Hall of Fame
All of these people were either state champions, state finalists, multiple time state medalists, or medalists at Senior Nationals. The exceptions are Coach Charlie Lee, his wife Ralphene Lee, Coach Mark Tucker and Jennifer Page.
Jake Briggs (Class of 2010): 3x State Medalist (6th, 3rd, 3rd), Bella Vista career wins record holder (190), High School All-American, 3x Masters Champion, 4x Division III Section Champion, 4x CAL League Champion, Sophomore National Champion and 8th place finish at the Senior National Championships.
Ken won the California State Championship in 1983 at 102lbs. He would follow that effort up with a 4th place finish the following year at 112lbs. Ken was also a High School All-American.
Ken went on to wrestle for Columbia University where he won 2 Ivy League Championships and was 3x named to the All-East Team.
Ken now works at his families electronics store in Sacramento and referees wrestling on the side.
Alexandra "Alex" Hedrick
Alex Hedrick was an NCAA National Champion in 2020 representing Simon Fraser University! Alex (class of 2017) was a 2x California State Champion and the first Bella Vista Wrestler to medal at state four times (3rd, 2nd, 1st, 1st). Alex placed 2nd at the USA Freestyle National Championships (in Fargo) as a junior and 2nd at the Folkstyle National Championships as a senior. Her high school record against girls was 85 - 5 with 65 pins. She was 46 - 0 her junior and senior years in high school. Alex won 38 matches against boys at the varsity level and had an overall winning record versus varsity boys. Alex won the U.S. Women's Open National Championship in 2018, and made the Junior World Team the same year. Alex has been a collegiate national runner-up 2x (2018 & 2019) and she was an NCAA National Champion in 2020 (the inaugural year for women's wrestling in the NCAA). In April of 2019, Alex was a Pan American Champion representing Team USA in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Alex was a Body Bar Junior National Champion in 2019 and represented the United States in 2019 in Estonia at the Junior World Championships.
John placed 4th at the state meet in 1976 and followed that up with a 3rd place the following year at 191 lbs.
John is currently practicing law in the Sacramento area.
Vic was a state runner-up in 1974 at 191 lbs.
He is currently practicing medicine in Arizona.
Tony won the California State title at 112lbs. in 1986. He followed that effort up with another state medal for 3rd place at 119lbs. Tony holds the school record for wins in one season with 55.
Tony is in law enforcement and living in southern California.
Bryden was a 4x CAL League Champion, 3x Division III Section Champion, 2x Masters Champion and 3rd place medalist at the Senior National Wrestling Championships - earning him All-American status.
Bryden's career varsity record was 160 - 35. Bryden went on to place in the NAIA Collegiate National Championships (2nd & 4th) and is now a college All-American. (Class of 2009). Bryden then transfered to Division II Cal Baptist where he became an All-American at that level placing 5th at the National Championships. Going into the tournament Bryden was ranked #1 in the country, but hurt his knee the day before competition. Most wrestlers would have stopped, but he placed 5th on one leg.
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.
From left to right: Tracy Yeates, David Lee, Charlie Lee, Cody Olson, Ken Guadreau, Casey Noland, and Mike Lee. All pictured at Coach Lee's induction cermony into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame.
David Lee was the first wrestler in California history to win a state championship three times. 1982 at 138lbs., 1983 at 154lbs., and 1984 at 165lbs. David was a High School All-American and the most heavily recruited wrestler in the nation in 1984.
David went on to wrestle at both Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin where he was a 3x All-American and an NCAA Champion. David was honored as "Athlete of the Year" for the University of Wisconsin in 1988. David had a lot of international success. He was champion at the Canada Cup, the Czech Grand Prix (in Prague), the Cerro Palado (Cuba), the Klansman (Vancuver) and the Sunkist International here in the United States. He was also a 3x champion and 5x finalist at the Midlands Championships. David was elected into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame as a charter member in 2000. He was also elected as a charter member of the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame in 2010 (second picture below).
David is currently living and working in the Palo Alto area.
David Lee (right) at Arco Arena inducted as a charter member of the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame (pictured w/Mike Lee - left)
Bella Vista Wrestling Coach 1994 – 2019
2003 – 2019 Top 4 at Section Duals or better (17 years in a row)
10 League Championships
6 Section Championships
Over 400 dual meet victories
42 State Qualifiers
14 individual state medalists
7 individual state finalists
3 individual state champions
7 High School All-Americans
2018 NFHS California Wrestling Coach of the Year
2018 Sac-Joaquin Section Model Coach of the Year
3x Sacramento Bee Wrestling Coach of the Year (2004, 2011, 2013)
Mike Lee celebrating with his sons: Carson (left) and Dalton (right)
Ralphene Lee was elected into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2017. Ralphene was the third member of her family to be elected into the Hall of Fame - Husband Charlie and son David are also members. Ralphene was a pairings master for freestyle wrestling tournaments and actually worked the Olympics Games in Barcelona, Spain. She ran numerous tournaments through the years and was the behind the scenes backbone of the great Bella Vista teams of the 70's and 80's, as well as the nationally known Sacramento Superstars Kids Wrestling Club.
Ralphene Lee in the middle surrounded by the 2017 Bella Vista Wrestling coaching staff. Left to Right: Garrett Lane, Mike Lee (no relation), Ralphene Lee, Jake Briggs, Pete Hedrick.
