Posts Tagged ‘Summer camp’

The wrestling team has been hard at work this summer in preparation for the season.  Immediately after school let out for the summer, 12 of the wrestling team’s finest traveled to Oak Hills High School in Hesperia for the Ken Chertow Gold Medal Training Camp, June 22-26.  Chertow, a 1988 Olympian, has been running camps for 25 years, and is the best at what he does.  In addition to Chertow himself being at the camp and leading sessions, 4x NCAA all-american Mike Mena from University of Iowa was there to lend his expertise as well, as well as several wrestlers from Cal. St. Bakersfield and Edinboro U. of Pensylvania.  The wrestlers definitely got their money’s worth: they participated in two technique sessions per day, with a third session of hard, live wrestling and drilling in between.  That’s over six hours of wrestling a day for five days.   The camp pushed them hard…well: that’s kinda why we went! Every one of the participants came back a better wrestler, and with a better perspective of what it takes to be good in this sport.

Capo wrestlers posing with a very sweaty Ken Chertow (blue shirt, middle) after one of the live sessions…hey, the guy works hard!

The only question that remains is: will they take what they’ve learned and apply it?  Time will tell.  To be honest, it appears as if a select few are listening, but for most, it remains to be seen.

After a few days off, the team jumped right back into training in July with the Capo wrestling camp.  Twice a week the wrestlers lifted, learned new technique, drilled old technique, and wrestled in the annual summer league scrimmages.  The lifting they did was a continuation of a program the team started in late spring, the new technique was all over the place, and the old technique they drilled came from the Chertow camp and from Capo’s own system.  This last week, guest clinicians from Cal Baptist University have stopped by to share their expertise with the guys.  Summer league culminated in the summer league finals tournament at El Dorado HS.  Jose Sarabia placed second in JV, while newcomer Noah Husband showed promise for the future, placing fourth at Novice.

Speaking of newcomers, the Capo camp has featured a crop of very eager incoming 9th graders, more than double the usual amount.  This is encouraging.  Hopefully these guys will continue to train hard and the promise will become more than merely “promise.”

The team gets a break in August, before coming back in September to hit it hard again.

Coach’s recommendation: if you have wrestled over 40 off season matches, and have participated in at least two summer camps, take August off.  Lift, perhaps.  Don’t be a couch potato and stay active–go hiking, walk the beach, be active in the great outdoors, and skip tv and video games.  Relax.  Be honest, here: this is for those who have worked very hard CONSISTENTLY.  If you have only worked hard in spurts, If you have not done that amount of off season work, it might be a good idea to go to another camp in August or go to club wrestling practices more.  Wrestling is a year-round sport: in order to be good at it, one must train more…a LOT more, and consistently…than what is thought to be “enough.”

If you are new to the team and want to get a jump on the season, there are a few clubs in the area that can give you quality instruction.  They are at a range of pricing, but all are a worthy investment.  In either case (veteran wanting summer camp info, newbie wanting club info), contact coach if you are interested.

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.


Gotta get on your case a little here, fellas.  Currently we have only three signed up for C.O.C, one signed up for the Capo camp, and one is going to another summer camp.  The deadline for C.O.C registrations and deposits is next Wed!  Pretty much all of you have voiced to me that you want to improve, but it’s things like that that make me question your stated goals.

The Camp of Champs is quality.  Nowhere will you get the combination of quality instruction, close location,  quality matches *and* quantity of matches.  It costs $380, but that’s a deal.  If I were you I’d be all over it.

And as I’ve said many times, cost should not be an issue.  C.O.C has a fundraising letter on their website that you can download and use to raise the funds.  $380 is a cinch, no matter who you are.

Thirdly, the cost for the Capo camp is as low as it gets.  Most other camps at CVHS are double and triple that price.  And again, cost is not an issue for anyone–remember the stated discount!

To answer a question that I know I’m going to get: NO, the camps are not mandatory.  But many times in life, in order to reach your goals, you must choose to do something that no one forces you to do.

So: do you want to get better or not?  Stop talking…start doing.

All info you need is found in the “summer camp info” tab.

CAMP SPECIAL: for Capo wrestlers only, if you refer a friend/family/neighbor to the *youth camp* (not the high school camp), you receive $20 off of your own Capo camp registration. So: that means that if you get 7 kids to sign up for youth camp, you can go to the whole Capo camp for only $10. Quite a deal…get on it! To make it official, when they sign up, just have your referrals email me giving you credit for the referral…this goes only for those kids who actually sign up for the camp.