Monday, December 12, 2011

Clark Wrestlers compete in 2 tournaments

These are the results from Clark this weekend Saturday, Dec 10, 2011:
Exeter Invitational Clark won by a lot, edging out teams like Poway Elite and
Thunder Kids. Tournament placers are:
70- Brianna Garcia 6th
76- Cody Okerson 5th
83- Justin Mejia 1st
89- Jordan Geiger 5th
95- Brandon Martino 4th
99- Eddie Gama 3rd
108- Haskell Brand 3rd
112- Samir Allen 2nd
116- Michael Martinez 4th
128- Jose Torres 2nd
135- Jared Hill 1st
142- Alex Enloe 5th
168- A.J. Nevills 1st
185- Daniel Varian 2nd
205- Tyler Collier 6th
235- Spencer Smith 1st
100 points above the #2 team
The Warrior Invite (Fresno High)We placed third as a team. The
placers are:
142- Tanner Rice 1st
Wyatt Cornelison 2nd
Victor Vargas 2nd
Hunter Wyneken 2nd
Michael Rodriguez 3rd
Bryce Myres 3rd
Angel Baylon 4th
Isaias Trejo 5th
Zack Southers 5th
Anthony Prentice 5th
Seth Baudonnet 5th
Collin Bohny 5th
Clayton Alexander 6th
The squad came in 3rd to Granite Ridge and Selma.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Clark takes team title at the Kastner Shootout, Dec 3, 2011

Clark goes 4-0 in team dual action in winning the 2011 Kastner Shootout last Saturday, Dec 3, 2011. Clark beat Glacier Point (Central), El Cap (Central), Rio Vista (Central), and Granite Ridge in taking 1st place. Great job Clark coaches & wrestlers!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Clark wrestlers at the McLane Fall Brawl

Clark had a few of the boys wrestle during the Thanksgiving break. Seven competed and four walked away placing in the tournament.

108-Mason Ramirez 1st
83-Wyatt Cornelison 2nd
142-Alex Enloe 2nd
89-Jordan Geiger 3rd

Way to go Chieftains!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Clark results from the Clovis Takedown Tournament

Intermediate - 64-70
2nd Place - Brianna Garcia of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 71-77
2nd Place - Cody Okerson of Clovis Wrestling
3rd Place - Trevor Beintker of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 75-82
2nd Place - Brandon Betancourt of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 77-83
1st Place - Wyatt Cornelison of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 83-89
1st Place - Justin Mejia of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 88-90
3rd Place - David Fode of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 88-92
2nd Place - Michael Rodriguez of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 90-94
1st Place - Bailey Rodgers of Clovis Wrestling
2nd Place - Jordan Geiger of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 92-101
3rd Place - Bryce Myers of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 95-102
4th Place - Kameron Andrade of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 97-105
3rd Place - Brandon Martino of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 102-106
1st Place - Eddie Gama of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 105-109
1st Place - Haskell Brand of Clovis Wrestling
2nd Place - Mason Ramirez of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 107-110
6th Place - Ethan Collins of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 112-115
2nd Place - Malcolm Young of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 112-116
6th Place - Samir Allen of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 115-118
1st Place - Michael Martinez of Clovis Wrestling
4th Place - Victor Vargas of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 117-121
1st Place - Fabian Rubalcava of Clovis Wrestling
6th Place - Nathan Gardner of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 123-128
1st Place - Josh Chavez of Clovis Wrestling
2nd Place - Seth Baudonnet of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 125-130
3rd Place - Zack Southers of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 129-132
4th Place - Zakary Harrelson of Clovis Wrestling
5th Place - Hunter Wyneken of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 131-138
1st Place - Jose Torres of Clovis Wrestling
2nd Place - Damon Glasco of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 133-140
3rd Place - Eric Delk of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 140-143
1st Place - Tanner Rice of Clovis Wrestling
2nd Place - Jared Hill of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 142-149
1st Place - Alex Enloe of Clovis Wrestling
6th Place - Jacob Sales of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 148-154
2nd Place - Ruger Wyneken of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 154-160
2nd Place - Ethan Rutherford of Clovis Wrestling
3rd Place - Anthony Prentice of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 160-163
1st Place - A.j. Nevills of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 164-177
2nd Place - Clayton Alexander of Clovis Wrestling
3rd Place - Daniel Varian of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 168-185
2nd Place - Tyler Collier of Clovis Wrestling
4th Place - Collin Bohny of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 184-192
5th Place - Alex Hernandez of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 188-206
5th Place - Spencer Smith of Clovis Wrestling

Intermediate - 206-229
6th Place - Matthew Carlson of Clovis Wrestling

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Clark Wrestlers at the Alta Sierra Takedown Tournament

Clark Placers at the Alta Sierra Takedown Tournament last Saturday, Nov 12, 2011.

