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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!

Juan in the News

Posted: April 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Our very own Juan Hernandez was recently featured on an episode of *Capo 360,* a show produced by Capo’s student media department.  Check it out here.

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!

This weekend was one to remember for CV Wrestling.

Juan Hernandez was crowned champion of the Five Counties Wrestling Tournament in Fountain Valley this weekend, avenging 2 losses from earlier in the year in the process.

A little history of Five Counties: 5Co. is one of the toughest tournaments in the state, if not the nation, boasting around 100 teams from all over the state, and Nevada.  Countless state ranked guys are present.  If you place in this one, you are legit.

It has been 25 years since Capo has had a champion, so Juan deserves some well-earned recognition.  Juan, we are proud of you.

As a team, Capo tied for 10th with Santa Ana, and we led county teams with 3 medalists.  Christian Hauser wrestled his butt off and placed fourth, while Victor Mendoza placed 7th at 200lbs.  Both of these gentlemen wrestled well over the weekend.

Next, a big thanks goes out to Eddie Garcia, the Assarpour brothers, and Taijeron Villalobos for volunteering at the OC Throwdown on Saturday.  I know you guys had fun and saw some awesome athletic feats.

The JV also competed this weekend, at Long Beach Poly H.S.  Jason Garcia and Andrew Peel took home fourth, while Jericho Uribe and Marshall Ferraro took home third.

Able to leap tall buildings in a single's MARSHALL! (cue Superman theme song)

Both Marshall and Juan have earned the “Tough Guy of the Week” awards.  Juan’s reason is obvious: the dude wrestled with fire in the belly this weekend.  For Marshall, he is improving each time out.  What is notable about him is that he is often asking the coaches NOT “What did I do wrong?” but “What can I do to improve?” and what’s more, he actually listens to the advice and works on it!  Great job, Marshall.

Folks, this is a good one for our program.  We are going places.  So many people at multiple tournaments this year have noted that Capo is making a splash now.  We are getting noticed.  Everyone should be proud of Capo wrestling and what it is beginning to accomplish.  The confidence that teams like Laguna Hills, Santa Ana, and Servite struts around with is right around the corner for us.

This is a lot of momentum, so know that you guys who are not graduating this year have an incredible responsibility to keep this going.  You will have big shoes to fill after this year.  Let’s make sure you are doing the hard work now and in the offseason such that you can take over with confidence when it is time.

NOTE: next Monday, June 6, there is a scrimmage at San Clemente High School with San Clemente and a team from Arizona.  Starts at 2pm, which is during the school day (6th period, to be exact), and ends at around 4:30pm.  I am working on getting us approved to go.  Sit tight.  Also trying to get a bus approved, but don’t know if that will happen.  As of now, parents, plan on carpooling.  We will leave Capo as soon as the 5th period bell lets out. Bell lets out at 1:42, so lets try to leave by 1:50 from the Capo wrestling room.  This is a heckuva opportunity that we ought not miss.  Also, that same team from AZ will be stopping by our place the next day during 6th per.

NOTE 2: this week is strength and conditioning testing week.  Plan on doing maxes, and going through a Man Maker.  Any of you who went through Fight Gone Bad are also eligible for the 6x or 1000 lb clubs, but I must personally verify all of your maxes.  Bring your max sheet with you.  After maxes are completed, we will turn our focus to wrestling (not that that hasn’t been a focus…its just that we will not be in the weightroom, so we will be in the wrestling room more).  Summer camp at Capo will be a *little* strength work, but the bulk of the time will be spent on the mat.  As always, we will be focusing on some of our weaknesses on the mat, and reinforcing the technique covered in the C.O.C.  Summer league matches are a part of our Capo camp, so you do need to sign up for that camp if you want to take advantage of that opportunity.  You can do so by filling out the camp registration form handed out at the banquet and at other times, or you can just go to the Summer Camp Info tab above…:)


Note 3: This Saturday is an SCWAY tournament at Bishop Amat High School, 14301 Fairgrove Avenue, La Puente, CA 91746.  Starts at the same time all the other SCWAY tournaments.  While this is not one of our “big 5,” you are highly, highly encouraged to go, since last week’s at Loara was cancelled.  Since I will have other things on my mind that day ( 🙂 ), I will not be in attendance.  Remember what we talked about two weeks ago about bettering yourself through non-mandatory opportunities.

Last Tuesday, a handful of Capo wrestlers tested themselves against a workout called “Fight Gone Bad.”  It was a doozy!  First, a little info on the workout: legend goes, that Greg Glassman created the workout for renowned UFC fighter BJ Penn, for his training for one of his fights.  After the workout, a spent Penn, laying on the floor, reportedly said, “that was like a fight gone bad.”  Hence the name.

The workout is meant to reflect the time domain and metabolic demand of a UFC fight.  It has three rounds of five minutes each, with a 1 minute rest in between rounds.  Within the round, participants spend 1 minute each on five movements: wall-ball, sumo dedlift high pull, box jumps, push press, and row.  At the end of each minute, the partipants rotate to the next exercise without stopping.  Every rep they do equals 1 point, while every calorie burned on the rower (there is a computer that measures power output in terms of calories) equals one point.  A decent score is about 300, where elite athletes usually get into the 400 range.  It sounds easy, but is quite brutal.  It is one of many records we keep in the wrestling room.

Anyway, Ryan Tye, Michael Logan, Juan Hernandez, Russell Fitzpatrick, and Corbin Acuna all participated.  Juan came away with the top score of 329, but all gave their best and became better young men as a result.  Good job fellas!

Also, it is worth pointing out that a few days later, Corbin completed “Murph” completely as prescribed–with no pull up assistance, AND with a 20 lb backpack on!  He did it in 35 minutes, which is an awesome time.  Hot dang!

Here is a video interview of a few of the guys talking about their experience and what they learned (Corbin comes in at the end, right after finishing Murph.  He is, understandibly, a little out of breath.):


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