Wrestling

By Diego Duarte and Bryce Vowles

Headed by Coach Moreno and assistant coaches David and Bedsole, the wrestling team has achieved their most triumphant season yet. In all of Coach Moreno’s ten years as wrestling coach, this is the biggest team the program has ever had, boasting a total of 22 players. The reason for that, according to him, is that “the football team really decided that they wanted to help the wrestling team out because wrestling really complements football” and due to coaches “who really value wrestling helping them out.” This, paired with recruitment efforts by Jordan Moreno, yielded amazing results.

The team has had an unprecedented winning record for their tri meets and dual meets, which are won based on team points (this means that the team with the most points in the end wins). Due to this season being extremely successful in having a full roster for all of the weight classes, this year’s wrestling team has become the first at CHS to win in their league. Many have also become league champions individually at the League Finals. 

On top of the success achieved in their league, they placed second (just below Poway) at the John Bright Memorial Tournament, making this the first CHS wrestling team to ever win a trophy as well. Junior Nate Cena won the John Bright Award due to his hard work and outstanding sportsmanship at the tournament.

At the Conference Championship, freshman Danny Marquez placed 4th, making him the second wrestler at CHS to earn a medal at the conference. At the CIF Divisionals, for the first time ever the wrestling team placed top-five at fifth place and held the most Division-four placers at CIF in CHS history. Landon Bedsole, Jacob Morones, Nate Cena, Luke Bedsole, and Danny Marquez all made it to CIF Masters.

What is also remarkable about the team is how it is everyone’s first year wrestling. In discussing how he felt about this, freshman Jacobe Morones shared the unique opportunity of being an all-new team. “Everyone starts out on the same level,” he said, “and you progress from skill and practice.”

Amidst all of this tremendous success, a few wrestlers of the team were interviewed. When asked about his reasons for joining wrestling, Nate Cena stated, “I just wanted to do it so I could wrestle other people.” Sophomore Ryder Jennings had more practical reasons, stating, “My football coach said I needed to be lower [to be able to get low enough to throw people to the ground], so I joined wrestling because I figured I would be pretty good at it… Also to get my conditioning up.”

When asked about the challenges of wrestling, Danny Marquez stated that the hardest thing in wrestling is having “endurance strength. It’s different from cross country. It’s not speed-endurance, it’s strength-endurance,” which involves “using your muscles the entire time in trying to force the other guy on his back.” Then, when asked about making wait he said he “hated it,” and “had to change my eating schedule. I’ve eaten a lot less than during football season… I barely eat half of what I used to. But more than not eating it’s not drinking so much. It’s not taking in salt so you don’t gain your water weight. The water just goes straight through you.” Paired with this, he also does some running before practice. 

The team also has a very fun competitive spirit with one another when it comes to live-wrestling each other to build their skills up in practice. Ryder Jennings spoke about how his favorite thing was “pinning everyone,” including juniors Justin Iagmin and Trent Yeagley (or so he claims). And sophomore Tyler Cobb conveyed how his favorite thing was “taking Graham Conover’s ankles” at practice.

All in all, this is the greatest wrestling team CHS has ever had. And since the team had zero seniors, the team will be returning, hopefully with some additions. So far, the next few years are looking promising for the wrestling program as a whole.

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  • We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, and His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through the shedding of His blood, in His bodily resurrection on the third day, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and In His personal pre-millennial return to rapture His Church before the Tribulation and His glorious appearing to set up His Millennial Kingdom.   
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  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the individual priesthood of the believer.
  • We believe life begins at conception.
  • We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:18-25.)  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4.)  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
  • We believe that the Scripture dictates standards of sexual behavior. The unique roles of the male and female are clearly defined in Scripture. Any promiscuity, homosexuality, gender identity issues or other deviations from Biblical principles is a sin that is offensive to God (Matt. 5:18-19; I Cor. 6: 9-10, 19-20; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Thess. 4:3-8).

SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

We expect our students to be:

Influential Christians who:

  • Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
  • Apply Biblical principles as the foundation for moral and spiritual living.
  • Develop and maintain an informed Biblical worldview that shapes their lifestyle choices.
  • Demonstrate God’s love through acts of service and sharing the gospel.

Investigative Learners who:

  • Master a body of knowledge, vocabulary, and skills.
  • Understand, analyze, and order relationships among facts.
  • Assess their needs and apply appropriate strategies to learn concepts and skills.
  • Actively use the tools of learning throughout their lifetime.

Perceptive Thinkers who:

  • Identify, analyze, discriminate, prioritize, and apply information.
  • Have the ability to solve problems by thinking independently and logically.
  • Make responsible and well-reasoned decisions.
  • Actively seek and apply absolute truths.

Effective Communicators who:

  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately understand, interpret, and exchange information.
  • Communicate with eloquence, creativity, and persuasion in writing and in speech.
  • Develop and utilize artistic expression.
  • Proclaim and defend the gospel with wisdom, wit and respect.

Quality Producers who:

  • Demonstrate a growing knowledge of curriculum.
  • Develop their God-given talents and abilities.
  • Display standards of excellence in all pursuits.
  • Work well with others toward a common goal.

Responsible Citizens who:

  • Respect and submit to authority.
  • Actively protect and promote freedom and democracy.
  • Enjoy God’s creation and live as good stewards within it.
  • Recognize and contribute to meeting the needs of others.    

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