1. Chad Adams- 3rd
2. Clayton Alexander- 2nd
3. Samir Allen- 1st
4. Seth Baudonnet- 2nd
5. Josh Chavez- 1st
6. Angel Baylon- 2nd
7. Eric Delk- 3rd
8. Davis Fode- 3rd
9. Andres Garcia- 1st
10. Daman Glasco- 2nd
11. Jeremy Jacoby- 3rd
12. Bryce Myers- 2nd
13. Nicholas Prado- 3rd
14. Anthony Prentice- 2nd
15. Matthew Price- 3rd
16. Ethan Rutherford- 1st
17. Isaias Trejo- 2nd
18. Victor vargas- 3rd
19. Hunter Wyneken- 2nd
20. Malcom Young- 3rd

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Week Practice Schedule

Practices over the break are mandatory.  All Clovis wrestlers are expected to be available and to attend all Thanksgiving Week workouts.  Both the 1-week Thanksgiving vacation and the 2-week Christmas vacation are during wrestling season.  For wrestlers, this is part of the commitment.  Schedule below:

Monday: 4:30-6:45pm
Tuesday: 4:30-6:45pm
Wednesday: 8:00-10:00am *early practice so families can leave to travel to Thanksgiving destinations*
Friday: 4:30-6:45pm *practice mandatory for those who have not indicated that they are going out of town (30+ miles) by Wednesday and optional for those traveling long distances for Thanksgiving Day*

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Clark wrestlers finish 2nd at the Jr. Mid Cals in Gilroy

The Clark wrestling team traveled to Gilroy and competed at the Jr. Mid Cals on Saturday, Nov 12, 2011. Clark had the following wrestlers place and overall finished 2nd as they were edged out by Oakdale.

235 - Spencer Smith 2nd place
205 - Tyler Collier 2nd Place
175 - Daniel Varian 3rd place
165 - AJ Nevills 3rd Place
165 - Ruger Wyneken 4th Place
145 - Tanner Rice 6th Place
135 - Jared Hill 5th Place
125 - Jose Torres 2nd Place
120 - Fabian Rubalcava 6th Place
100 - Haskell Brand 5th Place
100 - Eddie Gama 6th Place
95 - Brandon Martino 5th Place
85 - Justin Mejia 1st Place

Sunday, October 30, 2011

2012 Season Preview

Welcome to another exciting year of Clovis Wrestling and maybe the most anticipated season in the history of the school. Last year, the Cougars finished off an incredible season in dramatic fashion that included historical marks in several categories:

• 4th consecutive TRAC League title
• 4th consecutive Central Section title
• Record-extending 9th State Team Championship
• #7 National Ranking
• State record 14 state qualifiers
• State record 9 state medal winners
• Extension of a dual win streak to 50 matches lasting over 5 seasons

For 2012, the team returns 9 state qualifiers and 6 state place winners, including 2 state champions, in hopes of setting a new bar for high school wrestling excellence by being the first high school to reach 10 team state titles in California. Clovis will begin the season ranked #1 in the state and #4 in the country for high school wrestling and will face the most grueling out-of-state test yet with a trip to The Clash in late December. The Clash is projected to have 7 of the Top 9 teams in the nation set to compete in what is likely the single toughest dual tournament competition in the history of high school wrestling.

2012 returning state qualifiers include:
• Daniel Gaytan – Senior – State Champion, 3x medalist, #11 national ranking
• Nick Nevills – Sophomore – State Champion, #3 national ranking
• Zach Nevills – Senior – 3x medalist, #5 national ranking
• Dakota Gordon – Senior – state medalist
• Jonas Gaytan – Junior – state medalist
• Adrian Salas – Junior – state medalist
• Matt Gay – Senior
• Colby Thompson – Senior
• Jason Ladd – Junior

Clovis leads nearly every category on the all-time state list including:
• Most Team State Championships – 9
• Most Top 5 Team Finishes – 23
• Most Individual State Champions – 23
• Most Individual State Medalists – 113

Pre-Season State Top 10 Teams:
#1 Clovis
#2 Bakersfield
#3 Poway
#4 De La Salle
#5 Gilroy
#6 Vacaville
#7 Clovis West
#8 Elk Grove
#9 Selma
#10 Lemoore

Pre-Season A.W.N. National Top 10 Teams:
#1 Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ)
#2 St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) – THE CLASH
#3 St. Johns (St. Johns, MI)
#4 Clovis (Clovis, CA) - THE CLASH
#5 Brandon (Brandon, FL) - THE CLASH
#6 Graham (St. Paris, OH) - THE CLASH
#7 Simley (Inver Grove Heights, MN) - THE CLASH
#8 Apple Valley (Apple Valley, MN) - THE CLASH
#9 Christiansburg (Christiansburg, VA) – THE CLASH
#10 Detroit Central Catholic (Detroit, MI)

**As of this writing, no weight classes are determined yet. These previews are designed to highlight the team and individual wrestlers vying for each staring spot in 2012.  New weight classes have been approved and instituted for the first time in 20 years for the 2011-2012 season, so comparisons to previous years will be adjusted.**

2011 Starter @ 103: Andy Ia
2011 Result: State Qualifier, 6th Central Section

With the minimum wrestling weight moving up this season, 106 should be quite the battle with more kids than ever being slotted for the lowest weight class. Leading the way is sophomore Julian Gaytan after some varsity experience a year ago, giving Clovis a chance at having three Gaytans in the lineup this season, never a bad omen for Clovis fans. He’ll be challenged closely by freshman and future star Khristian Olivas who also has a family history of success at Clovis. Khristian is the brother of current Clovis wrestler Dakota Gordon, and son of former Clovis wrestler and Valley Champion, Kelvin Olivas, and nephew of former Clovis State Champion, Ralph Olivas. Coming off an injury, Tristan Gilliland has a promising future and should have a solid freshman season pushing Olivas and Gaytan for the spot. Look for other freshman Cade Vonnothdurft, Cody Kliewer, Rene Bettencourt, and Darin Colis to provide depth at the weight class and possibly challenge for a starting spot at some point in the season.

