Weekly Team Update

"What's going on and what to expect"

(Newer and current stuff is in big print at the top of this page)

Last Updated: September 26, 2022  (The first 4 paragraphs are new and cover a lot of information)


**Schedule is coming soon I am finalizing our wrestling schedule and I should have a preliminary schedule posted by the end of the week.


**Preseason wrestling has begun: We are practicing on Mondays and Wednesdays in the room next to the pool and the large gym.  Each wrestler needs to bring wrestling shoes, running shoes, workout clothes, and water.  Practices are from 3:45 - 5.  


**Please have your wrestler join the Google Classroom page: I send direct information to the team on the Google Classroom page.  HERE IS A LINK TO THE PAGE .  Here is the code to join: jbh3ezj


** The first day of practice is on October 31st: This is a week earlier than normal.  Each wrestler needs to be cleared on Sportsnet before the first day of practice.  HERE IS A LINK to the Bella Vista Athletics website that has all of the information about how to get cleared to wrestle.  Please, please, please get this taken care of now.  


**Financial Costs of Running a Typical Wrestling Season:  Before you read through any of this, I want you to know that wrestling at Bella Vista is free for each wrestler.  We only ask that each wrestler, along with their parent(s), guardian(s) and/or family, helps with our fundraiser(s) to offset any sort of financial requirement... 

Historically, our program has only done 1 fundraiser a year, which is 1 weekend in January.  We usually profit enough from our annual fundraiser to pay for our entire season and have some extra money for our emergency fund.  Just to be transparent, it costs around $15,000 dollars to run our season - every year.  We are almost 100% dependent on our own fundraising revenue in order to pay for our season.  The school only pays for the refs at our home dual meets and the district pays for 2 coaching stipends.  We are 100% on our own after that.  Having said that, our district has still refused to pay a stipend for a girls' wrestling coach, even though girls wrestling has been sanctioned by the CIF since 2011, they have their own tournaments, playoffs, and state championships.  We have 2 girls coaches and pay each of them a full stipend each year from our own fundraising profits (thousands of dollars).  Coach Nishimura deferred his stipend last year to save the team money and Coach Hedrick took half a stipend to save the team money as well (he only needed gas money reimbursement because he lives in Pollock Pines).  In addition to girls coaching stipends, we also pay for a 3rd coaching stipend for the varsity assistant coach (in addition to our JV coach).  Hotels are one of our biggest expenditures, and having a successful girls team along with a successful boys team adds on to that.  Here's an example - last season we had 11 boys and 5 girls qualify for Masters.  We had to get hotel rooms for all 16 of those wrestlers and separate the girls and boys, along with the coaches, for 2 nights.  That adds up (6-7 rooms around $150 per night at minimum, before taxes, for 2 nights).  Then we went to the State Championships in Bakersfield the following weekend and had 1 boy and 3 girls qualify.  We had to get separate rooms for boys and girls, and get rooms for the coaches.  The state championships are 3 days, so we had to pay for 3 nights for each group- all from our own fundraising.  This is all with no financial help from the school or district.  In addition to all of that, it's usually a $300 - $450 entrance fee to pay for each team to compete in a tournament.  We have a JV team, a varsity boys team, and a varsity girls team - all 3 are usually competing on a typical weekend and that adds up.  I also provide singlets, warm ups, new shirts, etc., for our wrestlers (more money).  Our 2 varsity teams also travel a lot during the regular season and need hotels.  Sorry for the long explanation but there's a lot that goes into a season.  


Just so you know, Covid has taken away our last 2 years of fundraising.  You read that right - we haven't had a fundraiser in 3 years.  Last season (January 2022), I found out at the last minute that we would have to cancel our annual fundraiser and I did not have a backup plan because everything looked good until 2 days before our event.  it's no secret that we are financially running on fumes right now.  Having said all of that, I still want wrestling to be free for every single BV wrestler. I have been working on setting up multiple fundraiser this year in order to get us through this season.  Our fundraisers are mentioned below


Fundraiser #1: Heather Ford (Emma's mom) has organized a fundraiser for us to start the season.  We are waiting for official approval of facility use on November 12th and I will let you know as soon as that is confirmed.  This might seem odd to you, but it's a mattress fundraiser.  We set up all sorts of different, brand new mattresses (at a discount with a portion of each sale going to BV).  If we hit a quota we get a bonus.  The wrestlers will set up from 7-9 am and clean up from 5-7 pm that day.  Details will follow, but this has done well for other schools recently. 


