Livermore Cowboys’ Tradition is also a Family Tradition; Celebrating Over 50 Years of History

Ryan Petersen – 2017 EBAL Champ/3rd NCS (Photo: Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Al Fontes – Editor (’84 alumni)

It has been thirty-seven years since I first set foot on a Livermore Cowboys’ wrestling mat. I recall it being a very cold and rainy November day outside; the winter months were upon us. My freshman season of football had just ended, and I was headed to the main gym to try out for the freshman basketball team. Yes, basketball! Despite wrestling for two years in middle school and liking it, I figured I would go out for the more popular sport on campus. If not for a group of my fellow football teammates intercepting me in the locker room, I wouldn’t be writing this article today. Without much convincing, they inspired me to join them at the first day of wrestling practice. My teammate had encouragingly said, “my older brother told me that they had a state champion last year and have won many championships…besides, the wrestling team is better than the basketball team right now.” As I reflect on my Cowboys’ wrestling experience, I am honored to be a part of a fifty plus year tradition at Livermore High School. Since its early roots in 1963, the Cowboys’ program has produced many championship teams, great individuals, awesome coaches and mentors, but most of all a family atmosphere that is strong as steel with many siblings and family members contributing to its long history. I will always bleed “Green and Gold” and give back to what has been a life changing experience for me, the Cowboys’ wrestling experience. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the story.

The year was 1963, perhaps one of the most memorable years in the history of the United States. This was the beginning of Beatlemania, Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and during the latter part of the year, the nation reached a dark time in its history with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. During this same period of time, in a small farming community in the San Francisco Bay Area, a group of students approached the Livermore High School’s administration about starting a wrestling program. According to past coach Don Muentz, “many of the other schools outside the valley had wrestling teams and I approached, then principal, Ed Runstrom about chances of having wrestling at Livermore.” Luckily, he gave the okay and the program was started. Ironically, in the beginning, many of the kids thought that they were going to wrestle in a ring with ropes around it, but in only a few tender years of team building, the newly established Livermore program won the inaugural East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) Championships in 1965 with a record ten individual champions (In 1963 and 1964, Livermore competed in the Diablo Valley Athletic League). Since those early years, the Cowboys have won a total of eighteen EBAL dual meet titles, as well as the team tournament championships. To date, the most decorated teams to ever compete for Livermore High School was during the 1989 and 1992 seasons. The school’s first and only 4x EBAL Champion, Bryan Vashus, and CIF State medalist and Multiple Greco-Roman All-American, Clark Conover, led the 1989 team. That season, the Cowboys earned a 17-0 dual meet record, won the EBAL team title and placed a strong runner-up finish at the North Coast Section (NCS) with state power Ukiah taking first. Although Livermore took second it was the highest finish at NCS in the school’s history. The 1992 team excelled even further. Going undefeated that season, the Cowboys didn’t have a close match all year. Incredibly, the Cowboys’ second team (JV) had beaten the second place Amador Valley in the league varsity dual. Led by CIF State medalists Scott Page and Pete Matheson, the Cowboys’ contingent easily won the EBAL tournament team title with six individual champions, placed runner-up in the NCS team standings with eight medalists, and five went on to compete at the prestigious CIF State Championships (NCS’s James Logan was a state power at the time). Among the most memorable underdog stories that season was freshman Tim Rankin entering the EBAL Championships unseeded, and coming from behind in the waning seconds of the third period to register a pin over the No. 1 seed in his first-round match of the competition. Rankin then went on to pin his way to an individual title.

The inaugural Wrestling Season in 1963

As we continue our look back at our fifty plus year history, the Cowboys have produced many notable wrestlers that have gone on to earn multiple EBAL, NCS, and CIF State accolades. For starters, let’s begin with the lengthy list of “first-timers.” The first Cowboys wrestler to compete at the NCS was Ron Knott in 1964 (qualified to NCS from the Diablo Valley Athletic League). As noted prior, the first EBAL Championship team in 1965 produced a record ten individual EBAL Champions with the Turner Brothers, Dale and Gary, being the first set of brothers to earn titles the same season. The following season, Gary Turner and Tim Vargas became the first Cowboys to become two-time EBAL Champions and in 1967 each added another title to become the first three-timers. Twenty-two years later, Bryan Vashus became the school’s first and only four-time EBAL Champion during the memorable 1989 season (San Ramon’s Billy Ramos became the EBAL’s first 4x Champion in 1983). Climbing to the next rung at the section level, Gary Turner added another “First” to his name by becoming the first to earn an NCS title in 1967, as well as being the first two-time medalist. Just over a decade later, NCS Champion Naish Piazza became the first to earn three NCS Medals (1976-’78), as well as the first in 1977 to qualify to the CIF State Championships since the inaugural state tournament in 1973 (to date, Livermore has not produced a 4x NCS medalist). During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Tyler Rardon became the first and only Livermore wrestler to earn two NCS Crowns (Coached by his uncle Brad Vadnais). Prior to the first CIF State Championships, the state was divided into the Northern and Southern California Invitational meets (considered the state tournaments back in those days). Adding to his already impressive resume, Gary Turner was also the first and only Cowboys’ wrestler to earn a medal (3rd place) at the Northern California Invitational in 1967. Garen McDonald became the first to earn a CIF State Championship title in 1980, a feat that has yet to be duplicated. More recently, Amanda French and Meagan Park became the first Cowboys’ wrestlers to earn a medal at the 2012 North Coast Section Championships in the Girls division with French being the first qualifier to the Girl’s CIF State Championships. In 2019, Ximena Pulido became the first girl to earn All-American status by placing at the Girls Cadet Folkstyle National Championships.

In addition to the “First-timers” described above, the Cowboys’ program has produced a large contingent of exceptionally talented wrestlers, many going on to perform well at the national and collegiate levels. For starters, Clark Conover (Class of ’90), Scott Page (Class of ’92), Pete Matheson (Class of ’92), Marc Kavanagh (Class of ’93) and Stephen De La Cruz (Class of ’08), each dominated their respective competitions at the local and section levels and capped off their prep careers with a hard-earned medal at the CIF State Championships. At the collegiate level, Conover, Matheson, De La Cruz, and Kavanagh each earned All-American honors while attending Chabot College. In addition, Frisbee Goodall (Class of ’85), Derek Bowerman (Class of ’96), Richard Ybarra (Class of ’03) and Nico Lang (Class of ’13) each added to their EBAL Championships by adding an NCS title to their resumes. The list is small, but in addition to Cowboys’ Stars Naish Piazza, Clark Conover, and Bryan Vashus, other members of the three-time NCS medalist club include Joey Silva (Class of ’99), Zach Philbrick (Class of ’99), Nexi Delgado (Class of ’04), and Alec Fraser (Class of ’10). Other exceptionally talented wrestlers’ worth noting include Richard Naval (EBAL Champ, 2x NCS Placer), Chris Ornellas (2x EBAL Champ, NCS Placer), and Jack Villagomez (2x EBAL Champ, 2x NCS Placer).

