VIDEO: LB Wilson boys’ water polo’s classic upset of Corona del Mar in the 2011 CIF final

In this installment of’s Classics video series, we look back at the 2011 Wilson boys’ water polo CIF championship. The Bruins were led by a handful of Olympic Developmental talents and upset top-seeded Corona del Mar 7-6 in a defensive slugfest.

Moore League Player of the Year Jackson Kimbell, defensive stopper Max Irving and goalkeeper Nick Hoy were all key to the victory. Irving had four goals, three steals, two field blocks and an assist. Hoy had 15 saves.

Hoy excelled in the cage for Wilson despite being born with mitochondrial disease— the medical name for a number of different genetic diseases that affect the mitochondria of a body’s cells. His parents, Steve and Libby, recall the effects on their son were immediate.

“We didn’t even get to hold him,” said Steve of Nick’s birth. “They took him into the ICU immediately. He was in the hospital for two weeks.

The Bruins were guided to this, their 12th CIF title, by Coach Tony Martinho who played on Wilson’s first CIF champion. Wilson has not reached a CIF final since this 2011 victory.

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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.