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One of the highlights of the year for me is always graduation.  It is a day when all the drama of the past melts away into celebration and joy.  Suddenly any stunts any of my former wrestlers and students have pulled doesn’t matter anymore, because I am reminded of why I do this…they did it!

You guys graduated on Wednesday evening.  I witnessed six stellar young men walk across the stage: Matt, Dylan, Marc, Mark, Nico, and Jamey.  I can honestly say–and I know it sounds cliche’ and cheezy, but its true–that I will miss each and every one of you.

I have to laugh at myself, for the evening wasn’t exactly picture perfect.  I managed to get lost…twice…on the way to…yes…the stadium.  I was 20 minutes late, and I was so rushed when I went to grab your graduation cards that I neglected to actually write a note and sign them!  This led to me having to write the notes for a few of your cards right in front of your parents.  I was so flustered that I started out the notes for Matt’s card with, “you’re weird.”  Nice.  This was not my finest hour.  Come to think of it, I have had many hours as a coach that fall into that category.

So I want to share my heart now with you.  Take two:

Dylan, I’m looking forward to hearing good things from you in the next few years.  I’ve raved before about your extraordinary athlethic talents, but what I haven’t commented on much is that you are actually a pretty bright guy.  I was talking with Mr. Sorrell the other day, and he mentioned how much he enjoyed your exchanges with classmates in the open Socratic discussions in his class.  I was not surprised.  You can go toe to toe with the best of em.  A mind like yours is powerful…wield it responsibly, using it to defend the good, the true, and the beautiful.

Mr. Beller

Matt, the thing I’ll always remember about you is your toughness.  You pushed through sickness, pain, and a lot of cutting weight the last few years, and that has earned you my respect.  Time and time again you put the good of the team ahead of your personal comfort.  You’ve never been one to complain about any of that.  That is rare.  And: I think you owe me a re-match.  Whoever was reffing that match and told you that you scored must have been blind.  🙂

Mark Herrera and Matt Grovom

Marc, you’ve got this silent intensity about you.  You’ve got the heart of a lion and the stubborness of a mule, and I mean that in a good way.  Both those things in combination can be a great benefit to you and to others in your life if used wisely.  A 4.0 your senior year!  Wow!  You’re quite the scholar, bud, and that is easy to miss about you because you don’t really make a big deal of it.  Be sure to stay humble like that, stay intense, stay stubborn.  Nothing worth having in life comes easy, and it takes a little intensity and stubborness to lay a hold of it.

Nico, keep smiling!  I really mean what I’ve told you a few times: I really wish we had you as a freshman.  The amount you’ve grown in just two years is astonishing.  Think: you almost went to CIF this year!  That’s astonishing given the fact that just last year you had never wrestled at all.  Even when I was grumpy, it was hard to stay that way when faced with your smile.

Mark, your easygoing manner is the positive quality I’ll remember about you.  You seemed to let stress roll off you without much ado, and I wish I was like that.  I will also always remember when you were ill for the Mission Viejo match, yet you wrestled anyway, scoring a pin for the team.  See?  Wasn’t that bad, was it?  🙂  Your whole family has been great.  Jaime, please do stop by next year during our home matches, just in case I can’t figure out the speaker system again, and I need someone to plug and unplug it for me (for those who missed that…yeah, I was going nuts trying to figure out how to get the sound system to work, and yes, all I needed to do was simply plug it in.  Jaime took one look at me, and figured it out.)

Jamey, you’ve given six years of your life to wrestling, wrestled a lot of live with your brothers, wrestled live with me on your own time pre-season your senior year, and even flown a thousand miles away during summer in search of the best training.    You don’t know it now, but those trials have forged character in you that will come in handy for a lifetime.  My bet is that you are going to be pretty successful in whatever you choose to do.

Fellas, never forget the lessons you learned while wrestling.  They are legion, and will lead you right.  Stop by any time, for there is always an open door for friends.

Your friend,


From time to time, you hear the coaching staff talk about the importance of mobility and flexibility.   Being strong and knowing the moves are only two facets of wrestling.  If you are tight as a drum (read: most of you), you won’t be able to access all that strength you’ve built nor will you be able to execute the moves you know properly. 

Case in point on how flexibility can help your wrestling: Mr. Dylan Beller.  He was a gymnast before he came into wrestling, and if any of you witnessed his match with Daniel Weinberg from Mater Dei, you saw a tour de force of mobility.  I mean, the guy gave Weinberg fits, and much of it was all due to his immense flexibility.  You guys might not be able to get that flexibile, but you can get close with a bit of hard work.  Plenty of wrestlers on the team scoff and make fun of the coaching staff’s stressing of stretching, but all mocking should have stopped after you watched that match!

