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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.

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We are excited to be hosting Mike Krause of Next Level and Shamrock Wrestling Clubs in a clinic Oct 17-19.  Mike is a nationally recognized youth and club coach who does clinics and camps all over the U.S.  He has been a featured clinician at the Monterey coaches clinic in the past.

For anyone who has seen him, you know he definitely brings the heat!  He has a unique style of teaching that reaches youths of all ages very well.  Check out his website here and take a look at the video and list of credentials below

Click here for an informational flyer and registration form.  Donation amounts are very reasonable.  5 sessions of great technique instruction, plus a scrimmage (for the wrestlers) and Q & A (for coaches and parents) Saturday after the third session.

We are limiting space to the first 75 who register, so get on this while spots are open!  This clinic is for all grades, K-12.

For questions, email capovalleywrestling@gmail.com, or call 949-307-4390

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Here is a video of Krause doing what he does best:

Here’s coach Krause’s street cred:

  • 2010 Journymen / Asics National coaches clinic Youth Coach Clinician
  • 2010 / 2012 USJOC Guest of honor. National Clinician for Tournament for 2500+ wrestlers
  • 2010 National Northeast Coaches Clinics — Youth Coach Clinician
  • 2010 Monterey Champions Coaches Clinic — Youth Coach Clinician
  • 2011-12 Pop N Flo Mini Man Tournament Guest of honor
  • 2011 Montana Open Guest of Honor – Held clinic for 1100 wrestlers
  • 2010 HS State Champions
  • 2012 HS State Champions
  • 2013 HS State Champions
  • 2013 OK State Coaches Clinic Youth Coach Clinician
  • 2013 Monterrey Champions Coaches Clinic – Youth Coach Clinician
  • 2013 Oklahoma High School Coaches clinic Youth Coach clinician
  • 2013 Monterey Coaches Clinic youth coach Clinician
  • 2014 Team State Champs with 5 individual State Champions
  • 2014 USJOC Guest of Honor
  • 2014 Summer filled with 32 camps
  • Holds Clinics and Camps throughout the Nation all year – Over 130 clinics
  • Head Coach of Team Shamrock – feeder team for Detroit Catholic Central
  • Head Coach NXT LVL Wrestling Academy since 2003
  • Team Shamrock 2x Youth State Champs 2X runner up
  • Inventor of the ‘Bring it” technique shirt
  • 4x Michigan State Letter-winner
  • Coaching and Wrestling for 25 years
  • Known for high energy and positive style of coaching
  • Flowrestling named him “Youth Coach of the Century” videos on http://www.flowrestling.org
  • Personal Website Named Top 10 Youth coaching sites of all sports http://www.bringitwrestling.com
  • Simply put….he brings the HEAT!

Capo again performed well at Master’s and state.

Master’s was held at Ontario’s Citizen’s Bank Arena, giving it a “big arena” feel.  This added to the drama and excitement.

Sophomore Brandon Hernandez, fresh off his runner up performance at CIF, came one match and one point away from qualifying for state.  He wrestled incredibly tough, winning his first two matches, before dropping his quarterfinal match to the eventual master’s winner, and dropping his blood round match by 1 point.  He then lost his 9th place bracket match 2-0 to a returning state qualifier, eliminating him from the tournament.

Brandon has a bright future ahead, and the experience has motivated him to set his sights high and train hard to accomplish great things in this program.

Brandon during his second round match.

Brandon during his second round match.

Senior Phillip O’shea placed fourth.  He made it to the semis before losing his semi’s match in triple overtime to the #2 seed.  He ended up the tournament finishing fourth, winning his consol semis match, then losing his third place match by a 4-3 score.

Senior Mike Davis concluded his career at the Master’s tournament.  He had a bit of a tough draw, wrestling against very accomplished grapplers in his two matches.  Mikey has been a pillar of our program for four years now.  It will feel odd not having him on the squad next year.  He has accomplished much in his tenure: 3x letterman, 2x cif qualifier, CIF fourth place, team captain.  We wish him blessing as he pursues other adventures after high school!

Phillip’s turned in an inspiring performance at state, making it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated from the tournament.  He won his first match by technical fall, his next match by fall, then upset the #4 ranked wrestler from Clovis, winning by fall, in the third round.  This set him up against #3 Clayton Hartwell from James Logan in the quarters.  The match was close and intense–3-1.  Phillip definitely put up a great fight.  He lost his blood round match by a score of 7-3.  Phillip’s losses came at the hands of the eventual third and fourth place finishers, and he pinned the eventual 5th place finisher, so he has lots to be proud of.

