LOS GATOS — Again in late October, earlier than the wrestling season started, new Los Gatos coach Greg Varela held a casual assembly along with his group.
The previous Gilroy coach’s hiring had been authorised by the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union Excessive Faculty District final spring amid anger and unhappiness from supporters of dismissed coach Ricardo Garcia.
“I addressed it with the children early on,” Varela stated Monday. “I allow them to do a lot of the speaking. That they had an outlet in the event that they needed to speak. I feel what they realized early on is that I don’t put their success on wins and losses or their worth at wins or losses.
“My message to them is we don’t management what different children do. All we will management is how good we could be, and we go all out.”
At Gilroy, Varela received. So much. The Mustangs have received 16 consecutive Central Coast Part group championships.
In Varela’s first season at Los Gatos, the Wildcats have been loads good, too. Final weekend, they received the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championship by greater than 60 factors, ending with 277.5. It was Los Gatos’ finest exhibiting since 2010, in response to Wildcats athletic director Ken Perrotti.
Los Gatos is ranked third within the CCS by The California Wrestler, trailing solely No. 1 Gilroy, now coached by UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, and Evergreen Valley.
Varela known as his group’s season wonderful. The Wildcats are making ready for this weekend’s CCS championships at Independence Excessive.
“It’s been an actual, actual good 12 months,” Varela stated. “I feel they’ve progressed tremendously and acquired into the system. We’re type of rising collectively as we go. As we’re going week to week, we’re studying extra about one another.
“I didn’t know what to anticipate. I’ve solely been with one group, one city for 16 years. I used to be pleasantly stunned. These children are powerful. Pushing them just isn’t a difficulty.”
In its first competitors this season, Los Gatos positioned 10th on the top-notch Chukchansi Invite at Madera South Excessive, an indication that the group’s coaching paid off.
“They noticed outcomes instantly,” Varela stated.
Los Gatos received the Apple Cider Invitational in early January at Watsonville. On the Overfelt Traditional in mid-January, Los Gatos positioned second with 172 factors, solely 14.5 factors behind group champion Gilroy. However Varela identified that not all of Gilroy’s squad was there.
Los Gatos additionally competed on the Mid-Cals at Gilroy two weeks in the past, a homecoming for the previous coach of the storied program.
“There’s no points there,” Varela stated about his relationship with the coaches and the principal at Gilroy.
Varela stated he has fond reminiscences of his time there. “I nonetheless communicate with a number of the children and the dad and mom,” he stated. “These are bonds that may by no means be damaged.”
On the SCVAL championships, Los Gatos introduced 13 wrestlers and all of them certified for this weekend’s CCS championships. The Wildcats had 4 league champions: Linus Blom (113 kilos), Jordan Phillips (120), Clayton Murabito (138) and Sam Lengthy (160).