Posts Tagged ‘Capistrano Valley athletics’

The Capo wrestling team took a break from pre-season training this Saturday with a back-to-school cookout.  Parents and wrestlers alike gathered at Hidden Hills park to hang out, eat some good cookout food, and play kickball.  In the end, the freshman battled the veterans until the end, with the veterans eeking by due to a few NFL replacement-referee-like calls in their favor…at least that’s how the freshmen remember it.  Their recollections might or might not be entirely accurate.

Special guest: Tate Woodard!

This week its back to work in the training room.  A scrimmage at San Clemente High School will be this Saturday.  Everyone is highly encouraged to attend.

The team is also going hard at fundraising.  The team needs to raise $45,000 in order to hit budget.  If you can contribute, please donate by clicking on the paypal button on the sidebar.

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)

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.

There will be a parent meeting Monday at 5:30pm in coach Bordner’s room (P19) for those who are new to the team from football and from the past 3-4 weeks.  Also, if you missed the first parent meeting, please do come to this one.

And don’t forget the weight allowances this week: +1 at Lakewood, +2 at Irvine, +1 at Beach Bash, +0 at Santa Ana Freshman tournament.

Several varsity wrestlers did well over the weekend at the Cossarek Classic in Westminster.  Shane Johnston and Christian Hauser both finished 7th, Dylan Beller finished 3rd, Juan Hernandez finished 4th, and Russell Fitzpatrick won

This guy is gonna have a break out year...I can just feel it.

the whole thang!

At the Laguna Hills Freshman tournament, Jose Mendoza placed third.

Congrats Cougars!

The practice schedule for Thanksgiving is as follows:

Sat Nov 20: 8-10 am (unless you are at the Fullerton Open)

Mon Nov 22: 8-10 am

Tues Nov 23: 8-10 am (first day of wrestle offs. VERY important you are there!)

Wed Nov 24: 8-10 am (leftover day for wrestle offs, and practice)

Thurs Nov 25, Fri Nov 26: Have a great Thanksgiving.  No practice!

Sat Nov 27: Scrimmage at San Clemente.  Bus leaves Capo at 8:30 am, scrimmage from 9:30-noon-ish.  If you are in town, you should be there.

Mon Nov 29: back to normal schedule.  First competition vs. La Habra is Wed Dec 1 at home!  Go Cougars!