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Girls High School Camp!

Posted: February 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

Ladies, Coaches and Parents,

The dates are set for our 2nd annual Girls Intensive Wrestling Camp.  It will be held at Capo Valley HS, June 24-28. We are excited to have back 3X All-American clinicians Solin Piercy and Hiba Salem from the National Champion Menlo College Womens wrestling team.  This Camp is limited to the first 30 registered ladies.  This is an INTENSIVE camp designed for the high level wrestler.  This past year we had over 20+ masters qualifiers and 10 State qualifiers with 5 state medalist in attendance.  Don’t miss this opportunity to take your wrestling to the next level and learn what it takes to wrestle beyond high school, from two highly successful collegiate wrestlers.

Flyer and registration forms below.  If you have questions, comments or any concerns, please call Coach Resnick at 408-506-4417.

CAPO HS Girls Summer Camp 2019Girls High School Camp!

Where Are They Now: Rex Vollmer

Posted: October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Rex Vollmer is another Capo wrestling legend, one of only a select few to place at the state tournament.  He is among the elites in terms of our history at this school.  Below is a little bit about Rex and what he is doing now:

1) What years did you wrestle at Capo, and how did you do during your wrestling career?

Rex in the Master's Meet champions pic, upper right.  Also pictured are past MMA stars Antonio McKee, Heath Sims, and Dan Henderson.

Rex in the Master’s Meet champions pic, upper right. Also pictured are past MMA stars Antonio McKee, Heath Sims, and Dan Henderson.

I wrestled at Capistrano Valley beginning my freshman year in the fall of 1984, through my senior year of 1987/1988.  Like most kids in the area back then, I didn’t start wrestling until high school, which was very different compared to Central and Northern California.  I improved significantly each year, but especially between my junior and senior years.  My accomplishments were as follows:

CIF Divisionals: 4th (1986), 3rd(1987), 3rd(1988)

CIF State Qualifying Meet (Masters Meet):  5th(1987), 1st (1988)

State Tournament: 3rd (1988)

2) What is your best memory of high school wrestling?

I have a lot of great memories from wrestling in high school.  However, I have to say I don’t have a single “best memory”, but I value and appreciate the all-around experience that I gained from the sport.  I enjoyed the physical competition, the fact that it was a “one-on-one” type of sport, the camaraderie of my teammates, and working with coach Jeff Roberts.  When I first started wrestling my freshman year, since I was new to the sport and also played football at that time, I didn’t have any skill, but Coach Roberts recognized I had talent, and told me “you could be a state champion your senior year.”  In my senior year, I didn’t have the best state tournament and lost in the semi-finals, but still I was very proud about how much I improved since my freshman year and my accomplishments.

3) Where has life taken you since then?  What is your vocation now, and what path did you take to get there? 

Rex today

Rex today

After high school, I attended and graduated from CSU, Fresno.  I am Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and I’m a manager at ELLS CPAs & Business Advisors in Santa Ana.  In my late 20s through mid-thirties, I trained a lot in mixed martial arts at a recreational level, before it became popular, and appreciated that sport as much I did wrestling.  I’ll be 45 years young soon, and now my workouts primarily consist of lifting weights, calisthenics and hiking (and “yard work”, too, if that counts as exercise).  I live in Corona, and go hiking just about every weekend with my two Rottweilers.

4) How did wrestling prepare you for life after high school?

Aside from talent, big factors in wrestling are proper preparation, effort, and believing in yourself.  Success in anything usually requires those same factors. I was a decent student in high school, but became a drastically better student in college by putting in more effort.  Similarly, as a CPA, I put in a lot of effort to be as knowledgeable as I could be to help my firm and clients.

5) Give two pieces of advice for current Capo wrestlers

#1 – Have fun and enjoy the experience.  You have the rest of your life to be a lazy slug and/or tell Al Bundy like stories.

#2 –Wrestling is a sport that is similar to boxing and MMA.  Yes, you need talent and skill, but preparation, mental toughness and the will to win often make the difference between winning and losing.  Going into competition you have to be prepared as much as you could be, otherwise you’re cheating yourself.

Where Are They Now: Jeff Roberts

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Jeff Roberts was head coach of Capistrano Valley Wrestling in the 1980s.  During his tenure, Capo was very dominant, finishing as state runner-up in 1988.  Coach Roberts has been pretty active in the wrestling community since then, and we were able to catch up with him recently.  Here is what he had to say:

Coach Roberts at Capo, far left, with Kenny Berger, coach Ted Wilson, and Mike Phillips

Coach Roberts at Capo, far left, with Kenny Berger, coach Ted Wilson, and Mike Phillips

1) What years did you coach at Capo, and what did the team accomplish during your tenure?

