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This page is dedicated to Camarillo High School classmates who either coached or wrestled at ACHS. 

If your are an ACHS Alumni Wrestler and would like an invite to our future events then please contact me.  spohnj@aol.com   I will need your first and last name, year graduated and your email address.

2011 - 2012 Camarillo High School Wrestling Schedule
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In January, 2010, Paul Arbon and John Troxel were at their weekly lunch at Cronies revisiting some of the enjoyable times they had wresting for Camarillo High School in the mid-80's. , and they thought about how great it would be to see some of their old teammates.  So they called their older coach, John Spohn, who had just organized his 40th class reunion, to see about getting together what would become the  1st Annual Camarillo High School Alumni Night. Coach Spohn was working on the other side of Los Angeles, but he was able to provide some direction to help this event take off.  Paul, who owns Party Pleasers, supplies the grill, tables, chairs and lights, while John worked on gathering names, sending out emails and lining up the donors to support the program by sponsoring weight classes.  We grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and had a great evening, raising nearly $1,800 for the program.  John Spohn lined up classmate Bob Ordas to take the pictures and Bob didn't even wrestle!

In the summer of 2010, John Spohn lined up Paul Arbon, Bruce Jochums, CG Miller, John Troxel and Bob Ordas to make the next reunion an unforgettable event.  They all met at El Tecolote, (where else?) to kick off the planning.  Bob was again going to take pictures, and he donated $300 for the food . . . thanks Bob!  Bruce volunteered to BBQ, but only if we did it right this time, so we had tri-tip and Bruce’s Beans.  Paul again supplied the tables, chairs and lights, and this time added heaters.  John Troxel helped with organizing the names and funds, and he and Paul worked on the T-Shirts.  CG assisted with the setup and tear down of everything.  John Spohn coordinated everything and touched base with many former Scorpion grapplers, making the 2nd Annual Camarillo High School Alumni Night a terrific event.


We wanted to thank all of you who came out and supported ACHS Wrestling Team on Feb 2nd. For those who couldn't make it and still donated money we appreciate your donations and efforts! 

We raised almost $2,500 for Camarillo High School Wrestling Team!

WERE YOU THERE?


The night started out with a great BBQ of Tri-tip, beans, salad, garlic bread, salsa, and soft drinks.  Bob Ordas donated $300 towards the food which allowed us to upgrade from hot dogs and hamburgers.  Mary Martin called me and said she and the wrestling ladies really appreciated our fund raiser and wanted to help out.  Mary and the ladies went out and bought cakes so we could have some dessert.

During this time there were many friendships renewed just like any other reunion.  It was seeing some a couple of the old Rio Mesa wrestlers who joined our Alumni.  There were lots of hero tales and laughs throughout the night. A big surprise came for Willie Dillon the coach of Pacifica High School.  I was talking with Steve Short when Willie walked up to say hello.  He didn't notice Steve then went crazy and was very happy to see Steve again.  They both were teammates at Ventura College after graduating in 79.  They spoke for a long time and exchange phone numbers. 
Willie Dillon placed 3rd in the Pac-10's for Washington State.  Willie also wrestled for Paul Arbon's dad Bob Arbon. In fact, Willie told me, "Hey ! Get Arbon in this picture!  When he was a kid he used to jump on my back."

Sergio Cortez class of 79 from Rio Mesa got to see his former teammate, Blake Wingle class of 78 and his former arch rival Steve Short who was League Champ in 79.

A big thanks to Scott Martin class of 83 for all his help on our big night. Scott is also a ACHS teacher and runs all the announcing and scoring for the wrestling matches. Scott did a great job of announcing our Alumni program.  Scott came up with the idea of having our Alumni wrestlers line up around the mat.  Then all of the Varsity wrestlers came by giving all of us a high 5's as a thanks for raising money for their program.

What a great picture of ACHS Stadium.  How many times did we all run these stairs.  Our coach, Art Pena, made us run more stairs then we could count back in the day.  No other team was in better shape then the Camarillo High Wrestling Team.
 
Our former Wrestling Coach, Art Pena had taken us to 7 consecutive League Titles.  We owned the Marmonte League back in the day.  Ronnie Wilson has done very well with 8 League Titles and tied this year with Oxnard for the League Championship.  Ronnie was named coach of the year 2010...Congratulations Ronnie.



ACHS WRESTLING COACHES

Gilbert Cuevas was the first wrestling coach at Camarillo High School.

Ova Farrow coached from the early 60’s through the 70’s.  Ova was an awesome coach and was great at recognizing talented skinny kids, a recruiter and turning them into outstanding wrestlers.  He was a great mentor and is no longer with us. As many of you remember Ova was from Okalahoma and wore cowboy boots on the mat. So with that said he had some unique says to his wrestlers.   Here are a couple of his sayings....You got to get your cow catchers down.  Ova also would stomp his boots and shout, "The NELSON boy, Shoot the NELSON."