First Head Coach – 1963

To date, Livermore High School has had thirteen Head Coaches lead the Cowboys’ program since its creation in 1963. All have played an integral role in the long success of the program. The first being James Comella and assistant Don Muentz (1963-’64) paving the foundation of the program, followed by Gene Larigan (1964-’66), winning the school’s first EBAL team title in 1965. During the 1966-’67 season, Bob Bronzan took the helm and elevated the Cowboys’ program to new heights in the EBAL and abroad, winning team titles in 1967, 1969, and 1970. Assistant Jack Lopez (1970-’76) then took over the head position the following season when Bronzan was promoted to an administrative position at the school (at the time, Administrators were not allowed to be in a head coaching position). Bronzan remained an assistant to Lopez for several years, whereas, the Cowboys added additional EBAL Team titles in 1971, 1972 and a tournament title in 1974. For a short stint, Ed King (1976-’79) took the helm and won an EBAL title during the 1977 season. The next two Head Coaches, Kevin Gunn (1979-’81) and wrestling alumni Don Baird (1982) each fielded competitive teams; whereas, Coach Gunn had the honor to coach the school’s only CIF State Champion in 1980. During the 1982-’83 season, longtime teacher, coach and administrator, Bob Bronzan took on the Head Coaching position for one season and in short order elevated the program to new heights by challenging Granada and San Ramon Valley for the EBAL title. The following season (my senior year), the Coach Steve Page era began. The longest tenured coach in the school’s history (1983-2004), Page took the Livermore program to an entirely new level. Winning ten EBAL Championships and placing in the top 5 at the NCS several times, Page produced numerous EBAL, NCS, and State medalists, as well as several wrestlers earning All-Americans honors at the Freestyle and Greco-Roman nationals. Upon Page’s retirement from coaching in 2004, former Cowboys’ star Marc Kavanagh (2004-’08) took over the program, producing several top-level teams and individuals at the EBAL, NCS, and State levels with Stephen De La Cruz earning a state medal in 2008 during the last year of his Head Coaching tenure. From the beginning of the 2008-’09 season through 2013, the Head Coaching positions were held by 3x NCS medalist Zach Philbrick (2008-’10) and Brad Vadnais (2010-’13), each producing several competitive teams and individuals. Head Coach since 2013, Livermore alumni Herb Guidry enters the 2017-’18 with ambitions to take Livermore back to competitive levels at the league and section levels. With an NCS Dual meet championship under his belt in 2014, Guidry has goals to challenge for the EBAL team title this year (last EBAL team title was won in 2003) and bring home another championship banner at the NCS duals.

As far back as I can recall, the Livermore program has had numerous family members and siblings compete together or years apart from each other. We’ve also had fathers and sons compete throughout the years (including Coach Kavanagh’s son and daughter currently on the team). During my senior year in 1984, we had four sets of brothers on our roster, which included my younger brother, Aaron and I, the Cazarez brothers (Pablo and Pedro), Wong Brothers (Greg and Jeff), and the Conover brothers (Andy, Marc, and Clark). We also had several groups of cousins compete that season as well. Going back to the 1960s, we had the Turner brothers (Dale and Gary), along with the Baird brothers (Don, Jack, and Robert) and Hansen brothers (Dale and Darryl) in the 1970s.  The list is very long, but a few brother combos that I had the privilege to coach during my tenure at Livermore were the Matheson brothers (Pete and Sammy), Dickinson brothers (Josh and Zach), Philbrick brothers (Kermit and Zach), Page brothers (Scott and Shane), Chavira brothers (Anthony, Daniel, and Elias), Zanotto brothers (ken and Joe), Le brothers (Minh Nhat, Noel, and Ferrier), Diaz brothers (Richard and Jesus), Iacono brothers (Joe and John), Moreland brothers (Casey and Tyson), and Kavanagh brothers (Marc, Adam, and Donny). The remarkable thing about having brothers compete together was each pushed one another to work harder and excel to the next level. I recall Coach Page always emphasizing that we were a wrestling family and to help one another both on and off the mat. It indeed built a lot of strong bonds within our program, a bond that remains strong today. The support received by wrestlers extends beyond the mat to family, friends, and notably the stat girls with whom we wouldn’t have a lot of this historical data to look back at.

For a majority of the program’s history, off-season wrestling has played a significant role in the continuous improvement of its wrestlers excelling at the sectional, state and national levels. It also provides a means to train the next generations at the elementary and middle school levels. During Coach Page’s tenure, the Tri-Valley Wrestling Club produced several Freestyle and Greco-Roman State Champions and medalists, as well as Cowboys’ Andy Koponen, Clark Conover, and Scott Page earning All-American honors. Today, several Livermore wrestlers continue their off-season competition training with area clubs, such as the Tri-Valley Elite.

Aaron Fontes – Editor (’86 alumni)

In closing, I am honored to state that the Livermore High School wrestling program has had a strong and successful history to this point and the future looks bright. Many great individuals, teams, and leaders have been produced as a result. Not only were we fortunate to have great coaches, many have been life-long mentors to us. I recall back in 1983 when Coach Bob Bronzan motivated every one of our team members to believe that as individuals we each had a role for the greater good of the team. And, during my senior year in 1983- ‘84, Coach Steve Page’s first words to our team on day 1 remain etched in my psyche, “to be a champion, you must practice the 3Ds…Dedication, Desire, and Determination.” I have always wanted to give back to this program what it gave me, which is a solid foundation in life. Putting together this project is my gift back and a celebration of something special. The process to compile all of the historical statistics dating back to the beginning was long, but a labor of love. I could not have done it without the extensive assistance from my brother and TCW Co-Editor, Aaron Fontes. Together, we completed a project long discussed, but not pursued until mid-last year.  Many siblings, specifically brothers have been an integral part of the Cowboys’ tradition thus far and will do so in the future years to come. I have had the opportunity to personally meet and get to know several of the wrestlers on this year’s team, including returning NCS placers Adam Lebish and Mya Waechtler, and have to say that I am energized by the enthusiasm and potential with this group. They are the future and next chapter in the long and successful Livermore Cowboys’ tradition, more importantly, a Family tradition that dates back five decades. Cowboys Pride Forever!!!

2017 – ’18 Livermore HS Wrestlers (L to R): Jose Martinez, Adam Lebish (2x NCS Medalist), Mya Waechtler (3x NCS Medalist), Coach Al, Anthony Barbilinardo (Team Captain), and Phil Tran

GETTING TO KNOW LIVERMORE’S COACHING STAFF

Coach Herb Guidry with Ryan Petersen (3rd NCS)

HERB GUIDRY PROFILE

Occupation: Grounds Foreman, Livermore Unified School District (LUSD)

Livermore alumni: Class of ’95

Coaching tenure:

  • Head Coach since 2012
  • Assistant Coach 2002 – ’11

Coaching Accomplishments:

  • 3rd NCS Div. II East Bay 2016
  • NCS Dual Meet Champions Div. II East Bay 2014

Q&A WITH COACH GUIDRY

How did you first get involved in the sport of wrestling?

COACH GUIDRY: In PE in junior high. Gene Anderson, the PE teacher and wrestling coach, made wrestling a part of PE. For about a month we learned about wrestling. At the end of the unit we held a champ night to see who was the best. I had a fun time doing it so I decided to join the wrestling team.

Who was your biggest influence in the sport?

COACH GUIDRY: I was lucky enough to have great coaches during my time as a competitor. We also had a very strong team at the high school. In fact during my four years of high school I had the privilege to learn from fellow wrestlers that would eventually place at the state tournament. I would have to, say that Coach Steve Page and Al Fontes truly knew how to get the best out of us. It also helped that we had over 50 wrestlers on the team each year to keep competition thriving on the team.

What are your fondest memories of wrestling at Livermore High School?

COACH GUIDRY: The friendships and the brotherhood that develops from wrestling are second only to military buddies. When you go to battle with your friends, they become your brothers. There was a long stretch of league championships the team had so that kept us motivated. I think the best memory is how fogged the mirrors would get when the varsity team went into the special exercise room. The room was about 2/3 the size of a full mat. We would cram about 12-15 guys into this room and drill hard. Those mirrors were fogged from top to bottom. I also enjoyed when the basketball teams would come into the gym after our practice and open all the doors to air the place out. When they would ask what the smell was, we always told them, “That’s what hard work smells like!” 

What do you enjoy most about coaching the sport of wrestling? What’s your fondest memory as a coach at Livermore High School?

