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Wrestling’s Star Studded Monterey Clinic of Champions Wrestling’s Star Studded Monterey Clinic of Champions
Founder Bill Grant Brings a “Who’s Who” of Wrestling every year to the Monterey Peninsula. At 41 Years, the 2019 edition is as star-studded... Wrestling’s Star Studded Monterey Clinic of Champions

Founder Bill Grant Brings a “Who’s Who” of Wrestling every year to the Monterey Peninsula. At 41 Years, the 2019 edition is as star-studded as ever.

SportStars INSIDER, Al Fontes (The California Wrestler Editor in Chief) wrote a historical perspective of the Monterey Clinic of Champions this past August, which can be read here in the MARINES FIGHTING SPIRIT High School Wrestling pages. In it, Al outlines the list of Olympic and World Team member presenters.

Wrestling’s Grandest Stage

Many remember as a kid watching the USA compete on the worlds largest stage in Olympic Roman Greco wrestling. The men, many of whose names we never could quite pronounce, but whom we sat in awe of, will be here. The band, as they say, will be in some hallowed and historic surroundings.

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As the 2019 iteration marking the 41st Annual Clinic of Champions approaches October 25th – 27th, spectators will be treated to a veritable who’s who at the Embassy Suites in Pacific Grove.

The pioneer behind this long-established clinic is California and National Hall-of-Fame recipient Bill Grant. Within national wrestling circles, Bill is considered by many to be among the top promoters of wrestling in the Golden State and abroad. That’s the inspiration for todays’ young athletes and why they are encouraged attend the spectacle.

The A List: Star Studded Celebs of International Wrestling

Among the celebrities of wrestling are ESPY winners and Olympians, USA Gold level coaches and Freestyle Masters. All carry a list of accomplishments as long as your arm.

A short clinic schedule follows. For more information about attending the Clinic and to see the list and accomplishments of the Olympic and World Team members, see Al’s story or visit the clinic website.

41st Clinic Schedule 

Friday, October 25, 2019

2:00pm – 6:30pm Registration & Coaches packet & t-shirt

6:30pm – Introductions

6:45pm – 7:45pm Session 1

8:00pm – 9:00pm Session 2

Saturday, October 26, 2019

8:30am – 9:30am Session 3

9:45am – 10:45am Session 4

11:00am – 12:00pm Session 5

12:15pm – 1:15pm Lunch at the Embassy for coaches & clinicians

1:30pm – 2:30pm Session 6

2:45pm – 3:45pm Session 7

4:00pm – 5:00pm Session 8

6:00pm – Social for coaches & clinicians at Knuckles Sports Bar-Hyatt Regency

Sunday, October 27, 2019

9:00am – 10:00am Session 9

10:15am – 11:15am Session 10

11:30am – 12:00pm Session 11 California Coaches – New CIF
Rules/State Dual Meet and Q & A

12:00 – Grand Raffle Prizes

Story by SportStars INSIDER, Al Fontes. Follow Al at


After serving the California wrestling community for over 25 years, Coach Al Fontes am departing from editorship responsibilities with the California Wrestler Newsletter

Al Fontes

AL FONTES “aka, Coach Al” has over 38 years service in the sport of wrestling. He has served as the California State Editor of the California Wrestler Newsletter since 1995. He has also been a contributing editor for several national wrestling publications and websites (Wrestling USA Magazine, Amateur Wrestling News, WIN Magazine, InterMat and His awards include Wrestling USA Editor-of-the-Year, WUSA Man-of-the-Year, and at the 2001 CIF State Championships, he was given the Irv Oliner Award for contributions to California wrestling.

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