A former standout South County high school wrestler will be tried as an adult for the 1997 slaying of a Pacific Grove teen, though he was 17 when the killing took place, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Angel Ruelas, 26, is charged along with his older brother Jacobo Ruelas Jr., 27, with killing Kristopher Olinger, 17, who was found stabbed and beaten to death on the Pacific Grove Recreation Trail.
Coaches who knew Angel Ruelas a decade ago, when he was a promising wrestler, expressed surprise and dismay over his alleged role in the killing. “No doubt about it,” Simon Jimenez said of Angel Ruelas’ scholarship chances. “He was definitely going go be considered one of the best wrestlers in the state.
The opportunity was lost over a stolen car, the coaches recalled.
“He didn’t even return to school that summer,” Jimenez said. “We were definitely looking forward to him coming back his senior year.”
Yah, jocks are always winners. NOT