2011 Starter @ 112: Jonas Gaytan
2011 Result: 5th State, 2nd Central Section

After a stellar 2011 season, look for state place winner and junior Jonas Gaytan to make a return to 113 this season and not only contend for the title, but be part of the core of this wicked Clovis lineup. The 2nd of the Gaytans looking to be in the starting lineup, Jonas has worked hard in the off-season to take his wrestling to a level commensurate with a state championship. Sophomore Matt Czeshinski comes off a year in which he was too small for the old 103lbs, but now will be a solid fixture at 113lbs after a good off-season of preparation. Another sophomore picking up wrestling a little late but making up for lost time is Andrew Garcia. He’ll share time with talented freshman Anthony Arosemena who is back from a year in the Bay Area after wrestling for Clark Intermediate in 7th grade.

2011 Starter @ 119: Daniel Gaytan
2011 Result: State Champion, Central Section Champion

It’s not often that you have a returning 3-time state place winner, but that’s exactly the case at 120lbs. Senior Daniel Gaytan has never finished outside the Top 4 at the state championships in 3 years, and comes off a season capped by a state championship in one of the most competitive weights in California. Though not an easy task, Daniel looks to repeat as the last man standing atop the mountain in March and enters the season with a #11 national ranking. If he is successful this season, he’ll become only the 3rd wrestler in the 15-year Tirapelle era to win multiple state championships (the first with the last name not Tirapelle) and the first wrestler in the 40-year Clovis history to win 4 state medals. Look for junior Lane McAlester to provide very solid depth at this weight class. Very capable of being not only a starter but a state contestant last season, Lane should rank amongst the state’s best this year. Sophomores (Harold) Wood Stearns and Austin Romo are back and will see much more varsity action this season. Freshman Drew Oxley is a star of the future and will look to gain tons of varsity experience this season to prepare for what promises to be a very good Cougar career.

2011 Starter @ 125: Matt Gay
2011 Result: State Qualifier, 4th Central Section

One of the hardest working student-athletes in the program, senior Vicente Hernandez looks to be the frontrunner to break into the starting lineup this season. Though without post-season credentials, Vicente is no stranger to upper echelon of wrestling in California. Look for him to quickly make a name and challenge for a podium spot in March. Junior Xesus Velarde, like McAlester, will be a force at the varsity level as well after a solid sophomore season. Freshman Lane Barnes, creating yet another family connection (with brother Brandon Barnes), should do very well in his freshman campaign and provide excellent depth at this weight class. Also competing here will be freshman Nino Rodriguez.

2011 Starter @ 130: Juan Salas
2011 Result: State Qualifier, 4th Central Section

After losing a great senior leader and staple of the Clovis program in Juan Salas, senior Matt Gay will look to move up a weight class and fill that void after a great finish to a surprising junior season. Matt’s talents are numerous and after his most productive off-season ever, the coaching staff expects big things from him at a very tough weight class. Another future star in a great freshman class, Caleb Trace, will challenge Gay and projects to do very well in his inaugural high school season. Another freshman with a familiar name, Michael Burriel – brother of former Clovis standout Tommy Burriel – will look to gain valuable experience at the weight class. Look for freshman Johny Diaz and junior Nick Yang to provide additional support as well.

2011 Starter @ 135: Jason Ladd
2011 Result: State Qualifier, 7th Central Section

At 138lbs, sophomore Sergio Enloe Jr. projects to make his first foray into the varsity lineup after a very successful freshman season. During his rookie campaign, Enloe defeated several eventual state qualifiers and a few state place winners as well. After gaining some valuable experience a year ago, he expects to challenge for a state medal this season. Sophomore Anthony Vargas and freshman Bailey Gilbert will see quite a bit of varsity action as well.

2011 Starter @ 140: Brady Bersano
2011 Result: 7th State, 3rd Central Section

One of the most improved wrestlers from a year ago, junior Jason Ladd will likely hold down the 145lbs spot this season. Ladd had an impressive transformation, going from competitive early in the season to a 2-match winner at the state championships in 2011. With an excellent off-season of preparation behind him, Jason has already turned some heads in the pre-season and the coaching staff expects him to continue to do throughout the year. He has an excellent chance of being a medal winner in March. Sophomore Marlon Watkins saw a lot of varsity action in his first year, and will likely be much more prepared this season to make some real noise. With many tools at his disposal, Marlon could make an impact on future teams and provide valuable support this season. Sophomore Adrian Tinoco and freshman Forrest King will also vie for position at this weight.

2011 Starter @ 145: Colby Thompson
2011 Result: State Qualifier, 7th Central Section

After an up and down season a year ago that finished on an ‘up’, senior Colby Thompson looks to become the 3rd Thompson in Clovis history this season to take home a state medal along side brothers Bryce and Blake. Colby put in his best off-season to date and should be a major force at 152lbs, with previous post-season experience in his back pocket to work from, and is the start of the murderous row of Clovis upper weights that compare favorably to any group in the nation. A trio of future Clovis stars will push Thompson and look to make their own name in the varsity lineup. Sophomores Brody Brand and Alberto Jauregui return from very successful freshman campaigns. Freshman Dominic Kincaid has already earned some nice victories over the summer against stiff competition and should have an excellent freshman season. Another freshman Angel Sanchez will also occupy the weight class.

