Building Young Champions, on and off the Mat

Coaches

Coach Kevin Hall

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Coach Hall graduated from Vista High in 2003, qualifying for state that same year.  He went on to wrestle for Lassen Community College.  He resides in Southern California today, where he serves as a personnel recruiter for engineering firms. He is the head coach for the BKWC program and is in his sixth year coaching the team.

Coach Rich Bordner

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Coach Bordner wrestled high school in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he placed third in the state in 1997.  After graduating he wrestled at Ohio State from 1997-2002, where he lettered twice, graduating in 2002 with degrees in English and Philosophy.  He moved to California in 2003, performing assistant coach duties at Dominguez High School in Compton from 2006-2009.  In 2009, he took over as head coach of Capistrano Valley High School, where he continues to coach today.  In 2014 he obtained his master’s degree in Philosophy from Biola University.  He was the league coach of the year in 2012 and 2016.  He currently lives in Mission Viejo with his wife, Ezichi, and two daughters: Amara, born in June of 2011, and Zara, born in June 2014.

Coach Joe Petronis

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Coach Joe Petronis will enter into his third year as an assistant Coach with the Big Kat Wrestling staff.  Coach Petronis spent most of his time as a youth competing in Football, Wrestling, Baseball, and Basketball.  His wrestling days began with the Canyon Freestyle Youth Wrestling Club and continued on at Canyon High school in Anaheim California.  Coach Petronis eventually ended up focusing his training and attention on football, which earned him a full ride athletic scholarship to play football for the Division 1 University of Texas El Paso Miners.  Coach Petronis has been married to his beautiful wife Aimee for over 15 years and they have 4 children.  Their oldest twin boys Blaine and Riely are standout freshman athletes at J Serra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano where they compete in Basketball and Baseball. Their middle son, Kyler is 9 and he is entering his 3rd season as a Big Kat wrestler.  Their youngest daughter Jasmine is 7 and she enjoys singing, dancing and theater.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and watching his kids compete in sports.  Some of his hobbies include weightlifting, running, and surfing.

Coach Michael Yu

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Coach Yu wrestled for four years at Rowland High School in Rowland Heights, CA and has been actively practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2011. He placed Silver and Bronze at the 2014 Pan Am Jiu-Jitsu tournament. He helps coach youth football and is a cub master with a local cub scout pack. Outside of volunteering with youth organizations, he works as an IT manager for a design firm in Irvine CA.

Coach Spencer Igram

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Spencer graduated as team Captain from Capo Valley in 2010. After graduation, he coached for Capo Valley as an assistant for two years while working on his college degree. In 2014 he obtained a degree in Engineering from CSU-Santa Barbara. Currently he works as a mad scientist deep in the bowels of South Orange County, working on equations to Lord Knows What.

Coach Reza Khanjan

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Coach “Rez” or Coach K, wrestled in New York as a high school athlete, breaking into the varsity lineup as a freshman, a first year wrestler  He wrestled all four years, becoming a co-captain his junior year and team captain his senior year.  His senior year he went undefeated in dual meet matches, and he won the county tournament, going unscored upon in the process.  Coach Rez was offered several scholarships but had to take time off after experiencing a car accident that injured his neck and back.  Coach Rez left New York and continued his education where he attended community college, Cal State Fullerton and Western State University, earning his Juris Doctorate in 2002 and passing the California State Bar that same year.  Today, Coach Rez is a partner in the premier criminal defense law firm of Khanjan | Nosratabadi, Attorneys at Law in Newport Beach.  Both of his boys wrestle for the Big Kat Wrestling Club.

Coach Christian Hauser

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Coach Hauser definitely made his mark upon Capo, qualifying for state his senior year and setting quite a few school records in the process.  As a high school wrestler, he was always hard nosed, and pined for competition, so much so that one of the records he set was for number of off season matches (104).  Wherever there was a wrestling mat and stiff competition, you could expect coach Hauser to be there.  After graduation in 2012 he continued his wrestling career at Santa Ana College.  He is in his third year coaching for Capo.

 

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