Posts Tagged ‘Shane Johnston’

Two “pats on the back” are in order.  First, good job to all the fellas that competed at Summer League Finals: Russell Fitzpatrick, the bros. Coley (Zane and Kyle), and Ryan Tye.  All braved a very, ummm, un-well run tournament in order to better themselves.  Russell won first !  Russell, you’re a red-headed, flat-topped beast…emphasis on the beast.

Second, Shane Johnston is a wrestlin’ fool…I mean a wrestling fool.  He’s gone to so many camps I’ve lost count.  Recently he went to the CSUF camp, where he ran into a few awesome young men, one of which was NCAA champ Anthony Robles of Arizona St.  Check out the pic below:


For all who are wondering, yes, he has only one leg. He won an NCAA title on one leg.  Some people even have the audacity to call that an advantage!  I actually think the criticism is a compliment to Robles’ character: he took what is DEFINITELY a disadvantage and figured a way to make it work for him, so well that people now call it an advantage.  That’s the textbook definition of a “no obstacles” attitude.  BTW, he also won two prestigious ESPY awards this year.

Anyway, as I’ve said before, look out for these fellas in 2011-12.  They’re gonna be ready.

Click on the link below to see the results of our spring lifting.  The “pre” was the maxes you did in April, while “post” was the maxes in June.  For the man maker, if you did the prescribed weight in April, I noted a “95,” but if you did prescribed in June, I simply put “rx.”  If there is an “x” in a column for you, that means you either were absent and did not complete the lift, or you neglected to write it down on the board.  Some of you need to do a better job of showing up, while others simply need to do a better job of following directions and writing down your max!


Don’t compare yourselves absolutely to each other…rather, compare your post to your pre numbers.  Are you improving?  That is the real question, not “am I lifting more than the guy next to me, who weighs thirty pounds less than me?”


The results were mixed.  Quite a few of you went up greatly (example: Zane on deadlift–45 lb pr! and look at the improvement on the man maker!  wow!), while others stayed the same or went down.  These numbers don’t lie fellas.  Follow the program consistently and with vigor, and reap the results.  Follow inconsistently and/or slack off (ie, do lighter weight than you should on the metcons, say you are hurt when you really aren’t, do incorrect or shorted reps, poor nutrition, etc) and that will show up on max day.  And we pretty much *all* need to work on flexibility…have you been doing your mobility wods at home?

Maxes Post season 2011

Camp is now, as well as summer league.  We only had one guy show up to summer league last night.  *Everyone* needs to go.  Those times are indespensable for getting better.  I remember we had quite a few team talks about you guys taking opportunities on your own volition, without coach forcing you to.  All you guys looked motivated and serious during those talks, yet when the chips are down, the follow through continues to lag behind your professed commitment.  We have always had a core group who are always dedicated (you know who you are), but continue to have too many do the same ol’.  For those of you in that latter category, this upcoming season will be rough.

Speaking of going the extra mile (literally!) our very own Christian Hauser is currently in the mountains at the Eternal Warrior camp.  Check out the video below to see some of the crazy stuff they are doing, and see if you can spot Mr. Hauser himself in the video.  Christian, we love you, but you’re making a private face…:)  Just kidding.  You go bro!  You are already pretty tough, but you’re gonna come back a man.  My bet is that you are going to rip some heads off this upcoming season.


Shane Johnston has already gone to three camps, and is going to at least one more.  Ryan Tye and the Coleys continue to do club, and Mr. Tye was our lone rep at summer league last night…what are you doing?


Tuesday and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 at Trabuco Hills High School.  Get there.

The guys just returned from Camp of Champs, and I’m happy to report that they got their $$’s worth.  Here are some highlights:

*Shane Johnston: third place in the individual tournament!  This tournament is *very* tough, featuring state qualifiers and state placers, oftentimes from out of state.  Last year, he went 1-2 at this tournament.  He’s shown a lot of improvement in one year, mostly due to how much mat time he gets outside of our own practices.

Mr. Johnston displaying his medal

*Russell Fitzpatrick coming away from camp looking like he went to war.  Russell, just keep in mind: chicks dig guys with holes in their face (quote from a former UFC champ).

*Ryan Jeffries: not only did he go out every time, facing guys 25 pounds heavier than he, but he did it with a *great* attitude.  And: he sought out some exhibition matches with guys his size, and cleaned up on them!

*Michael Logan, Ryan Tye, Gilbert Medina, and Michael Davis wrestled every match they were assigned without sitting out one of them.  I’m sure they were sore and hurtin, but they wrestled through it.  And Logan was one of the chaps seeking out exhibition matches on the last day!  Tye and Jeffries already have their “Unbroken” shirts, but Medina, Davis, and Logan have earned theirs at this camp.

*Mr. Tye did an excellent job captaining the team.  I think we can all agree he’s got a lion’s heart and is a great captain.  And: him and Logan are attending a club practice tonight!  I don’t know about’re either gluttons for punishment, extremely dedicated, or both.  Logan got a taste of this and wants to go to more camps.  Shane wants to go to more COC camps this year too (there’s one in Fullerton, btw, that any of you can go to.  Go to for more info).  That’s the ticket, guys!

*Everyone got better at wrestling, and everyone (hopefully) became better young men (one of the good things about this camp is that they stress character development through wrestling, which is in line with our program goals.).  We should do this again next year.

*There was excellent parity of competition at this tournament: some teams were top tier, CIF champions-type teams, others were right about our level, and some were cream puff teams we could handle easily.  It’s great when a camp can strike that kind of balance.

*The clinicians were also balanced.  Kendall Cross showed more fancy moves, whereas Les Gutches was the more meat and potatoes basics stuff.

From left: Gilbert, Michael D., Shane, Jericho, Michael L, Ryan J, Corbin, Geoff, Ryan T. Not pictured: Russell Fitzpatrick and Jon Badger.

The good thing about being a coach for CVHS wrestling is that there are some awfully dedicated wrestlers coming up.  It has been a pleasure seeing these core guys get in extra work, work that will pay off come winter.

One of them is Shane Johnston.  This guy lllloves wrestling.  At spring tournaments, not only will he volunteer to referee, but he’ll wrestle in 2 or more divisions.  He never backs down from a mat challenge.  He likes to wrestle tough guys.  Last year he went to Camp of Champs, had a blast, and can’t wait to go back this year.  Right now he’s recovering from surgery but is looking forward to getting back on the mat at camp.  What’s more, he gets in club work almost every day of the week.  That’s amazing!  In fact, his whole family are always eager and energetic volunteers, and are thus a backbone of this program.  It’s great to have the Johnstons on board!


A second tuff guy is Russell Fitzpatrick.  Last night both he and Christian Hauser were the only guys to attend the San Clemente scrimmage with Bakersfield High School.  Russell made a promise to me that he’d go, and later that night when I texted him, he replied, “I always keep my promises, coach.”  Which reminded me–I made a promise to my wife that I’d put together that baby swing, so Russell’s words were the kick in the rear I needed to finally get going on that. 🙂

He’s been taking advantage of a lot of those kind of opportunities.  He is a pillar of this program, and he’s going to make some waves in 2012.   No wonder he was on the wrestling page in the yearbook four times!

Right now, we have about 9-10 guys in this boat.  Will you join them?