COACH GUIDRY: The best part about coaching wrestling is watching the development of young wrestlers into experienced ones. Lessons learned on the mat help to guide teenagers into upstanding young adults. It teaches discipline, hard work, and determination. We give a scholarship to a senior wrestler every year that is given out at the senior awards night. My advice to the graduating seniors is a simple one: Life is going to knock you down, it’s what you do to get back up that makes the person you are. When we are babies, we choose to get up. When life knocks you down you can do two things, 1) Lay there and cry about it, or 2) pick yourself up, dust yourself off, look life in the eye and ask, “Is that the best you got!” Wrestling teaches you to get back up and keep fighting no matter what is happening. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but when you quit fighting you will always lose. Never give up, no matter how bad it may seems.

As the head coach, what are your current goals this year, as well as the future of the program?

COACH GUIDRY: As a head coach, I want my wrestlers and program to succeed.  It takes lots of hard work but we have a great coaching staff and great parents. My first goal is to get us back to where we use to be, League Champs. The last time we won league was in 2003. We have had great wrestlers come through and some very tough teams but our team numbers have been low compared to what we use to have in the 80’s and 90’s. Luckily, the football coach and I have an understanding. Convince your football players to come out and wrestle, and I will make your football team better. The balance and being able to use someone’s weight against them transition well to the gridiron.

This year’s goals consist of challenging for the EBAL title, win the NCS Dual team Championship again, and qualify multiple wrestlers for the state meet in March. It will not be easy, but what part about wrestling is? We tell the kids when they are showing fatigue, “It’s suppose to be hard, that’s why only so many people have what it takes to wrestle.” If it were easy, everyone would want to do it. Anyone can wrestle, but it takes someone special to become great at it. All we can do as coaches is provide the tools. It’s up to individual what they do with them. 

Marc Kavanagh – 2x JC All-American (Inducted into 2016 Chabot HOF)

MARC KAVANAGH PROFILE

Occupation: Sgt. Protective Forces – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Livermore alumni: Class of ’93

Coaching tenure:

  • Assistant Coach 2015 – present
  • Head Coach 2003 – ’08

Wrestling Accomplishments:

  • 2x JC All-American (Chabot College)
  • Chabot College Hall-of-Fame
  • 7th CIF State ’93 (Livermore HS)
  • 3x NCS Medalist
  • 2x EBAL Champion

Q&A WITH COACH KAVANAGH

How did you first get involved in the sport of wrestling?

COACH KAVANAGH: I was first exposed to wrestling at East Avenue Middle School, in gym class. Gene Anderson was our PE teacher. All the boys had to wrestle and as it turned out, Mr. Anderson was also the wrestling coach. I remember wrestling at Champ Night where I was pinned by Robert Freitas. Now, I was always a competitive person, so losing did not go well with me. I was hooked since then.

Who was your biggest influence in the sport of wrestling?

COACH KAVANAGH: I have been fortunate to have many positive influences in the sport of wrestling. Gene Anderson at East Avenue taught me how important the basics are. Steve Siroy, Head Coach at Chabot College, taught me how to really dedicate yourself and to wrestle with confidence. But my biggest influence has to be former Head Coach at Livermore, Steve Page. He had an ability to motivate you to believe in yourself. He always encouraged me to work hard, “suck it up”, and give it all you had. Coach Page’s dedication to the sport and to his wrestlers is an incredible example of a Hall of Fame coach.

What are your fondest memories of wrestling at Livermore High School?

COACH KAVANAGH: To me, that is a funny question. I always tell my wrestlers that wrestling is going to hurt; you are going to bleed, sweat, cry, and be in pain most of the time. You are going to want to quit on a daily basis. But when it is all said and done, if you gave it your all, you will look back with pride and satisfaction. So, when I look back at wrestling at Livermore, I think what made it fond for me was the family atmosphere that was created there. The wrestlers and coaches that were there with you. You didn’t mind the “grind” because they were there experiencing it too. That translated to the team success that we enjoyed. I am proud to have been part of a great program.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?

COACH KAVANAGH: Coaching is what I am meant to do. I love it. What I enjoy most about coaching is the connections you make with the athletes and watching/being a part of their growth and success. I see success as being different in each wrestler, not just wins and losses. I experience as much enjoyment from a state placer as I have from a JV kid that finally got his first win. I also really appreciate it when former wrestlers come around and say, “hi coach”. That feels good you made an impact enough in a wrestler’s life that he remembers you in a positive way.

What are your thoughts on coaching your own kids?

COACH KAVANAGH: Coaching my own kids at Livermore is a challenge, but I love it. Plus, I think it is great that they chose to wrestle and at my alma mater. I did have some success in wrestling, but I did not want to be that dad that forces his kids to do things. I exposed them to many things, including wrestling, and I wanted them to make the choice on their own. They chose to wrestle and now they can make it their own without pressure to match or do what I did. I am happy that I get to coach them. My hope, as it is with all my wrestlers, is they learn the intangible life lessons wrestling taught me: the values of hard work, dedication, commitment, and confidence in self. After all, “once you have wrestled, everything else is easy.”

Coach Michael Visaya

MICHAEL VISAYA PROFILE

Occupation: Mechanical Engineering Technologist – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Livermore alumni: Class of ’98

Coaching tenure:

  • Assistant Coach Since 2006

Q&A WITH COACH VISAYA

How did you first get involved in the sport of wrestling?

COACH VISAYA: When I was in elementary school, I had a few friends that I grew up with since I immigrated to the US, one of my friends Steven introduced me to wrestling in the 4th grade. At the point in time the wrestling club was Tri Valley Wrestling Club and the coach was Steve Page. My mom was not for the idea of me wrestling and we didn’t have the money or time to participate in wrestling but I think that is when I was bit by the wrestling bug. When I got into 6th grade there was a school-wrestling program at East Avenue and I was able to start wrestling. The coach was Mr. Anderson. I don’t think I won a match that year. Moving forward I was able to grow in the sport of with the guidance of guys like you. Brian Williams. Dennis Peterson, and Steve and Scott Page.

Who was your biggest influence in the sport?

COACH VISAYA: The biggest influence that I have had in the sport of wrestling would have to be all the coaches that I have had over the years. I have no doubt that I may have been a hand full when I was younger.  Being a coach now I see all the stuff that you guys had to deal with as far as the wrestlers has made me appreciate the coaches more. 

What are your fondest memories of wrestling at Livermore High School?

COACH VISAYA: I would have to say that my best memories of wrestling and LHS would have to be the friends that I made and grew with over the years. There are guys that I still see and talk to that I was on the team with. It is awesome that a lot of the guys that I wrestled with came back to coach. Guys like Zack Philbrick, Mark and Donny Kavanagh, Herb Guidry, Richard Diaz coming back shows that the program at LHS was appreciated by all the wrestlers that participated in the program, and the positive influence LHS wrestling had on the wrestlers.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?

COACH VISAYA: The thing I enjoy most about coaching wrestling would have to be seeing that the kids are enjoying the sport as much as I did as a wrestler. Watching the wrestlers battle through the tough situations and come out better then when they went in to it not only as a wrestler but as a person and young adult.