I was the head wrestling coach at Capistrano Valley High School from 1983-1988. During my time at Capo, we won four South Coast League Titles and had a 59 match win streak. In 1988 the Cougars took 2nd at 5-Counties (we were the top team in California at that tournament.  Shawnee HS, Oklahoma, won). We also finished 11th (1987) & 2nd (1988) at the CIF State Championships. My two favorite moments from my experience at Capistrano Valley High School would be: Tim Ige, winning his semifinal match to become the first Capo wrestler to wrestle for a CIF State Championship in 1985,  and in 1987 when Mike Phillips, who finished 5th in the CIF Southern Section, defeated future MMA Hall of Famer, Dan Henderson, in the CIF State Championship finals to become the first Capo wrestler to win a CIF State Championship.

2) What did you do after your coaching tenure at Capo?

I left Capo to become the principal at Calvary Chapel HS, where I hired and coached with John Azevedo, where we won two CIF State Championships. In 1994, our family moved to Northern California, where I became Dean of Calvary Chapel Bible College and was the walk-on head coach at Bear River HS, in Grass Valley. Bear River, a small school with 750 kids in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, never had anyone qualify for state. After four years, we finished 13th in the state and had 5 CIF State place winners. I finished my coaching career at Clovis West HS where we finished 5th and 6th in the CIF State Championships. During this time period, I was the head freestyle coach for California USA Team at Junior Nationals, and the team won the freestyle National Championship. We also hosted the USA Dream Team Classic, the only time it has been held in California.

After retiring from coaching I was honored with being inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the Orange County Wrestling Hall of Fame. I am currently working in the private sector at TimeValue Software in Irvine.

 3) Tell us about your family life:

My wife Mary and I just celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary. My daughter Mandi, became a successful architect, is married to another architect and living in Beverly Hills. My eldest son, David, was Valedictorian at Clovis West HS and had a very successful wrestling career. He was a 4X CIF Champion and HS “All-American.” In college he was a 2X NCAA DI Qualifier and Pac-Ten Runner Up at Cal Poly SLO. Dave is  now married and living in Dana Point.  My youngest son, Danny, is a highly successful artist and photographer in the fashion industry and lives in Laguna Niguel.

Jeff Roberts today, right, with son Danny, left

Jeff Roberts today, right, with son Danny, left

 4) What is some advice you have for current Capo wrestlers:

The sport of wrestling has taught me to set lofty goals, work hard to achieve them, persevere through the hard times and never give-up. These life lessons gained from this great sport would be my advice to future wrestlers at Capistrano Valley.

My parting message for young Cougars would be to dream big!!!! Work hard and become a student of the sport. The more technically skilled you become, the greater you level of success. And finally don’t give up on your dreams; continue through good times and bad, until the official finally blows the whistle.

We recently caught up with alum Sean Gallagher, 1989 CIF placer and state qualifier.  He has gone on to do some pretty interesting things since his days at Capo:

Gallagher while he wrestled at Capo

Gallagher while he wrestled at Capo

1) What years did you wrestle at Capo, and how did you do during your wrestling career?

I wrestled at Capo all 4 years of high school. I was in the 98 pound weight class my freshman year on the Frosh/Soph team and did not need to cut weight my first year. I grew a bit and wrestled on the varsity team for my next 3 years. I wrestled at 105 for Sophomore and Junior years and 112 my Senior year. I think I really improved a lot while I was wrestling at Capo. When I started, I knew almost nothing about the sport. I wasn’t one of these guys whose father had been coaching them to wrestle since he was 1 year old. I managed to place 3rd at Five Counties my senior year (1989) and placed 5th in CIF and qualified for the state tournament. I also was very active in freestyle wrestling during the off season and placed 3rd at the Junior Olympics in 1987.

2) What is your best memory of high school wrestling?

One of my best memories was at the Coast Classic held at Aptos Community College in Santa Cruz. We got to travel there by plane and the Santa Cruz area is beautiful. I was unranked going into the tournament and I tore through the ranks and won 1st place at the tournament. I remember overhearing people talking about me while looking at the brackets, “Who’s this Gallagher?” I thought that was pretty cool. I always had some consistency issues and trouble concentrating week to week. I’d have some off weeks, but if I was on I was really good and this was a good tournament for me. Also there was this huge arcade on the pier near the beach and we got to check out some of the town after the tournament.

 3) Where has life taken you since then?  What is your vocation now, and what path did you take to get there? 

Since graduating from Capo I attended the University of Notre Dame and even wrestled for a year there. Unfortunately the wrestling program was cut to comply with Title IX legislation. There were too many men’s sports. But I decided to stay and graduate from Notre Dame. I then worked in Orange Country for about 4 years doing field paleontology. Ya’ know, like everyone does. Then I got a job teaching in Japan, got married had a child, and started a Japanese education corporation. Currently I am the Director of Operations at HEC Ltd. (the name of my company).

4) How did wrestling prepare you for life after high school?

