I believe a few shoutouts are in order for various Capo wrestlers.

First, Zane Coley recently received the Max Epstein award at the Rat Pack awards banquet.  The award is for being a four year Rat Pack wrestler.

For those that are wondering, Rat Pack is one of the premier wrestling clubs in south Orange County.  Coached by former Santa Ana all-state wrestler Fernando Serratos, it has helped out a great many Capo wrestlers improve their skills and character.  Ask any Capo wrestler who has been involved in Rat Pack and they’ll tell you the same.  Zane has become a much better wrestler than he otherwise would have been by belonging to the club these last four years.  You younguns oughta take stock of his example and follow in his footsteps.

Next, we had quite a few guys attend some weekend wrestling clinics outside of Capo: Justin Dao, David Bahena, Noah Kiessling, Ryan Anderson, Jeffrey Gelbmann, Aaron Little and Matt Gillings all attended Dane Valdez’s “advanced tie up and set ups” clinic, while Nico Lizardi and Corey Shackelford attended the “Tough on Top” clinic, featuring OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST Jake Varner.  These guys were exposed to some first rate technique instruction, and you bet they came away from it improved.  Like I said, Varner is an Olympic Gold Medalist, while Valdez was an all-american at University of Oklahoma, and he runs another first-rate club for the area.

Nico and Corey pictured with Varner

Lastly, Logan Farrand and Lewis O’mara are our first two “Courageous Cougars” of the season.  The CC award is given every week or so to a non-starter who is really working hard and showing character.  The varsity guys get most of the spotlight, so this is specifically for the non-starters so that they can feel a part of this team.  Both wrestlers are freshmen and have the heart of a lion.  Even when they are taking their lumps with the varsity guys, they keep coming back for more, and they never seek easy opponents…they are always looking to wrestle guys better than them.  Due to that and more, give these guys time: they will be tearin it up in a few years!

Lewis O’mara

Logan Farrand

Good times for Capo Wrestling!

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