Archive for August, 2011

Yearly Calendar Revision

Posted: August 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

…Remember when I said that all dates on the calendar were subject to change?¬† ūüôā

The practice times on the following dates have been revised on the yearly calendar (found in the “schedule” tab):

November 14

Jan 30

Be advised

Some good highlights from this year’s D1 NCAA tournament…dream big, kiddos:

Ta daaa!

Posted: August 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

There is a yearly calendar now available for download in the “Schedule” section.¬† Has notable events/competitions/and practice times for the next 12 months.¬† Note: all dates/times are subject to change, so stay tuned to the website posts for news on changes.

The First Day

Posted: August 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

*We’ll just have a general orientation/captains talk the first day, so we will not be dressing out.¬† But: that doesn’t mean its a goof off day!


*We will be starting our training the second day of school, so on that day and every day thereafter, come dressed out with workout shorts/t-shirt, running shoes, and wrestling shoes.  Bring all those every day, even if not told to specifically.  Failure to dress out will mean bad things, man.  Bad things.


*Also, make sure you get cleared.¬† Get cleared asap, for we start going after school in Mid October, and you can’t practice after school or compete without being cleared.¬† You can download a clearance/physical packet here.


*Mandatory parent meeting on Sept 21 (Wed), 6:30pm in the wrestling room.¬†Be prepared for the meeting to last¬†1-1.5 hrs.¬†If you cannot make that one, there will be others on Oct 19 and Nov 30 for those who can’t attend.¬†¬†¬† If you can’t attend those, you must initiate phone contact with me and set up a one on one meeting.¬† No parent meeting=no wrestle!


*Possible meeting on Sept 20 in the works too, but it’s not solid. I’ll let you know via the website if that date is a lock too.¬† Post to comments if Wed is a¬†bad day for you, and I’ll go off that.


See you all then.

West Coast Wrestler Camp: Juan, Shane, and Christian with NCAA Champion and current UFC fighter Mark Munoz

Coach’s Message

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Here’s a message on what to do with the last few weeks of summer.

FYI, while we’re at it, here’s a preview of what is to come: for the first 6-8 weeks of the school year, we will be working out during 6th period only.¬† In mid to late October we will start going about an hour after school after 6th period.¬† Five day a week practices will start the second week of November.¬† We will have a general team meeting the first day of 6th period.¬† Come ready to discuss your goals and how you will contribute to the team’s success this year.¬† We will start strength and conditioning testing the next day, so come ready the second day of school with workout gear, running shoes, and wrestling gear.¬† Bring those things every day. DO NOT simply show up in vans or street shoes.¬† If you fail to dress out, you will still be working out, though you might not like what is prescribed for you on that day.¬† Dress out no matter what, even if injured…unless you are in a full body cast, there¬†are always things you can do.¬† If you have the sniffles, use wisdom: if it is simply a minor runny nose or headache, consider still working out, but if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, stay away.¬† Do not use this as an excuse to miss practice when you just rather not.


Be prepared to shower EVERY DAY immediately after workout.¬† Do not wait until you go home.¬† Bring towel and soap.¬† Use both.¬† Re-dress in a clean pair of clothes.¬† Doing this will save both you and your teammates from much unwanted skin ickyness.¬† Do not neglect this…it will cost you.


Sophomores through seniors will be lifting each day and wrestling most days, though a select few wrestlers who need it will focus on wrestling more.¬† Freshmen, for the most part, will be focusing on basic wrestling skills, with a little time spent on preparing them for “hell week,” which will start Oct 31.¬† Basically, “hell week” is the team tryout for wrestling.¬† It will consist of three conditioning workouts, one to be completed on Monday, one on Tuesday, the third on Thursday.¬† How do you make it onto the team?¬† Simple: complete the workouts without cheating or quitting, and show up the following Monday to practice.¬† There is no performance/time limit etc.¬† Just survive, finish, and then come back for more on Monday.¬† The try outs are meant not to select the athletically gifted, but simply to weed out those with the improper attitude.¬† Bottom line: wrestling is tough–if you are flaky or mentally weak, you will quit before the season is out, so might as well find that out before you jump in.¬† If you miss hell week due to illness or whatnot, you will perform it when you return.¬† It is mandatory.¬† Football players will do the workouts when they come out for the team after football season.

Sophomores through seniors will be coaching, cheering, encouraging, and scoring the workouts for the frehsmen (ie, they will be making sure everyone does the workout correctly).¬† You guys have a role to play in this….we are not a cackle of individuals but a united team, and we each need to be looking out for each other’s interests.¬† Upper classmen, you must take that seriously and act as such during hell week…and the whole season.

Come ready to work hard and meet your goals…day one.¬† We cannot waste time.

Be advised: the first Saturday practice of the year (previously on Nov 12) listed on the policies handout (found on the “About” tab) has been moved to Nov 19.

This weekend, Mike Davis, Corbin Acuna and I went to the 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games at the Home Depot Center in Carson.¬† Definitely inspirational.¬† The athletes were doing ca-razy things, pushing their bodies and minds to the limit.¬† Here’s some video of the action.

First, before and between events, we had plenty to do:

Here’s film of the Master’s events.¬† Folks, just FYI: many of these competitors are over 60 years of age, all of them over 45.¬† Proof positive that mom, dad, grandma and grandpa can still kick your tail.¬† Also FYI, those green military jugs you see the men carrying are 150lbs…each.¬† The ladies were carrying 70 lb kettlebells.¬† I like how the lady at the end totally eats it, but then gets back up and finishes the workout, no drama.

Notice a few things.¬† First, see how the competitors, after they finish their workout, stay on and cheer on their fellow competitors who haven’t finished.¬† Second, there is no “I can’t” for these folks.¬† They don’t play victim to the workout, and no matter if they are good at¬†skills required or bad, they put up and give it their all.¬† These seniors do things we do every day.¬† Third, noticed how JACKED they are!!¬†¬† Wrestlers, take notice…

Finally, here’s footage of the main individual division.¬† The bald guy (no relation to me) is Chris Spealler, a fan favorite.¬† A former wrestler, he weighs only 145 lbs, but competed in workouts that featured weights that were difficult for 200lb guys to lift….no complaint from him ever.¬† He just got the job done.¬† He didn’t do too bad: finished top 10.¬† My favorite moment was in the “monkey bar cage” workout, where Josh Bridges (the guy in blue) comes from out of nowhere to win it at the last second, passing the leader (in green) on the last turn.

Btw, the weight you see the women pushing in the push sled workout is 275 lbs…men had to do 375.