Orland youth wrestling program teaches discipline

Apr 13, 2016 9:48 PM by Ross Field

For five years, John Orsua has led a youth wrestling program in Orland.

"Our season ended about a month ago. We had a really successful season with a good group of kids and we ended up winning section championships," Orsua said.

But the success doesn't stop there. Orsua has created a program to give these kids a chance to compete year-round.

"We're extending our folkstyle season and creating our Orland Elite wrestling program. It's just a group of about 15-20 hard-working kids that want to get better," said Orsua.

They get better by learning proper technique and discipline, which can be tough.

"To come in everyday and work as hard as you do, to manage your weight to keep your grades up, it is a sport of discipline," said Bob Rinehart, Orland High wrestling coach.

One of the more unique aspects of the Elite Program is that it involves high schoolers and kids as young as six-years-old.

"My team helps me and they do a lot of work," said Korben Guerrero.

"The bond that we have before practice we're messing around with each other, having fun, it's just a great time with these kids," said Yonathan Esquivel.

Kids will compete in various tournaments all over the North State for the rest of spring and into summer.

"Very proud of these kids, they have fun and I have fun. We'll just keep doing it everyday," said Orsua.

Orland Elite wrestling - a program that promotes an active lifestyle, discipline, and work.

"Really hard work," said David Griffith.


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