Tony was born July 5, 1977 and grew up in San Jose, California. One interesting fact concerning his birth, was that he only weighed 2 ½ lbs. and spent the first six weeks of his life in an incubator. His parents Lupe and Yolanda commented on how Tony was so small that he could fit in a shoe box. Although being extremely tiny at birth, he was blessed with his mother’s huge heart.He grew up with his younger siblings Jason, Julian, and Amirah.
Despite his premature birth, Tony proved himself to be an athlete with a huge heart that eventually took him to the top of his sport. He began his athletic journey by joining his father in karate when he was just five years old. Later, he played baseball for one season at the age of nine. A year later, Tony got involved in wrestling. He also started playing flag football and soon afterwards was introduced to tackle football.Thus began his two sport career. It was football which he loved, and wrestling which he excelled to championship status. After his 11 years of playing football Tony finished his career his junior year in high school to fully dedicate himself to the sport of wrestling.
Wrestling Accomplishments: NJCAA National qualifier, NJCAA Regional Champion, 1996 HS National Champion, 1996 Reno Tournament of Champion Outstanding Wrestler, 1995 CA State Champion, 3x CA state place winner, 4x CA state qualifier, Greco Roman State Champion, 4x Central Coast Section Champion, and 4x league Champion.