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Capo had a fun post season in 2015.  We kicked off the road to state at conference/league finals, where 7 out of 11 Capo wrestlers placed in the CVAA conference, qualifying for CIF: Andres Gonzalez, Brandon Hernandez, Nico Lizardi, Joe Curry, Michael Youssef, Gerardo Hernandez, and Corey Shackleford.  Gonzalez, Brandon Hernandez, Curry, Youssef, and Gerardo Hernandez won league titles.  Brandon also won a conference title (for the CVAA, the South Coast League and Sea View League combined to form the conference.  The league champions at each weight met in the conference finals to determine the conference champ.).

svl champ Michael Youssef

svl champ Michael Youssef

CIF at Ayala High School was the next step.  Shackleford and Gonzalez earned a 2-2 record, while Lizardi went 3-2.  Brandon Hernandez was crowned CIF champion, going unscored upon in the whole tournament.  His title is the second in 2 years for Capo, following on Phillip O’shea’s CIF title in 2014.  The story of the tournament was freshman Gerardo Hernandez, who finished second.  Entering the tournament unseeded, he defeated the #5, #4, and #1 seed on the way to the finals.  He is the first freshman in Capo wrestling history to place in the CIF tournament.

CIF Champ Brandon Hernandez at the top of the podium.

CIF Champ Brandon Hernandez at the top of the podium.

CIF runner up Gerardo Hernandez

CIF runner up Gerardo Hernandez

Both Gerardo and Brandon qualified for the Southern Section Master’s tournament in Ontario the following week.  Gerardo went 1-2, while Brandon made it to the quarterfinals before dropping three losses and being eliminated from the tournament.  Brandon’s losses were to the #1, #3, and #6 ranked wrestlers in the 250+ school Southern Section.  He came one win away from qualifying for state.  Though it wasn’t the result he wanted, he fought valiantly through trial and injury (separated shoulder AC joint and a sprained LCL in his knee), and the result will fuel the fire for his senior campaign.

Capo represented very well at CIF, Feb 21-22 at Santiago Canyon Community College.  Here’s the rundown:

Capo started out with a 12-0 run on day one.  All 5 qualifiers–Brandon Hernandez, Mike Davis, Geoff Mellor, Corey Shackelford, and Phillip O’shea–made it to the quarterfinals in their respective weights.  The streak was only stopped by running into a few #1 seeds.  All wrestlers made it to day 2, with Brandon, Mike, and Phillip in the semi-finals, and Corey and Geoff in the consols.

Corey

Corey

One particular story is that Mike, in order to get to the semis, had to upset the #4 seed from Arroyo.  He did so in dramatic fashion, winning by fall in the third period.

mikey cif 2

Day 2–aka “the day of dreams and broken hearts”–was full of drama.  Geoff and Corey dropped hard fought consol matches in the morning–Corey in round 3 and Geoff in the blood round–eliminating them from the tournament.  Both wrestled well, and the other guy was just better on that particular day.

Mike dropped his semi match to #1 seed and #1 in the nation Zahid Valencia from St. John Bosco, but rebounded nicely with a win in the consols to put him in the third place match.  In the match for third, he lost to the #2 seed from Norwalk, placing him at 4th.

Brandon continued to dominate by winning his semi match 12-0.  In the finals, though he lost, he gave #1 seed Russell Rohlfing of Sonora all he could handle.  Rohlfing will definitely remember Brandon’s name.

brandon cif 2

Phillip won by fall in his semi match, and then stunned the whole gym by pinning his opponent in the finals in :11 seconds.

phillip cif 3

He had 4 falls and 1 tech fall for the tournament, and he was named Co-Outstanding Wrestler for the upper weights.

Phillip ow cif

Phillip’s title is the first CIF Championship for Capo in 6 years.  The last one was Mike Maierhofer in 2009.

Here is a video of Phillip’s finals match: don’t blink!

 

Senior Geoff Mellor finished his career as a Capo wrestler on Saturday.  Geoff: we are so proud of you.  You have grown to become a good young man in your 4 years on this team, and we are glad to say you are a Capo wrestler.  Through numerous ups and downs, setbacks and triumphs, you have persevered over it all and have finished your race. You controlled your emotions and did not allow them to defeat you. That is one heckuva feat, as this sport can be on huge emotional roller coaster.

Geoff

Geoff

Now that you have crossed the line triumphant, you can now say you are part of the greatest fraternity of brothers on planet earth.  We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.  It’s been an absolute pleasure coaching you and being your teammate. Don’t be a stranger, my friend.

As a team, Capo finished 10th out of 50 teams.  Next up for Mikey, Brandon, and Phillip is Southern Section Masters in Ontario.  This is quite the party, as over 250 schools are represented in the Southern Section.  They will battle it out with the other qualifiers for a spot in the state tournament.  Top 9 qualify.  Wish them luck!

buncha weirdos

buncha weirdos

The varsity competed at the 50 team So Cal Challenge on Jan 3-4.  Mike Davis placed seventh, while Phillip O’shea finished in second:

Mike Davis

Mike Davis

 

Phillip O'shea

Phillip O’shea

 

While Phillip dropped a tough 3-1 decision in the finals, this is not the last time he’ll face the Woodbridge wrestler.  He will have a chance for revenge, and knowing Phillip, this will focus him and he’ll come back firing on all 8 cylinders.

Geoff Mellor and Corey Shackelford both performed well too, making it to the “blood round” before dropping.  Along the way, Geoff defeated the ultimate 3rd place finisher from Trabuco Hills.

A few jv wrestlers got some good experience.  Even in the losses, we are seeing improvement and guys are taking steps forward.

We are back in action tonight vs Laguna Hills, #2 in Orange County.  Phillip has the chance to edge closer to Mike Phillips’ career pin record, which has stood since 1988.  Saturday a select squad of varsity wrestlers will compete at Esperanza, while the jv and fs teams are at the San Clemente Rotary tournament.

Former Capo Wrestler and 2x state champion Mike Phillips stopped by the room this week to motivate and show some technique.  Click on the video for a peek: