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DRILLER WRESTLING CLUB!

NOVEMBER, 2014

NEWSLETTER
Off-Season Update

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The Drillers enjoyed a successful season last year, placing tenth in the
State Championships with three individual place winners: Bryce Martin (2nd,
172 lbs.), Navonte Demison (3rd, 108 lbs.), and Carlos Herrera (6th, 122 lbs.). It
was a great end to a great season, but wrestlers never stop working - especially
Drillers. In this edition of the DWC Newsletter we take a look at what our
boys have been up to since the State Championships in March.

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NOVEMBER, 2014

13th Annual
Spaghetti Dinner
And Raffle
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The Driller Wrestling program will once again kick off the
season by hosting the 13th annual Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle in
the BHS Student Cafeteria. The event will be held at 6 PM on
Saturday, November 15th. Driller Wrestling fans are encouraged to
attend the event, which will feature a night of good food, friends
and fun. Fans will have the opportunity to meet with the current
wrestling team and coaching staff, purchase raffle tickets and buy
Driller Wrestling gear. A raffle will be held as a way to raise money
for the upcoming season which will feature many great prizes.
Tickets are still available for $8 each, but are going fast. Anyone
interested in purchasing tickets for the event, or donating prizes
for the raffle are encouraged to contact Coach Anthony Box at
(661) 699-3682 or by email at boxxy00@yahoo.com.
What: 13th Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Where: BHS Student Cafeteria
When: Saturday, November 15th @ 6PM
Tickets: $8
Contact Coach Box for more information: (661) 699-3682 or boxxy00@yahoo.com

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Folkstyle Nationals: Cedar Falls, IA

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One month after the California State Championships, the Drillers traveled to Cedar
Falls, Iowa for the Folkstyle National Championships. Hosted by USA Wrestling, the
tournament was separated into two age groups, Cadet and Junior. The competition was
intense, both in quality and quantity. Some weight classes held over sixty competitors, and
every weight class featured several of the top ranked wrestlers in the nation.
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The Drillers rose to the challenge and managed to place eight wrestlers, all of them
earning All-American Honors. In the Cadet Division, Izzak Olejnik (5th), Navonte
Demison (3rd), JJ Figueroa (8th), Sam Loera (4th), and Daniel Schoene (4th) placed, while
Carlos Herrera (7th), Sean Nickell (2nd), and Bryce Martin (4th).

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Freestyle State Championships
In April the Drillers traveled to Selland Arena in Fresno to wrestle in the California
Freestyle State Championships. Nine Driller wrestlers left the tournament with a state
medal from the Cadet age division, and four of those medals were gold. JJ Figueroa had an
excellent tournament, collecting a record of 5 and 0 on route to a first place finish at 120
pounds. Figueroa recorded convincing wins over top competitors Chris Deloza and Justin
Mejia. Mejia was the California High School State Champion this year at 108 pounds.
Navonte Demison also went 5 and 0 at 113 pounds, winning all of his matches by fall or
technical fall. Three Drillers placed at this weight, as Dillon Cravens added a 5th place
finish and Josh Maddox added an 8th to Demison’s 1st. Incoming freshman Izzak Olejnik
added a championship at 94 pounds, and had a thrilling come from behind win over
Poway’s Chase Zollmann in the finals. Sam Loera defeated Selma’s Tristan Zamilpa 9 to 1 in
his finals match to become a state champion. Ricky Gonzalez added a 3rd place finish at
152 pounds. Gonzalez’s younger brother Adrian also received a medal after placing 8th at
106 pounds. The final place winner for the Drillers in the cadet division was heavyweight
Daniel Schoene, who, after losing a wild first match to the eventual champion, Christian
Rebottaro of Scots Valley, by a score of 25 to 15, battled back to take 7th place.
The Drillers also left with six place winners in the Junior age division. Sean Nickell had a
strong tournament, finishing in 3rd place at 120 pounds. Nickell’s only loss came to Joey
Cisneros of Redwood by a score of 5 to 4. Nickell nearly stole the match in the final
seconds, but time expired before any points were recorded. Carlos Herrera went 5 and 0 on
route to a state championship. Herrera won a close fought match in the finals against
Devan Turner of Dixon. The score was tied at one when time expired, but Herrera had
earned the tie-breaker criteria, which won him the match. Bryce Martin had a solid
performance, going 4 and 0 and finishing as the state champion at 170 pounds. Elias
Rosales earned a 2nd place finish at 182 pounds with a 4 and 1 record. After dropping a
back and forth match in the semifinals by a score of 17 to 13, Travis Yarbrough fought his
way back to a 3rd place finish at 220 pounds. The final medal of the day for the Drillers at
the Junior age division went to Josh Annis, as he added an 8th place medal at 138 pounds.
Between the two age divisions the Drillers finished with six freestyle state champions and
fifteen total state medals.