Fundraiser #2: I am also working on creating a donation QR code where each family member, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend, supporter, etc., can scan the code and make any sort of donation they want. This is an official program that our school is using and it's called My School Bucks.  


Fundraiser #3: This is our big fundraiser and I need every wrestler in attendance for the entire weekend.  This will be on January 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2023.  Details will follow and I will have sign ups for parents to help.  We host a middle school tournament on Saturday and then a youth tournament on Sunday.  



** HELP NEEDED!  Our wrestling team hosts 1 fundraiser a year and Covid shut down our fundraiser for the past 2 years in a row.  We are in some dire need to raise funds prior to the start of the season.  If there is a parent/guardian who would be willing to help run/organize a fundraiser for our team I would GREATLY appreciate it.  I would be involved as well, but I need to delegate some of that work to someone.  I know a lot of teams have used Snap (and similar fundraisers).  Football raised 13k last year doing that and other teams have raised more.  I've heard of other fundraisers but I just need help.  If you are willing to step up and do this, can you email me Garrett.Lane@sanjuan.edu ?  Wrestling is free because of our fundraisers, and if we can't get something this fall then I will have to charge the wrestlers, which I really do not want to do.  THank you!


**Here is a Link for the latest Scronco Podcast (recorded 7/28/22). This is a 24 minute episode that gives a full update on our entire program.  PLEASE LISTEN!  THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE ON OUR PROGRAM (listen on your commute to work, while you are getting ready for work, or any similar opportunity).  Good things are happening and I'm extremely proud of our entire program and our culture - from the coaches, to the athletes, and then the families.  In addition to that, the Carnegie administration and the Bella Vista administration have both been extremely supportive of wrestling and I'm excited for our future relationships.  Carnegie's new principal, Aaron Wurtzer, is an old friend of mine (and Coach Smith).  Mr. Wurtzer helped coach wrestling at Will Rogers with Kirk Bebout (my high school coach and former BV assistant coach) and Wurtzer is a protege of Monty Muller (Member of the California Wrestling Hall of Fame and an overall amazing human being/educator).  Bella Vista also has a new principal, Bryan Irwin, who has been a Vice Principal at BV for the previous 8 years.  I'm proud to say that Mr. Irwin has ALWAYS been supportive and helpful of our wrestling program during his time as a Vice Principal at BV.  I was worried that we could get a principal that didn't support athletics and then I was relieved when I heard that Bryan Irwin was our new principal because of how much he has supported me as a teacher during his time at BV and because of how much he has supported our wrestling program.  I actually reached out to Mr. Irwin tonight and he has agreed to be interviewed on the next Scronco Podcast.  Feel free to email me with your mailbag questions (I'll pick a couple and ask the exact questions to him).  

** FYI, I am officially the CVC League Commissioner for wrestling: Mike Lee, the former head wrestling coach at BV for 25 years, held this position for a very long time.  As soon as Mike retired from coaching, the Roseville coach took the position (Doug Ash was the head wrestling coach at Roseville for over 20 years).  Doug was great but he officially stepped away from wrestling at the conclusion of the 2022 regular season.  The Central Valley Conference needed a new person to represent our league for wrestling at the section level, in addition to, organizing/handling league business, enforcing by-laws, and way, way more.  To be honest, I reluctantly volunteered myself for this position after I interpreted what it would be like to have the other coaches in our league fill that position (wink).  My first role as league commissioner started with the CVC  league tournament, but I finally received an email from our section office tonight that officially confirmed me as our league commissioner/representative.  This has very little to do with you, but I figured you would like to know.  

**Congratulations to our 2 STATE MEDALISTS - Amaya Yoshizumi placed 6th in the state championships and Gianna DiBenedetto placed 7th!  Amazing!

**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GIRLS TEAM FOR FINISHING IN 2ND PLACE AT THE SJS MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS! A true accomplishment. This is the best finish in our girls' team history!


** Congrats to the 4 BV wrestlers who qualified for the state championships: Senior Elijah Shaw got 4th place, Freshman Emma Ford got 3rd place, Senior Amaya Yoshizumi got 2nd place, and Sophomore Gianna DiBenedetto got 1st place.  

**Tournament summaries for the girls regionals and boys section championships have been posted under "Varsity Results."


**Vaccination Requirements for Fans at sections and regionals: Both tournaments this weekend of that following requirements:

"All spectators must be fully vaccinated (proven with a vaccine card – hard copy or digital) or have proof of a negative COVID test within 24 hrs (antigen) or 48 hrs (PCR) with a printed or electronic copy from the test provider or laboratory. Test results must include name, type of test, date, and negative test result and be verified with proper identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.). At home COVID tests will not be accepted. All spectators must wear masks according to CDPH."

**The JV Wrestling Season is Finished Every JV wrestler needs to turn their singlet and gear in to me this week.  Please clean all the gear and have the singlet returned to me in a zip lock back with the wrestler's name on it.  I will take the warm ups in a plastic bag or paper bag.  Thank you.  If a wrestler does not return their gear I have to hunt them down and then potentially send them a bill, so please help me avoid that situation.  Stay tuned for information about our off-season wrestling plan.  We have a spring, summer, and fall season.  


**Congratulations to the BV Wrestling team for finishing as Runners-Up in the SJS D2 Team Section Championships  Summaries on this event are in progress but there was a lot of excitement and our team performed extremely well to finish in 2nd place in the Team Section Championships for the 2nd year in a row (2020 and 2022), excluding Covid.  We were also D2 Team Section Champions in 2019.  The Bella Vista Wrestling team has finished in the top 4 of the Team Section Championships for 17 years in a row so it was nice to continue that legacy this year.  Here is a picture of the team after our 2nd place finish:






**Congratulations to the BV wrestling team for being the 2022 CVC League Champions - sort of.  Here is the format that is in play this year - again.  FYI, I do not like this format and I proposed a change this format the last time we used it (2 years ago) and a majority of the coaches in the league agreed with me.  However, Covid hit and the by-laws for our league never changed and this format is still in effect. There are only 2 other coaches still in our league and 1 of them said we never discussed a change and the other said he vaguely remembers it.  So, that's our reality.  


**How the CVC League Championship Works This Year:  Prior to 2020 the team who won the dual meet portion of league competition was crowned league champion - every other league does it that way FYI.  I honestly feel like the other coaches wanted a better chance than that for a shot at the league title so they changed the rules.  Here's how it goes: Every team we beat in a dual meet = 1 point.  We went 5-0 in dual meets so we currently have 5 points.  We had to postpone the Yuba City dual and they never got back to me about wrestling us so we should get that point. This year, there will be a team score at the league tournament.  Every team we beat (place ahead of) at the league tournament we get a point.  The team with the most points at the end (between duals and the league tournament) is the league champion.  If we place 1st as a team in the tournament portion, we will be outright league champions.  River Valley has 5 points from dual meets, so if they place 1st at the tournament (and we get 2nd - assuming we get that 6th point from the Yuba dual), we will both have 11 points and will be co-champions.  I wanted a tie to go to a head to head (in a dual meet) tiebreaker, which is how it's done in every other sport, but I got voted down.  So, we are currently in 1st place and I'm still calling us league champions as of now, but we still have some work to do.  Here's a picture of us after we won the dual part of the league championships earlier this week:
























**Awards Banquet:  We will have an awards banquet sometime in mid-March and I am working on securing a date right now.  I would host the banquet on the Monday after the season if I could, but I need some time to order awards, certificates, etc.  I will post on here when I have an official date for the banquet, which will be held in the BV Cafeteria.

**Spring Sports I know that spring sports are beginning their preseason practices right now and I want you all to know that our wrestlers are cleared with the coaches who coach spring sports to miss the preseason practices.  Our wrestlers will have zero negative actions against them for being on the wrestling team and finishing their season.  In fact, if a wrestler quit the season at this point of time they would not even be allowed to go out for a spring sport until the wrestling season was concluded.  All the spring sport coaches make adjustments for this and they favor wrestlers.  Who wouldn't want a wrestler to come out for their team after a grueling wrestling season?  


**Photos are postponed until February 2nd for now.  Here is some information for photos:  Everybody needs to make sure they have their singlets for the photos.  I'll let the wrestlers decide what color they want to wear.  Here is some information from the photo company for those of you who would like to pre order:

**THE BELLA VISTA WINTER CLASSIC WAS CANCELED.  I fought so hard to keep this tournament going, but after a culmination of events beyond my control, it was decided that the cost/benefit of running this tournament was not worth it. We originally got kicked outside so I tried the football stadium and then the tennis courts, but those did not work.  I then got permission to go inside but each wrestler would only be allowed to have 2 family members attend, we wouldn't be able to charge a gate fee, and we were told not to use cash.  We also had a handful of teams dropout this week because of covid cases.  The profit margins did not work out after expenses - especially with the added risk of exposing our wrestlers and their families to people who might give them covid - for a small profit.  That did not add up well for me.  I spent many hours consulting with the other coaches in our program, my wife, Mike Lee, the principal, Athletic Director, parents, other coaches, and students before I ultimately made this decision.    This was a very difficult decision to make but I stand by it.  Having made this decision, we are still in need of fundraising.  I am going to work with Coach Smith from Carnegie to put together some type of Go Fund Me idea to ask for donations on social media from fans, alumni, and the community.  We are also looking into hosting a spring tournament through the Sacramento Area Wrestling Association if things are cooled down by then.  I will have more information shortly.  Also, since our wrestlers are open on Saturday, I am looking for a quick tournament to attend if we can.  If not, we are going to have a morning practice on Saturday because we are just coming back from a quarantine.  ​

**Eligibility We have a few wrestlers who have not maintained at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average and/or have an F in more than one of their classes.  This is not acceptable and there are no excuses for this.  I am a teacher at Bella Vista and the kids on the team are STUDENT-athletes.  Students first.  Doing homework is a choice.  Doing the classwork is a choice.  Doing what the teacher says in class is a choice.  Each ineligible wrestler will be notified at school if they are eligible to attend a study hall to become eligible on a probationary status.  While we are on this subject, missing practice for homework is not an excuse to miss practice.  Nobody does homework from 3:15 until bedtime.  I'm helping build life skills within each wrestler, which means they must improve their time management skills.  Every single person can go to school, go to practice, and still get homework done at night.  If you have any issues with what I said please do not hesitate to contact me.  Honestly, about 90% of our athletes are thriving with their balance between school and sport, and I am very proud of them.​

**2 lbs. growth allowance went into place on January 1st.  This rule is to allow for most wrestlers to grow and not cut weight throughout the season, but it usually motivated wrestlers to drop down to a lower weight class.  This rule added 2 pounds to every weight class for the remainder of the year.  For example, instead of 106 pounds, it's now 108 pounds and so on.  

**Drivers/Chaperones: Please get cleared by the San Juan Unified School District if you are going to chaperone or drive wrestlers.  There are some new requirements this year due to Covid and we want to make sure we are following all of the rules set forth by our school and district.  

** Kids Clubs: If you do not know this, we have 2 different kids clubs that started in November.  The 1st - 3rd graders will be coached by me and they will practice from 6 - 7:15 pm at Carnegie on Tuesdays/Thursdays.  The 4th-6th graders will be coached by Ryan Lutrell and they will practice from 6:15 - 7:45 pm at BV on Tuesdays/Thursdays.  If you have children/nieces/nephews, etc. interested in wrestling this is a great way to introduce them to the sport.  The coaches are positive coaches and we use wrestling as a tool to improve the social and emotional well-being of all of our athletes.  We want these kids to fall in love with the sport, build some basic skills, develop a work ethic, and more.  

**SO MUCH recent success for our BV wrestling alumni and current girls:  Within the past few weeks Jennifer Page won the Pan Am Championships in Guatemala and then wrestled in a tournament in Poland less than 2 weeks later and lost a close match in the bronze medal match.  Yelena Makoyed wrestled in the Junior (20u) Pan Am Championships outside of Mexico City a week ago and took first place.  Amaya Yoshizumi wrestled in the Folkstyle State Championships on the Saturday in between Finals and took 1st place!  I know I'm forgetting some stuff and I'll update as soon as I fact check.  I'll also be updating our Hall of Fame page for our alumni and all of their accomplishments.  If you have not checked out the Hall of Fame section, please do.  We have a long, rich history with our wrestling program.  

**More wrestling accolades for Bella Vista wrestling alumni! The section directly below this describes the success of Jennifer Page, Alex Hedrick, and Yelena Makoyed at the Olympic Trials that happened less than a month ago.  Since then, these girls have been busy and successful!  Alex Hedrick and Jennifer Page won the U.S. Open (national championships at the highest level) on April 30th.  This was Jenn's 4th U.S. Open title and Alex's 2nd U.S. Open title.  Absolutely amazing!  A week later, in a different state, Alex, Yelena, and Emily Alderman competed in some World Team Trials for their age divisions.  In the Junior Division (20 and under) Emily went 3-2 and Yelena made the finals and lost to a rising star who was a runner up at the Olympic Trials.  The following day was the U23 world team trials and Yelena made the finals again, against the same girl.  The finals matches at Trials tournaments are always best of 3 and in the previous day Yelena lost by technical fall both times.  A day later, Yelena won the first match and then lost the next 2 matches by a small margin (major improvements).  Meanwhile, Alex Hedrick won the U23 World Team Trials and will represent the United States at the U23 World Championships in Serbia this summer (Yelena is an alternate at 2 different age divisions).  We are proud of all of these women and they continue to impress us with their grit, resilience, commitment, integrity, and gratitude throughout all of this.  




