CALIFORNIA (CIF) STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALIST

Garen McDonald – 1980 California State Champion/NCAA Division II All-American
Clark Conover – 5th CIF State ’90/5x All-American/California Hall of Fame
Scott Page – 8th CIF State ’90/2x NCS Medalist/Espoir All-American
Pete Matheson – 7th CIF State ’92/2x NCS Finalist/JC All-American ’92
Marc Kavanagh – 7th CIF State ’93/3x NCS Medalist/2x All-American ’93
Stephen De La Cruz – 8th CIF State ’08

Aaron Fontes – NCS Finalist ’86/JC State Medalist

CALIFORNIA (CIF) STATE QUALIFIERS

Timothy Cowan – 2020

Xavier Williams – 2019, ’20

Mya Waechtler – 2019 (Girls)

Ximena Pulido – 2019 (Girls)

Ryan Petersen – 2017

Nico Lang – 2013

Tyler Rardon – 2012, ‘13

Amanda French – 2012 (Girls)

Alec Fraser – 2008, ‘09

Aaron Sanchez – 2009

Shawne Hoehne – 2008, ‘09

Brisk Kannel – 2009

Stephen De La Cruz – 2008

Nexi Delgado – 2003, ’04

James Coats – 2004

Richard Ybarra – 2003

Zach Dickinson – 1999

Tony Chavira – 1997

Derek Bowerman – 1995, ‘96

Donny Kavanagh – 1995

Richard Naval – 1994

Ken Zanotto – 1994

Marc Kavanagh – 1991, ’92, ‘93

Peter Matheson – 1991, ‘92

Scott Page – 1990, ‘92

Armando Gutierrez – 1992

Kermit Philbrick – 1992

Nick Chavez – 1991

Clark Conover – 1988, ’89, ‘90

Bryan Vashus – 1987, ’88, ‘89

Aaron Fontes – 1986

Frisbee Goodall – 1984

Garen McDonald – 1979, ‘80

Darryl Hansen –  1978

Naish Piazza – 1977, ‘78

Richard Naval – EBAL Champ/2x NCS Medalist/Top 12 State ’94

Gary Turner – 3rd NorCal Invitational ’67

Northern California Invitational – Pre-CIF State

Tyler Rardon – 2x NCS Champion/2x EBAL Champion 2012 – ’13

CIF NORTH COAST SECTION CHAMPIONS

145- Timothy Cowan 2020

145 – Nico Lang 2013

152 – Tyler Rardon 2012, ’13

103 – Richard Ybarra 2003

160 – Derek Bowerman 1996

165 – Clark Conover 1990

119 – Bryan Vashus 1989

98 – Frisbee Goodall 1984

175 – Garen McDonald 1979

145 – Naish Piazza 1978

106 – Gary Turner 1967

Frisbee Goodall – NCS Champion/2x Medalist/EBAL Champion ’85

NORTH COAST SECTION FINALIST

Timothy Cowan – 2020

Tyler Rardon – 2012, ‘13

Nico Lang – 2013

Alec Fraser – 2009

Richard Ybarra – 2003

Derek Bowerman – 1995, ‘96

Donny Kavanagh – 1995

Richard Naval – 1994

Ken Zanotto – 1994

Marc Kavanagh – 1992

Peter Matheson – 1991, ‘92

Scott Page – 1992

Clark Conover – 1988, ’89, ‘90

Bryan Vashus – 1988, ‘89

Aaron Fontes – 1986

Frisbee Goodall – 1984

Garen McDonald – 1979

Naish Piazza – 1978

Darryl Hansen – 1978

Gary Turner – 1967

Dale Turner – 1966

Naish Piazza – First 3x NCS Placer ’78

3x CIF NORTH COAST SECTION MEDALIST

Ximena Pulido – 2018, ’19, ’20 (Girls)

Mya Waechtler – 2017, ’18, ’19 (Girls)

Alec Fraser – 2008, ’09, ‘10

Nexi Delgado – 2002, ’03, ‘04

Joey Silva – 1997, ’98, ’99

Zach Philbrick – 1997, ’98, ‘99

Marc Kavanagh – 1991, ’92, ’93

Clark Conover – 1988, ’89, ‘90

Bryan Vashus – 1987, ’88, ‘89

Naish Piazza – 1976, ’77, ’78*

Mya Waechtler – First 3x NCS Medalist 2017, ’18, ’19 (Girls)

Nico Lang – NCS Champ/2x Medalist/EBAL Champion 2012 – ’13

2x CIF NORTH COAST SECTION MEDALIST

Xavier Williams – 2019, ’20

Emma Kavanagh – 2019, ’20 (Girls)

Adam Lebish – 2017, ’18

Jacob Roach – 2014, ‘15

Kayla Smith – 2014, ’15 (Girls)

Mathew Neale – 2013, ‘14

Tyler Rardon – 2012, ‘13

Nico Lang – 2012, ‘13

Alex Baxter – 2010, ‘11

Shawne Hoehne – 2008, ‘09

Stephen De La Cruz – 2007, ’08

Richard Ybarra – 2002, ’03

Derek Bowerman – 1995, ‘96

Richard Naval – 1993, ‘94

Ken Zanotto – 1993, ’94

Peter Matheson – 1991, ‘92

Scott Page – 1990, ’92

Minh Nhat Le – 1991, ’92

Jack Villagomez – 1985, ‘86

Frisbee Goodall – 1984, ’85

Garen McDonald – 1979, ‘80

Gary Turner – 1966, ’67

Richard Ybarra – NCS Champ/2x Medalist/3x EBAL Champ ’03

CIF NORTH COAST SECTION MEDALISTS

106 – Tallon Chambers – 5th Place ’20

120 – Josiah Hurd – 5th Place ’20

145 – Timothy Cowan – CHAMPION ’20

220 – Xavier Williams – 3rd Place ’20

195 – Xavier Williams – 3rd Place ’19

106 – Emma Kavanagh – 7th Place ’20 (Girls)

131 – Ximena Pulido – 6th Place ’20 (Girls)

131 – Mya Waechtler – 3rd Place ’19 (Girls)

126 – Ximena Pulido – 4th Place ’19 (Girls)

121 – Francee Richmond – 6th Place ’19 (Girls)

106 – Emma Kavanagh – 7th Place ’19 (Girls)

HWT – Adam Lebish – 4th Place ’18

131 –  Mya Waechtler – 7th Place ’18 (Girls)

126 – Ximena Pulido – 8th Place ’18 (Girls)

152 – Ryan Petersen – 3rd Place ’17

HWT – Adam Lebish – 7th Place ’17

121 – Mya Waechtler – 6th Place ’17 (Girls)

182 – Dillon McNaney – 6th Place ’16

152 – Jacob Roach – 5th Place ’15

170 – Kayla Smith – 6th Place ’15 (Girls)

152 – Jacob Roach – 5th Place ’14

195 – Cody McNaney – 6th Place ’14

220 – Mathew Neal – 4th Place ’14

170 – Kayla Smith – 5th Place ’14 (Girls)

145 – Nico Lang – CHAMPION ’13

152 – Tyler Rardon – CHAMPION ’13

182 – Cody McNaney – 7th Place ’13

220 – Mathew Neale – 8th Place ’13

138 – Nico Lang – 6th Place ’12

152 – Tyler Rardon – CHAMPION ’12

132 – Amanda French – 3rd Place ’12 (Girls)

138 – Meagan Park – 8th Place ’12 (Girls)

