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A few of you guys will probably laugh.  You shouldn’t.  This guy’s got heart:

He was a state qualifier as a wrestler in Ohio a few years back.  Not adapted wrestling; he competed with everyone else.  Yup.

There will be an abnormal practice schedule on Thursday.  Everyone will practice from 1-3.  So: Frosh-soph guys, you get out at the same time as usual. JV/Var guys get out at 3 instead of 5.  We have a guy coming in to photograph practice.

Sat lineup for Laguna Hills tournament: same as it was for Trabuco Dual.  Bus and start times on schedule.

Capo did an awesome job last night, winning 57-12 over Trabuco Hills.  Mr. Uribe, once again you stole the show!  Win or lose, you have a habit of doing that.

Here’s a little blurb from a local conditioning expert on “mind over matter.”  Food for thought:

I was on my knees gasping for air, crawling around the gym floor. I was breathing so hard my breath was blowing the dust on the ground, which I could see very clearly so close. I never noticed it before, and did not care that I was dragging me knees through it.

Aris was talking about the kid that was standing by watching,… Toddler age, playing with a ball, but for a second: staring, wondering why there was a grown up crawling around on the ground like he was looking for a place to die.

I was already in a position that I am rarely in, and  I didn’t like it. I was forced to be on my hands and knees because I could not stand. My legs were so exhausted they gave out after set 5. And I for darn sure wasn’t going to lay down, …. or get on my back. But for now I had to deal with being on my knees, all my focus was on trying to breath, and get the heck up.

I had one more set to go. I was already sore when I went to workout on Monday, and then did a long workout with heavy weights,…. now six sets of Prowler Sprints with 1 min rest in between each. This was my first experience with The Prowler. It is an unrelenting machine that will stop moving if you do not push it hard enough.

I was warned about this. I was told that I would come to a point of failure. But I wasn’t going to let that happen.

So there I was, not able to stand, and still had to perform one more set down and back with the thing that smoked me so bad I couldn’t stand.

But I had 30 more seconds to rest.

Was 30 seconds enough to recover enough to push this thing to the end of the parking lot and back? I don’t know.

What I did know is that 30 seconds was enough time to allow me to stand up. It was enough time to stand up, and get myself out of this surrendering position I was in. I would then put myself in a posture of power. And from that position I would conquer the task.

That was my plan. I was going to let my body tell me what is possible.

With ten seconds left I got up, put my chest up, shoulders back and approached the prowler. My posture gave me energy. Before I even started with the last set I knew I was going to finish. And I did,… and what is crazy is that I felt better after set 6 then I did after set 5.

There is a whole lot to be said about the mind body connection. It is very apparent that what we think manifests itself…. But sometimes we can put our bodies in positions of power to manipulate who we feel about the environment we are in.

We had a few Capo wrestlers place over the weekend: Geoff Mellor placed 2nd and John Badger 3rd at the San Clemente Rotary tournament on the Frosh-soph team, while Juan Hernandez placed 5th, Christian Hauser 4th, and Matt Grovom 7th on varsity while at the ASICS Southern California Challenge.  Good job fellas!

This is Matt’s first tournament placing of the year; he is turning on at the right time!  Zane Coley, one of our JV standouts, also wrestled tough at the varsity tournament.  He garnered two wins, showing great heart by coming from 6 down and pulling off a last second win to make it to the second day.  In addition, Jamey Goddard took great steps of improvement as well; he won four matches, and he had to display some gumption and determination to pull through in a few of them.  Keep taking steps–it’s all about peaking at the right time!

This week’s “Courageous Cougar” is Mike Davis.  This guy showed up to practice this week and outworked just about everyone.  During conditioning, he smoked the whole team, making it look easy.  He is also one of the freshmen that has chosen to double up on practice by going to the Frosh-soph and upper level practices back to back.  Keep up the good work, buddy!

Don’t let the “pretty boy” smile fool you; this kid’s an animal.