  Jennifer Page and Alex Hedrick with their 

          U.S Open Championship Plaques!  



**Before all of the high school wrestling news, I want to congratulate our 3 Bella Vista Wrestling alumni for their success at the Olympic Trials last week: Jennifer Page, Yelena Makoyed, and Alex Hedrick. I don't think there's another high school in the country that produced 3 medalists at the Olympic Trials.  This tournament is by far the toughest in the country.  The level of wrestling is way higher than the NCAA Championships and it's tougher than all other national championships.  In addition to that, there are only 6 weight classes instead of 10, so all of the best wrestlers filter together, which makes competition tougher than ever.  Alex Hedrick and Yelena Makoyed both finished in 4th place, which is absolutely amazing and something to celebrate.  Jennifer Page finished in 3rd place and made the National Team again.  Top four in the nation at the highest level of wrestling is OUTSTANDING and it's tough to describe how much of an accomplishment that is.  If you've been around any of these 3 women then you know how hard they work, how nice they are, how much integrity they have, and how much grit, resilience, and commitment they possess.  Jennifer trains with Cael Sanderson at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club (Penn State), Yelena trains at North Central Illinois, and Alex trains at every possible spot she can find (MMA gyms, Simon Fraser University, the grass, etc.). I am very proud of each one of them and I'm lucky to have coached all three of them (as an assistant coach) when they were at BV (Jennifer was a junior when I did my first stint at BV as an assistant coach about 12 years ago).  To be honest, Mike Lee deserves the most recognition for the development and early success of these women.  Mike built an amazing program with positive coaches at all levels within the BV program.  I know for a fact that all three of these women had positive experiences during their time at BV and that there were many coaches who played an important role in their development.  Without the program that Mike built and the coaches that he hired, the recent success of these 3 probably would not have happened.  I'm so proud of what Jennifer, Yelena, and Alex accomplished and I know there's more to come.  Go Broncos! 

**Mental Health and Benefits of participating this summer:  I truly believe that being a part of the wrestling team, attending practices, and engaging with other wrestlers and coaches in a structured format will have a positive impact on the mental health of each wrestler.  I love every single wrestler on this team and I've been away from them from so long that I haven't been able to fully play my role as a positive role model in their life.  This is a great opportunity to exercise, have fun, spend time with friends, and have a coach help them with all things in life.  Going back to school has been great for most kids/teachers, so I only predict that wrestling will be great as well.   

** Congratulations to 2019 Bella Vista graduate, Yelena Makoyed, for winning the NCAA Championships in women's wrestling this past weekend!  Yelena only started wrestling as a freshman in high school and then became a 3x state medalist and a 2019 CIF State Champion.  Yelena is now wrestling for North Central Illinois and finished in 2nd place in the NCAA championships as a true freshman last year.  As a true sophomore, Yelena dominated her opponents and won every match by technical fall or by pin.  Yelena is also her university's first ever national champion in wrestling!  Pretty awesome.  As an NCAA champion, Yelena is now qualified for the Olympic Trials that will be held on April 2-3.  HERE IS A LINK TO AN ARTICLE about Yelena's championship journey (from her team's wrestling website).  

**Website has been updated for 2020 Alumni who made our "Hall of Fame" or "Past Greats" pages:  I just updated our "Hall of Fame" part of the website where I added 2020 grad, Emily Alderman, because she was a multiple-time state medalist.  I also added 2020 grads, Dakota Gutierrez, Tyler Maples, and Vince Olivera to our "Past Greats - Masters Medalists" section because they were all state qualifiers.  Please don't hesitate to read about our 2020 grads and/or all of the other BV alumni who made the website.  

