The following is my latest article about James Medeiros, who attended American High School in Fremont. Now at Birmingham High, Coach Medeiros is taking the Los Angeles City section to another level.
The road map to achieving goals in life is through hard work, sacrifice, and being fully dedicated to the process of achieving them.
It also requires having a vision and possessing the discipline to move forward, even in the midst of failure. It has been said that “discipline is doing what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it.” For example, it is waking up in the pre-dawn hours of the day and drilling for two hours before attending your first class in the morning, or running an extra five miles in the late evening after a long day at school, regular practice, and two hours of demanding homework.
One particular California wrestler that fits this description very well is Head Coach James Medeiros of Birmingham Community Charter High School in the Los Angeles City Section.
Never give up!
Medeiros’ wrestling journey began at the early age of 8 when his father, Jim, got him involved with the local Delta Wrestling Club in Brentwood, California.
Having been a very good wrestler himself, Medeiros’ father understood that exposure and repetition were very important and key elements to achieving success. As many successful people have learned in life, there will be many bumps on the road to achieving one’s goal, thus perseverance is paramount.
Medeiros learned this first-hand as his introduction to wrestling was not pleasant. He truly took his lumps in the beginning, but understood that repetition is the mother of skill…Never give up!
It was around the sixth grade at Edna Hill Middle School in Brentwood when he started to embrace the mental and physical challenges of the sport and reinforce them with hard work and sacrifice.
“When I was in eighth grade, I moved to Fremont to live with my dad and things changed for me. His passion and drive for the sport rubbed off on me. He had me drilling moves in the garage every morning. That’s when I went from part time wrestler to serious competitor.” James Medeiros.
As I had stated prior, repetition is the mother of skill. Medeiros’ dedication and commitment to wrestling truly paid off.
While attending American High School in Fremont, Medeiros accumulated an impressive number of accolades. In four years, he earned multiple league and section titles, two trips to the state finals, winning the prestigious CIF State Championships his senior year in 1999. In addition, Medeiros won several Cadet & Junior state titles, earned All-American honors at the NHSCA Senior Nationals, four All-American honors at the Cadet & Junior Nationals in Fargo, and received All-American honors from several of the promotional outlets, such as Wrestling USA Magazine, Amateur wrestling New, and ASICS.