Art Pena who coached Camarillo High school through many championships which is witnessed by the banners hanging in the gym. Art and his teams had won 7 consecutive League Championships. Art coached wrestling from 1965 to 1974 when he then became the Head Football Coach.

Charlie Festerling coached wrestling from 1973 – 1990.

Chuck Pearson coached wrestling from 1974 -1976.

John Spohn coached wrestling from 1976 – 1989.

Tim McCarthy coached wrestling  from 1990 – 1992

Ronnie Wilson has coached wrestling from 1991 to present.  He has 8 League Championships and tied with Oxnard for 2010

Diego Pena
coached wrestling from 1992 through 2010.

Frank Bilfuco
coached wrestling from 2000 through present.

Matt Hickman coached wrestling for many years including the youth programs.

John Keever who was the Wrestling Coach and Athletic Director from Moorpark College.  John coached 56 wrestlers from Camarillo High School during his coaching career.  John coached wrestling for 27 years with a record of 244 wins 111 loses and 4 ties.

Bob Cordova has been a major supporter of Camarillo High School wrestling. Bob has two sons who wrestled, Dan 1973 and Chris 1980 qualified and wrestled at the State Wrestling Tournament.  Even after his sons, Dan and Chris graduated he continued to film all the wrestlers and gave them the tapes to help them improve their wrestling. This tradition continued for years. Bob is well known by the wrestling coaches. He still attends CIF and the State Wrestling tournament to this day. 

PICTURES FROM OUR 1st ANNUAL ALUMNI REUNION & BBQ
Feb 2nd 2010




1982 ACHS VARSITY WRESTLING TEAM PHOTO





PICTURES FROM OUR 2nd ALUMNI REUNION & BBQ
FEBUARY 14th 2011



A BIG THANKS to the following people for giving their time and lots of help to make this happen!  CG Miller, Paul Arbon, Bruce Jochums, Brad Wilson, Scott & Mary Martin, Mark Karch, Bob Ordas, John Troxel and, John Spohn. Without the their help we would not have these great reunions!  Also a big thanks to all of you who attended, donated money and made our event great!  With all of your help we raised $2,000 for the ACHS Wrestling Program.  It takes about $6, 000 to run the wrestling program.  OUR TOTAL DOLLARS RAISED FOR THE 3 YEARS IS $6,300.     Thanks to all of you for your generosity and time!
PICTURES FROM OUR 3rd ANNUAL ALUMNI REUNION & BBQ
FEBUARY 12th 2012

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PICTURES FROM OUR 4th ANNUAL ALUMNI REUNION & BBQ
FEBUARY 12th 2012

Our event didn't do as good as the previous years, attendance or money-wise, but we did end up raising $1473.00 for ACHS wrestling program.   The past years was $2,000 +.  Mid-January on a Wednesday makes travel plans tough, so we are working with the AD to get a Friday match next year.  Check out all the smiles and good times had by former friends and teammates reuniting once again. We will make several changes to improve our program for next year so plan on attending!
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PICTURES FROM OUR 5th ANNUAL ALUMNI REUNION & BBQ
FEBUARY 12th 2012

I wanted to thank everyone from our committee, the wrestler's mothers and those who supported and contributed money to our successful event. Our goal was $6,000 to resurface the ACHS wrestling mat.  Thanks to all of you who sponsored a weight class and donated money to our cause!  The alumni donated $2400 and the wrestler's mothers donated another $900.  This brought us to a total of $3,300....THANKS!  Camarillo wrestled Rio Mesa on alumni night and did very well winning 54  to 12. That weekend Ron Wilson took his team to a Pacific View League title by scoring the most points in the league.  They qualified 12 wrestlers & 1 alternate for the CIF Sectional Championships. Thanks to all of you as we have raised $11,073 dollars over the past 5 years for the wrestling program!

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PICTURES FROM OUR 6th ANNUAL ALUMNI REUNION & BBQ
January 22nd 2015

This years alumni event just didn't produce the turnout that we had hoped for.  The committee decided to cancel the BBQ and hold our dinner at El Tecolote.  Everyone who grew up in Camarillo went to El Tecolote at one time or another.  The food and chips were good as usual.  It was nice to see everyone who joined us for dinner.  We met from 5pm until 6:30pm.  We then headed to Cam High for our 6th annual alumni wrestling event.  It was a very good night as Camarillo beat Simi Valley 57 to 14.  Camarillo has a very good year.  League finals are Sat, Feb 12th at Camarillo High School.  Ronnie and his team is having another great year. 

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Here is a great slideshow which Bob Ordas did for our 6th Annual ACHS Alumni Wrestling Event.  Thanks so much Bob for all the pictures and your hard work.

6th Annual ACHS Alumni Wrestling Event


If you wrestled in the 60's & 70's you will remember Art Pena's daughter, Laurie.  She was too cute and was our #1 supporter!


