Menlo College grad Jesse Ruiz has been named to the Mexican Olympic wrestling team it was learned Friday.
Ruiz must still wrestle in a qualifying tournament in March for the right to advance to the Olympic Games in London this summer.
Ruiz was an NAIA national heavyweight champion with the Oaks in 2008 and was named an All-American in 2009.
"Making the team is a great accomplishment," Ruiz said. "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."
First-year Menlo College coach Mike Givens has coached a little bit of everything, including football and baseball.
The San Francisco State grad and former Half Moon Bay High and Skyline College coach will be making his college debut with the Oaks when they travel to Cal State Stanislaus to open the season Wednesday.
Menlo compiled a combined 12-64 record over the past two seasons and Givens will be looking to turn that around almost immediately. He'll have a few returning players as a foundation and 10 newcomers he hopes will help the Oaks find the right direction.
Senior Jessica Cobb and juniors Ululani Reyes and Mikayela Viramontes top the list of returners. Viramontes earned second Team All-Cal Pac honors last season. She the Oaks with a .355 batting average during conference play. Reyes and Cobb were named honorable mention by the Cal Pac.