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Freestyle and
Greco-Roman Nationals:
Fargo, ND
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Recognized by many as one of the (if not THE) toughest high school tournaments in
the nation, the USA Wrestling Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Championships is
often seen as the proving ground for high school wrestlers. Many of the top wrestlers at
this tournament go on to become the top wrestlers at the college level. Because of strong
performances at the Greco-Roman and Freestyle State Championships, the Drillers
managed to qualify an impressive two wrestlers to the Greco-Roman Nationals and eight
to the Freestyle Nationals.
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At the Greco-Roman National Championships, incoming freshman Izzak Olejink
and sophomore Ricky Gonzalez represented both the Bakersfield Drillers and the state of
California. Both wrestlers placed in the top eight, which earned the All-American Honors.
Olejnik placed 7th with a record of 5 wins and 2 losses. After advancing to the semi-finals,
Gonzalez finished with a 5th place medal, winning 4 matches and losing 2 in the process.
This finish marks the first time since 2003 that the Drillers have had two Greco-Roman
All-Americans, when Brett Land and Jake Varner achieved that honor.
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The Drillers had a total of eight qualifiers for the freestyle National Championships,
the most we have had in some time. The competition was very strong, with some brackets
containing upwards of 80 of the top wrestlers in the nation. Incoming freshman Izzak
Olejnik was able to rise to the occasion, earning an 8th place freestyle medal to accompany
his 7th place Greco-Roman medal. Izzak becomes the first Fargo Double All-American the
Drillers have produced since Brett Land in 2003. The rest of the Drillers fought valiantly,
but were eliminated before reaching the top eight.
Final Results:
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Freestyle:
Izzak Olejnik 7th! !
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Izzak Olejnik 8th
Ricky Gonzalez 5th!!
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Navonte Demison 2-2
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Dillon Cravens 1-2
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JJ Figueroa 2-2
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Sam Loera 2-2
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Ricky Gonzalez 0-2
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Carlos Herrera 4-2
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Elias Rosales 0-2
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Above: Ricky Gonzalez places 5th in Greco-Roman at
USA Wrestling Nationals at Fargo, ND

Left: Izzak Olejnik places 7th in Greco-Roman and 8th
in Freestyle at USA Wrestling Nationals in Fargo, ND

CSUB Competition Camp
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The Drillers who did not qualify for the National Championships in Fargo did not
remain idle; the remaining Drillers attended the CSUB technique and competition camp.
Here the Drillers honed their skills under such esteemed technicians as Joe Gonzales, who
was a National Champion for CSUB and an Olympian, and Stephen Neal, who was a
National and World Campion wrestler for CSUB and Superbowl Champion for the New
England Patriots.
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The Drillers competed well in the competition portion of the camp, wrestling
schools from all over California and schools as far away as Colorado. Junior Antonio
Gutierrez was one of only a handful of wrestlers to go undefeated throughout the week
long camp. Senior Anthony Rivero nearly went undefeated, his only loss coming from
teammate Antonio Gutierrez in an exhibition match. The Drillers competed hard and
gained valuable technique and mat-time that they will apply to the upcoming season.
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Senior Send-Off

It’s never easy saying goodbye to a talented
and dedicated group of seniors. Here we
commemorate the Driller wrestlers who
graduated since last season.

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Hardworking, strong willed and extremely intelligent, Sean Nickell is a loss that will be
hard to replace. Nickell’s senior season was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. After
finding success in several early season tournaments Nickell lost a wrestle-off to teammate
Carlos Herrera at 122 pounds, which forced him to bump up to 128 pounds. Despite being
severely undersized, Nickell swallowed his disappointment and persevered, picking up
several key wins in the post season and qualifying for the State Championships. In his first
match Nickell avenged an earlier season loss to 6th ranked Anthony Hernandez of
Vacaville, the eventual 7th place finisher. Nickell then picked up another hard fought win
against Freedom’s Ricky Coster, and looked to be in prime position to medal. Nickell was
winning his third match and looked to be in full control, but gave up a defensive pin.
Nickell was eliminated in the next round. He did end his season on a high note, however,
as he claimed a silver medal at the USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships the
next month.
Sean has decided to continue wrestling in college and will join his older brother Ian and
several other Driller wrestling alumni as a CSUB Roadrunner. We wish him the best of
luck, and thank him for all of his hard work.

Sean Nickell

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Bryce Martin
After spending his first two seasons as a lightweight, Martin bulked up to the 170 pound
weight class for his junior and senior seasons. It was at this higher weight class that
Martin flourished as a wrestler. Martin was able to retain the speed and slickness vital to
lower weight wrestlers and gain the strength necessary to compete at the upper weights.
It was a deadly combination. Martin stormed his way to a 4th place finish in the State
Championships as a junior, pulling off several upsets at the end of the year. In his Senior
year Martin was largely dominant, his only losses coming from St. John Bosco’s Anthony
Valencia, who is one of the best wrestlers in the country. Martin finished his senior year
2nd in the State and will continue his wrestling career at Indiana University.
The Drillers not only lose a talented wrestler but a capable team captain. A natural leader,
Martin’s dedication, positive attitude and sense of humor kept the team morale high
throughout the season and were instrumental in the team’s end of the season success.
We thank Bryce for all of his hard work and a stellar wrestling career. Martin has
certainly left his mark on a very storied Driller wrestling program. We can’t wait to watch
him compete at Indiana.

