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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?

NOTE: the last day to turn in equipment fees and donations will be this Monday Dec 13.  I have quite a few guys who have been waiting on their gear, and I need folks to turn in their money for that so I can go ahead and make the second order…don’t want these guys who’ve already paid waiting any longer!

Chris Spealler, former wrestler, current Crossfit athlete. At 140 lbs, lifts more weight than guys twice his size. Through constant training, he has trained his mind to withstand anything. As a result, he is now one of the most finely honed athletes on the planet.

You ever get in the middle of a workout, practice, or match and just want to give up?  Of course you have.  We all have.  It’s especially daunting when you think the workout/match/practice is going to be easy, but then you find out otherwise in the midst of it. 

This guy's hurtin...but he's not stoppin.

Those times are good character building times.  My buddy Andre (one of my lifting partners) put it well recently:

I like to call those “sneaky workouts” because when you are starting round 3 and thinking to yourself, “what in the heck am I doing and why in the heck is this so hard?” Those workouts are character builders because you have an expectation of a level of intensity and difficulty and it turns out much worse than anticipated. I relay this specifically because of something I read the other day about not sweating the small stuff. Everyone has or will experience a character building workout and it is during those workouts that you find out what you are made of.  Focus on form, cadence, breathing or anything that takes your mind off the pain and those voices in your head thatsay “I can’t”  or “STOP”. The body has an amazing capacity for pain and endurance but the mind is what needs to be trained and that is what we work on every day.”


Think about that.  This is one of the chief benefits of wrestling.  Your manhood will be tested here unlike any other.  Wrestlers push their bodies well past ANY and ALL limits.  This holds on the mat, in the weightroom, on the track…anywhere.  We constantly train our minds to overcome the overcomable, whether its an opponent, an olympic lifting barbell, or a sprint.

The young men who make it through the crucible of wrestling have every right to claim the title “BEAST.”

Fellas, you might not feel this way now, but in due time, these moments of pain will reap a benefit unfathomable.