Competition-wise, we have some important meets this week.  The Laguna Hills dual is away on Tuesday, and the varsity competes at Five Counties this weekend at Fountain Valley High School.  For those that don’t know, Five Counties is one of the toughest tournaments in the nation, rivalling tournaments like the Ironman and Beast of the East out in the midwest.  Let’s just say that if you place at Five Counties, you are legit.

The lineup for Laguna Hills is as follows (+2 weight allowance):
103: Herrera, Z. Coley, Davis
112: Hauser, Monroy, Villalobos
119: K. Coley, Adam, Merrill
125: Johnston, C. Davis, Mellor
130: Logan, open, Bustamante
135: Grovom, Byrne, Harper
140: Goddard, Acuna, Aragon
145: Ramirez, Hou, Badger
152: Beller, E. Garcia, J. Mendoza
160: Tye, Open, open
171: Fitzpatrick, open, open
189: Hernandez, Farnoudi, open
215: V. Mendoza, Uribe, Open
HWT: Pending (either Cordi or Uribe)
The lineup for Five Counties is the same varsity lineup for Laguna Hills.  All varsity wrestlers will go to Five Counties.  Bus times and start times are on the schedule.

We’ve had some real good practices lately. Check out some of the footage of our practice on Tues:

Workin’ hard…and, I hope you saw that we have Mr. Marc Cordi himself back! Marc, it’s good to see you with your shoes on, scrappin’ with the big guys again. For those that don’t know: Marc, one of our captains, has been injured since April, and as a result has been on the sidelines the whole year, but now he is back in action!

I read an article in the NY Times the other day that was pretty insightful about the mind’s ability to push past incredible physical pain.  Since that is a constant theme in wrestling, I thought I’d pass it along to you.  Here is an excerpt:

My son, Stefan, was running in a half marathon in Philadelphia last month when he heard someone coming up behind him, breathing hard.

To his surprise, it was an elite runner, Kim Smith, a blond waif from New Zealand. She has broken her country’s records in shorter distances and now she’s running half marathons. She ran the London marathon last spring and will run the New York marathon next month.

One legged wrestler Anthony Robles of Arizona State, currently top ranked at the D1 college level. Talkin' about persevering!

That day, Ms. Smith seemed to be struggling. Her breathing was labored and she had saliva all over her face. But somehow she kept up, finishing just behind Stefan and coming in fifth with a time of 1:08:39.

And that is one of the secrets of elite athletes, said Mary Wittenberg, president and chief executive of the New York Road Runners, the group that puts on the ING New York City Marathon. They can keep going at a level of effort that seems impossible to maintain.

“Mental tenacity — and the ability to manage and even thrive on and push through pain — is a key segregator between the mortals and immortals in running,” Ms. Wittenberg said.

You can see it in the saliva-coated faces of the top runners in the New York marathon, Ms. Wittenberg added.

“We have towels at marathon finish to wipe away the spit on the winners’ faces,” she said. “Our creative team sometimes has to airbrush it off race photos that we want to use for ad campaigns.”

But the question is, how do they do it? Can you train yourself to run, cycle, swim or do another sport at the edge of your body’s limits, or is that something that a few are born with, part of what makes them elites?

Sports doctors who have looked into the question say that, at the very least, most people could do a lot better if they knew what it took to do their best.

“Absolutely,” said Dr. Jeroen Swart, a sports medicine physician, exercise physiologist and champion cross-country mountain biker who works at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

“Some think elite athletes have an easy time of it,” Dr. Swart said in a telephone interview. Nothing could be further from the truth.

And as athletes improve — getting faster and beating their own records — “it never gets any easier,” Dr. Swart said. “You hurt just as much.”

But, he added, “Knowing how to accept that allows people to improve their performance.”

Read the whole thing here.  (HT: Justin Flynn)

From time to time, you hear the coaching staff talk about the importance of mobility and flexibility.   Being strong and knowing the moves are only two facets of wrestling.  If you are tight as a drum (read: most of you), you won’t be able to access all that strength you’ve built nor will you be able to execute the moves you know properly. 

