The Orange International Street Fair will be held from Friday, August 31 - Sunday, September 2nd!!
Come out and support ELMO Wrestling as we will be selling BBQ Corn!!!
El Modena Varsity wrestling took 2nd place at the El Dorado Wrestling Tournament this weekend. (12/3/17) These wrestlers placed:
Nomar Aguilar 1st place (132 lbs)
Brandon Turner 2nd (220)
Luis Zapien 2nd (195)
Blake Moore 2nd (145)
Joseph Palacios 3rd (108)
David Arcos 3rd (HWT)
Brian Cortes 3rd (182)
Jaden Sparks 4th (120)
Matt Campbell 5th (138)
Jesus Vasquez 5th (113)
This week El Modena hosts a F/S tournament on Wednesday, 12/6. On Saturday, 12/9 varsity boys are at a tournament at Mater Dei, girls are at Santa Ana HS, and JV/FS are are Capastrano Valley.
10 Questions with the New Wrestling Coach
Coach Jorge Carrizosa is a new face and coach at El Mo and is happy to be here.
Frontline: How were your first 3 days at El Modena?
Jorge Carrizosa: It’s different coming from a private school to a public school even though I did start off at a public school, the transition is different. I’m excited, its something new.
FL: How long have you been coaching and where have you coached before?
JC: This is going to be my 16th year coaching. I started at Troy High School as an assistant wrestling coach, I was there for six total years. Six coaching wrestling and three of those six years I coached football and track. Two year head coach at Nogales High School for wrestling. I took a year off and then one year at Coachella Valley, that was my first year teaching and I was head coach over there. And then three years at St. Margarets as the head coach as well.
FL: Do you teach at El Mo? If so, what class?
JC: I do PE, five periods. Best subject ever besides lunch.
FL: What are your goals for this years team?
JC: Goals are really not to change too much, just build on skills that the wrestler’s have already and add my own and help out wherever I can. We’re all on the same page, we all want the same goals, we all want to win so I’m just there to kind of guide them along the path.
FL: What are your expectations for your first time coaching at El Mo?
JC: Well I know there’s a rich history so there’s always high expectations but for me as long as the kids work hard and leave it all on the mat you can’t really ask for more. Sometimes you get beat by a better opponent but as long as you work hard and bust your butt there shouldn’t be any problems.
FL: What do you plan to do to make this season better than last years?
JC: Just kind of build on where we’re at and challenge the kids more and amp up the number of matches they are getting to kind of build towards the season. To me its not where we start its where we are going to end so the wins/losses aren’t a big deal in the beginning you just got to make sure the team peaks at the right time heading into league finals and CIF.
FL: What made you want to pursue a job as a wrestling coach?
JC: Wrestling was a big part of my life as a high school wrestler. It changed my life, showed me a lot about who I was and what I could be. I just think its a great sport, its often a forgotten sport but I think it has a tremendous impact on an individual’s life.
FL: How was your high school wrestling career? Ever get injured?
JC: I’ve experienced my fair share of injuries. If you don’t get injured at least once in your career you’re not wrestling hard enough. I wrestled at Vista High School, I was a three year varsity starter and a two year captain. I placed three times at CIF and twice at Masters. Pretty successful for a kid that lost every match as a freshman, I worked hard during the summer to crack the varsity line-up.
FL: How does moving to a new school affect you personally?
JC: Honestly its more enjoyable, I’m closer to home now. I used to have about an hour and a half commute and to be within 15 minutes is a real blessing. I think every time you get to a new job its always trying to adjust that is probably the most difficult. Getting used to the environment, the staff, just the whole community in general but the kids and the staff have done a really good job welcoming me to El Modena.
FL: Did you feel pressure coming in as a new head coach to a new school and completely taking over the program?
JC: There is always pressure coming into a program that has been as successful as El Modena has. You want to try to live up to the traditions that coaches have left in the past so there is always some pressure but I feel as long as I coach the way I do and set up a positive atmosphere and be a positive role model to the wrestlers, we’ll be fine, the wins will come.
Life for a Girl Grappler
Junior Irene Solis is a strong individual. She competes and thrives at a male dominated sport while managing to fulfill her school work and social life at the same time. Solis shares what it’s like to be a wrestler, a girl wrestler.
Frontline: How long have you been wrestling and how long have you been a part of the El Modena wrestling team?
Irene Solis: I been wrestling for about three years. I’ve had the honor of being part of the El Modena wrestling team for two years.
FL: What motivates you to wrestle?
IS: Wrestling is more than a sport to me. The team is more than just my team, they’re my family, my brothers. Together we want to be the best. They’re my motivation and I want to make them proud of me but most importantly I want to prove to myself that I can be the best.
FL: How does it feel being one of few girls that wrestle at El Mo?
IS: Honestly there’s more pressure, especially since I’m the only girl on varsity. More is expected of me, but I do feel honored to represent my school.
FL: What kind of work do you put in to prepare for the season?
IS: Wrestling doesn’t have an off season so I train all the time. If it’s not at school it’s at a local technicians’ whose specialty is girl wrestling. My favorite coach, who I prepare with before season, is Coach Mike. He’s the coach of an all-girls wrestling team at Kennedy High School, which is one of the best teams around.
FL: Do you compete against boys? If not, how often do you compete?
IS: The only time I compete with boys are scrimmages and at open mats
Other than that I don’t.As a girl I have tournaments consisting of only girls .
FL: If given the opportunity, would you like to wrestle on an all-girls team that solely competes against other girls?
IS: Of course. Girls generally have different instincts then boys so being able to practice with them is a huge advantage.
FL: Do you think more girls should get involved into wrestling? Why?
IS: Honestly wrestling is not for everyone, I only encourage the girls who are tough and brave enough. Our wrestling team does not need girls who cry and give up when they start to feel a little pain. Join cheer if you want to be a girly girl. Join wrestling if you have the guts and the heart.
FL: What do you have to say for any girls that are interested in joining wrestling?
IS: Google it first, truly know what you’re getting into. Our wrestling team has their arms open for whoever wants to try. This is an amazing sport where you truly find your true character and discover your extreme limits.
FL: What has been your best and worst experiences while wrestling?
IS: The best experiences I’ve had while wrestling are two big ones. The first was at my third tournament I broke a girls nose, the best feeling ever, don’t get me wrong I’m not mean its just I enjoyed it more because she made fun of my singlet. The other one is, well I can say I have pinned a couple of guys in the time I’ve been in wrestling. My worst experience was when I got crossed face so hard that a girl’s nail literally got stuck in my nose but thankfully it didn’t get infected.
FL: What are you individual goals for the season?
IS: Not only are they my goals but they are my dreams. I want to be the first girl on the wall, my name put alongside the greats. Going to state, in hopes of becoming a state champion, is the other.