Wrestling prepared me for life after high school by showing me that I can always improve, if I put in the effort. There is no real limit to how good I can become at something, even now at my age. In high school, success was a function of the amount of time I spent preparing for matches and staying in good shape both physically and mentally. That concept is directly transferrable to the “real world”. As an educator I am very into neuroscience and learning about how our brains work. This is a great article about the 2 different mindsets; a “fixed” mindset and a “growth” mindset. A fixed minded person tends to see their intelligence as limited whereas a growth minded person sees their intelligence as something that can be increased with effort. Wrestling taught me, or perhaps reinforced the idea, that I can always improve myself if I try harder.

Also on another level wrestling taught me how to “fight,” and as a man that is an important skill to have. Obviously we don’t go looking for fights, that is stupid and will eventually earn you unnecessary trips to the dentist. But sometimes trouble comes your way.

On the subway home the other night there was this really drunk obnoxious American guy who was saying really rude stuff to all of the Japanese people on the train (I currently live in Japan) and they were all petrified of him. I was really tired and didn’t want to deal with it. I was just going to leave the guy alone and let him be a jerk but then he started getting physical and pushing some women who get on the train, so I’m like, BING, no way this is happening on my watch. So I went up to the guy, who was about a foot taller than me, squared up with him, looked him directly in the eye and said, “Hey how’s it going bro?” It was a small space, the train was moving and he was wobbly even when we were stopped so I knew I could take him if it came to it. But the drunk guy’s eyes got really wide as he looked at me and slurred, “I’m not talking to you.” And then he went to another part of the train and passed out. Point is, if the guy came at me I was prepared to handle it. Thank you wrestling.

5) What are two pieces of advice for current Capo wrestlers?

2 pieces of advice:

A wrestler with moderate athletic skills can beat a wrestler who is naturally a better athlete if he trains harder.

Don’t be predictable; be creative, surprise your opponents; my favorite was to take the top position setting up lefty style. Throws them for a loop every time.

And for any wrestlers with short legs, the quarter nelson is your best friend to block shots on your legs. I scored lot of points off of countering poorly executed shots on my legs.

Gallagher today

Gallagher today

Nico is one of two seniors on this year’s squad.  We sat down with him and interviewed him recently to get to know him a little better:


1) Favorite:

movie: Lone Survivor

Food: Anything

Sport other than wrestling: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

2) Background tidbit: this is my senior year.  I have wrestled for two years prior.  This is my third year.

3) Best piece of advice you’ve received: never give up.  Anything can happen in a split second.

4) Best moment in wrestling so far: my freshman year, I wrestled a jv match.  I was losing by 2 points and the time was running low. I took a shot and won the match.  It was a hard match but I learned to not give up.

5) What do you like about wrestling and the team at Capo?  I enjoy having the team and being like a family.

6) How did you become involved in wrestling?  I trained for 3 years in Muay Thai before coming to Capo.  I wanted my amateur fight card so I chose wrestling to help me achieve that goal.

7) What are your goals for this season?  I want to make it to CIF at least.

8) What do you want to do after high school?  I am going into the Air Force after graduation.

Brandon Hernandez is a junior this year for Capo Wrestling, and is one of three team captains for this year.  Here is a bit of an inside look at the returning CIF runner-up:


1) Favorite:

Movie: 300

TV Show: Naruto

Food: Pizza/wings

Sport other than wrestling: Soccer/MMA

2) Background tidbit: I am the youngest of 4 (I have three older sisters) and I played soccer for seven years before trying out MMA in 8th grade.

3) Best piece of advice you’ve received: It’s worth it in the end.  Have fun and stay humble.

4) Best moment in wrestling so far: competing in the Master’s meet.  (Brandon finished one match away from qualifying for state.)

5) What do you like about wrestling? Wrestling is a hard sport and requires a lot of time and dedication in order to excel at it.

6) Why did you take up wrestling? I started because my MMA instructors encouraged me to.

7) What are your goals for this season?  What are your goals for your career at Capo?  This year I want to win CIF and go to state.  My career goal at Capo is to place in state.

8) What do you want to do after high school?  Graduate college and become an engineer.

Class of 2014

Posted: June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
2014 graduate Mike Davis

2014 graduate Mike Davis

This past Tuesday, six wonderful young men and one wonderful young lady graduated from Capo and our wrestling program.  Each person–Geoff Mellor, Mike Davis, Phillip O’shea, Marshall Ferraro, Cody Carlson, Ryan Merrill, and Cynthia Mendoza–have made their mark on all of us. We hope that you have gained wisdom character from being a part of our program, and that you take what you’ve learned on the mat and apply it in whatever challenges you meet hereafter.


After you’ve wrestled, things won’t exactly be easy, but they will be much, much easier.  The confidence you’ve gained from our program gives you a *big* leg up on the rest of the crowd out there.


Know that you guys are loved, and even though you won’t be on the mat for Capo next year, we will always be in your corner.


2014 graduate Phillip O’shea