestling career," said Ruiz. "Joey and Keith gave me a place and a program where I could grow and develop. If it wasn't for them, I would not be on the verge of an Olympic berth."