119 – Ryan Hasting – 6th Place ’11

145 – Alex Baxter – 8th Place ’11

152 –Terin O’Callaghan – 5th Place ’11

140 – Alex Baxter – 8th Place ’10

130 – Alec Fraser – 2nd Place ’09

135 – Brisk Kannel – 4th Place ’09

140 – Aaron Sanchez – 3rd Place ’09

189 – Shawne Hoehne – 3rd Place ’09

215 – Maurice Aufderheide – 7th Place ’09

119 – Alec Fraser – 3rd Place ’08

135 – Stephen De La Cruz – 3rd Place ’08

160 – John Nagel – 7th Place ’08

171 – Rodney Neale – 6th Place ’08

189 – Shawne Hoehne – 3rd Place ’08

119 – Alec Fraser – 6th Place ’07

145 – Stephen De La Cruz – 5th Place ’07

152 – Jason Clark – 8th Place ’07

160 – Dustin Murtagh – 8th Place ’07

215 – Glen Finch – 6th Place ’07

130 – Nexi Delgado – 3rd Place ’04

152 – James Coats – 3rd Place ’04

103 – Richard Ybarra – CHAMPION ’03

125 – Tyson Moreland – 4th Place ’03

130 – Nexi Delgado – 3rd Place ’03

HWT – Daniel Sellars – 5th Place ’03

103 – Richard Ybarra – 5th Place ’02

112– Steve Karlotski – 4th Place ’02

130 – Nexi Delgado – 5th Place ’02

135 – Sean Plunkett – 5th Place ’01

112 – Zach Philbrick – 6th Place ’99

125 – Zach Dickinson – 3rd Place ’99

152 – Joey Silva – 5th Place ’99

130 – Casey Moreland – 4th Place ’99

112 – Zach Philbrick – 4th Place ’98

135 – John Iacono – 4th Place ’98

145 – Joey Silva – 5th Place ’98

152 – Matt Richardson – 5th Place ’98

112 – Zach Philbrick – 6th Place ’97

135 – Tony Chavira – 3rd Place ’97

145 – Joey Silva – 5th Place ’97

140 – Josh Dickinson – 5th Place ’96

160 – Derek Bowerman – CHAMPION ’96

125 – Donny Kavanagh – 2nd Place ’95

152 – Derek Bowerman – 2nd Place ’95

152 – Richard Naval – 2nd Place ’94

160 – Ken Zanotto – 2nd Place ’94

125 – Marc Kavanagh – 3rd Place ’93

152 – Richard Naval – 4th Place ’93

160 – Ken Zanotto – 5th Place ’93

171 – Jerry Bohlander – 5th Place ’93

119 – Marc Kavanagh – 2nd Place ’92

125 – Minh Nhat Le – 6th Place ’92

130 – Armando Gutierrez – 3rd Place ’92

135 – Noel Le – 6th Place ’92

145 – Kermitt Philbrick – 3rd Place ’92

152 – Scott Page – 2nd Place ’92

171 – Peter Matheson – 2nd Place ’92

112 – Marc Kavanagh – 4th Place ’91

130 – Mihn Nat Le – 6th Place ’91

135 – Nick Chavez – 3rd Place ’91

160 – Peter Matheson – 2nd Place ’91

189 – Peter Stull – 6th Place ’91

138 – Chris Ornellas – 5th Place ’90

145 – Scott Page – 3rd Place ’90

165 – Clark Conover – CHAMPION ’90

119 – Bryan Vashus – CHAMPION ’89

132 – Andy Koponen – 5th Place ’89

165 – Clark Conover – 2nd Place ’89

HWT – Kevin Phillips – 5th Place ’89

112 – Bryan Vashus – 2nd Place ’88

165 – Clark Conover – 2nd Place ’88

HWT – Kelly Ayers – 6th Place ’88

98 – Bryan Vashus – 3rd Place ’87

126 – Jack Villagomez – 4th Place ’86

134 – Andy Conover – 5th Place ’86

138 – Aaron Fontes – 2nd Place ’86

191 – Eric Kauwe – 5th Place ’86

112 – Frisbee Goodall – 4th Place ’85

121 – Jack Villagomez – 5th Place ’85

126 – Pedro Cazarez – 5th Place ’85

98 – Frisbee Goodall – CHAMPION ’84

191 – Garen McDonald – 3rd Place ’80

175 – Garen McDonald – CHAMPION ’79

145 – Naish Piazza – CHAMPION ’78

175 – Darryl Hansen – 2nd Place ’78

141 – Naish Piazza – 3rd Place ’77

130 – Naish Piazza – 4th Place ’76

136 – Ray Jenkins – 4th Place ’76

178 – Doug Pope – 4th Place ’75

98 – Jack Baird – 6th Place ’74

168 – Brad Charbonneau – 4th Place ’71

148 – Nick Dovick – 5th Place ’70

136 – Royce Curtis – 4th Place ’69

141 – Greg Newbury – 4th Place ’69

HWT – Steve Sanders – 4th Place ’69

103 – Gary Turner – CHAMPION ’67

165 – Dan Bihl – 4th Place ’67

95 – Gary Turner – 3rd Place ’66

103 – Dale Turner – 2nd Place ’66

Jack Baird – 3rd NCS Regional II, 1974

NORTH COAST REGIONAL II (Sub-Section)

130 – Naish Piazza – 2nd Place ’76

136 – Ray Jenkins – 3rd Place ’76

168 – Darryl Hansen – 4th Place ’76

HWT – Gary Tennyson – 4th Place ’76

178 – Doug Pope – CHAMPION ’75

98 – Jack Baird – 3rd Place ’74

178 – Mike Michaels – 5th Place ’73

123 – Don Baird – 6th Place ’72

191 – Dave Willis – 6th Place ’72

Don Baird – North Coast Regional Medalist ’72

Bryan Vashus – 4x EBAL Champion/NCS Champion/3x Medalist

4x EAST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE CHAMPION

Bryan Vashus – 1986, ’87, ’88, ’89

Tim Vargas – First 3x EBAL Champion 1965 – ’67

3x EAST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Richard Ybarra – 2001, ’02, ’03

Casey Moreland – 1997, ’98, ‘99

Zach Philbrick – 1996, ’98, ‘99

Derek Bowerman – 1994, ’95, ‘96

Clark Conover – 1988, ’89, ‘90

Gary Turner – 1965, ’66, ’67*

Tim Vargas – 1965, ’66, ‘67*

*Shares first-time status

Zach Philbrick – 3x EBAL Champion 1996 – ’99

Jack Villagomez – 2x EBAL Champ/2x NCS Medalist ‘87

2x EAST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Matt Neale – 2013, ’14

