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We’ve had lots going on in the past few weeks.  Good stuff:

Three Capo wrestlers participated in the state-wide “Association Duals” by representing the Southern Section: Christian Hauser, Juan Hernandez, and Phillip O’shea.  It was extremely difficult to qualify; the three gentlemen had to place at the top of their weightclass at a very stacked qualifier.  The Association Duals featured section teams from around the state, so they went toe to toe with CA’s best and came away with a fourth place medal as a team.

The Capo boys with the rest of the Assoc. Duals team.

Likewise, Juan and Christian participated in this weekend’s SCWAY “America’s Cup,” a dual and individual tournament competition featuring not only dual teams from around the state of CA, but all-star teams from around the country too.  Though teams like Ohio brought teams stacked with state champions and nationally ranked wrestlers, CA came away with the cup, and both Juan and Christian contributed to that.


A few Capo wrestlers have really been busy with getting some competitions in during the spring, and have thus earned their spot on next year’s promotional poster.  Remember: a wrestler–any wrestler, NOT JUST VARSITY–can get on the poster by earning 80 merit points in the spring and summer.  Jason Garcia, Phillip O’shea, and Ian Brault have earned over 80 points and are thus already on the poster, just from their matches alone (not counting the other stuff they’ve done!).  Good job fellas!  Jonny Gutierrez and a few others are not far behind.  Lets make sure we have a lot of guys on that poster…DON’T just say “I have plenty of time to get my 80 points, so I can take it easy today.”  Wrong.  Get on the mats, earn your spot today, and most importantly–prepare for next year.  Succeeding in CA takes great year-round dedication.  You must go the extra mile.  Do more than required.  If you don’t, don’t expect to get very far.


We’ve also come away with some good funds this past week and used those funds to purchase some strength equipment.  Here’s how it came about: one day, in the midst of talking about how we need strength equipment of our own, I asked the owner of the Crossfit gym I attend (Orange Coast Crossfit) if he knew of any equipment companies that’d be willing to sponsor a high school team.  He just said, “well, why don’t we put on a fundraiser here for you guys?” With the understanding that the funds raised would go to purchasing equipment (they are a Crossfit box, after all, so that is their gig), we put together a fundraising workout on the beach.  It was wildly successful (funds are still coming in a week later), so we have been able to get some equipment. Big thanks to OCCF!

Some of the members of OCCF with Andrew, Marshall, Kayvon, Jose, and Cameron after the beach workout.


Summer is coming up!  We have the Ken Chertow camp, followed by the Capo camp and summer league.  Get in on those opportunities to better yourself.  Next season will be here before you know it!

A HUGE “awesome job” goes out to Juan Hernandez, Phillip O’shea, and Christian Hauser.  Over the weekend, Juan qualified for the SCWAY America’s Cup to be held in Clovis, Phillip qualified for the USA Wrestling Association Duals, and Christian qualified for both.  Even qualifying for one of those events was a great feat…each wrestler had to defeat many stud opponents from the southern section, San Diego Section, and even out of state to make the various teams.




We are very proud of each of you!

This weekend five CV wrestlers wrestled with absolute heart and soul. Seniors Russell Fitzpatrick and Victor Mendoza wrestled the final matches of their careers, while Phillip O’shea, a sophomore, wrestled in his first Masters tournament. They “went to war” and left it all on the mat.  Fellas, we are very proud of you.  Each of you faced adversity in this tournament, and each of you faced it in a courageous way.  It would be very easy to give up or let it mentally get to you, but you guys ended with a bang, not a whimper, and though you did not qualify for state, how you battled out there is what matters. 

PHILLIP O'SHEA...doin work.