2011 Starter @ 152: Blake Thompson
2011 Result: 5th State, 2nd Central Section

Back at 160lbs for a second season, junior Adrian Salas already has a 7th place state finish to his name and looks to add even more. With uncanny athletic ability and competitiveness, Salas should challenge for a championship in a very formidable weight class statewide. With great workout partners around him, this should be a breakout season for Adrian. The young talent keeps on coming at 160lbs, with 4 wrestlers that really could leave the program with career marks in four years. All freshman, Sean Cervantes, Adam Prentice, Kyle Humphreys, and Jonathan Peterson will get extended varsity action this season in preparation for the departure of a senior-laden upperweight group.

2011 Starter @ 160: Adrian Salas
2011 Result: 7th State, 2nd Central Section

If having a returning 3-time state medalist is rare, how rare is having two in the same season? The answer – this is the first time in history at any school in California. Like Daniel Gaytan, senior Zach Nevills has 3 state medals, never lower than 5th, and looks to become a rare 4-time California state place winner and as previously mentioned, the first 4-time medalist in Clovis Wrestling history. Only the title has eluded Zach, having made the finals as a sophomore and generating a magical comeback run to 3rd place a year ago to help secure the team state title. He begins the year ranked #5 in the country and looks to add a state championship to complete a remarkable high school resume, before embarking on a collegiate career at Stanford University. Sophomore Brandon Barnes gained a year of varsity experience and maturity, and should get another year of preparation before stepping into the starting role. Junior Tyson Perez returns for his 3rd season and should improve on a year ago. Another promising freshman Gabriel Skelton should see lots of action this season.

2011 Starter @ 171: Zach Nevills
2011 Result: 3rd State, 4th Central Section

A name that few know now but soon will, senior Ryan Davies is one of the best wrestlers yet to see the post-season in California. He spent his first 3 seasons diligently working and waiting patiently behind Zach Nevills and Tommy Burriel, while being neck and neck with state place winner Dakota Gordon a year ago. Slightly edged out from what was sure to be a promising post-season (he defeated several eventual state place winners during the year), Davies should have a breakout senior season, turning many heads along the way, and expects to get his first, well-deserved state medal this March.

2011 Starter @ 189: Dakota Gordon
2011 Result: 7th State, Central Section Champion

Senior Dakota Gordon burst onto the scene a year ago and rolled to a section championship and a 7th place state medal, although slightly below his own expectations. This season, he’ll be all of 195 and is a serious state championship threat. The strongest pound-for-pound wrestler in recent memory, Gordon is athletic and explosive and fits perfectly into the ‘Murderers Row’ of 152 to Heavyweight for Clovis High School. Two freshmen will likely also see time at 195. Adam Delavega is a good young prospect for the Cougars who will only get better with time, while Malik Younes will see some limited varsity action to gain experience for the future.

2011 Starter @ 215: Taylor Ferguson
2011 Result: 6th State, Central Section Champion

With the departure of senior 3-year starter and state place winner Taylor Ferguson, sophomore Matt Weiss looks to step up and fill the role this season. Coming off an impressive freshman campaign with wins over state qualifiers and over 30 individual victories, Weiss has all the tools and the partners to garner immediate success at 220lbs. Another freshman with tremendous upside, Hexton Coronado, will share time at 220. Hexton comes off a great junior high career and will look to adjust to high school level quickly.

2011Starter @ 285: Nick Nevills
2011 Result: State Champion, Central Section Champion

After a season of “firsts”, sophomore Nick Nevills aims to follow up one of the most amazing freshman seasons in high school history. A returning section champion, state champion, and carrying a #3 national ranking into this season, Nick has an eye on a second state championship as well as a second team state championship. Nevills will anchor the back half of the Clovis lineup already dubbed ‘Murderers Row’ and like Daniel Gaytan, will vie to become only the 3rd multiple time state champion at Clovis in the Tirapelle Era. Junior Joseph Dominguez will see time at heavyweight as well.

The core of the Clovis staff is intact and ready for another great season. Steve Tirapelle will guide his 15th Clovis squad with help from invaluable assistants Ben Holscher, back for a 6th season, and son Adam Tirapelle, back for his 8th year with the program. Also returning are key staff members Pete Samhammer, Clint Walbeck, Eric LeGarreta, Eddie Castillo, Scott Moore, and Nara Sihavong. Leading Clark Junior High for the 3rd straight season is veteran coach Kenny Martinez who looks to continue their winning ways, along with the help of Sergio Enloe Sr., in his 3rd season with the junior high program.

December 3rd – Newbury Park Invitational
December 9th & 10th – Clovis West Shootout
December 16th & 17th – Zinkin Classic @ Buchanan HS
December 20th & 21st – Coast Classic @ Aptos HS
December 30th & 31st – The Clash @ University Center (Rochester, MN)
January 6th & 7th – Doc Buchanan @ Clovis HS
January 11th – CLOVIS EAST
January 13th & 14th – Temecula Valley Invitational
January 18th – CENTRAL
January 25th – BUCHANAN
February 1st – CLOVIS NORTH
February 3rd & 4th – Mission San Jose Invitational
February 8th – CLOVIS WEST
February 11th – TRAC Championships @ Clovis West HS
February 17th & 18th – Valley Championships @ Mt. Whitney HS
February 25th – Central Section Masters Championships @ East Bakersfield HS
March 2nd & 3rd – California State Championships @ Rabobank Arena (Bakersfield, CA)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NEW Team Records Listed

Did a bit of research and listed some new TEAM records in the history section of the website. Records are made to be broken (well, except for the 14 state qualifiers) and hoping 2012 might be able to create some of it's own legacy!

