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Wrestlers gear up for season start Nov. 15

The Fallbrook High School wrestlers are gearing up for the start of the season on November 15. They began a nine-week “Pure Power” strength training cycle the week before school began. Since season does not officially begin until Nov. 15, the wrestlers have been practicing hard two nights a week with Relentless Wrestling, a USA Wrestling chartered club here in Fallbrook, and have participated successfully in several San Diego Wrestling Association (SDWA) pre-season tournaments.

The new head coach this year is Greg Wagaman. A native of Iowa, Coach Wagaman says, “I am stressing a much more dynamic and physical style, focusing on constant pressure and a relentless attack. They are responding very well and they will prove to be very exciting to watch. They particularly enjoy the demanding ‘caveman’ training we do, which includes flipping huge heavy equipment tires, running up steep hills with logs on their backs, swinging sledge hammers and more.”

“This year the team consists of many seniors who have wrestled with me since they were freshmen, one of which is a varsity returning state qualifier. We also have a sophomore who won the San Diego Freshman County Championships and some very promising freshmen; some of whom are coming from the club program. There are probably a dozen experienced wrestlers coming from the football program when their season concludes. The team now has an expanded coaching staff, which includes four assistants, all of whom are Fallbrook wrestling alumni. Two of them are unpaid volunteers and the other two are former California State qualifiers. One went on to wrestle NCAA Division 1, and all are former Fallbrook wrestling team captains.”

Wagaman continues, “This year we have the toughest schedule since I have been here, including the Reno Tournament of Champions; known as the toughest high school tournament in the country and the 5-Counties Invitational; regarded as the prelude to the California State Championships and one of the top four high school wrestling tournaments in the country. We are very jazzed-up about the coming season.”

Soon, the wrestlers will be in the community working on raising funds. Their primary fundraiser is the annual Discount Cards they sell. Wrestlers will be out November 19, 22 and Thanksgiving week selling their cards. This year the card is half the price ($10) and features only Fallbrook merchants.

If you are interested in purchasing a card and miss seeing the wrestlers in the community, contact the FUHS athletic office and a message will be forwarded to see that you get a card.

Community members are welcome to cheer on the wrestlers. Home duals take place on Dec. 11, 2008, Jan. 8, 2009, Jan. 15, 2009, and Feb. 5, 2009.


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