Case in point on how flexibility can help your wrestling: Mr. Dylan Beller.  He was a gymnast before he came into wrestling, and if any of you witnessed his match with Daniel Weinberg from Mater Dei, you saw a tour de force of mobility.  I mean, the guy gave Weinberg fits, and much of it was all due to his immense flexibility.  You guys might not be able to get that flexibile, but you can get close with a bit of hard work.  Plenty of wrestlers on the team scoff and make fun of the coaching staff’s stressing of stretching, but all mocking should have stopped after you watched that match!

Another reason why this is oh so important: injury prevention.  Tight muscles=injury immanent.  And almost every single one of us has tight muscles that need a ‘workin on.  How many of us have spent time on the sidelines this year due to silly injuries that could have been prevented by a little maintainence?  Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m sayin!

Which brings me to a link ‘o the day: Kelly Starrett’s Mobility Project.

Kelly is a licensed physical trainer with impeccable credentials, and he works with athletes every day.  He’s the best in the business when it comes to this stuff.  Working on your mobility doesn’t have to be, as they say, rocket science.  The beauty about Starrett’s blog is that he posts an easy to follow video every day, and it only takes about 10 minutes per day.  You should be working on your mobility throughout the day, but putting 10 minutes into your daily routine should not be difficult. 

So, go there and DO IT.  DAILY.  And don’t let the big words intimidate you: just follow the stretch he outlines, and for crying out loud, be your own solution and google the terms you don’t understand!  🙂  Try starting with these: internal rotation, external rotation, abduction, adduction, midline, thoracic spine,  lumbar spine, and kinetic chain.  With those basic kinesiology terms down pat, you are well on your way.  Really: everyone should become familiar with basic kinesiology…all the cool kids are doing it.

Check out the following video of Starrett explaining the reason why you might be stretching, but not seeing results.  Short answer: if you only stretch for 2 minutes a day then do your normal stuff for the other 23:58 (read: sit in chair, hunched over, on couch, in car, etc…in short, in places that get your muscles tight and wound up rather than stretched and relaxed), is it any surprise?  You gotta mold more consistently, but that need not take a 2 hour yoga session a day.  Just 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there will go far.

NOTE: A new page is up–pictures!  Click on it from time to time to see the Cougars in action…special thanks to Robin Adam for taking those pics!  They’re awesome.

This week’s “Courageous Cougar” award goes to none other than Jericho Uribe!  You’ve earned your stripes, son.  He stepped in this week and wrestled twice at varsity heavyweight.  Right now he is our JV 215 guy, and he weighs just a smidgeon under 200, so he displayed great heart this week in filling big shoes (literally!).  In so doing, he unwittingly gave the Capo faithful a moment they will never forget, and a moment coach Bordner will never live down: the “don’t shoot!” moment.  Yeah…one of those “you had to be there” things.  Just ask anyone at the Mission dual and they’ll fill you in.  Some of you are so giddy with joy (Goddard) because now you have something to rub in coach’s face.  Rub it in…while you can…remember: coach still “gots it” on the mat. 🙂

JV will be going to the Santa Fe 10-way duals on Wed.  Bus leaves 6:15 am.  10-way means there are 10 teams there, and each will be dualing each other, so Capo should be in at least 5 duals Wed.  Here is the lineup (first guy listed is the main guy…second guy listed is the extra.  Extras may get one match.  Main guys should be prepared to wrestle the majority of the time…+2 pound allowance):

103: Z. Coley, M. Davis

112: Monroy, Sheppard

119: Adam(?), Merrill/Burt

125: Mellor

130: Bustamante

135: Byrne (?), Harper

140: Acuna (?), Aragon (?)

145: Hou, Garcia

152: Angelini

160: Tye (unless he makes it to the second day of Mann)

171: Open

189: Farnoudi

215: Uribe (unless he makes it to second day of Mann)

HWT: open

–The guys with a (?) by their names are pending, because they were not at practice today.  If they do are not at practice tomorrow (8am), they will not be wrestling.  Tristan, that is why I have you listed at 119 as well…if Merrill is the main guy, you will be the extra.  If Merrill is the extra, you will not be going.  You will know your position by looking at who is at practice tomorrow.

Extras, if you are not wrestling in a particular dual, step up and help coach Morgan take stats.