Season Kick-Off Parent Meeting - SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, August 30th
Clovis Wrestling Room
(will be done in under 60 minutes)

PLEASE make every effort to attend! We have very few times where we have an opportunity to communicate face to face with parents and all get on the same page. It's especially important to start a new season!

Looking forward to 2011-2012! See you next Tuesday!

Monday, August 22, 2011




Saturday, August 13, 2011

Almost here!

Enjoy the last few days of Summer. Looking forward to getting together to begin the 2011-2012 journey and the drive for TEN!

More information coming regarding dates & times for team meeting, parent meeting, uniform orders, start dates, and more.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Duals - June 24th & 25th

Schedule as follows:

June 24th - Starts at 3:00 - Clovis Wrestlers to report at 1:00

June 25th - Starts at 9:00 - Clovis Wrestlers to report at 8:00

Looking for donations for snack bar. Need Powerade & Water. Let me know if you are able to bring something!

Thank you!

Cindy McAlester
Cougar Parent Wrestling - 289-4351

Sunday, May 29, 2011

2011 CA Dream Team Picture

The 2011 CA Dream Team takes the America's Cup by winning three matches on Friday and three on Saturday. In the finals match on Saturday afternoon, the Dream Team beat Team Michigan 31-18. Clovis team members included Jonas Gaytan, Daniel Gaytan, Blake Thompson, and Nick Nevills.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2011 Awards Banquet

All are welcome. Don't miss out!

Friday, May 20th
Clovis High School Cafeteria

  • Food
  • 2011 Highlight Video
  • Awards & Honors
  • Summer Plans
  • 2012 Preview & Update

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Clovis High Wrestling Coach earns top national honor

Clovis High wrestling coach earns top national honor
Posted at 01:02 PM on Tuesday, May. 10, 2011
By Nick Giannandrea / The Fresno Bee

National High School Coach of the Year Steve Tirapelle of Clovis High pointed to a rare wrestling tournament that the Cougars didn't win for setting the stage for the honor.
The Cougars' fourth-place finish at the Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, Wis., helped garner attention for a program that would win 10 tournaments, – including the CIF State Championship with the second-most points scored in the event's 39-year history.
That led to a No. 7 final national ranking for Clovis by and prompted the website to name Tirapelle its Coach of the Year.
"The West Coast in general gets overlooked," Tirapelle said. "We're out here, and we usually don't compete against the East Coast and the Midwest. It kind of leaves you out there in limbo, where you are not seen other than wrestling yourselves."
"So making the trip to Wisconsin really helped. They saw that wrestling out in California is pretty good. We're right up there with some of the best wrestling in the nation."

Steve Tirapelle

The website noted that Tirapelle's coaching prowess helped elevate the Cougars past defending champion Bakersfield – a team that returned almost its entire lineup – at four common tournaments last season, including the state championships.
In addition to its 10 tournament titles, Clovis had an undefeated record in dual meets and produced a record 14 state qualifiers, seven of whom earned medals, including champions Daniel Gaytan (119 pounds) and Nick Nevills (285).
"We've been pretty fortunate this year," Tirapelle said. "To be recognized with the elite programs out there is very rewarding for the coaching staff, the kids, the school and the school district."

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Poster Business Card Ads due 4-8-11

Poster ads are due by Friday the 8th! If you are interested please contact me as soon as possible! If you do not have a business or business card, you can just make a donation to the poster! ANY AMOUNT WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR DONATIONS!! Thank you! Cindy McAlester 559-289-4351

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Good Luck Scott Sakaguchi

Wish former Clovis wrestler Scott Sakaguchi (Clovis '09) the best of luck this weekend as he wrestles for Oregon State in his first NCAA DI Championships in Philadelphia, PA.

Scott takes on Matt Lester (Oklahoma) in the 1st round of the toughest collegiate tournament in the country.

You can follow all the action from the event on Intermat. In addtion, all rounds of the tournament will be broadcast via ESPN, either on the Internet or on television. The schedule is below:

Thursday March 17 @ 11:00 AM on ESPN3.COM - 1st round
Thursday March 17 @ 6:30 PM on ESPN3.COM - 2nd round and Conso.

Friday March 18 @ 10:30 AM on ESPNU - Session Three, Quarters and Conso.
Friday March 18 @ 7:00 PM on ESPNU - SEMIFINALS

Saturday March 19 @ 11:00 AM on ESPNU - MEDAL ROUNDS

New All-American!

Congratulations to Jimmy Salvala (Clovis '06) for becoming the newest addition to the Clovis Wrestling All-American board. Jimmy placed 7th this past weekend at the NCAA DII Wrestling Championships for Chadron State University at 141lbs.

Jimmy was a two-time state medalist for Clovis High School and now the 8th Clovis wrestler to earn collegiate All-American honors.

Well done Jimmy!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Congratulations Clovis Wrestling!

