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SportStars NorCal Girls Wrestler Rankings | Jan. 10
As California Leads The Way In The Rapid Growth Of Girls Wrestling, It Was Time To Debut Our First NorCal Girls Wrestling Rankings • PICTURED ABOVE: Katelyn Cardoza (150s) of Ripon High. (Ike Dodson photo) We’ve said it for years — girl’s wrestling is one of the fastest-growing sports... Read more
SportStars NorCal Wrestler Rankings (152-285) | Jan. 5
There’s One New No. 1 And Twenty-Seven New Names In Our Second Installment Of The NorCal Wrestler Rankings For The 2021-22 Season • PICTURED ABOVE: Members of the Granada-Livermore wrestling team from early December. (Granada High Wrestling photo/Facebook) Northern California wrestling families did a little more than wait for... Read more
SportStars NorCal Wrestler Rankings (106-145) | Jan. 5
There’s One New No. 1 And Twenty-Seven New Names In Our Second Installment Of The NorCal Wrestler Rankings For The 2021-22 Season • PICTURED ABOVE: The Franklin High-Stockton wrestling team, featuring Jackson Calvert (113s) and Ahmaad Lewis (132s). (Franklin High Wrestling photo) Northern California wrestling families did a little... Read more
Dream Team | Vacaville Wrestling Has Record-Setting Potential
Vacaville Has Spent The First Month Of The Season Establishing Itself As NorCal’s Top Wrestling Team — And That Doesn’t Look Like Changing Anytime Soon  PICTURED ABOVE: Kainoa Medina, left, tangles with Oakdale’s Michael Torres in the 2020 SJS Masters 106-pound final. (Ike Dodson photos) The first time Kainoa... Read more
Hail Ceasar! | Top Ranked Oakdale Wrestler Aims For State Glory
Ceasar Garza Is Arguably NorCal’s Best Pound-For-Pound Wrestlers — And He’s Proved It During A Whirlwind Start To His Senior Campaign • To become the fourth CIF wrestling champion in Oakdale High history this season, Michigan State-bound Ceasar Garza has to be better than any other California wrestler at... Read more
Reclaiming The Mat | Vacaville Wrestling Plans Summer Salvation
A Trip To Fargo Will Save A Lost Wrestling Season For Ethan Birch And The Sac-Joaquin Section Powerhouse Vacaville Bulldogs • Vacaville wrestling standout Ethan Birch smiles too much. He jokes, laughs and grins like the world was created just to give him a never-ending line of high-fives. The... Read more
SportStories, Ep. 4 | Ripple Effect: Remembering Mark Halvorson
The Pod Welcomes Its First Olympian As Robby Smith Joined Multiple Wrestlers To Help Us Remember The Late Youth And De La Salle Coach, Mark Halvorson • As the wrestling program director at Concord’s Community Youth Center, Mark Halvorson opened the door of wrestling to countless youth from all... Read more
SV Scuffle High School Girls Wrestling Loaded with State Medalists
On January 23, 2021 at Bakersfield’s Elite Fitness Center, the high school girls wrestling brackets at the SV Scuffle Invitational were loaded with state medalists and qualifiers in action. Many including a state champion with something to prove Returning state qualifiers are identified in green below The 126 weight... Read more
California Wrestlers Now on College Rosters
Mike Cho takes the reigns at The California Wrestler, and as a matter of course, his first post is data-packed! It features a list of previous California prep wrestling stars who find themselves now on college rosters. California Wrestlers Now on College Rosters For over two decades, The California... Read more
Who’s Got Next? | Readers Get Final 2020 SportStars Cover Choice
Vote On The Final 2020 SportStars Cover — What Image Should Represent An Issue Containing Our Favorite Work From A Frustrating Year Paired With A Hopeful Look Forward? So yeah, NorCal high school athletic programs are unlikely to remember 2020 with much fondness. We get it. However, SportStars worked... Read more
Damion Elliott | Del Oro Wrestler Has Singlet, Will Travel
Wrestling In 2020-21 May Just Be A Vision Quest As NorCal Wrestling Stars Like Del Oro’s Damion Elliott Flee State For Chances At Competition • Six months after he seized California Interscholastic Federation stardom by reaching the state finals as a sophomore, Del Oro-Loomis wrestler Damion Elliott found himself... Read more
Al Fontes Lauded Coach, Editor Says So Long to California Wrestling Community
It has been an honor and privilege serving the California wrestling community… After serving the California wrestling community for over 25 years, I am departing from editorship responsibilities with the California Wrestler Newsletter (TCW) and moving on to a new chapter in my life. It has been an honor... Read more