A champion pins adversity to the mat

Homeless and estranged from family years ago, CIF champ wrestler turns his life around

REDEMPTION—Brad Chavez was homeless when he won a CIF-Southern Section wrestling championship for Camarillo High in 2004. Chavez, 34, lives in Simi Valley with his wife and two children. The U.S. Army veteran works as an electrician and takes night classes at Cal Lutheran. Photos by JOSEPH A. GARCIA/Acorn NewspapersBrad Chavez flipped through his high school wrestling photos.
It’s been 16 years, but the memories of that time remain crisp.
“I was just looking at those pictures, and I was just lik...

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