Congrats to the Clovis Wrestling team on a remarkable, record-extending season!

27th League Championship
20th Section Championship
9th State Championship
23rd Top 5 State Finish

50th Consecutive Dual Meet Victory (4-1/2 year streak)
4th Consecutive League Championship
4th Consecutive Section Championship
4th Consecutive Top 5 State Finish

State Record 14 State Qualifiers
State Record 9 State Place Winners
2 Individual State Champions
2nd Highest Team Point Total in State Tournament History - 186

103 Andy Ia (Senior)
112 Jonas Gaytan (Sophomore) - 5th
119 Daniel Gaytan (Junior) - State Champion
125 Matt Gay (Junior)
130 Juan Salas (Senior)
135 Jason Ladd (Sophomore)
140 Brady Bersano (Senior) - 7th
145 Colby Thompson (Junior)
152 Blake Thompson (Senior) - 5th
160 Adrian Salas (Sophomore) - 7th
171 Zach Nevills (Junior) - 3rd
189 Dakota Gordon (Junior) - 7th
215 Taylor Ferguson (Senior) - 6th
285 Nick Nevills (Freshman) - State Champion

Andy Ia
Juan Salas
Brady Bersano
Christian Velarde
Blake Thompson
Orem Camarena
Taylor Ferguson

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wrestling Poster Donations

As most of you know we did not do a "Wrestling Poster" at the beginning of the year... however in celebration of our 9th State Championship, we are doing one NOW!! Please let me know if you are interested in a "Business Card Ad" Cost is $125.00 all proceeds go to poster and Cougar Parent Wrestling to support Clovis Wrestling!

Thank you!

Cindy McAlester
Cougar Parent Wrestling
(559) 289-4351

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Master 2011

Here we go again,,,,, need the following for this weekend:

PB & J Sandwiches (28 or more)
Granola Bars - We are completely out so need lots!!
Bagels (2 packages) Still have some left over!
Powerade/Gatorade ( Need 4 cases for next two weekends)

Thanks so much!!

Last year we didn't do State... but think we should this year... for Friday only and they can finish up left overs on Saturday... this is it for them so usually a feeding frenzy on Saturday but still want them to have healthy items on hand! I will put bagels into individual bags so they can grab what they want and put into their bag! Rabobank is a little strict and won't let them carry in boxes of food!


Thank you to a great group of parents that have helped out!! Juaregui, Callaway, Thompson, Bersano, Ferguson, Gaytan you guys really came thru!!

Keep up the good work boys!!! No time to unwind... you guys have IX !! (Thank you Coach LaGaretta for the rhyme)

Cindy McAlester
Cougar Parent Wrestling


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Next stop.... VALLEY!

We are going to continue with "Feeding the Cougars"!!! Need the following for next Friday!

PB&J - Need 28 for Friday
Bagels - Need enough for 2 days!
Granola Bars - Have some left from this weekend.... need more!
Oranges - Peeled

Parent Club will be providing Powerade, Water & Creme Cheese for the Bagels!

Thanks so much for your support! I have told Steve, Adam & Ben what a great help the parents have been all year!!!



2011 TRAC Champions!

Good start to post season for the Cougars. 7 champs, 14 qualifiers and TRAC Champions!! With some room for improvement -- just the way it should be. Need to build on Saturday for next week, right up to the state. Great group and looking forward to the next 3 weeks. Stay focused!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

TRAC Tournament

TRAC Tournament is this Saturday (February12th) at Clovis East!!

Need help from parents to donate the following:

Bagels: Need approx 28 or so.....(Creme Cheese will be provided)
28 or so PBJ Sandwiches
Oranges - Peeled & In Slices for the Team
Granola Bars
Powerade & Water will be provided by Parent Club

Contact me and let me know if you would like to help... !


Cindy McAlester - 559-289-4351 -
Cougar Parent Wrestling

Mission San Jose Invitational Champions

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Cougars win again!

Again another tournament won!! This is going to be hard to explain.... Clovis took two teams.. Clovis A & Clovis B! However in reality, Clovis A was really a mixture of 2nd & 1st team kids and the B Team was really a mixture of 2nd & 3rd team kids!! Clovis "A" took home the CHAMPIONSHIP and Clovis "B" took 5th!! Might I add... neither had a full line up!! Way to go Cougars!! FUTURE IS BRIGHT!! Congrats to Matt Gay, Marlon Watkins, Adrian Salas & Dakota Gordon for bringing home the gold! Dakota was also named OW in upper weights!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Golden West Tournament

Meet at the Wrestling Room @ 5:45 am

Weigh-ins 7:00 to 8:00 am

Wrestling begins at 9:00 am

Golden West High School
1717 N McAuliff Rd.
Visalia, CA 93292

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Upcoming Post Tournaments

Attn: Parents, Family and Friends of Clovis Wrestling

As post season is fast approaching... thought I would get everyone thinking about accommodations. The Valley Tournament and of course State Tournament are in Bakersfield this year. I just went on (name your price) and booked my rooms! Valley is on February 18th & February 19th and State is March 4th & 5th.

I was able to book my room for Valley for $50.00 & for State for $90.00!! Both at Four Points Sheraton! I think I may have went in a little high for State so I would suggest going in lower to see if they accept!


Thought I would share!

