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Capo had a fun post season in 2015.  We kicked off the road to state at conference/league finals, where 7 out of 11 Capo wrestlers placed in the CVAA conference, qualifying for CIF: Andres Gonzalez, Brandon Hernandez, Nico Lizardi, Joe Curry, Michael Youssef, Gerardo Hernandez, and Corey Shackleford.  Gonzalez, Brandon Hernandez, Curry, Youssef, and Gerardo Hernandez won league titles.  Brandon also won a conference title (for the CVAA, the South Coast League and Sea View League combined to form the conference.  The league champions at each weight met in the conference finals to determine the conference champ.).

svl champ Michael Youssef

svl champ Michael Youssef

CIF at Ayala High School was the next step.  Shackleford and Gonzalez earned a 2-2 record, while Lizardi went 3-2.  Brandon Hernandez was crowned CIF champion, going unscored upon in the whole tournament.  His title is the second in 2 years for Capo, following on Phillip O’shea’s CIF title in 2014.  The story of the tournament was freshman Gerardo Hernandez, who finished second.  Entering the tournament unseeded, he defeated the #5, #4, and #1 seed on the way to the finals.  He is the first freshman in Capo wrestling history to place in the CIF tournament.

CIF Champ Brandon Hernandez at the top of the podium.

CIF Champ Brandon Hernandez at the top of the podium.

CIF runner up Gerardo Hernandez

CIF runner up Gerardo Hernandez

Both Gerardo and Brandon qualified for the Southern Section Master’s tournament in Ontario the following week.  Gerardo went 1-2, while Brandon made it to the quarterfinals before dropping three losses and being eliminated from the tournament.  Brandon’s losses were to the #1, #3, and #6 ranked wrestlers in the 250+ school Southern Section.  He came one win away from qualifying for state.  Though it wasn’t the result he wanted, he fought valiantly through trial and injury (separated shoulder AC joint and a sprained LCL in his knee), and the result will fuel the fire for his senior campaign.

Capo again performed well at Master’s and state.

Master’s was held at Ontario’s Citizen’s Bank Arena, giving it a “big arena” feel.  This added to the drama and excitement.

Sophomore Brandon Hernandez, fresh off his runner up performance at CIF, came one match and one point away from qualifying for state.  He wrestled incredibly tough, winning his first two matches, before dropping his quarterfinal match to the eventual master’s winner, and dropping his blood round match by 1 point.  He then lost his 9th place bracket match 2-0 to a returning state qualifier, eliminating him from the tournament.

Brandon has a bright future ahead, and the experience has motivated him to set his sights high and train hard to accomplish great things in this program.

Brandon during his second round match.

Brandon during his second round match.

Senior Phillip O’shea placed fourth.  He made it to the semis before losing his semi’s match in triple overtime to the #2 seed.  He ended up the tournament finishing fourth, winning his consol semis match, then losing his third place match by a 4-3 score.

Senior Mike Davis concluded his career at the Master’s tournament.  He had a bit of a tough draw, wrestling against very accomplished grapplers in his two matches.  Mikey has been a pillar of our program for four years now.  It will feel odd not having him on the squad next year.  He has accomplished much in his tenure: 3x letterman, 2x cif qualifier, CIF fourth place, team captain.  We wish him blessing as he pursues other adventures after high school!

Phillip’s turned in an inspiring performance at state, making it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated from the tournament.  He won his first match by technical fall, his next match by fall, then upset the #4 ranked wrestler from Clovis, winning by fall, in the third round.  This set him up against #3 Clayton Hartwell from James Logan in the quarters.  The match was close and intense–3-1.  Phillip definitely put up a great fight.  He lost his blood round match by a score of 7-3.  Phillip’s losses came at the hands of the eventual third and fourth place finishers, and he pinned the eventual 5th place finisher, so he has lots to be proud of.

Phillip pinning #4 ranked Matt Weiss of Clovis in the third round of state.

Phillip pinning #4 ranked Matt Weiss of Clovis in the third round of state.

He is the first Capo wrestler to make it to the second day of state in at least 10 years.  He has made an incredible impact on the program and is one of this school’s most successful wrestlers: 101-30 career record, 47-5 senior year, state top 12, CIF champ, 3x CIF placer (one of only six Capo wrestlers to achieve that feat), 3x South Coast League Champion.  His name is all over our record board.  Phillip will definitely be missed!

You can watch Phillip upset Weiss of Clovis on youtube here.