Tyler Rardon – 2012, ’13

Alec Fraser – 2008, ’09

Daniel Sellars – 2002, ’03

Joey Silva – 1998, ‘99

John Iacono – 1997, ’98

Tony Chavira – 1996, ’97

Ferrier Le – 1995, ‘96

Shane Page – 1995, ‘96

Ken Zanotto – 1993, ’94

Marc Kavanagh – 1992, ’93

Peter Matheson – 1991, ’92

Scott Page – 1990, ’92

Nick Chavez – 1990, ’91

Chris Ornellas – 1990, ’91

Jack Villagomez – 1985, ‘86

Garen McDonald – 1979, ’80

Robert Baird – 1978, ‘79

Naish Piazza – 1977, ’78

Dale Hansen – 1977, ‘78

Ray Jenkins – 1975, ‘76

Larry Olsen – 1973, ’74

Nelson Ranney – 1969, ’70

Dale Turner – 1966, ‘67

Dan Bihl – 1966, ’67

Steve Brandt – 1965, ’67

Dale Hanson – 2x EBAL Champion ’79

Gary & Dale Turner – First set of brothers to win EBAL titles , 1965

EAST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

145 – Timothy Cowan ’20

195 – Xavier Williams ’19

152 – Ryan Petersen ’17

120 – Aaron Cortez ’14

152 – Jacob Roach ’14

195 – Cody McNaney ’14

220 – Matt Neale ’14

152 – Tyler Rardon ’13

220 – Matt Neale ’13

145 – Nico Lang ’12

152 – Tyler Rardon ’12

152 – Terin O’Callaghan ’11

145 – Josh Laursen ’10

130 – Alec Fraser ’09

135 – Brisk Kannel ’09

140 – Aaron Sanchez ’09

189 – Shawne Hoehne ’09

215 – Maurice Aufderheide ’09

119 – Alec Fraser ’08

125 – Jake Benedict ’08

135 – Stephen De La Cruz ’08

171 – Rodney Neale ’08

215 – Glen Finch ’07

152 – James Coats ’04

103 – Richard Ybarra ’03

130 – Nexi Delgado ’03

275 – Daniel Sellars ’03

105 – Richard Ybarra ’02

121 – Tyson Moreland ’02

135 – Nate Laursen ’02

154 – Jason Beaudrow ’02

275 – Daniel Sellars ’02

103 – Richard Ybarra ’01

135 – Sean Plunkett ’00

112 – Zach Philbrick ’99

125 – Zach Dickinson ’99

130 – Casey Moreland ’99

152 – Joey Silva ’99

119 – Casey Moreland ’98

130 – Gilbert Perez ’98

135 – John Iacono ’98

145 – Joey Silva ’98

171 – Ryan Rebmann ’98

112 – Zach Philbrick ’97

119 – Casey Moreland ’97

130 – John Iacono ’97

135 – Tony Chavira ’97

152 – Matt Richardson ’97

275 – Tony Lazzarini ’97

103 – Zach Philbrick ’96

119 – Ferrier Le ’96

125 – Jason Anderson ’96

135 – Tony Chavira ’96

160 – Derek Bowerman ’96

275 – Shane Page ’96

112 – Ferrier Le ’95

125 – Donny Kavanagh ’95

152 – Derek Bowerman ’95

275 – Shane Page ’95

125 – Justin Crawford ’94

145 – Derek Bowerman ’94

152 – Richard Naval ’94

160 – Ken Zanotto’94

125 – Marc Kavanagh ’93

160 – Ken Zanotto’93

171 – Jerry Bohlander ’93

189 – David Ochse ’93

103 – Tim Rankin ’92

119 – Marc Kavanagh ’92

130 – Armando Gutierrez ’92

145 – Kermitt Philbrick ’92

152 – Scott Page ’92

171 – Peter Matheson ’92

135 – Nick Chavez ’91

160 – Peter Matheson ’91

140 – Chris Ornellas ’91

189 – Peter Stull ’91

132 – Nick Chavez ’90

138 – Chris Ornellas ’90

145 – Scott Page ’90

165 – Clark Conover ’90

105 – Justin Andrade ’89

119 – Bryan Vashus ’89

165 – Clark Conover ’89

191 – Niguel Hicks ’89

HWT – Kevin Phillips ’89

112 – Bryan Vashus ’88

154 – Dave McPherson ’88

165 – Clark Conover ’88

HWT – Kelly Ayers ’88

98 – Bryan Vashus ’87

138 – Andy Conover ’87

98 – Bryan Vashus ’86

126 – Jack Villagomez ’86

121 – Jack Villagomez ’85

175 – Erik Kauwe ’85

98 – Frisbee Goodall ’84

126 – Pedro Cazarez ’84

147 – Shawn Peterson ’84

165 – Al Fontes ’84

141 – Pablo Cazarez ’83

103 – Scott Kannel ’80

191 – Garen McDonald ’80

112 – Robert Baird ’79

165 – Todd Berg ’79

175 – Garen McDonald ’79

191 – Jim Sampson ’79

103 – Robert Baird ’78

145 – Naish Piazza ’78

165 – Dale Hanson ’78

191 – Dave Farfan ’78

138 – Naish Piazza ’77

145 – Jeff Newton ’77

154 – Dale Hansen ’77

175 – Darryl Hansen ’77

120 – Darryl Payne ’76

133 – Ray Jenkins ’76

145 – Mike Lewis ’76

HWT – Gary Tennyson ’76

130 – Ray Jenkins ’75

141 – Roger Capri ’75

178 – Doug Pope ’75

98 – Jack Baird ’74

123 – Larry Olsen ’74

148 – Ken Mendoza ’74

112 – Larry Olsen ’73

145 – Mike Dimon ’72

175 – Mike Michaels ’72

191 – Dave Willis ’72

165 – Brad Charboneau ’71

95 – Steve Migliore ’70

145 – Nick Dovick ’70

191 – Nelson Ranney ’70

133 – Royce Curtis ’69

191 – Nelson Ranney ’69

HWT – Steve Sanders ’69

133 – Rich Buddington ’68

191 – Darrell Bluhm ’68

HWT – George Halyak ’68

95 – Gary Turner ’67

112 – Tom Dodd ’67

154 – Steve Brandt ’67

145 – Neal Enard ’67

165 – Dan Bihl ’67

178 – Tim Vargas ’67

98 – Gary Turner ’66

106 – Dale Turner ’66

123 – Percy Del Castillo ’66

148 – Dan Bihl ’66

178 – Tim Vargas ’66

95 – Gary Turner ’65

106 – Dale Turner ’65

115 – Mark Dodd ’65

136 – Steve Brandt ’65

141 – Ralph Ammendolia ’65

148 – Del Lounsbury ’65

157 – Ray Newbury ’65

168 – Warren McPherson ’65

178 – Tim Vargas ’65

194 – Scott Humphrey ’65

195 – Xavier Williams – EBAL Champion/3rd NCS ’19

1992 Undefeated EBAL Champions/2nd NCS – Most decorated team in school’s history

EAST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE DUAL MEET CHAMPIONS

2003, 1998, ’97, ’94*, ’93, ’92, ’91, ’90, ’89, ’88, ’86*, ’77, ’72*, ’71, ’70, ’69*, ’67, ’65

*Co-Champions

1989 Undefeated EBAL Champions/2nd NCS (17-0 dual)

EAST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

2008, ’03, 1998, ’97, ’93, ’92, ’91, ’90, ’89, ’77, ’74, ’72, ’71, ’70, ’67, ’65

1992 North Coast Section Runner-ups (5 State Qualifiers/8 medalists)

CIF NORTH COAST SECTION DUAL MEET CHAMPIONSHIPS

2016 – 3rd Place (DII East Bay)

2014 – Champions (DII East Bay)

2008 – 2nd Place (DII East Bay)

All-Americans – Clark Conover ’90 & Andy Koponen ’89

FREESTYLE/GRECO-ROMAN/FOLKSTYLE ALL-AMERICANS

Clark Conover – Cadet/Junior/Espoir (3x Greco-Roman)

Andy Koponen – 2x Espoir (GR)/3rd Olympic Festival (3x Greco-Roman)

Scott Page – Espoir (Freestyle)

Bryan Vashus – AAU Grand Nationals Champion (Greco-Roman)

Ximena Pulido – USAW Cadet Folkstyle Nationals

Bryan Vashus – 3x NCS Medalist/4x EBAL Champion/All-American

Ximena Pulido – 2019 USAW Folkstyle All-American

Stephen De La Cruz – 2x JC All-American (Chabot College)

COLLEGE ALL–AMERICANS

Stephen De La Cruz – 2x Junior College (Chabot)

Peter Matheson – Junior College (Chabot)

Marc Kavanagh – 2x Junior College (Chabot)

Clark Conover – 2x Junior College (Chabot)*

Garen McDonald – 2x Junior College (Chabot)*/NCAA DII (CS Bakersfield)

*California Community College State Champion.

Al Fontes (alumni & Coach) and former Head Coach Steve Page – Inducted to CA HOF 2016
2019 California Wrestling Hall-of-Fame (L to R): Clark Conover (2019 HOF), Chabot Coach Steve Siroy (2016 HOF), Chabot Coach Zack Papachristos (2002 HOF), and Al Fontes (2016 HOF)

WRESTLING HALL-OF-FAME MEMBERS

Clark Conover – California HOF (2019)/Livermore Sports HOF (2018)/Chabot HOF (2010)

Al Fontes – California Wrestling HOF (2016)

Steve Page – California Wrestling HOF (2016)

Marc Kavanagh – Chabot College HOF (2016)

Garen McDonald – Chabot HOF (2004)/Livermore Sports HOF (2009)

Marc Kavanagh – 2x JC All-American (Inducted into 2016 Chabot HOF)

