TCW STAFF

The California Wrestler Mission Statement

The California Wrestler - January 1996 edition

The California Wrestler – January 1996 edition 

The California Wrestler (aka, TCW) first entered the World Wide Web “Internet” during the early part of the new millennium and has been the voice of California wrestling news for over forty years (the first newsletter, “The Northern California Wrestler” was first distributed to coaches and fans via regular mail during the fall of 1975 and expanded to cover the entire state a few years later). The TCW staff is made up of former wrestlers, coaches, volunteers, and people that value good ethics, integrity, passion for the sport, and most importantly, respect to all that have participated in or have been an integral part of the greatest sport on Earth, amateur wrestling.

The TCW is the state’s primary website to view all past state championship results, national results, state statistics, All-American teams, high school pre-season reviews, 24/7 forum use, and much more. More importantly, TCW compiles the most accurate and reliable rankings in the Golden State. These rankings have been tested, proven, and are the primary source for each of the established national ranking groups representing Amateur Wrestling News, Wrestling USA Magazine, WIN Magazine, and InterMat respectively.

In the spirit of promoting our great sport, it is our goal to reach out to the masses in California and abroad and to continue to improve upon our already successful site that has on average received millions of hits per month, a stat that is among the top one percent for all wrestling sites in the country.
From the beginning of the regular season through the post season, the TCW is the place to visit. We appreciate your continued support and input in making our newsletter a great success. We are always looking for new ways of improving our site, so please continue providing us your constructive criticism and suggestions.

 

MEET THE TCW STAFF

 

Bill Grant – TCW Founder, 1974

BILL GRANT has been involved with the sport of wrestling for over 50 years. He began his career on the mat at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto and competed for San Francisco State, earning a Far Western Conference title, as well as two trips to the NCAA Division II Championships in 1967 and ’68 respectively. His coaching tenure began in 1971 at Pacifica High School in Pittsburg, CA and in 1976 he led Oakland High School in the Oakland City Section to a 4th Place team finish at the CIF State Championships, producing 4 medalist in the process. To date, no other Oakland school has achieved this feat. After a short stint at Roseburg High School in Oregon, where his team was the 1977 Southern Oregon Conference Champions, he took the helm at Monterey High School in the Central Coast Section (CCS) in 1978 and for the next 27 years his teams earned an CCS title in 1982 and produced 38 section medalist and 4 CIF State placers. Currently, Bill coaches at Pacific Grove High School. More importantly, he has been among the top promoters of wrestling in the Golden State and abroad. In 1974, he founded the Northern California Wrestler Newsletter, which shortly thereafter became what we know today as The California Wrestler Newsletter. In addition, Bill has run the Monterey Coaches Clinic of Champions since the late 1970s, which for the past several decades has been rated among the top wrestling clinics in the country. Serving on numerous executive committees and Board of Director groups, Bill also earned several Coach-of-the-Year awards and was inducted to the California Wrestling Hall-of-Fame in 2004 and National Wrestling Hall-of-Fame, California Chapter in 2015. Currently, Bill is a board member with the California Wrestling Hall-of-Fame committee.

Bill’s responsibilities includes compiling section and state rankings, as well as managing TCW advertisements. In addition, he is contributing editor for Wrestling USA Magazine and CIF State program. Bill is the founder of the TCW, which was established in 1974.

Contact Bill: billgrant1345@hotmail.com

 

Al Fontes – State Editor since 1995

AL FONTES “aka, Coach Al” has over 38 years service in the sport of wrestling. He has served as the California State Editor of the California Wrestler Newsletter since 1995. He has also been a contributing editor for several national wrestling publications and websites (Wrestling USA Magazine, Amateur Wrestling News, WIN Magazine, InterMat and theMat.com). His awards include Wrestling USA Editor-of-the-Year, WUSA Man-of-the-Year, and at the 2001 CIF State Championships, he was given the Irv Oliner Award for contributions to California wrestling.

Al has also coached wrestling for 25 years, which includes Livermore High School (NCS), Antioch High School (NCS), Liberty High School (Brentwood – NCS), Junction Middle School (Livermore), Christian Middle School (Livermore), Tri-Valley Wrestling Club, Delta Wrestling Club and was the California Team Leader at the NHSCA Senior High School Nationals in 2001, 2002, and 2006. In addition, he has also been responsible for compiling statistical lists of all the CIF State Champions, NCAA Champions/All-Americans (all collegiate divisions), High School All-Americans, Freestyle/Greco-Roman All-Americans, and Olympians, which are posted on the TCW website and several of the national wrestling publications. Al wrestled for Livermore High School, Chabot College, and graduated from the University of San Francisco with college honors. Al was inducted into the California Wrestling Hall-of-Fame (Lifetime Service Award) in May 2016. Currently, Al is a board member with the California Wrestling Hall-of-Fame committee.

Al’s responsibilities include being the TCW webmaster, historian, statistician, and contributing editor for Wrestling USA Magazine, Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat, FLO, and the CIF State program.

