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Yesterday was the first day of our spring season practices, and we had the privilege of having Mark Munoz stop by and help us out a little.  Not only did he give the guys some food for thought, but he stayed a while and helped out with technique.  Mark is a 2x NCAA champ from Oklahoma State, a current UFC fighter, and owns Reign Training Center, a wrestling and MMA gym in Lake Forest.  You guys should check out his place and his summer camp…some of our past greats have greatly benefitted from his instruction.

Thanks  for stopping by, Mark!

Nice guy off the mat...on the mat and in the cage is another story.

Nice guy off the mat…on the mat and in the cage is another story.

We had a great turnout this past weekend at the San Clemente scrimmage. Most of the team showed up and got in at least 6 matches each with Jonny Gutierrez and Mike Logan tapping out at 13!! Way to go guys.


Schools from all over SoCal participated and it was great exposure for the team. Check out all the hard-core wrestlers out there.


The Cougars brought home 5 medals from the Mann Classic this past Wed and Thurs, which is 5 more than they brought home from the same tournament last year.  Capo finished 11th as a team out of 70 teams, two points out of 10th.  This was accomplished without three starters in the lineup, all of whom most likely would have scored points for the team (two of whom were seeded top 8 in their weight classes).

Christian Hauser took 3rd at 120, Shane Johnston 6th at 132, Phillip O’shea 8th at 170, Juan Hernandez 5th at 195, and Victor Mendoza 5th at 220.  Hauser’s performance has earned him “tough guy of the week.”  He wrestled incredibly tough, wrestling above his seed.  He demonstrated true grit in his last two matches, coming from behind in both to win both.  The third place match was especially notable, as he defeated Walnut’s Ritchie Taira, a returning CIF champion.

Poise: it is one of the necessary ingredients that makes a champion, and Hauser has it, thanks to his considerable off-season training.  He currently owns the school record of number of off-season matches (104 this past off-season alone).  It was only a short time ago that Christian most likely wouldn’t have handled the pressure as well, but he relentlessly has attacked his weaknesses in the off season and turned them into strengths, by seeking out tough competition when others are sitting on their rears watching TV.  He gets it: there really is no easy path to success, and no real secret ingredient…just lots of extra sweat.  He lives and breathes the saying that you really can’t expect success in this sport if you are only a 3-month-a-year wrestler (ie, you only focus on wrestling during wrestling season).  He wrestles 12 months out of the year, and is now reaping the fruits of his labor.

The Mann Classic is one of the toughest tournaments in the state, and you guys are to be congratulated.

Reminder: the Crossfit Games is coming up July 29-31.  You should go.  Here’s some reasons why:

1) ESPN Magazine has called it “the best fifty bucks you can spend in sports.”  It’s a good show.

2) You and your wrestler will get to see the results of the methodology that is behind our strength and conditioning program.  Enquiring minds want to know…well, here you go.

3) Motivational.  I garauntee–or your money back–that your boy will come away from it motivated like never before to get off the couch, put down the video game controller, stop watching Family Guy, and go train harder, lift more, and generally murder anything that has weight within a 30 foot radius.   What parent doesn’t want that?  Seriously, there’s something about actually seeing it that inspires people.  When you see the athletes’ performances, their passion for fitness and overall mental toughness shines through, and you can’t help but be influenced by it.

4) I’ve talked about it before, but this methodology, more than any other strength and conditioning philosophy out there, meshes extremely well with wrestling.  The lessons you learn while wrestling the barbell, kettlebell, sandbag, or climbing rope when you’re so tired you can’t see straight carries over to wrestling.  I mean, listen to this guy talk about it, when he says at the end of the interview: “if it’s a cakewalk, it’s not fun.”  Isn’t that wrestling in a nutshell?   More than the physical adaptation, the boys adapt between the ears.  And again, you need to see it to get it.

5) Many former wrestlers will be competing….like Chris Spealler, who wrestled at Lock Haven back in the day.  At a little over 140 lbs, he’s a “little guy” in a sport where guys 40-50 pounds more than him are supposed to be the ones excelling.  He’s one of the best out there, proving that most obstacles these days are self-imposed.  I often hear many of the boys set up these imagined obstacles, and they take on a life of their own in their mind: “I can’t beat him, cuz blah blah blah…I feel bad today, so I just can’t perform…I’m a ‘little guy,’ so I can’t lift that weight and it’s unfair to ask me to” and on and on and on.  At the Games, it’s either put up or shut up, and guys like Spealler will…well…put up.  Here’s a video interview of him (no, he’s not my brother!).  Listen to him talk about “not being a victim” to workouts that he doesn’t like.  That’s a lesson most of our boys need to get:

6) And finally, there’s a life application to all this as well.  In CVHS wrestling, we look for character development that will extend past the mat, character that will stay with your son well after he hangs up his shoes for good.  Many wrestlers I’ve known have busted their tails in high school, only to totally hang up on fitness afterwards and live the sedentary lifestyle.  The health problems associated with such a lifestyle are often not too far behind for my former mat warriors.  CF is all about living long and strong…staying healthy into your 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s so you can be there for your wife, kids, and grandkids for a long time.  I’m not only hoping to inspire them to work like a horse for wrestling, but to stay fit and strong for the long haul.

Again again again, you need to see it to get it.  You can get tickets here.  Even if only for one of the three days, it will be worth it.

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?

Jobe has been making a few of us coaches take notice lately.  He continues to work hard every day and wrestle in tournaments, and he is making improvements.  He’s got the heart of a lion.  Jobe, keep on keeping on.  It will pay off.

Tuff guy

Remember the stonecutter credo:
“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
Keep the eye, buddy, keep the eye.

Reminder about camps: like I said in the last post, the road to winter season success is narrow.  Sacrifice and sweat in the offseason is that road.  You ain’t gonna meet your in-season goals without off-season hard work. 

That is where summer camps come in. 

Click on the link above titled “summer camp information” and check out our summer camp info.  Get your deposits in for the Camp of Champs in asap!  Remember, that camp is second to none when it comes to bang for your buck.  There is lots of good instruction from world-class instructors, and you will also get 20+ matches in the span of 5 days.  Very little down time. 

During the Capo camp, we will be reviewing the skills learned in camp,  going over a few new moves, drilling our Capo system of wrestling, and scrimmaging other teams in the evenings a few days a week.  The whole month only costs $145!  That’s a heckuva value, even without the discount. 

The biggest thing to remember is that both camps are avenues you can use to drive yourself to the next level.