We have gotten off to a great start so far this year! Lots of action in December: two tournaments–El Dorado and Megatron–and 4 scrimmages: Valdez, two San Clemente scrimmages, and Laguna Hills/Marco Forrester Middle School. As we move into January, we have a lot of momentum!
Here are some highlights:
*At the El Dorado tournament, we had 28 competitors, 16 medalists, 7 of them first place. Nate Garrison, Will Garrison, Craig Phoenix, Jake Herrera, Osten Dandan, Diego Garcia, Max Park, Caleb Park, Max Callas, all medaled. Jorge Gonzalez, Ian Rudner, Kyler Petronis, Josh Bentley, Treyvon Shodja, William Burks, and Sam Callas all took first.
*Osten Dandan was nominated our first wrestler of the week for his gutsy performance.
*At Megatron, 3 out of 7 Big Kats medaled: Trey, Brock Kenney, and Caleb Park. All came away with some great experience. Tough tournament!
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Our youth club continues its success. Recently we had great scrimmages vs Laguna Hills and Marco Forrester, and tournaments at San Clemente and Fountain Valley. The kids got great experience at all events, and we continue to bring home some great hardware at tournaments. Most recently, Caleb Park was awarded our first “Wrestler of the Month” for his recent performances, including a second place finish in the advanced division at Fountain Valley.
He is an exciting wrestler to watch. He is incredibly aggressive and attacks the legs non-stop.
Caleb’s accomplishments are extraordinary, for he is only a second year wrestler. He has worked very hard in the offseason, and it shows. He is defeating wrestlers who have many years more experience than he does, and is doing very well in the advanced division at tournaments. Hats off to him for all his hard work!
Our BK wrestlers have been quite active the past few weeks during the beginning of the season. Here are some highlights:
Jorge Gonzalez wrestled in his first tournament at Rowland Heights in December, and placed second! That earned him Wrestler of the Week honors:
Craig Phoenix, a second year wrestler, has been very impressive at the advanced level. He has placed in all tournaments he wrestled in. His performance at Brea earned him W.O.W honors for week 2:
We’ve traveled to a few other rooms too, participating in a scrimmage at San Clemente, and partaking in a clinic at Surfside in Huntington Beach, featuring 3x College D1 All-American (Northwestern) Jason Welch.
Lastly, the BKWC came up big at the Cerritos College Tournament of Champions this last Sunday. We took 8 wrestlers, and all 8 medaled in the top 3. This is the first time we’ve ever medaled all our entries, and 8 medalists is a record number for us too. Gerardo Hernandez was named W.O.W for finishing first in the advanced division:
Things are looking up for us, and we have lots to celebrate. We are at it again this week with a scrimmage at Laguna Hills and a tournament at San Clemente.
Recently, on Friday Nov 2, the CVHS Booster Club hosted a youth clinic for novice wrestlers in grades k-8. All the kids had fun, and got a lot of good instruction and attention from the many coaches and counselors in attendance. Some pictures are below
One of our very own, Brayden Phoenix, will be hittin up the competition at the Las Vegas Freak Show in a few weeks. This is a tough tournament. Brayden, along with a handful of other BK wrestlers, have been training hard with coach Hall lately. Good luck Brayden!
We have elected to not continue our Little Big Kats Class for the remainder of the winter. We still continue with our regular weekly program though. For more info on that, see the session info tab above or email email@example.com
This season we have a new class: the “Little Big Kats” class. This is an introductory youth sports class for Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, and surrounding Orange County youth for the sport of wrestling. For young athletes in grades K-3, it is designed to teach them basic wrestling skills in a low key and fun environment. Each session includes not only basic skills instruction, but lots of games, and bodyweight calisthenics. Runs on Saturdays from 10-11:15 starting Dec 7 and running concurrent with the regular program through February. Each session is $7.
To register, follow the instructions on our “Session information” page. Note: t-shirt/shorts/singlet only comes with enrollment in the regular weekday program, not the “Little Big Kats” class.