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Due to the nature of the sport, it is extremely difficult to be successful in wrestling after
starting in high school. Many of the current top-level wrestlers started when they were as
young as three or four. The individual aspect of wrestling forces its competitors to
become competent in all areas of the sport to even be competitive, which is not easy to
accomplish in a few short years. This simple fact of wrestling makes the next senior’s
accomplishments even that more impressive. After joining the wrestling team his
freshman year as a way to stay in shape for football, Travis Yarbrough soon fell in love
with the sport. He abandoned football and dedicated himself solely to wrestling. Through
hard work and dedication Yarbrough made huge improvements each year culminating in
a senior season that included top eight finishes in the very competitive Doc Buchanan
Invitational and the Battle for the Belt tournaments, a South West Yosemite League title,
a 4th place finish in the Valley Championships, and qualifying for the State
Championships.
Travis has decided to continue his wrestling career at Bakersfield College. A tough
competitor and vocal leader in the room, Travis’s presence will be missed this season.

Travis Yarbrough

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Arik Onsurez
Though not the most vocal wrestler in the practice room, Onsurez’s presence was felt on the
competition mat. Onsurez was a four time varsity letter-winner, a three time League
Champion and a two time State Qualifier. Being a four year point-scorer is not an easy feat
when on a team like the Drillers. Arik finished his senior season by placing 6th at the
Yosemite Divisional Championships, 8th at the Central Section Championships, and ended
with a 2-2 record at the State Championships.
An extremely talented and intelligent wrestler, Arik’s presence and experience will certainly be
missed on this year’s team of mostly young Drillers. Arik has decided to continue his
education and wrestling career at Bakersfield College. The Driller Wrestling coaches and fans
are proud of Arik’s years of commitment and dedication to the program. We wish him the best
in his future endeavors.

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*TENTATIVE*
2014-2015 Varsity Schedule

Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Terry Bedford - Appliance Clinic - Bakersfield Bird Dogging
Service - Morgan Corporation - Coyote Club - Varner Brothers
- Clark Pest Control - Northern Digital Inc - Barrentine

*Nov 22*

Northern Colorado VS CSUB @ BHS

Dec 6

“Rumble for the Rig” @ HOME

Dec 13

James Riddle Invitational @ Oakdale HS

Dec 20

San Marino HS @ HOME

Jan 3

Showcase Duals @ De La Salle HS

Company - BHS Booster Club - Centennial Medical Group Dewars - Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks - Anthony Tobin Advanced Network Solutions - Sequoia Sandwich Company NuFarm Americas Inc - Onsurez Family - Daves Fabrications Atchley Insurance - MTS - San Joaquin Fence & Supply Cataldo’s Pizzeria @ the Riverwalk - Sharon and Bill Varner Vernon and Janis Varner - Fred H Schoene - Ron and Kim

Nickell - Denis and Pinki Maddox - Ernie Kochis - Justin and

Jan 9/10

Doc Buchanan Invitational @ Clovis HS

Andrea Golding - Todd Bassett - Buck Bonilla - Lance

Dinuba Invitational / Cupertino Invitational

Jan 16/17

Kern County Invitational @ Centennial HS

“Battle for the Belt” @ Temecula Valley HS

McCullah - Larry and Kim Morgan - Robert Warkentin - Toby
Nairn - Mike and Mary Box - Jeff Lopeteguy - Ed and Sue
Thomas - Sherman Lee - Pamela Povlak - David R Jones - Jodi
Doane - Jeff and LeeAnn Annis - Casey Lee - Barry Cales Andy and Hillary Varner - Connie Misko - Valari Lee - Ron and
Vicki Richardson - Gene and Janice White - Darryl Pope - Jack

Jan 21

Frontier HS @ HOME

Jan 30

Clovis West @ HOME

Feb 14

SWYL League Championships @ Frontier HS

Feb 20/21

Yosemite Valley Championships @ TBD

Feb 28

Central Section Championships @ East HS

and Carol Doty - Linda Chitwood - Brian Perkins - Mike and
Lori Mendoza - Mike and Liz Ruder - John and Joan Olejnik Taunya Deyoung - Eva Villa - John Burns - Matthew Lee - Tom
and Alicia Olejnik - Eric and Debbie Kinsel - Kenny Ellebracht
- Daniel and Kayla Atondo - Dale Annis - Mitch Rolow -

Mar 6/7

California High School State Championships

@ Rabobank Arena

Harold and Dawn Brown - Cindy Cravens - Sharon Lee Levine
- Abigail Lee - Connie E Collaso - Raymond and Eloise Estrada
- Maria Perez - Casey Lee

“It’s not about today, it’s about what we do today to prepare for March.”

GO DRILLERS!
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