Phillip pinning #4 ranked Matt Weiss of Clovis in the third round of state.

Phillip pinning #4 ranked Matt Weiss of Clovis in the third round of state.

He is the first Capo wrestler to make it to the second day of state in at least 10 years.  He has made an incredible impact on the program and is one of this school’s most successful wrestlers: 101-30 career record, 47-5 senior year, state top 12, CIF champ, 3x CIF placer (one of only six Capo wrestlers to achieve that feat), 3x South Coast League Champion.  His name is all over our record board.  Phillip will definitely be missed!

You can watch Phillip upset Weiss of Clovis on youtube here.

A pleasant surprise this year for CV Wrestling has been sophomore Brandon Hernandez.  He never wrestled prior to 9th grade, and in just his second year of wrestling, he has not only secured a varsity spot, but he has exploded onto the scene with quite a year.

Brandon Hernandez Lag hills

Check out some of his stats:

25-4 record

14 pins

Four first place finishes: Trabuco Hills, Esperanza, Laguna Hills, and South Coast League Finals

Outstanding Lower Weight Wrestler at the Laguna Hills tournament (2 falls, 2 major decisions)

Seventh at Mann Classic

This weekend he defeated Dana Hills’ Bradley Reyes (jr), who most SCL coaches favored going into the match.

Brandon, we are proud of you, and can’t wait to see how you do in the post season.  You are going to make some noise!

Check out some highlights from the Laguna Hills tournament and league finals.  On the two escapes, see if you can time him.  It takes him about 2 seconds in each instance to escape.  That’s fast!

A HUGE congrats goes out to senior Phillip O’shea for dominating the “5 Counties” tournament over the weekend.  Phillip finished in first, with 4 falls and one decision.  After a 4-3 semi-finals upset over Villa Park’s Josh Rus (who defeated O’shea last year at Master’s), Phillip ended with a bang by securing a second period pin in the finals over Damien’s Ian Gust.

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A little background about “5 Counties:” it is known as one of the toughest tournaments in the state, if not the nation.  This year there were 94 teams present, 860 wrestlers total.  Many wrestlers from outside the OC came to battle…there were even some out-of-state teams.

You can see Phillip get his finals pin here:

The Capo Wrestling Team has rolled through December, with our own tournament at Capo, a dual meet with Newport Harbor, and the 50 team Mann Classic Varsity tournament.  Here are some results:

 

*Capo JV/FS tournament: Juan Pedraza finished first, while Marshall Ferraro, Michael Souri, Juan De La Torre, and Marshall Ferraro finished third.

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*Capo wrestled Newport Harbor for the alumni dual on Dec 18, and the FS and Varsity teams came away with a win.  FS won 37-27, while varsity won 41-29.  The varsity jumped out to a 28-0 lead, thanks to pins from Noah Husband, Juan Pedraza, and Michael Davis, and a major decision win from Joey Ahmadzai, before Newport Harbor came storming back. Corey Shackleford got Capo back on track with his exciting 1-0 win, and Phillip O’shea closed out the night with a pin at 220.  It was a great night, with many of our alums watching the battle.  For all the alums that came out to watch, thank you!

Here are some highlights from the dual:

On Friday and Saturday, the varsity competed in the 50 team Mann Classic.  Capo finished 12th as a team and had four medalists: Brandon Hernandez finished 7th at 120 lbs, Geoff Mellor 5th at 145, Corey Shackleford 8th at 182, and Phillip O’shea 1st at 195.  Phillip pinned his way to the finals, then defeated Woodbridge’s Emu Anaim in an intense 5-2 battle.  Phillip’s performance earned him the OC Register Wrestler of the Week honors.

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In addition, Michael Davis received a shout out from the Register too.  Capo is in the news!

Phillipe, winning the Mann.

Phillipe, winning the Mann.

 

This week’s Courageous Cougar award goes to Michael Youssef.

Micheal is a sophomore. Tough kid. Wrestles in practice, stays after to do conditioning with coach Miles, and then stays even more after that to shadow drill on his own. He’s the only kid in the room that late. He is exemplifying what it means to “be a master of consistency.” Michael, if you keep that up for the long haul you will go far.

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