Head Coach – Steve Page (1983 – 2004) 10 EBAL Championship teams

LIVERMORE HIGH SCHOOL HEAD COACHES SINCE 1963

Herb Guidry: 2013 – Present

Brad Vadnais: 2010 – ’13

Zach Philbrick: 2009 – ’10

Rex Anderson/Zach Philbrick: 2008 – ’09

Marc Kavanagh: 2004 – ’08

Steve Page: 1983 – ’04

Bob Bronzan: 1982 – ’83

Don Baird: 1981 – ’82

Kevin Gunn: 1979 – ’81

Ed King: 1976 – ’79

Jack Lopez: 1970 – ’76

Bob Bronzan: 1966 – ’70

Gene Larigan: 1964 – ’66

James Comella/Don Muentz: 1963 – ’64

STATE & NATIONAL LEVEL AWARDS

2019 Irv Oliner Award Recipient – BOB BRONZAN (Head Coach 1966 – ’70, ’83)

A LOOK BACK AT COWBOYS’ HISTORY

Ron Knott – First Livermore HS NCS Qualifier ’64
1965 – First EBAL Championship Team (Produced 10 individual EBAL Champions)
1975 LHS Wrestlers (L to R): Roger Capri (EBAL Champ ’75), Doug Pope (EBAL/Sub-Section Champ ’75), and Mike Lewis (EBAL Champ ’76)
Alec Fraser – 2x EBAL Champ/3x NCS Medalist ’09
Ken Zanotto -2x EBAL Champion/2x NCS Medalist
Donny Kavanagh – EBAL Champ/NCS Finalist ’95
Armando Gutierrez – EBAL Champ/3rd NCS ’92
Derek Bowerman – 3x EBAL Champ/NCS Champ ’96
Chris Ornellas – 2x EBAL Champ/5th NCS ’91
Nexi Delgado – 2x EBAL Champ/3x NCS Medalist ’04
Darryl Hansen – EBAL Champ/2nd NCS ’78
Joey Silva – 2x EBAL Champ/3x NCS Medalist ’99
Adam Lebish – 2x NCS Medalist ’18
Pedro Cazarez – 2x EBAL Champion/5th NCS ’86
Kenny Mendoza – EBAL Champion ’74
Tyler Rardon – 2x NCS Champion (2012 -’13)
Al Fontes – EBAL Champion ’84 (CA Hall of Fame)
Jerry Bohlander – EBAL Champ/5th NCS ’93 (UFC Champion)
Nico Lang – 2013 North Coast Section Champion
Kermit Philbrick – EBAL Champ/3rd NCS ’92
Jacob Roach – EBAL Champ/2x NCS Medalist ’14
Pablo Cazarez – EBAL Champion ’84
Nick Chavez – 2x EBAL Champ/3rd NCS ’91
Shawne Hoehne – EBAL Champ/2x NCS Medalist ’08
Danny Bihl – 2x EBAL Champ/4th NCS ’67
Robert Baird – 2x EBAL Champ ’79
Steve Brandt – 2x EBAL Champ/4th NCS ’67
Coach Jack Lopez – 1971 – ’76
1988-’89 Livermore Coaching Staff
1995-’96 Livermore Coaching Staff at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno, NV (L to R): Steve Page, Andy Koponen, Al Fontes, Marc Kavanagh, and Mike Newman.
1991 – Coaches Dennis Peterson and Al Fontes having fun mat side at the EBAL Championships
2014 NCS Division II East Bay Dual Meet Champions (L to R): Coach Herb Guidry, Aaron Cortez, and Coach Russ Maes
1987 Granada/Livermore Dual Meet – Coach Page and Assistant Coach Aaron Fontes
Tri-Valley Herald Newspaper article – Feb. 1974
Coach Fontes running an intense session of calisthenics – 1995/’96
Head Coach Bob Bronzan 1966 – ’70, ’83
The inaugural Wrestling Season in 1963
1992 EBAL Champions/2nd NCS – This team produced 8 NCS medalists and 2 state placers.
1965 – First EBAL Championship Team (Produced 10 individual EBAL Champions)
1964 DVAL Medalists: Ron Knott (2nd), Bob Horton (3rd), Warren McPherson (4th), and Roy Newbury (4th)
1990 San Ramon Invitational Champions
1990 Undefeated EBAL Champions
1993 Undefeated EBAL Champions
1993-’94 – Livermore JV Team wins the Mt. Eden Varsity tournament
1987-’88 Wrestling Team
1974 Livermore Wrestling – EBAL Tournament Champions
1992 Bay Area Invitational Champions
1970 – Undefeated EBAL Champions
1990 Bay Area Invitational Champions
1989 Undefeated EBAL Champions/2nd NCS (17-0)
Livermore at the 1989 Sierra Nevada Classic – Reno, NV/Clark Conover wins title!
1992 Livermore Bob Bronzan Invitational Champions
2003 EBAL Champions
1974 EBAL Tournament Champions
1991 Frosh/Soph/JV EBAL Champions
1989 – EBAL Champions (17-0)/2nd NCS
1991 Undefeated EBAL Champions
1995 Livermore Cowboys
1980-’81 Wrestling Team
1981 – ’82 Livermore Wrestling Team
1993 Undefeated EBAL Champions
1995 Livermore Bob Bronzan Invitational Champions
1995-’96 Livermore Frosh/Soph/JV Wrestling Team
1989 Undefeated EBAL Champions (17-0)
1983 – ’84 Varsity Team
1995-’96 Livermore Cowboys
2018 North Coast Section
3rd Division II East Bay NCS Duals 2016
1989 Livermore Bob Bronzan Invitational Champions
1994 Livermore Bob Bronzan Invitational Champions
1993 Lodi Tournament Champions
1968 Livermore varsity
1983 – ’84 Livermore Varsity – 5 Individual EBAL Champions
1983 Livermore Varsity/JV Team having fun
1983-’84 – The beginning of the Page Era.
1986 – Coach Steve Page’s first EBAL Championship team
1989 Bob Bronzan Invitational Champions
1979-’80 Livermore Wrestling Team
1970 – Undefeated EBAL Champions
1994 Varsity team having fun
1996 Varsity – First and Second Teams
1989 Frosh/Soph Team
2014 Division II East Bay NCS Dual Meet Champions
1988 Bob Bronzan Invitational Champions
Tri-Valley Wrestling Club at Livermore High School – 1987
Tri-Valley Wrestling Club in the late 1980s/early 1990s
2013 North Coast Section Medalists (L to R): Coach Herb Guidry, Cody McNaney, Tyler Rardon, Coach Brad Vadnais, Nico Lang, Coach Mike Sheldon , and Matt Neale
Cowboy Stat Girls from the early 1990s
1973-’74 season
Clark Conover (1990 alumni) receives California State Athletic Directors Association Award Banquet.
Former Coach and Livermore Alumni Al Fontes (TCW State Editor) presents Livermore Wrestler Chris Sanchez Cullen Fitzgibbons “Most Inspirational” Wrestler Award at 2018 CIF State Championships
Emma & Logan Kavanagh – First brother and sister to earn their Block “L” in wrestling in the school’s history (2018)
Ethan Montesinos and Xavier “aka, X” Williams
Marc Kavanagh with Coach Al after earning his second All-American honor (1999)
2014 EBAL Champions (L to R): Matt Neale (220), Jacob Roach (152), Aaron Cortez (120), and Cody McNaney (195).
Cowboy Wrestlers at 2018 Girls NCS (L to R): Ximena Pulido, Emma Kavanagh, Coach Marc Kavanagh, Mya Waechtler, Fiona Smith, and Amy Zamora.
2018 reunion – Al Fontes & Hai Nguyen (1984 teammates)
1990 CIF State Championships – Scott Page (8th) and Clark Conover (5th)
James Coats – 3rd North Coast Section/State Qualifier 2004
The “PIN” heard across town – Freshman Tim Rankin pinning the No. 1 seed at EBAL (First match)
EBAL Champion Tim Rankin post final interview with local newspapers – “It pays to be a winner.”
Livermore – Granada Boosters Annual Olympian Awards Banquet (L to R): Aaron Fontes, Clark Conover (Livermore Sports HOF recipient), Al Fontes, and Andy Koponen.
1990 – Team Captains Scott Page, Clark Conover, and Nick Chavez
Great High School rivalry – Bryan Vashus (right) and Gerry Abas (Center)
2003 Livermore Varsity
Andy Koponen – Warming up for EBAL final (1989)
Livermore wrestlers warming up for Granada dual (L to R): Mike Franco, Marc Conover, and Andy Conover (1987)
Jerry Bohlander – UFC Champion (’93 Alumni)
2019 NCS Medalists (L to R): Francee Richmond, Mya Waechtler, Emma Kavanagh, and Ximena Pulido
Andy Koponen – 1990 Espoir National finals