Contact Al: al.fontes@sbcglobal.net

 

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Pablo DiMariaEditor since 2012

PABLO Di MARIA has been covering the sport of wrestling for 16 years. A graduate of Bell High School in the LA City Section, Di Maria was part of two CIF City Section Team Championship teams and a runner-up. After graduating high school, he attended and competed for Cerritos College in SoCal. Additionally, he has been an integral part of The California Wrestler (TCW) staff since 2012 and has provided a great deal to the promotion of all aspects of California wrestling. Prior to joining the TCW staff, he was a contributing editor for The Open Mat (TOM) for four years. A large percentage of his articles have been published in various nationally recognized wrestling magazines and websites, which includes the Associated Wrestling Press. He comes from a wrestling family, whereas his brother and cousins were state champions in California, Utah and Illinois respectively. He has a son, Kenny Ian, which in the near future will be competing on the wrestling mats in California. In 2016, Pablo was awarded the State Person-of-the-Year Award by Wrestling USA Magazine.

Pablo’s TCW responsibilities include being the webmaster, compiling sectional, state, and national rankings. In addition, he conducts interviews and writes special interest articles. Pablo is a contributing editor for several national publications and the CIF State program.

 

Contact Pablo: pdimaria@theopenmat.com

 

MICHAEL WRIGHT

Michael Wright – Forum/Ads

MICHAEL WRIGHT “aka, Coach Wright” is from the state of Iowa where he wrestled varsity all four years for his high school, Southeast Warren. His biggest accomplishment in high school was qualifying for the 1988 state high school championships at 112 pounds and wrestling on the team that placed 4th in the Iowa State Dual Team Championships. Coach Wright had coached at Hanford High for eight years leading the Bullpup’s to 1 West Yosemite League Championship, 4 straight top 20 CIF state finishes, 2 top 10 CIF state finishes with 1 State Champion, 10 state placers, 19 state qualifiers, 1 NHSCA Senior All-American, 4 NHSCA qualifiers, 4 USA Freestyle/Greco National place winners, and 7 USA National qualifiers.  In addition, Coach Wright spent two years at Redwood High School in Visalia where he had 3 state qualifiers, 2 USA Freestyle/Greco place winners, and 6 USA National qualifiers.  Moreover, Coach Wright is also a California National Freestyle and Greco Coach.  The 2016-’17 season will mark Coach Wright’s 11th season as the Emperors Head Coach at Dinuba High School.  While in Dinuba, Coach Wright has led the Emperors to their first league and Valley championship in school history in 2014 as well the school’s first 2 state placers in 2015 and having numerous state qualifiers.

Since the late 1990s, Michael Wright has been an integral part of the TCW staff. His responsibility includes managing the forum, advertisements, and during the early 2000s was responsible for development of the TCW from an actual paper newsletter to a site on the Internet. Awards include being chosen Tulare County Coach of the Year three times (2014 – ’16) and Tulare County Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2006. Coach Wright earned a BA degree in Political Science from Fresno State University.

Contact Michael: mwright@dinuba.k12.ca.us
 

Michael Cho – State Rankings

MICHAEL CHO has been covering the sport of wrestling in California for approximately 10 Years. A graduate of Los Gatos High School in the Central Coast Section, as well as a graduate of the Ivy League’s Columbia University, Cho has been an integral part of the California Wrestler (TCW) staff, primarily compiling the California state rankings, which are considered by many in the wrestling circles to be among the most comprehensive in the nation. In addition, Cho is responsible for compiling sectional rankings for the Central Coast Section and for the last several years has been the lead writer of the CIF State Championship’s preview.  More recently, he joined the CIF State Championship’s bracket planning committee.  In 2017, Michael was awarded the State Person-of-the-Year Award by Wrestling USA Magazine.

 

 

Contact Michael: michaeljcho@gmail.com or ccsrank@hotmail.com

 

Aaron Fontes – Historian/NCS – Since 2017

AARON FONTES has been involved with the sport of wrestling since the early 1980s. In 1981 his mat career began at Junction Middle School in Livermore, California and then continued at Livermore High School in the North Coast Section. While at Livermore High, he lettered all four years in wrestling and was a team captain his senior season. In addition, he wrestled his way into the North Coast Section finals and qualified to the prestigious CIF State Championships in 1986. After high school, Aaron continued his mat career at Chabot College in Hayward, California, where he was a two-year letterman and team captain in 1988. He finished his mat career by placing at the California Community College State Championships.

Aaron’s coaching tenure began at Junction Middle School in 1986 and continued thru the mid 1990s at his alma mater, Livermore High School, as well as the Tri-Valley Wrestling Club. Currently, he is coaching at the Iron House Wrestling Club in Oakley, CA.

Aaron’s promotion of wrestling goes back many years and more recently, he has been involved with several historical projects, such as compiling the final results for the North Coast Section Championships dating back to the 1950s. In addition, Aaron has been working on a series of promotional projects for other high schools in the NCS. Moreover, he has been involved “behind the scenes” for many years researching and compiling wrestling statistics in support of his older brother Coach Al, the California State Editor. Aaron resides in Oakley, California and is married with five children. He has been employed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for over 20 years.

Contact Aaronaaronfontes@att.net

 

Rick Griffith – Web Master/Ads

Contact Rick: rickg101@gmail.com

 

 

HISTORY OF TCW

 

TCW Staff Jacket – Rudis 2017

 

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The first Northern California Wrestler sent to coaches - 1975-'76 season

The first Northern California Wrestler sent to coaches – 1975 – ’76 season

 

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The California Wrestler January 2001 (The final year that the TCW was distributed to coaches and fans in paper form – Shortly after this issue, the TCW entered the World Wide Web).

 

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The California Wrestler – December 2000

 

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The California Wrestler – November 1989

 

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The California Wrestler – January 1984 edition

 

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The Northern California Wrestler – January 1978

 

Old School TCW – Early 1990s edition (template before going out for print).