**BV Wrestling Slide Show of the 2019-2020 Wrestling Season:  Greg Willey put in a ton of time to make this slide show and used photos captured by Dr. Martin, who also spent a ton of time editing the photos.  HERE IS THE LONG VERSION... and HERE IS THE SHORTENED VERSION

** Scronco Wrestling Podcast:  In case you didn't know, Coach Smith (from Carnegie) and I started a podcast about a year ago.  In our most recent episode, we had the honor and privilege to interview Ralphene Lee. HERE IS A LINK TO THE EPISODE ON YouTubeHERE IS A LINK IF YOU WANT TO LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS.  Ralphene has been heavily involved with Bella Vista wrestling since 1962 and still attends all of our dual meets and most of our tournaments.  She was also our honorary coach this past season and sat in the corner with me as we coached the dual meet together (she also gave a great speech to the wrestlers at practice the day prior to that dual meet).  Ralphene's late husband, Charlie Lee, was the Head Coach for Bella Vista from 1962-1984. Charlie coached 6 state champions and 26 overall state medalists. Charlie was named Scholastic Magazines "National Coach of the Year" in 1979. He had 5 section championship teams. Six teams finished in the top 5 at the state meet, 3 of which were state runner-ups. His overall dual meet record as a coach was an amazing 242 - 28 - 1. Charlie was elected to the California Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001 and elected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2017.  Ralphene was also elected into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame.  


**Team Values  If you haven't taken the time to read through our team values this might be the time to do it.  I copy and pasted our Gratitude value, which I find more relevant than ever (I put these on the website a year ago - way before Covid).  


  • We recognize that our ability to wrestle for Bella Vista is a very small window in our overall life, and we are thankful for the opportunity that we have – right now.  We are grateful for our health, our family, our ability to practice, our coaches, our teammates, our school, and for the ability to compete.  We see our opponents and officials as a gift, because without them, there is no competition and no way to measure the effort we have put in or to test our growth from the effort in training. Our appreciation for each opportunity is sincere and we do not take these things for granted.


**Control the controllable:  Just remember that we can't control the things that happen to us, but we can control how we respond.  If you identify your own values, which are stronger than goals and guide your actions and behaviors, then you will act in accordance to your values.  Try and make the best out of this and act in ways that you want to remember this moment in your life.  Think about what that looks like (how you want to remember this moment in your life) and do it.  


**Congratulations to our All-Metro Wrestlers: After taking a few years off, the Sacramento Bee got back to choosing the All-Metro wrestlers for our region; the best of the best.  Bella Vista had 6 All-Metro wrestlers!   Congratulations to Dylan Maples, Carson Lee, Vince Olivera, Bryan Henkel, Emily Alderman, and Meadow Titus for being named All-Metro.  This is a true honor and is something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.  I didn't want to mention this, but just so you know, I was also named the All-Metro coach of the year for the Sacramento area by Sacramento Bee.  I couldn't have done it without all of the support from Toby Harris, Jake Briggs, Pete Hedrick, Abby Chufar, Mike Lee, Julian David, Mike Nishimura, Matt Vigna, Dana Smith, Nelson Lund, and everybody else involved in our program.  Thank you.  I am truly honored.  

** Workout Tip:  Although gyms are closed and our campus is closed, every single wrestler should take this time to build their physical strength.  Pull-ups and push-ups are workouts that every person can do and they are probably some of the best workouts that help with wrestling.  I know that Carnegie has an outdoor pull-up bar, Bannister Park has an outdoor pull-up bar, and so do many other areas.  I recommend that each wrestler does a pyramid routine to continuously improve their strength.  Start with 1 pull-up, then do 5x as many push-ups.  Then do 2 pull-ups and 5x as many push-ups.  So, pull-up sets go 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. until they reach their max, and then they work backward from there.  If a person maxes out at 5 pull-ups, they will do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 pull-ups and after each set, they will do 5x as many push-ups, which will be 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5.  If they can do zero pull-ups then having a family member (because of Covid) hold their ankles and help them up is what they need to do.  Doing push-ups on their knees is acceptable as well if that's necessary.  

**I Don't Have Much to Say accept to let you all know how much I appreciate you.  Thank you for taking the time to read this every week and thank you for everything you do for our program.  I can only imagine how crushing it would have been for us if the Corona Virus shut everything down during our wrestling season.  I'm so grateful that we got to finish our season and that our fundraiser was a huge success.  I still haven't received all of my bills yet, but it looks like we made around $16,000 profit during that one weekend.  If the virus had shut everything down just a couple months earlier, we would have been scrambling to fundraise for next year.  Anyway, I hope you all are doing ok and please do not hesitate to email me!  Although I prepared for a huge offseason, there will be no wrestling until we get the all-clear from the district.   

