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This week’s Courageous Cougar award goes to Michael Youssef.

Micheal is a sophomore. Tough kid. Wrestles in practice, stays after to do conditioning with coach Miles, and then stays even more after that to shadow drill on his own. He’s the only kid in the room that late. He is exemplifying what it means to “be a master of consistency.” Michael, if you keep that up for the long haul you will go far.


Rat Pack coach Fernando Serratos stopped by on day 1 of our fall training.  He had some great stuff to show that flows right in with our wrestling philosophy and style.  We are stoked to have him in our room in the evenings in the fall.  Guys, take advantage of his tutelage: he can take you far.


Mike Maciborski wrestled for Capo in the late 80’s and was a member of the state runner-up team in 1987.  We caught up with him recently and he answered some questions for us:

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

I wrestled for Capo Valley during 1984-88.


· 3X Varsity South Coast League Champion

· South Coast League “Wrestler of the Year”-1986

· 3X CIF Place Winner/Champion

· Named CIF lightweight “Player of the Year”-1988

· CIF Masters Place winner

· CIF State place winner (3rd)

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

My best memories were doing Ironman drills, bear crawls and competing in the California State Tournament.

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

After high school, I attended USC and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. I live in Ladera Ranch with my wife Stephanie and 2 boys. I have worked in the information technology field for over 15 years, and my Interests include: real estate, studying the Bible, technology, USC football, and spending time with family and friends.

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

Wrestling is great physical exercise and a lot of fun, but it is the life lessons that I will never forget: the following Bible verse explains it well–1 Tim 4:8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”  Wrestling can strongly reinforce certain personal characteristics, like:

· Perseverance

· Self-discipline

· Responsibility

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

Develop a wrestling move that you have technically perfected that even if your opponent knows it is coming he can’t stop you.  Drill, Drill, Drill and when you are finished drill some more.