Seniors Juan Hernandez and Christian Hauser likewise wrestled tough, qualifying for state.  Good job fellas!  The Southern Section Masters meet is a meat grinder of a competition.  Every match is against a quality, tough opponent.  You must be on guard and completely focused for every match.  Make one mistake and you are done.  Needless to say, its tough just to get there, much less to medal at the meet.  The top 9 advance to the state meet.  That sounds like a lot, but given the quality of wrestlers there, it is extremely difficult to place in the top 9.  The medals go not necessarily to the most talented, but to the ones with the most focus.  The reason why its 9 instead of, say, 3, is because of the Southern Section’s size (over 250 schools), and the quality of wrestlers.  Weaker and smaller sections, like LA city or Oakland, only get 1 or 2 qualifiers, because those tournaments are much easier.  The number reflects the relative toughness of each section.  That the SS gets 9 should tell you something about the tournament.

Throughout the whole weekend, there was drama, and stories that came out of the weekend that will serve as good examples for the younger guys.  Russell battled his heart out despite an injury to his hand that greatly affected his ability to do what he does best (namely: ride on top and turn guys for pins) and his ability to take a wrestler down.  Juan wrestled like a man every match.  In his quarterfinal match he was wrestling a guy that was, quite frankly, muscling him around.  The second period came, Juan reversed him, and within 30 seconds put him on his back and pinned him.  That’s how you handle a moose.

Christian had perhaps the toughest road to state that I’ve seen in a while.  He had an injured ankle *and* knee and had to go through a gauntlet of tough opponents, guys that were better than him on paper.  First, a highly ranked wrestler was upset in the early rounds of the tournament, and after C won his first consolation round (he was 1-1 in the tournament prior to dropping into the consolation bracket), this highly ranked wrestler from MLK matched up with Christian early in the consolation bracket.  C pins him.  The very next round he faced Johnny Sanchez of Santa Ana, who was #1 ranked in the OC….and oh yeah, he’s beaten Hauser the last 4-5 times they’ve faced.  Tough draw!  Though C lost to him, he fought hard.

This meant he dropped into the “crying round.”  This is a four man bracket where the wrestlers fight it out for that last spot–9th place–to state.  It is dubbed the “crying round” because of the heartbreak involved for those who lose–they fight so hard back from the brink of defeat only to be sent home with one more loss.

In the first match of the bracket, C faced Subastian Chavez of Colony, who defeated him last week at CIF.  C nails him 11-5.  Then, in the 9th place match, he faced returning CIF champ Luis Ortiz of Magnolia.  There were a few controversial referree calls that did not go his way, and largely due to those calls, C found himself behind 6-3 in the third period.  At this point, he could have easily came apart or given up, but he kept his focus and kept scrappin.  He pulled a 5-point move out of his bag of tricks and pinned Ortiz to go to state.

I mean you shoulda seen the move…the kid was pinned in the air. 

Like I said, the weekend was filled with drama.

****In other news: we now have 9 wrestlers signed up for club (not counting outgoing seniors who are going to continue wrestling in their clubs in the spring).  This is over two times the amount we had 2 weeks ago.  Lets keep this going to see if we can get 15 or more signed up for club in the spring!

The Cougars brought home 5 medals from the Mann Classic this past Wed and Thurs, which is 5 more than they brought home from the same tournament last year.  Capo finished 11th as a team out of 70 teams, two points out of 10th.  This was accomplished without three starters in the lineup, all of whom most likely would have scored points for the team (two of whom were seeded top 8 in their weight classes).

Christian Hauser took 3rd at 120, Shane Johnston 6th at 132, Phillip O’shea 8th at 170, Juan Hernandez 5th at 195, and Victor Mendoza 5th at 220.  Hauser’s performance has earned him “tough guy of the week.”  He wrestled incredibly tough, wrestling above his seed.  He demonstrated true grit in his last two matches, coming from behind in both to win both.  The third place match was especially notable, as he defeated Walnut’s Ritchie Taira, a returning CIF champion.