**Just Checking in on All of You: These are tough times, at so many different levels...  I miss all of my wrestlers, their families (you), my students, and colleagues a lot.  I do, however, have a lot of gratitude for the things I have right now.  Things could be a lot worse.  I have my family, food, shelter, the river, electricity, books, wifi, and way more.  If you are stuck at home, please tell your child that I told them they have to get up in the morning, take a shower, and get dressed for the day.  I would also like them to make a list of things they would like to accomplish the following day just before they go to bed every night.  I would like them to limit their screen time, but not cut it out altogether.  I want all of my wrestlers to try and get some exercise in at least 5 days a week by running, riding bikes, walking, doing a workout routine at home, or anything else that gets their heart rate up.  Getting outside for some sunshine will help a lot.  Getting a family walk in without phones is also a very healthy way to savor the small things in life, which builds gratitude.  I would love to hear from you and my wrestlers, so please do not hesitate to email or text me to check-in.  I've been reaching out to people but it's tough to catch up with everybody.  

** Corona Virus Update # 3 (3/21): As I mentioned last week, this is a fluid situation and we will continually adjust the best we can.  As of now, California is on lockdown and I really want to encourage all of you to stay safe and keep your distance from others.  We can still socialize through technology and an old fashioned phone call, but we should keep our distance from others.  In compliance with everything, the banquet is postponed indefinitely and so is our offseason.  I have no idea when we can get back on the mats and see each other and I hope that all of you are safe and doing well.  I'd like to recommend that each wrestler goes back and watches his or her matches from this previous season so that he/she can critique each match for things done well and things to improve upon.  All of the wrestlers can also pick up on specific skills that they improved upon throughout the season (set ups, finishing a single, defense, movement off the whistle from bottom, breakdowns, leg rides, tilts, etc.  Anything).  Ask your wrestler to see if he or she can notice the steady improvement throughout last season...  Just so you know, I also have some League Champions t-shirts ordered that I planned to distribute at the banquet and some other awards for the wrestlers.  If your child won an award, I will most likely mail it to your or drive by your house and drop it off.  If I have to, I will hold the League Champion t-shirts until we can all see each other again.  Stay safe out there!  

**Corona Virus Update #2 - This situation is changing rapidly, and since my last post a few hours ago, all the schools in Sacramento County have been shut down for the next few weeks.  This means that we cannot have our banquet on March 30th.  In fact, I received a notification that my reservation for the banquet has been rescinded.  We will not be back at school until after Spring Break, 4/13/20, so I will either postpone the banquet until we are back in session or find a park or restaurant to have our celebration. I want to be as safe as possible and I will follow all of the suggestions of our state and district with this.  Just like I mentioned earlier, the spring wrestling season has been postponed until we are cleared by the district.  Stay safe out there.  

**Banquet has been postponed due to the Corona Virus shutting our school down for 4 weeks.

**BV Wrestling Alumnae Success!  Over the weekend, Alex Hedrick and Yelena Makoyed competed in the Women's NCAA Championships.  Both girls were seeded #2 in the tournament and both girls made the finals!  Yelena finished in 2nd place as a true freshman!  Alex Hedrick battled in the finals and won by fall, which made her a national champion!  If you haven't noticed, Alex's dad is our girls' coach.  Congratulations to both girls. 


**Congratulations to Emily Alderman for her 5th place finish at the California State Championships!  This is Emily's 2nd time as a CA state medalist!  

**Do me HUGE favor please: Wash and turn in your wrestling gear to Coach Lane in his classroom (Eye-6) the next week.  Put the singlet in a zip lock bag with the wrestler's name in sharpie on the bag to turn in.  Even better, sharpie the size of the singlet on the zip lock bag too if you can read the size on the tag.  Tracking down kids on campus for the next couple months trying to get uniforms back is zero fun and time consuming, please help me here and do this right away.

Control What We Can Control It is crucial that we control the things that we can control in order for each person to have optimal performance.  One of these things is hygiene.  Please have your wrestler establish the habit of showering as soon as they get home.  We take a lot of preventative measures to ensure that our wrestlers don't develop any skin infection, including putting on some wrestling specific foam before each practice and mopping the mats before each practice.  Typically, we don't see any skin issues until we have our first competition (because other schools are not as aggressive as we are with hygiene), but we need to be on top of that.  The other thing is to get our wrestlers to get 9 hours of sleep each night, get their homework done each night, and to develop a healthy diet.  There is a great nutritional guide on our website for each wrestler, but in general, I would recommend vegetables, fruits, to drink lots of water so they are hydrated for practice, to scale back on sugar and soda, and to scale back on fast food.  Eating right will give them better energy for school and for wrestling.  This might be obvious to all of us but our wrestlers are students first, which means they must make the effort to stay on top of their grades.  Without a 2.0 they can't wrestle.  It takes a lot of discipline to be successful in school, in wrestling, and with their physical health all at the same time, and if they can do that, then they are developing a really positive skill that will last them for the rest of their life.  