Another reason why this is oh so important: injury prevention.  Tight muscles=injury immanent.  And almost every single one of us has tight muscles that need a ‘workin on.  How many of us have spent time on the sidelines this year due to silly injuries that could have been prevented by a little maintainence?  Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m sayin!

Which brings me to a link ‘o the day: Kelly Starrett’s Mobility Project.

Kelly is a licensed physical trainer with impeccable credentials, and he works with athletes every day.  He’s the best in the business when it comes to this stuff.  Working on your mobility doesn’t have to be, as they say, rocket science.  The beauty about Starrett’s blog is that he posts an easy to follow video every day, and it only takes about 10 minutes per day.  You should be working on your mobility throughout the day, but putting 10 minutes into your daily routine should not be difficult. 

So, go there and DO IT.  DAILY.  And don’t let the big words intimidate you: just follow the stretch he outlines, and for crying out loud, be your own solution and google the terms you don’t understand!  🙂  Try starting with these: internal rotation, external rotation, abduction, adduction, midline, thoracic spine,  lumbar spine, and kinetic chain.  With those basic kinesiology terms down pat, you are well on your way.  Really: everyone should become familiar with basic kinesiology…all the cool kids are doing it.

Check out the following video of Starrett explaining the reason why you might be stretching, but not seeing results.  Short answer: if you only stretch for 2 minutes a day then do your normal stuff for the other 23:58 (read: sit in chair, hunched over, on couch, in car, etc…in short, in places that get your muscles tight and wound up rather than stretched and relaxed), is it any surprise?  You gotta mold more consistently, but that need not take a 2 hour yoga session a day.  Just 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there will go far.

A few Cougars put up stellar performances at this weekend’s competitions!

We suffered a bit of a setback at Irvine (lost 27-39), but then rebounded with strong performances at the Santa Ana Frosh/Soph tournament, and the Edison Beach Bash. 

Michael Davis, a freshman, battled with a buncha sophomores and placed third at Santa Ana.  All who went performed well.

The Edison tournament was a very tough varsity tournament; with a field of 54 very talented, quality teams, the tournament was the toughest one we’ve been to in a few years.  Christian Hauser placed 6th, Dylan Beller placed 7th, Juan Hernandez place an amazing 2nd, and Victor Mendoza came out of absolutely nowhere and placed 6th!

...he scares me

Gentlemen, we are very proud of you.  Keep up the good work.  Dylan, you showed amazing athletic prowess this weekend.  After one of your losses, when your opponent shook my hand, he said, “that guys is HUGE!  You sure he’s 152?”  Christian, you are a beast and your hard work in the offseason is paying tremendous benefit.  Juan, you are now a force to be reckoned with.  Victor, in just a year and a half, you’ve come very far in your wrestling.  You have the potential to really raise some eyebrows this year.  Work hard in the practice room, keep the eye, and you will go far.  Michael, the word on the street is that you are preeeettty tough.  With the proper off season and summer work, brutha, you can be an absolute tornado in a year or two.

On to this week’s lineup.  We have Mission Viejo dual away on Tuesday (+2 weight allowance), Mater Dei at home (+2 as well), and the JV and F/S both will be at Downey on Saturday for a tournament (scratch weight).  We will be taking MANY extras to Downey.  Though we cannot garauntee you will get entry into the tournament (depends on if there are open spots in the bracket at your weight), we are going to try to get you in.
In addition, wrestle off challenges for those who want to challenge will be Friday and Monday (both wrestlers must be within 5 lbs of each other…no other weight rules than that), and the varsity will practice 8am Saturday in preparation for the Mann Classic the following Tues/Wed.

Victor and Juan with a proud coach Cordi at Edison

For MV and MD both:
103: Herrera, Z. Coley, M.Davis
112: Hauser, Monroy, Sheppard
119: K.Coley, Adam, Merrill
125: Daniel Bahmani (S. Johnston for MD), C. Davis, ?
130: Logan, Mellor, Bustamante
135: Grovom, Byrne, ?
140: Goddard, Acuna, Harper
145: Ramirez, Hou (for MV), Badger (E. Garcia JV for MD)
152: Beller, Angelini, J. Mendoza (pending)
160: Knecht, Tye, ?
171: Fitzpatrick, Farnoudi, ?
189: Hernandez, ?, ?
215: Mendoza, Uribe, ?
HWT: ???
For Downey, the JV and F/S wrestlers listed above for MV and MD will go.  In addition, the following extras will go (remember, there is a wrestle off Friday, so you might go from being an extra to being THE guy for JV/F-S…just keep that in mind):
Aragon (pending clearance)
E. Sanchez
*That’s it!  Courageous Cougar for last week comes out tomorrow…hint: he put in a great performance at Lakewood and CDM, and he’s been working like a monster in the off season.