Poise: it is one of the necessary ingredients that makes a champion, and Hauser has it, thanks to his considerable off-season training.  He currently owns the school record of number of off-season matches (104 this past off-season alone).  It was only a short time ago that Christian most likely wouldn’t have handled the pressure as well, but he relentlessly has attacked his weaknesses in the off season and turned them into strengths, by seeking out tough competition when others are sitting on their rears watching TV.  He gets it: there really is no easy path to success, and no real secret ingredient…just lots of extra sweat.  He lives and breathes the saying that you really can’t expect success in this sport if you are only a 3-month-a-year wrestler (ie, you only focus on wrestling during wrestling season).  He wrestles 12 months out of the year, and is now reaping the fruits of his labor.

The Mann Classic is one of the toughest tournaments in the state, and you guys are to be congratulated.

Click on the link below to see the results of our spring lifting.  The “pre” was the maxes you did in April, while “post” was the maxes in June.  For the man maker, if you did the prescribed weight in April, I noted a “95,” but if you did prescribed in June, I simply put “rx.”  If there is an “x” in a column for you, that means you either were absent and did not complete the lift, or you neglected to write it down on the board.  Some of you need to do a better job of showing up, while others simply need to do a better job of following directions and writing down your max!


Don’t compare yourselves absolutely to each other…rather, compare your post to your pre numbers.  Are you improving?  That is the real question, not “am I lifting more than the guy next to me, who weighs thirty pounds less than me?”


The results were mixed.  Quite a few of you went up greatly (example: Zane on deadlift–45 lb pr! and look at the improvement on the man maker!  wow!), while others stayed the same or went down.  These numbers don’t lie fellas.  Follow the program consistently and with vigor, and reap the results.  Follow inconsistently and/or slack off (ie, do lighter weight than you should on the metcons, say you are hurt when you really aren’t, do incorrect or shorted reps, poor nutrition, etc) and that will show up on max day.  And we pretty much *all* need to work on flexibility…have you been doing your mobility wods at home?

Maxes Post season 2011

Camp is now, as well as summer league.  We only had one guy show up to summer league last night.  *Everyone* needs to go.  Those times are indespensable for getting better.  I remember we had quite a few team talks about you guys taking opportunities on your own volition, without coach forcing you to.  All you guys looked motivated and serious during those talks, yet when the chips are down, the follow through continues to lag behind your professed commitment.  We have always had a core group who are always dedicated (you know who you are), but continue to have too many do the same ol’.  For those of you in that latter category, this upcoming season will be rough.

Speaking of going the extra mile (literally!) our very own Christian Hauser is currently in the mountains at the Eternal Warrior camp.  Check out the video below to see some of the crazy stuff they are doing, and see if you can spot Mr. Hauser himself in the video.  Christian, we love you, but you’re making a private face…:)  Just kidding.  You go bro!  You are already pretty tough, but you’re gonna come back a man.  My bet is that you are going to rip some heads off this upcoming season.


Shane Johnston has already gone to three camps, and is going to at least one more.  Ryan Tye and the Coleys continue to do club, and Mr. Tye was our lone rep at summer league last night…what are you doing?


Tuesday and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 at Trabuco Hills High School.  Get there.

This Thursday, 5:30 pm at San Clemente H.S, there will be yet another scrimmage, this time with Bakersfield H.S.  Just in case you didn’t know, they were state champs in 2010 and finished runner up in 2011.  This is an awesome opportunity!  You need to go.  If you don’t have a ride, find a way to get there.  This is just another opportunity to better yourself.

Speaking of opportunities, here is a video interview of the bros. Coley, and Christian Hauser.  These three guys are consistently doing extra work to make themselves better, and in all three cases, it has paid off tremendously:

A big congrats to three Capo wrestlers for competing in some *tough* tournaments over the weekend.  Zane Coley competed in the USA wrestling F/Soph state tournament, going 2 and 2 at 103 lbs, while Christian Hauser and Juan Hernandez both placed third at the SCWAY F/Soph/Jr. state tournament. 

This is what it’s all about guys…seeking out tough competition in the spring and summer.  This will pay off come winter time.  Keep up the good work.

Christian and Juan displaying their hardware