1980 CIF State Champions – Garen McDonald (top left with Cowboy hat)
2019 Reno Worlds
1988 – ’89 Season – First day of practice…Coach Page setting team goals and expectations.
Jim Miltner – The Most Inspirational Wrestler in Cowboys’ wrestling history (Class of 1987)
Andy Koponen & Clark Conover – Freestyle & Greco-Roman All-Americans
Marc Kavanagh – 1991 Bay Area Champion
1989 EBAL Champion – Justin Andrade (Champion Bull Rider)
Cowboys’ wrestler Ron Paulo – 1980 dual meet vs. Granada
1995 Season – A session of motivational therapy
Aaron Fontes punching his ticket to NCS at the 1985 EBAL Championships – future Cowboy star, Scott Page to his right
154 – Dave McPherson, 1988 EBAL Champion
Maya Waechtler – First Girl’s 3x NCS Medalist 2017 – ’19
Larry Olsen – 2x EBAL Champion (1973-’74)
1992 – Arguably the best team in the school’s 50 plus year history – Produced many Herald Athletes of the Week. Several placed at the NCS and State Championships
1988 Individual EBAL Champions – LHS Champs: Bryan Vashus (98), Clark Conover (165), Dave McPherson (154), and Kelly Ayers (HWT.)
1993 – Freshman Richard Diaz pinning opponent “SQUEEZE”
1989 – Coaches (L to R): Al Fontes, Steve Page, and Aaron Fontes
2019 California Junior Freestyle Medalist (L to R): Tallon Chambers and Xavier Williams
Tony Chavira – 2x EBAL Champion/3rd NCS ’97
Clark Conover – 3x EBAL, NCS Champion, 5th CIF State, 5x All-American (Class of ’90)
JASON ANDERSON pinning Amador opponent in the 1996 EBAL finals (RIP)
2016 North Coast Section Duals – 3rd Place
1989 EBAL Championship Finals – Livermore (9 finalist/5 Champions)
Livermore JV – Runner-up @ the 2019 JV North Coast Tournament (50 Schools)
Andrew Koponen (right) 2x Espoir Greco-Roman All-American/Bronze US Olympic Festival
Rising to the occasion – Brian Williams comes from behind to pin Amador Valley opponent
(1993)
Josh Dickinson – North Coast Section Medalist ’96
Zach Dickinson – North Coast Section medalist/State Qualifier ’99
2019 Girls NCS Championships
1973 Herald Newspaper article – LHS wrestler Mike Dimon
2017 East Bay Athletic League Championships
Vision Quest’s Frank Jasper (aka, Shute) with Livermore Coach Marc Kavanagh.
The Cowboy Tradition continues…
Peter Matheson training for the 1992 CIF State Championships
1972 EBAL Champions (Livermore): Dave Willis, Mike Michaels, and Mike Dimon
1984 EBAL Championship Finals
Livermore Cowboy Wrestling Team 1979
1992 – School record 5 state qualifiers (L to R): Pete Matheson, Kermit Philbrick, Marc Kavanagh, Scott Page, and Armando Gutierrez.
1989 – Coaches Aaron Fontes and Dennis Peterson rallying the Frosh/Soph wrestlers on their way to the Albany Tournament.
Livermore High wrestlers coaching at Junction Jr. High -1983
Andrew Koponen – NCS Medalist/3x Greco-Roman All-American ’89
Frisbee Goodall became the third Cowboy wrestler to win an NCS title in 1984
1991 – Flashiest singlets in Cowboy history – Matheson Brothers, Sammy and Pete
Mya Waechtler – Medal match at the Girl’s 2017 NCS Championships
Scott Page – The first and only underclassman (Soph) to place at the CIF State Championships – 1990
Chris Ornellas – EBAL Champion/5th NCS ’91
1992 CIF State Championships at UOP – Livermore Cowboy fans
 Justin Andrade – 1989 EBAL Champion (Champion Bull rider)
Livermore alumni at the 50th Annual Chabot College alumni match (L to R): Sammy Matheson, George Brown (Granada alumni), Aaron Fontes, Pete Matheson, Marc Kavanagh, Clark Conover, and Al Fontes
Minh Nhat Le – 2x NCS Medalist ’92
Noel Le – NCS Medalist ’92
Ferrier Le – EBAL Champion ’95
Clark Conover won the tough Sierra Nevada Classic tournament in Reno, NV (1989)
Andy “the Fonz” Conover – 5th NCS 1987/Team MVP
1985 NCS – Aaron Fontes and Eric Kauwe having fun before the medal matches
Gary Turner – First Cowboy wrestler to win NCS in 1967
2018 Mat Classic Tournament – Cowboy wrestler Anthony Barbalinardo (Class of ’18) sporting the “Old School” Livermore singlet from the 1983-’84 season.
Coach Al Fontes cuts Peter Stulls mullet at the 1991 NCS Championships
John Lighty – 1982 Herald Athlete of the Week.
Ray Jenkins – 1976 EBAL Champ/3rd Sub-Section/4th NCS
Herald Athlete of the Week – 1983
Cowboy wresting family at 2017 Freedom Duals (L to R): Aaron Fontes (alumni ’86), Don Baird (alumni ’73), and Al Fontes (alumni ’84)
Livermore Cowboy Wrestling 1985-’86 season.
EBAL 1992 – Unseeded freshman Tim Rankin pins the #1 seed in round one of competition – Wins EBAL title
Livermore Wrestling alumni ’93 – Pete Williams (UFC Hall of Fame)
HWT – Steve Sanders (Center) 1969 EBAL Champion/4th NCS
Herald newspaper article from February 11, 1971 (Don Baird in photo)
Livermore Hall-of-Fame – State Medalists & All-Americans
Livermore Wrestling Hall of Fame

The defining moment when an athlete has come to the realization that their countless hours of hard work, pain, and sacrifice has paid off.

Aaron Fontes (1996 NCS Semi-final win)
Ryan Petersen (2017 NCS 3rd place match)
Logan Kavanagh vs. California HS opponent – First outdoor dual meet in the school’s history (November 2017)
1995 – Joe Iaconno in the EBAL finals
Pedro Cazarez, EBAL Champion/NCS Medalist '86
Pedro Cazarez, EBAL Champion/NCS Medalist ’86
The “Old School” billboard formerly located at the corner of East Avenue and Maple Street.
Gary Turner – First Cowboy wrestler to win NCS in 1967

THE TRADITIONAL TEAM RUN TO THE RODEO GROUNDS 1980s & ’90s

LIVERMORE HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING

DREAM TEAM

1965 – 2018

Garen McDonald – 1980 CIF State Champion *OW

98 – Frisbee Goodall (1985), NCS Champion

106 – Gary Turner (1967), NCS Champion

112 – Zach Philbrick (1999), 3x NCS Medalist

120 – Bryan Vashus (1989), NCS Champion/4x EBAL Champion

125 – Marc Kavanagh (1993), CIF State Medalist

130 – Alec Fraser (2009), 3x NCS Medalist

133 – Nexi Delgado (2004), 3x NCS Medalist

138 – Stephen De La Cruz (2008), CIF State Medalist

141 – Naish Piazza (1978), NCS Champion/3x Medalist

145 – Scott Page (1992), CIF State Medalist

154 – Tyler Rardon (2013), 2x NCS Champion

160 – Derek Bowerman (1996), NCS Champion

165 – Clark Conover (1990), CIF State Medalist

171 – Peter Matheson (1992), CIF State Medalist

177 – Darryl Hansen (1978), NCS Finalist

191 – Garen McDonald (1980) *OW, CIF State Champion

220 – Mathew Neale (2014), 2x NCS Medalist

HWT – Adam Lebish (2018), 2x NCS Medalist

Head Coach  – Steve Page (1983 – 2004)

Livermore Cowboys’ Gym – 50 plus years of memories and tradition that will live on forever…