Also, for the past few years the Parent Club has provided the food for post tournaments, not including State. The usual stuff, fruit, bagels, creme cheese, PB&J, Powerade & Water. Please let me know if you would like to help.

Remember EVERYONE., think 9!!!!

Cindy McAlester
Cougar Parent Wrestling

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Temecula Valley Hotel

For those interested, the team will be staying at:

Spring Hill Suites
Temecula Valley Wine Country
28220 Jefferson Avenue
Temecula, CA 92590
(951) 699-4477

Monday, January 10, 2011


Big thanks to a great group of parents!!! You all stepped up and worked beyond your "scheduled" shifts and kept it running very smooth! Also.... those great Tri Tip Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers & Hot Dogs would not have been possible without Mr. Gay & Mr. Miller!!!! They worked all day out in the cold both days!!! THANK YOU!! You know I joke a lot about the snack bar.... but the compliments we got from many people meant that we did exactly what we were suppose to do.... provide a great snack bar... for a GREAT tournament!! Job Well Done!! ... Cindy Mc

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Doc Buchanan - LIVE Streaming & Stats

Don't miss the action!

LIVE Streaming Video
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Channel 2 –

LIVE Results
We're going to try to add a new wrinkle for fans at this year's Doc Buchanan. Rather than wait for brackets to update every round, we'll be using the NWCA Scorebook Software to do near real-time stats for matches at the tournament. As matches are being wrestled and results come in, the scores will be recorded and available at:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cheesehead semi-finals, 3-7th place matches at link below:

Cheesehead/Videos -
by SSparks » Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:44 pm

All Cheesehead Semi-Finals, 7th, 5th and 3rd place matches are all posted at

All Championship matches will be posted this Saturday night at 11:59pm central time. ... sdate=2010

Tuesday, January 4, 2011



6:45 pm

Your attendance is extremely important and VERY much appreciated!! If you can not make the meeting... please contact me so we can arrange your shift for the Doc B!!

We have had very few parents sign up for a shift! Remember without the Doc B ...the number of tournaments our kids attend would be very limited.

Thank you!!

Cindy McAlester
Cougar Parent Wrestling

Clinch Gear National HS Team Rankings 1-4-11

Clinch Gear National High School Team Rankings 1.4.2011
Published on January 4, 2011 by viratas · No Comments
Clinch Gear National High School Team Rankings and Cheesehead Recap

Willie Saylor, Editor

The top teams all across the land were in action last week. No bigger event was staged than the Cheesehead in Kaukauna, Wisconsin which featured seven of our top eighteen.

#1 Apple Valley led wire-to-wire in Kaukauna. Despite crowing just one champ, the Eagles displayed incredible balance by placing eight in the finals and thirteen in the top six. They outpaced Runners-Up #3 Blair Academy by over 80 pts.

Blair distanced themselves from the rest field, with nearly a triple-digit margin over 3rd place, and then 12th-ranked Simley. The Bucs crowned a tournament-high five champions.

Simley made a strong case to move up considerably in the rankings. The Trojans placed half their line-up in the top 4.
The biggest movers, however, will be Clovis, who checked in last week at #18. The perennial powerhouse led by the esteemed Tirapelle family, rolled their way to 4th place at the Cheesehead, out-pointing 3 other nationally squads on the virtues of one champ, two finalists, and eight in the top 6.

Wisconsin Rapids, Wyoming Seminary, and Marmion Academy, finished 5th through 7th, respectively.

The outstanding field at the Cheesehead was obvious. It’s not every day that you get 7 of the Top 15 teams in the same building to compete.

What’s less apparent to the average fan is just how great of an event and an environment this tournament is. It’s a well-oiled machine that goes off without a hitch thanks to its plethora of dedicated and accommodating staff and volunteers.

And from a fans perspective, the action couldn’t get much better.

Because of its unique pool bracketing, you get de facto quarter and semi-finals on Day I before heading into the Day II mini-tournament. We were privileged enough to see a Brooks Black-Nick Nevills barnburner twice. And a guy like Dom Malone (WySem) who was caught and pinned in a pool match, can claim redemption like he did by winning the title in a rematch in the finals with George Fisher (Marmion), the guy who pinned him.

What it means to you and I is: we don’t have to wait around through the fluff to get to the meat of the match-ups.

In other action:

Outside of Wisconsin, 10 of the other 13 ranked squads competed.

Here’s how they did:

•#2 St. Paris-Graham more than doubled up the field at the Miami Valley Tournament with 330 team points to Runners-Up Centerville’s 140.
•#4 Brandon won the Heart of Dixie Classic at Vestavia Hills (Alabama’s most distinguished team) by a whopping 270pts.
•#5 Bakersfield, despite missing the services of two starters, won a tough intra-state dual with Oakdale, who is ranked as the 3rd best team in the Golden State.
•#8 St. Ed’s won the Medina Tournament (OH) convincingly over #16 Massillon-Perry, 288 to 208. Ed’s had six champs on seven finalists. Perry had seven in the top 4.
•#13 Easton rolled to the Manheim title over Robinson (VA) and Reynolds. The Red Rovers crowned five champs.
•#14 Bethlehem Catholic had eight champs and a runner-up as they hosted their annual Christmas City Tournament.
•#18 High Point led the Mustang Classic field with five champs and a runner-up.
•#19 St. John’s bested some of Michigan’s Best including Detroit Central Catholic in winning the Goodrich Invitational. St. John’s 224pts topped DCC’s 201, and Dundee’s 186.5. St. John’s was 6-for-6 in the finals.
•#20 Roseburg blitzed the Douglas County Invite. They had 8 champions on 10 finalists and posted a team score of 220.5 that nearly doubled up 2nd place Reedsport’s 113.
This upcoming week’s big event is The Clash in Rochester, Minnesota. The 9th edition of this event will feature 10 TOM-recognized teams; 6 ranked, and 4 honorable mention. For brackets visit:
And watch for our preview coming shortly. We will also offer live event coverage.

