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CV Wrestling was very busy this weekend, with all three squads competing in local competitions.

Seven freshmen competed in the Laguna Hills Freshmen tournament.  All seven had great fun and really put their hearts out there on the line.  Fellas, win or lose, we are proud that you got out there and gave it your all.  That’s all we can ask!  Nico Lizardi placed third at 120lbs.  Good job Nico!


The JV were “thrown into the fire” right off the bat, competing in a varsity tournament on Friday and Saturday at Corona Del Mar.  They took their lumps, but got good experience.  Keep your head high fellas.  Zane Coley garnered multiple wins for the squad, as did Donovan Wilhelm and Jose Sarabia.  Sarabia, stepping in at 152lbs, pinned three opponents on Saturday.  This was not only his first varsity competition ever, but his first competition period!  Jose, you’re a gamer.  Way to go.

Which brings me to: our Courageous Cougar of the week.  It goes to none other than Jose.  This is his first year of wrestling, and he’s got the eye.  He’ll be stepping up to take part in the advanced practices (doubling up on practicing) this week.  He refused to be intimidated: he just went out and got it done this week.  Keep up the good work Jose.

The varsity did quite well at the Cossarek Classic, placing 6th as a team out of 40 teams.  The Cougars took home 6 medals, doubling our total from last year at this tournament.  What’s more, we only had 12 wrestlers.  Had we taken one more wrestler, we would have taken home a team trophy, placing ahead of powerhouse programs Santa Ana and Edison.

Placing for the Cougars was: Mike Davis, 4th @106, Christian Hauser, 5th @120, Shane Johnston, 6th@ 132, Ryan Knecht, 7th @170, Russell Fitzpatrick, 3rd @182, and Victor Mendoza, 7th @ 220.

Two other wrestlers came within a hair’s length of placing: Kyle Coley and Geoff Mellor were both one match away, and both lost in overtime in the medal round.  You guys are *right there*!  Furthermore, Matt Dix refused to back down, winning 2 matches at 160.  What makes his performance so notable is that it was his first varsity outing (first varsity tournament for Davis and Mellor too), and he only wrestled in practice for a week and a half before this competition.  Last year he sat out due to a broken arm, so its been a while.  We are proud of that, Matt.

Davis and Mellor’s performance bears mention, simply because it shows how much you can improve with a year’s work of offseason training.  For these guys, there is no offseason: Davis wrestled well over 60 matches in spring, summer, and fall, where Mellor wrestled around 30.  The hard work both of these guys put in showed up this weekend.

Our “Tough Guy” of the week award goes to Davis and Knecht.  Both wrestled with a fire in their belly this weekend.  These guys are just scrappy.  Both pulled off wins against guys that they shouldn’t have beaten, at least on paper.  That should give them quite a bit of confidence going into the rest of the season.

Knechtville. A scary town.


NEVER pick a fight with a little guy that don't talk that much...don't ask me how I know.

Our “Most Aggressive” award goes to Fitzpatrick.  As far as aggressiveness points (we keep track via  a point system on how aggressive guys are in matches) goes, he easily outscored the rest of the team.  After losing his first match, he pinned his next SIX opponents.  This is another guy that wrestles with a fire in his belly.  He wants it bad this year.


Our first dual meet of the season is versus Irvine on Thursday.  Should be a barn burner: Capo and Irvine finished neck and neck in the team standings at the tournament, and the Vaqueros have several quality wrestlers on their team.

We have quite a few young men who are doing very well in their classes so far this year.  The top five scholar athletes, based on grades in school loop as of 10/26 (not counting wrestling grade) is:

1) Wesley Wong: 4.0

2) Kayvon Mahmoodzadeh: 3.8

3) Jake Peets: 3.8

4) Ryan Tye: 3.5

5) Kyle Coley: 3.5

Also getting a 3.2 or above are: Zane Coley, Michael Davis, Aaron Geria, Ryan Knecht, Nico Lizardi, and Michael Logan. I’m sure I’m missing someone.  Post to comments if I have.

We are proud of you guys.  Keep up the good work.

*Remember the new practice schedule, and remember the “Donors Choose” project.  Spread the word!

*Wed this week will be our last wrestle off.  Lineup for league will be out after that. Remember, league is at San Clemente, and the bus leaves at 7am.

A big congrats to the JV and Frosh-soph wrestlers who competed this weekend!  At the South Hills JV tournament, Zane Coley finished second, Ryan Knecht finished first, Emanuel Villalobos finished fourth, Jason Hou finished fourth, Nick Lanham finished third, and Afsheen Farnoudi finished second.  At the La Costa Canyon Freshman tournament, Geoff Mellor finished second.  Tell you what: that tournament featured some great competition!

Little big man.

This week’s Courageous Cougar is Ryan Jeffrey.  This kid might not be the biggest guy on the team size wise, but he has a big heart.  He gets out there and scraps every go.  Ryan, keep it up, because you have a great future if you do.

Can I highlight a few other guys that deserve some recognition?  Ryan Tye: can we just give him a round of applause?  The hardest worker on the team, hands down.  That is why he was voted team captain.  He is a leader on the team.  Ryan, no matter what, keep that up…that’s why we love you!

Last but not least, I want to recognize Mr. Taylor Barrett.  He has been injured for much of the year, yet almost every day, he hits the tires hard, and without me having to get on him.  That is a good thing: for most wrestlers, when they are injured, I have to be harsh on them, cajole, beg, and plead to get them to work, and usually it still doesn’t work.  But Taylor has consistently worked out outside with the tires, and that deserves a hat tip.

Mr. Tye