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6/10/2014 1:01:00 PM
New Breed rolls as Weekend Wars continues
Results for June 7, 2014:
Juan Minjarez - 1st place

Daniel Guillen - 3rd place

Eduardo Garcia - 2nd place

Alex Noone - 2nd place

Matt Mejia - 1st place

Korben Uhler - 2nd place

Conrad Noone - 5th place

Israel Minjarez - 2nd place

Gabriel Minjarez - 3rd place

Skyler Pike - 2nd place

Hayden Uhler - 1st place

Israel Caballero - 2nd place

Angel Minjarez - 3rd place

West Phillips - 2nd place

Eduardo Mora - 2nd place

Brody Townsend - 4th place

Jeremy McEachern - 3rd place

Daryl Peterson - 2nd place

Shane Navarro - 1st place

Ryan Allred - 1st place

Mario Chagolla
New Breed Wrestling coach

With many of the top teams from Arizona, and a couple from out of state, in attendance, Weekend Wars was a great success.

Saturday Weekend Wars has been the most ambitious Arizona off-season mat-time developmental effort taken in recent years. The program has proved itself a resounding success by obtaining unprecedented attendance records of 3000 kids on a yearly basis.

Camp Verde Wrestling has continually evaluated and effectively managed the risks associated when working with various teams towards unification of mat time opportunities. Unlike anything else in Arizona wrestling because of its complexity and magnitude, this program required a great deal of creativity and innovation to manage the financial, contractual, and legal risks that it poses to provide free registration scholarships to everyone that attends.

This past weekend was one of my greatest moments by negotiating the prestigious tutelage of Carolyn Wester, free of charge, to all Arizona Wrestlers that could attend.

I have been coaching wrestling for 30 years, assisting others to attain 11 boys wrestling team state championships, two girls wrestling team state championships, over 300 state placers and have over 100 individual state championship titles under my belt. It is extremely rare that I learn something new and significant, and as an avid student of the sport, I am always searching worldwide for new technique to bring to our kids. Much of our technique has been from our own creativity.

However this past weekend, Wester, from the California based Wrestling Prep, not only amazed me, but also many coaches in attendance.

She demonstrated hip placement, angle of knee, heel position and various other body leveraging techniques that enhances defensive and penetration skills. Most masters of the art usually come up with few new techniques but Wester's concepts can be applied across the board to every move.

Women have not yet achieved total equity in the wrestling world, however women like Wester who refuse to stay idle and have the courage to challenge an arrogant wrestling world are making it easier for their peers to follow in succession.

This type of success is not the result of being good at a game; it's the result of commitment to excellence and preparation.

In the elementary line-up, Juan Minjarez has had an exceptional season thus far, earning his third award with another first place finish. Wrestling is a sport that requires discipline, self-sacrifice, hard work, desire, motivation, and heart.  It's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual demands make it the toughest sport ever invented. Juan's performance earns him this week's most spirited award.  

Matt Mejia never ceases to impress me. Although many shoot on him first, he defends himself with "elevator"-type counters and puts his opponents on their back, earning him the victory. Personally, I am very impressed with the "funk" and the scrambling abilities of Mejia - he just has that innate ability to create opportunities for himself that cannot be taught. He is working hard this off-season in search for his second state title this coming year (2014-15).

Hayden Uhler once again finished undefeated in his weight class. He is relentless, intense and punishing when grappling against his foe. He personifies intensity. Constant improvement and dedication will help him achieve his dream of a state championship this upcoming year. This young man makes many sacrifices to achieve his goals and I am extremely proud of him.

The stars of this program, were and always will be our sponsors. Many thanks to Stacey Barker, Tracy Tudor, Bob Weir, Charlie from Sol-Air, Gabriel Chagolla, Tread Lightly Barefoot Equine Services, Camp Verde Journal, The Cliff Castle Casino, Josh McReynolds, Jack Young, Jonora Mejia of Verde Valley Ambulance Company, John McReynolds, Robert Lake of Salt River Project, Greg Elmer Bashas' food store, Harkins Theatres, Camp Verde Bugle, Camp Verde School District, Bill Schwartz from Bashas', Bill Geyer of BG Automotive, Fry's Food Store, Steve Lobaugh of Salt River Materials Group (Phoenix Cement), Ron and Lori Paul of Paul Insurance Agency, Brenda Mann Harrison of Safeco Insurance Agent Giving Program and most importantly the Lord Jesus Christ for without him, none of this would have been possible.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Article comment by: One Small Alteration

Nice article.

I would like to make one small alteration to a statement made and that would be that Wrestling is ONE of the toughest sports ever invented and not just flatly stated as being THE toughest sport ever invented.

To say that it is THE toughest sport really undermines the same efforts and dedication by kids who are involved in other tough sports that are just as demanding as wrestling.

Kudos for the effort and dedication shown by the kids in this program, and kudos also to other kids who have this same level of commitment and dedication to the sports they are in as well.

Good luck to all.




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