Gomez: Montebello High’s Winning Tradition

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A Montebello Highs School athlete coached by his father, has turned wrestling into a family tradition, a championship one at that.

Nichols “Nico” Gomez became Montebello’s first-ever two-time Southern Section California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) 106 lb. Division wrestling champion, clinching the title in February under the watchful and supportive eye of his father, Pete Gomez, who also wrestled at Montebello High School and now serves as the school’s assistant wrestling coach.

“There is no better example of Montebello school pride than a son following in his father’s footsteps, with both personifying dedication, hard work and purpose,” Montebello Unified Board President Edgar Cisneros said.

Nico claimed his first championship in 2014 as a junior. This year, he helped Montebello earn a share of the Almont League title for the first time in 17 years.

“It’s a dream come true,” Nico said.

Montebello Unified School District

Montebello Unified School District

Nico’s father Paul wrestled at Montebello from 1984 to 1988.

Nico stared wrestling in 6th grade but his passion “was always football,” according to his father.

“But at 92 pounds he didn’t play much. Finally, in the ninth grade, he fully committed to wrestling.”

That’s when the elder Gomez returned to his alma mater to serve as assistant coach under newly arrived head coach Robert Ferra. In four short years, the two have helped turn Montebello into a Southern Section contender.

Nico’s dedication paid off and this year he found himself at the CIF championships, where he won the title on February 21.

He also qualified and participated in the State Championships in Bakersfield earlier this month.

UPDATE: Missing Montebello Teen Returns Home

February 27, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

[Update: The teen returned home Friday, according to authorities.]

A 15-year old Montebello resident has been reported missing by her mother who believes the teen ran away.

The mother last saw Ivette Orellano when she dropped her off at Montebello High School Wednesday morning following an argument, according to the Montebello Police Department.


(Montebello Police Department)

When the mother returned to pick her daughter up from school, she was gone.

Authorities believe Orellano is at an unknown friend’s house in the area. She is described as a 5 foot Hispanic with light/pale complexion weighing around 140 pounds. Orellano has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the teen’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montebello Police Department at (323) 887-1200 x249

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