7/19/2014 1:02:00 PM New Breed Wrestling's Weekend Wars draws crowds to Camp Verde
Tournament results July 5
Daniel Guillen - 3rd place
Eduardo Garcia - 3rd place
Alex Noone - 2nd place
Matt Mejia - 1st place
Korben Uhler - 1st place
Skyler Pike - 1st place
Hayden Uhler - 1st place
Israel Caballero - 3rd place
West Phillips - 1st place
Ryan Allred - 1st place
Heath Lawton - 2nd place
Racer Uhler - 1st place
Alex Sipe - 3rd place
Tyler Froust - 3rd place
Trinton Froust - 3rd place
Hayden Bowers - 1st place
Conrad Noone - 3rd place
Shane Navarro - 1st place
Myra Guillen - 1st place
By Mario Chagolla New Breed Wrestling Coach
At a time when tourism is suffering from the effects of the recession, New Breeds Wrestling Weekend Wars Tournaments has been good for Camp Verde's economy. Many volunteers from all over Arizona, representing different schools and wrestling clubs, are coming together bi-monthly for kids. They all demonstrate how team spirit, a top-notch wrestling facility and innovative marketing can translate into sport tourism dollars, bringing spectators, athletes and their families to local hotels, Fast food restaurants and shops.
Attendance rates have been higher than ever and on its way to breaking last season's records by far. The past holiday weekend was no different with team representatives from Apple Valley California, Desert Oasis, Camp Verde, Peoria, Mountain Sky, Santa Rose, Paradise Valley, Laveen, Phoenix, Glendale, Mountain Pointe, El Mirage, Holbrook, Flagstaff, Sonoran Heights, Cottonwood, Prescott, Window Rock, Deer Valley, Chino Valley, Bradshaw Mountain, Monsoon Wrestling, Valley Vista, Liberty, Skyline, Gold Canyon, Emmanuel, Sandra Day O'Conner, Greenfield, Christ Lutheran, Notre Dame Preparatory, Waddell, Surprise, Salt River and Mountain View.
If promising young wrestlers are to succeed during the school season, they must condition and train more intensely than any opponent they might face. This best describes Hayden Bowers who has been working out daily and putting in mat time against those older, stronger and more skilled than himself. That work ethic paid off this weekend in huge dividends, as he went undefeated against the more experienced foes. This young man made many sacrifices this off-season to achieve his goals and we are extremely proud of him. His father was strutting around like a Rooster with his chest puffed out, proud of his off-springs accomplishments for the day. That in its self was exciting to watch.
Without question the Uhler brothers proved that hard work and dedication to the sport pays off. Korben Uhler's attacks have become more aggressive and yet with finesse. He still gets frustrated when someone takes him down but he is now able to channel all his energy and focus on the task at hand. The result is a technically sound beast that is extremely dangerous coming at you with the intent to bring down the thunder. The ever-poised Racer Uhler wisely shot into his opponents legs for a quick takedown. He was understandably ecstatic with his victory since his opponent was far more experienced. He applied all he has learned during the summer and made quick work by pinning his opponent.
Two more success stories are Skyler Pike and West Phillips who have become true competitors. These young men have endured many obstacles in their lives but have managed to excel despite all of life's challenges. They have channeled all their energy into wrestling which allows them to accomplish great feats. They exhibit some of the best behaviors of respect for their elders, academic improvement and team work in our room. At a young age, they are to be congratulated on their work ethics and their attitude towards life. They will someday become renowned for having achieved some significant event. No matter what, their future agenda is clearly superior. They will always stand strong willed; they will always rise to the occasion and will always fight a good fight.
Another great match had to be Matt Mejia who competed with a "machine" style, fast, strong, powerful, intense and mistake free. His funky defense and outstanding countering skills, makes him a devastating competitor. His style proved too much for his opponents this weekend. Mejia's intensity level and aggressiveness makes him a formidable warrior in any division and in weight classes above his own. He is a young man of courage and motivation. He has been an inspiration to his fellow brothers in New Breed.
Ryan Allred is one the best wrestlers this state has ever seen. He is 130-1 in high school and one of the most exciting and gifted wrestlers I have ever had the privilege to coach. He wrestles 12 months a year and it has all paid off. Many believe that just because we are a Division 4 small school our skill level is beneath the higher ranked schools. Camp Verde High School Wrestling has been criticized for being "small" and therefore inferior in quality. In reference to our program, many have learned through trial and error competing against our stalls of thoroughbreds, that perception is patently false. "Small" school programs can provide quality training. Our size also allows us to provide hundreds of "one on one" training hours from former alumni dedicated to diverse disciplines ranging from their persona college experience; to life success skills learned along the way. These varied opportunities support the development of our wrestlers in special and valuable ways.
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 CO, 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.