CALIFORNIA STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS 1973 TO PRESENT
Camarillo have a few listed so look over the years as you will see some of your competitors. Click on results below.
RESULTS


CHANNEL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 1968 - 2007
Here are the Channel League winners from 1968 - 2007 including League, CIF & State Champions.  Camarillo bounced back and forth from the Channel League to the Marmonte League.  You may not see when your name listed if you were a champion from the Marmonte League.  Camarillo is now in the Pacific View League.  I am sure you will recognize many of your former opponets & friends on these pages. An interesting note is a former Channel League 1987 & 1988 champion from San Marcos High School became a huge UFC champion.  Chuck "The Iceman" Liddel.  Check it out and click on the link below.
CHANNEL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS


WRESTLING MOVIE COMING OUT IN THE SPRING OF 2011 AND IT LOOKS GOOD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbe33D59euY&feature=player_embedded

HERE IS SOME ADDITIONAL INFO FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE MOVIE ALONG WITH THE WRESTLER FROM THE MOVIE
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/03/11/134458616/win-win-director-tom-mccarthy-on-wrestling-with-moral-vagaries?sc=nl&cc=msb-20110312

  ACHS's JONATHAN URANGO 2010

Jonathan has four Varsity letters in Wrestling. He has forty-four achievements listed in his resume. He was League champ four times, Scorpions MVP four times, tournament MVP five times, CIF and Master's Meet qualifier four times including a 2nd in CIF and 2nd in the Master's. Jonathan was a State qualifier twice where he finished 4th and 5th in California. He was County Wrestler of the Year two times and was given the CIF Sportsmanship award, the CIF Champion of Character Award and he was named this year's CIF MVP. He is a four-time National team member and three-time freestyle State champion, the Greco-Roman State Champion and winner of the triple crown in California State Wrestling. A STAR reporter called him "possibly the best Wrestler in County history". He has volunteered as a youth wrestling coach. In the fall, Jonathan is currently wrestling for Cuesta College

ACHS's MATT HICKMAN 2011

Matt Hickman's career mark was 184-29, including 110 pins, He is a two-time CIF champion in two different weight classes, a four-time Masters qualifier, winning one title and he made three consecutive trips to the CIF State Wrestling Championships, placing sixth as a junior and fourth this season. Check out this article on Matt in the Ventra County Star.  Matt is wrestling for Fresno and won the State Championship at 160lbs.

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FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO WRESTLED

U.S. PRESIDENTS
Chester Arthur
Calvin Coolidge
Dwight Eisenhower
Ulysses S Grant
Andrew Jackson
Abraham Lincoln
Teddy Roosevelt
William Howard Taft
Zachary Taylor
John Tyler
George Washington

U.S. SENATE
The late John Chafee (former senator RI)
Lincoln Chafee (former senator RI)
Chuck Hagel ( Nebraska )
John McCain ( Arizona )
The Late Paul Wellstone ( Minnesota )

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Brad Glass
Greg Ganske ( Iowa )

Jim Jordon (Ohio)
Jim Leach ( Iowa )
Jim Nussle ( Iowa )
The Late Carl Albert (Former Speaker of the House)
Dennis Hastert ( Illinois ) (Former Speaker of the House)

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Donald Rumsfeld
Frank Carlucci

WHITE HOUSE STAFF
Ari Fleischer
George Stephanopoulos

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER
John Irving

ACTORS

Billy Baldwin

Nate Parker

Mario Lopez

Ashton Kutcher

Tom Cruise

Kirk Douglas

ATHLETES

NFL

Stephen Neal – New England Patriots

Antonio Garay – San Diego Chargers

Davin Joseph - Tampa Bay

Ronde Barber - Tampa Bay

Joe Condo - Oakland

Chris Colley - Washington

Ray Lewis - Baltimore

Lorenzo Neal - San Diego

Donnie Edwards  

Kelly Gregg - Baltimore

Bryant McKinnie - Minnesota

David Patten - New England

Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis

Ricky Williams – Miami

Coy Wire – Atlanta

Roddy White – Atlanta

Ronnie Brown – Miami

Matt Roth – Cleveland

Mike Patterson – Philadelphia

Luis Castillo – San Diego

Retired NFL

Jim Nance – New England

Brand Benson – NY Giants

Mike Reid – Bengals

Jeff Richardson – NY Jets

Tiki Barber – NY Giants

Tedy Bruschi – New England

Larry Czonka – Miami

Bob Golic – Cleveland

Mike Golic – Philadelphia

Carlton Haselrig – Pittsburgh

Bo Jackson – Oakland

Matt Millen – Oakland

Warren Sapp – Tampa Bay

Mark Schlereth – Denver

Chuck Noll - Pittsburgh

Curley Culp - Kansas City Chiefs


Wrestling Web Sites

The California Wrestler

Flo Wrestling

Track Wrestling

The Mat

TMI

Amatuer Wrestling News

CIF Wrestling

High School Wrestling

Wrestling USA

Tech-Fall

Wrestling Ref

USA Wrestling


Camarillo Wrestling on Facebook


SCORPS 1970

ACHS Wrestling

2nd Alumni Pictures


Go-Scorps

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