PETTY'S JOURNEY
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Release: 03/08/2009
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John Petty has led California Baptist University to the NAIA Wrestling National Championship in the program's first year of existence. He took a little time to give some insight after the first two days of competition.

Final Day

We accomplished two goals at this year’s championship:
1- Place in the top 16 (14th) to qualify for the 2010 Duals
2- Get our first All-Americans (we got three: Reed 4th, Fragoza and Knowland 8th)

It was great to see Reed comeback and beat the Lindenwood guy who defeated him in the championship brackets. Just about everyone of the guys here has already began to talk about next year and you can see the hunger in their eyes after being here to get a taste of what the championships have to offer. This year’s championships proved to be one of parity as no team had more than eight All-Americans, which is a first for me in the six years that I have been coaching in the NAIA. Usually a team runs off with 10-12. You have to bring you’re A-game if you expect to place in this tournament.

In closing, it was good for us to see how high the bar is set so we know where to set our aim for next year. The bar is high and we plan on aiming high! Time to switch our attention to recruiting and our offseason training program of lifting, freestyle and greco. Thanks for everyone’s support in our inaugural season; we hope to continue to represent the university, California and the West Region well in the future.

God Bless!

Yours in Wrestling,

Coach Petty

Day two

The seven were reduced to three, but the four that we lost today gained some very valuable experience; they were here and WILL be returning!

Chauncey Philipps at 133; I believe will be a high All-American if not a National Champion next year (Senior season) if he is healthy, unlike this year at the region and national tournament. He showed great courage as he led his team all year and finished the year on the mat; a champ in my book.

133- Andrew Collins; this freshman gained some valuable experience in qualifying for nationals. He is very intelligent and I know he will grow next season after being here.

141- Ethan Hall; wrestled a very good tournament for having a tough draw. He lost to two All-Americans and one has a great shot at being the National Champ who stated to me that he was shocked that Ethan did not get All-American because he felt he was a very good wrestler. Expect to hear big things form Mr. Hall next season.

157- Jarell Price; also wrestled very tough today and was “one away”. Two of my least favorite words, but it is what it is....he was so close and he wrestled so tough. I refuse to say that he lost; he just ran out of time. Expect to see this young man become a two time All-American the following next two seasons and possibly national champ!

Now for the three remaining.....The First Three All-Americans in CBU Wrestling History:

Sam Fragoza at 125 and CJ Knowland at 174 will wrestle for seventh place tomorrow with Lamar Reed wrestling in the 165 consolation semifinals to decide his placing match. After coming from behind to defeat one of his good friends from Dana College, he asked the ref “did I get it in time?” When the ref responded with an affirmative, he him a big hug; talk about excitement. I don’t think anyone could have had a bigger smile than Lamar.

We are close to reaching our team goal of qualifying for the 2010 National Duals by placing in the top 16. We are currently 15th with 36.5 points. We will have to continue to score points tomorrow to remain in the top 16.

Tomorrow, after the 3rd, 5th and 7th place matches; we will enjoy the Hall of Fame Wrestling Banquet before the finals and followed by our celebration dinner.  On Sunday, we have plans to attend church services at our sports information director, David Noblett’s home church in Harrah, Okla., before we fly back to Cali with THE FIRST ALL-AMERICANS in CBU Wrestling History!!!

We have a pretty competitive region.  Out of the four regions, the West Region has 33 percent of the All-Americans of all teams currently in the top 20.

Place

School

All-Americans

2

Southern Oregon

7

8

Montana State Northern

3

10

Menlo

4

13

Great Falls

4

15

California Baptist

3

16

Embry Riddle

3

18

Simon Fraser

2

Day One (March 5)

The seven guys are representing CBU and our fans very well on and off the wrestling surface.  We have two (Sam Fragoza-125 and C.J. Knowland-174) remaining in the championship brackets in the quarterfinals while the other five remain alive in the wrestle backs.

The guys are having a blast and are wrestling hard.  We have six victories and five defeats of which one was by one point and another in overtime.  With those two wins we could be approaching the top ten, but wrestling is not about excuses and we are pleased with today’s results.  A win in the quarterfinals by Fragoza and Knowland will assure them both to be the first in CBU Wrestling history to claim All-American status and that is very exciting.  We are very pleased with these seven and the other thirty guys who are responsible for helping them to qualify to be here in Oklahoma.

The NAIA wrestling community has been introduced to CBU; no more CB what CB who.....IT IS CBU is in the house!

Coach Roye Oliver , Ron Samson (Trainer), the guys, or fans who made the trip and I are having fun!!!


 


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