Ralphene giving her acceptance speech to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
John was a 3x state medalist at Bella Vista. 4th in 1979 as a freshman at 95lbs., with a record of 42 - 2 (40 pins). 3rd in 1981 at 126lbs., and 3rd in 1982 at 132lbs. John was also a High School All-American.
John went on to wrestle at California State University at Bakersfield where he placed 3rd in the NCAA as a true sophmore, earning All-American honors.
John currently has his own cabinet business in Sacramento.
Mark won the California State Championship in 1978 at 165lbs. Mark went 41 - 0 that year. The previous year he finished 5th at the state championships at 154lbs. Mark was an Honorble Mention High School All American.
Mark won another state title at the junior college level for Sac City College.
Mark went on to wrestle at California State University at Bakersfield, where he won a Division II National Championship under coach Joe Seay. A Division II All American.
Mark went on to teach and coach at a few different public schools where he coached several state medalists of his own. He has since quit the public school system and started his own charter school.
Yelena Makoyed was a runner up in the 2020 NCAA National Championships as a true freshman, representing North Central University in Illinois. Yelena was a 2019 California State Champion at 160 lbs. and she was a 3x state medalist (7th, 2nd, 1st), a 2x Masters Champion, and a 3x Masters medalist. Yelena was ranked in the top 5 nationally her senior year. She medaled (3rd) at the National Championships and was a High School All-American. Her senior year record was 29 - 0 with 23 pins. Her closest match as a senior was a 5 - 0 win over a 2x defending California State Champion. In 2019, as a senior in high school, Yelena entered the 23 and under national championships and placed 6th - earning her All American honors.
Lynn (back row, white robe) was Bella Vista's first state champion. He was actually a Nor Cal Champion because they did not have a true state championship tournament at this time.
Casey was a state runner-up in 1977 at 120lbs. He went on to wrestle at Oregon State University.
Casey lives in Sacramento where he's a history teacher. Casey took over coaching the Bella Vista Wrestling team from Charlie Lee and coached several state medalists while here. Casey would later be named "Coach of the Year" by the "Sacramento Bee" for his work as wrestling coach at Woodland High School. Casey has been a part of many kids success at the state meet.
(Casey Noland is on the left, holding the champions bracket)
Cortney was a state runner-up in 1999 at 189lbs. He wrestled one year at Sacramento City College, and placed at the Junior College State Championships. Cortney is married, with multiple kids and lives in the town of Lincoln here in Northern California.
Jennifer - "A Once in a Lifetime High School Athlete" As a high school junior (2010), Jennifer wrestled in the United States Open Nationals for Women and placed 7th. She was the only HS athlete in the competition. As a senior in high school she placed 5th at the US Women's Open Nationals. Jennifer won 55 career varsity matches (all against boys!). She was a 3x Section Medalist (all against boys). As a sophomore (2009) she won the Girls Folkstyle National Championship. As a true freshman in college (Oklahoma City College) she won an NCAA National Championship. As a true freshman in college, her team won the National Duals and Jennifer was voted "Outstanding Wrestler" of the tournament. In 2012 Jennifer qualified for the United States Olympic Team as an alternate for the London Olympic Games; she placed third at the Olympic Trials. Jennifer placed 5th at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Thailand and 3rd at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Bulgaria. Jennifer is a 3x US Open National Champion (2016 Outstanding Wrestler) and has medaled 7x at the Women's US Open National Championships.
Outstanding Wrestler Award - 2016 US Open National Championships.
Her 2nd US Open National Title.
Victor Trujillo was a 3x state qualifier and 2x state medalist. 6th in 2012 and 5th in 2013. Victor was a Masters Champion, 3x Masters medalist, 4x Section Champion, 4x League Champion. He medaled at the Sophomore National Championships and the Senior National Championships(Virginia) making him a High School All American. Victor medaled at the Greco Roman National Championships as well. Victor had 145 career varsity wins. Victor accepted a wrestling scholarship to Cal Poly University.
Mark Tucker was the head coach of the California Xtreme team. The California Xtreme kids were the "advanced wrestlers" within the Bronco Youth Program. Out of that program came more than a dozen California high school state medalists and many future Division One college wrestlers. Mark was directly responsible for the resurgence of Bella Vista Wrestling on the state level. His tireless efforts helped Bella Vista Wrestling to win 5 Section Championships and place in the top 25 in the state (as a team) several times.
Shayne was a 4x state qualifier, 3x state medalist and 2x state finalist. 4th in 2011, 2nd in 2012, 2nd in 2013. He was a 3x Masters Champion, 4x Masters medalist, 3x Section Champion, 4x League Champion. He achieved High School All-American status at the 2012 Flo National Championships. Shayne had 169 career varsity victories. Shayne was rated in the top 10 for 152 pounders in the country his senior year. Shayne wrestled at the University of Oklahoma where he was a Big 12 Champion.
Tracy won a California State Title in 1981 at 98lbs. Tracy's record that year was a perfect 44 - 0. Tracy would add another state medal the next year finishing 4th at 112lbs. Tracy was a High School All-American.
Tracy went on to wrestle for Boise State University under Coach Mike Young. Tracy won 3 Big Sky Championships while at Boise State.
Currently Tracy is in food sales and lives in Sacramento with his wife and three children - son Luke and daughters Anna and Elle.