Capo represented very well at CIF, Feb 21-22 at Santiago Canyon Community College.  Here’s the rundown:

Capo started out with a 12-0 run on day one.  All 5 qualifiers–Brandon Hernandez, Mike Davis, Geoff Mellor, Corey Shackelford, and Phillip O’shea–made it to the quarterfinals in their respective weights.  The streak was only stopped by running into a few #1 seeds.  All wrestlers made it to day 2, with Brandon, Mike, and Phillip in the semi-finals, and Corey and Geoff in the consols.

Corey

Corey

One particular story is that Mike, in order to get to the semis, had to upset the #4 seed from Arroyo.  He did so in dramatic fashion, winning by fall in the third period.

mikey cif 2

Day 2–aka “the day of dreams and broken hearts”–was full of drama.  Geoff and Corey dropped hard fought consol matches in the morning–Corey in round 3 and Geoff in the blood round–eliminating them from the tournament.  Both wrestled well, and the other guy was just better on that particular day.

Mike dropped his semi match to #1 seed and #1 in the nation Zahid Valencia from St. John Bosco, but rebounded nicely with a win in the consols to put him in the third place match.  In the match for third, he lost to the #2 seed from Norwalk, placing him at 4th.

Brandon continued to dominate by winning his semi match 12-0.  In the finals, though he lost, he gave #1 seed Russell Rohlfing of Sonora all he could handle.  Rohlfing will definitely remember Brandon’s name.

brandon cif 2

Phillip won by fall in his semi match, and then stunned the whole gym by pinning his opponent in the finals in :11 seconds.

phillip cif 3

He had 4 falls and 1 tech fall for the tournament, and he was named Co-Outstanding Wrestler for the upper weights.

Phillip ow cif

Phillip’s title is the first CIF Championship for Capo in 6 years.  The last one was Mike Maierhofer in 2009.

Here is a video of Phillip’s finals match: don’t blink!

 

Senior Geoff Mellor finished his career as a Capo wrestler on Saturday.  Geoff: we are so proud of you.  You have grown to become a good young man in your 4 years on this team, and we are glad to say you are a Capo wrestler.  Through numerous ups and downs, setbacks and triumphs, you have persevered over it all and have finished your race. You controlled your emotions and did not allow them to defeat you. That is one heckuva feat, as this sport can be on huge emotional roller coaster.

Geoff

Geoff

Now that you have crossed the line triumphant, you can now say you are part of the greatest fraternity of brothers on planet earth.  We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.  It’s been an absolute pleasure coaching you and being your teammate. Don’t be a stranger, my friend.

As a team, Capo finished 10th out of 50 teams.  Next up for Mikey, Brandon, and Phillip is Southern Section Masters in Ontario.  This is quite the party, as over 250 schools are represented in the Southern Section.  They will battle it out with the other qualifiers for a spot in the state tournament.  Top 9 qualify.  Wish them luck!

buncha weirdos

buncha weirdos

A pleasant surprise this year for CV Wrestling has been sophomore Brandon Hernandez.  He never wrestled prior to 9th grade, and in just his second year of wrestling, he has not only secured a varsity spot, but he has exploded onto the scene with quite a year.

Brandon Hernandez Lag hills

Check out some of his stats:

25-4 record

14 pins

Four first place finishes: Trabuco Hills, Esperanza, Laguna Hills, and South Coast League Finals

Outstanding Lower Weight Wrestler at the Laguna Hills tournament (2 falls, 2 major decisions)

Seventh at Mann Classic

This weekend he defeated Dana Hills’ Bradley Reyes (jr), who most SCL coaches favored going into the match.

Brandon, we are proud of you, and can’t wait to see how you do in the post season.  You are going to make some noise!

Check out some highlights from the Laguna Hills tournament and league finals.  On the two escapes, see if you can time him.  It takes him about 2 seconds in each instance to escape.  That’s fast!

Here are two more interviews, this time of sophomores Brandon Hernandez and Lewis O’mara.  Brandon is one of our underclassmen team captains:

 

A few announcements of note:

*Big shout out to our scholar athletes for spring semester. 4.0: Ian Brault, Logan Farrand, Michael Davis, and Marshall Ferraro. Brault and Davis’s names will be put on our 4.0 wall (varsity lettermen who also get a 4.0). All gentlemen have earned 20 merit points for getting over a 3.75 gpa for spring semester.

 

*Next, congrats to the following CV wrestlers who achieved perfect attendance spring semester: Brandon Hernandez, Giovanni Martinez, and Noah Scherner. These guys came to every spring practice and never left early/arrived late.

 

*Last shout out of the day: awesome job to Noah Husband for becoming the latest member of the “6x club,” for those who lift over 6x their bodyweight in bench, squat, deadlift, and clean. This has earned Noah the nickname “pocket hercules.”

 

Great job fellas!

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