Other big events this week include the Doc Buchanan in California where most of the state’s big dogs will tangle including #5Bakersfield and #10 Clovis.

St. Ed’s and Perry will see each other for the second consecutive week. They’ll both be at Wadsworth, this time, for a dual showdown.

Like always, our Individual National Rankings will be released Wednesday.

# 1 Apple Valley, Minnesota
Previous: #1
Last Week: Won Cheesehead
This Week: The Clash

# 2 St. Paris-Graham, OH
Previous: #2
Last Week: Won Miami Valley Conference Tourney
This Week: Home Duals 1/9

#3 Blair Academy, New Jersey
Previous: #3
Last Week: 2nd at Cheesehead
This Week: Home vs. Bergen Catholic 1/7

#4 Brandon, Florida
Previous: #4
Last Week: Heart of Dixie Champs
This Week: The Clash

#5 Bakersfield, California
Previous: #5
Last Week: Defeated Oakdale 29-24
This Week: Doc Buchanan

#6 St. Edwards, Ohio
Previous: #8
Last Week: Medina Champs
This Week: Ohio Duals @ Wadsworth

#7 Simley, Minnesota
Previous: #12
Last Week: 3rd @ Cheesehead
This Week: The Clash

#8 Iowa City-West, Iowa
Previous: #7
Last Week: Idle
This Week: Lepic Duals

#9 Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa
Previous: #8
Last Week: Idle
This Week: The Clash

#10 Clovis, California
Previous: #17
Last Week: 4th @ Cheesehead
This Week: Doc Buchanan

#11 Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Previous: #11
Last Week: 5th @ Cheesehead
This Week: The Clash

#12 Wyoming Seminary
Previous: #6
Last Week: 6th @ Cheesehead
This Week: Idle

#13 Marmion Academy, Illinois
Previous: #7
Last Week: 7th @ Cheesehead
This Week: Idle

#14 St. Johns, Michigan
Previous: #19
Last Week: Won Goodrich Invite
This Week: East Lansing Quad

#15 Easton, Pennsylvania
Previous: #13
Last Week: Won Manheim Holiday Tournament
This Week: Easton Invitational (Duals)

#16 Bethlehem Catholic, Pennsylvania
Previous: #14
Last Week: Won Christmas City Tournament
This Week: Dual

#17 Tulsa Union, Oklahoma
Previous: #18
Last Week: Idle
This Week: Duals vs. Bixby, Claremore, and Lawton, and McArthur; Geary Tournament

#18 Massillon-Perry, Ohio
Previous: #19
Last Week: Medina Invitational Runners-Up
This Week: Ohio Duals @ Wadsworth

#19 High Point, New Jersey
Previous: #18
Last Week: Won Mustang Classic Tourney
This Week: Duals vs. Sparta and Brearly. Minuteman Tourney

#20 Roseburg, Oregon
Previous: #20
Last Week: Won Douglas County Invite
This Week: The Clash

The Top 5 stay intact with results to confirm their positions. St. Ed’s, now with their full contingent on the mats, moves into the 6th slot.

Simley gets a big boost, from 12th to 7th, behind St. Ed’s and in front of the Iowa schools, who we’ll learn more about this weekend.

Clovis is the biggest mover; from 17th to 10th after a fantastic showing at the Cheesehead. There are two events which we’ll be able to use to further gauge them this week; they’ll face #5Bakersfield as well as many of CA’s best at the Doc Buchanan. Also, the results of Simley and Rapids duals vs. the Iowa schools should serve as a barometer.
Rapids stays put at #11. There were two teams ranked ahead of them that they finished better than, and two teams ranked behind them that out-placed them.

Another team on the rise is St. Johns, Michigan. They move up five spots, and ahead of Easton at #14.

#19 High Point is an interesting team. They could be much better than their ranking, but their loss to Perry at King of the Mountain keeps them there for now. They will have an opportunity to move up in a few weeks with a good showing at The Final Four.

Honorable Mention:

•Bettendorf, Iowa
•Cannon-McMillan, Pennsylvania
•Carl Sandberg, Illinois
•Central Dauphin, Pennsylvania
•Christiansburg, Virginia
•Crystal Lake Central, Illinois
•Collins Hill, Georgia
•Cox, Virginia
•Glenbard North, Illinois
•Park Hill, Missouri
•Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Pennsylvania
•South Plainfield, New Jersey
•Springstead, Florida

Sunday, January 2, 2011



6:45 pm

Your attendance is extremely important and VERY much appreciated!! If you can not make the meeting... please contact me so we can arrange your shift for the Doc B!!

We have had very few parents sign up for a shift! Remember without the Doc B ...the number of tournaments our kids attend would be very limited.

Thank you!!

Cindy McAlester
Cougar Parent Wrestling