Commitment Now that wrestling season is here please do not have your wrestler miss practice or competition.  One of our team values is "Commitment," (the values page will soon be added) which means we all need to commit to this team and to ourselves.  If your wrestler is going to miss a practice or competition please contact me ahead of time.  Missing practice hurts the athlete and hurts the team.  Please do not schedule vacations during the season.  FYI, we will not practice on Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving.  We also take the first week of Christmas break off (December 23 - December 29) and we are back to the grind on December 30th.  Family comes first for me, so family emergencies obviously take priority.  

Episode 3 of the Scronco Podcast is up!  If you haven't listened before, Coach Smith (Carnegie) and I are on there and have 3 sections for each episode.  The first part is us giving an update on things going on with the team.  Part 2 is us explaining one of the mental approaches we are using with your kids (this episode is on developing a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset).  We both got our masters in sports psychology and are applying a lot of that information to your children.  This is an opportunity for you to hear from us about what we are teaching your kids (instead of trying to hear it from their mouths).  The last part is an interview and in this episode we interviewed Bella Vista's principal, Dr. Darrin Kitchen.  We are officially on Apple Podcasts now. HERE IS A LINK TO THE 2ND AND 3RD EPISODES OF THE PODCAST

**Varsity Parents:  Katrina Ferland is currently looking at hotels for our season and beginning to book them.  She generally books 2 extra rooms for parents traveling with the team.  Katrina is booking all our stays for this season.  Please


**FYI - Kathy Valerga (ex-BV parent) of Farmer's Insurance has donated $2,000 to BV Wrestling this week.  It's a Farmer's Insurance program they do with schools.  Obviously we are very grateful for their generosity to our program.  If you have any insurance needs contact Kathy at (916) 792-0688.


**FYI - Becky Lund and Nelson Lund (ex- BV wrestler) are local residential real estate agents.  They have a standing offer that if anyone connected to Bella Vista wrestling (aunt, uncle, cousin, neighbor, co-worker, etc) gets them a referral for a person in the market to buy or sell a home they'll donate $500 to BV Wrestling.  So if everyone on the team can simply move from one home in our attendance area to another we can make a lot of money - SMILE.  Seriously, if you ever come across someone who's in the market, give them Becky's (916-531-7124) or Nelson's (916-704-5101) number and have them say "I was referred to you through Bella Vista Wrestling".


FYI - Bella Vista Wrestling has a very rich history and tradition; a lot of state and national level champions have come out of our program.  These people still very much pay attention to how our program is doing, so much so that there is a fan page on Facebook.  If interested in following this, just look for "Bella Vista Wrestling Fan Club".

Team Doctor (Dr. Randy Martin) phone number if needed; please be aware of the time of day and seriousness of the call when trying to reach him.  He is kind enough to help our team, we don't want to be a stressor to his offer.  (916) 834-8820


  • If you are a varsity parent, the team will be staying at hotels booked by our travel agent Katrina Ferland. You will want to call her and book your own room at the same hotel for trips that you will be attending. Katrina's number is 765-1190 or email katrinaferland@gmail.com

  • If you've got a wrestler that would like to become a top wrestler, go to "Wrestlers" on this site under "You want to be a champion wrestler". It all starts there! Then continues on with a lot of time, effort and energy towards being the best.

  • Scholarship Requirements: Division I schools now have new high school core classes that must be taken to be eligible for scholarships, they are as follows: 4 yrs English, 3 yrs Math (Algebra 1 or higher), 2 yrs Natural/Physical Science (one lab), 1 yr of additional English/Math/Physical Science, 2 yrs of Social Science, 4 yrs of additional core courses (any of the above areas or foreign language, non-doctrinal religion/philosophy).

  • If you have general questions, or want to let me know that your wrestler will be missing practice, email me at Garrett.Lane@sanjuan.edu

  • Tax Write Off: If you have a prize to donate, or have gotten a prize from a company, I have a letter with our tax exempt ID# on it that can be used to "write off" the donation for tax purposes. Just email me that you need the letter and I'll get it to you.