Posts Tagged ‘Matt Grovom’


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,


A few things here…

First, visit this website.  Tons of tasty recipes that are right in line with the nutrition principles we preach at Capo wrestling.  If you don’t know how to cook, kiddos, you need to learn.


Second, I gotta give a shout out to Russell Fitzpatrick and Matt Grovom.  Have you seen Russell wrestle lately?  Lovely.  On bottom, we teach a Peterson roll to a Granby Cradle, and what does Ruseell do at Laguna Hills?  Answer: a Peterson roll to  a Granby Cradle.  What’s more, he sticks the kid with it, which is unheard of.  On a shot, we teach getting the angle and grabbing the far ankle quickly, and what does Russell do last night Vs. San Clemente?  He does a nice sweep single and tenaciously gets to the far ankle.

What's with the crazy look, Russ?

And what about Matt?  He was sick last night, and he wrestled.  He’s a tough ‘lil buzzard.

Third, league finals is at San Clemente H.S.  Bus leaves Feb 5 at 7 am, meet starts 9:30 ish.  CIF is at Colony High School.  There will be no bus: parent and athletes will transport themselves.  We will leave Capo Thursday evening after practice for a Holiday Inn in Ontario.  Address: 2280 S. Haven Ave, Ontario, CA 91761.  Boosters have reserved 6 rooms for the wrestlers.  If you are a parent and would like to get a room, call 909-930-5555.

Fourth, I totally flaked–next week is finals week, which means we have a different practice schedule.  Sorry if the late notice brings any inconvenience, and I apologize for the scattered nature of the schedule (because of the block schedule and because we have a unique finals week schedule, practices are at different times).  In order to make it as easy as possible, there will be no split practice…it’s all levels.   Here it is:

Mon: 3-5

Tues 1-3

Wed 2-4

Thurs 2-4

Fri 11-1

Fifth, after this week, we are officially in our post season.  That means yet *another* change to the practice schedule.  If you are on a lower level squad and want to go out for a spring sport, you will be released after league finals.  You can transfer into that sport if you choose.  For everyone else, there will still be practice.   We will keep some lower level guys in the room to help out the CIF qualifiers, while the others will hit the weightroom or play ultimate frisbee outside.  At any rate, no matter which group you are in (group in the room or outside), here is the schedule (all levels):

Mon: 2:05 until approx 3:35

Tues 1-3

Wed 3- until approx 5

Thurs 1-3

Fri 3 until approx 5

*approx=practice could get out 10 min or so earlier, or 10 min or so later.

Friday Feb 18 there is no school and the varsity is at CIF, so there will be no practice on that day.

After CIF, we will take stock of who has qualified for Master’s and go from there.  Expect another announcement at that time….this is just the way the post season goes.

After everyone is eliminated, here will be the practice schedule for the remainder of spring semester:

Mon: 2:05-3:30

Tues 1-3:30

Thurs 1-3:30

We will lift weights the first part of 6th period, and will wrestle until about 45 min after 6th period.  Nothing on Wed/Fri.  In order to wrestle after school, you need to purchase an SCWAY membership card.  This card insures you for practice and it gets you into spring tournaments (though each tournament also costs $12).  The cost for this card is extremely cheap: less than $20!  That is a LOT cheaper than a USA wrestling card.  This is *mandatory* for each wrestler…it is a non-negotiable.  More info to come on how to pay for the card and more to come on spring tournaments.