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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 10, 2013
Mason Murphy returned to Newport Harbor High last school year as a different kid. In his previous two stints at the school, he said they lasted only a couple of months before being removed because he wasn't doing too well in school. He says he has changed after spending time at a continuation school. Back at Newport Harbor, Murphy decided to try out for a sport. The school didn't offer kickboxing, a combat sport that allowed him to let out his frustrations. "I was kind of an angry little guy," Murphy said.
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By Joe Haakenson, Daily Pilot | March 5, 2011
Two words, two little words. Mention those words to a high school wrestler and watch his eyes light up. State meet. It's the ultimate goal — other than winning it, of course — of every high school wrestler. But the road to the CIF State Championship Meet is long and bumpy, treacherous and winding. And for most, that road ends with a dead end before reaching that final destination. Irvine High's 103-pounder Nam Tran got there, wrestling Friday in Bakersfield at Rabobank Arena.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | February 10, 2011
Bradley Beaudette almost spent three seasons at Newport Harbor High missing what it felt like to reach the top of a wrestling tournament. He said he had never finished first in anything. That changed last Saturday. Beaudette can now call himself a champion. He claimed the Sunset League title as a 189-pound wrestler. When the referee lifted his arm, the 6-foot senior said he felt like all the hard work finally paid off. Coach Dominic Bulone was proud of how Beaudette took first after he placed second in the tournament last season and fourth two seasons ago. Bulone has been there throughout Beaudette's development.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | February 24, 2011
Coach Gary Almquist checked inside the Corona del Mar High wrestling room Thursday. He wanted to make sure the heater was running. He was getting the room ready for Cody Forrest. The 215-pounder was on his way to campus for a light workout in the afternoon before taking off for his next tournament. The temperature inside the room gets as high as 85 degrees. While it is warm inside, Forrest said he is losing the burning desire to continue with the sport. Wrestlers competing around this time of the year usually want to keep going because they have worked so hard to get to this point.
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February 25, 2011
TEMECULA — Newport Harbor High senior wrestler Bradley Beaudette is a win away from a spot in the CIF State Championship Meet, after the first day of action at the CIF Masters Meet at Temecula Valley High. Beaudette, wrestling in the 189-pound class, went 1-1 on Friday. Newport Harbor Coach Dominic Bulone said Beaudette can clinch a top-nine finish by defeating Temecula Valley senior Francisco Bernal in his first match today. If Beaudette loses to Bernal, he would have to come back to win two straight matches to make state, March 4-5 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 2, 2007
CORONA DEL MAR — One wrestler called the entire Newport Harbor High team over to the bleachers, where a nearby table displayed awards for the wrestlers and coach. Each wrestler received a transparent plaque for helping the Sailors win the consolation championship at the Battle by the Bay tournament Saturday. But one wrestler, Josh George, a 140-pound senior, saw nothing. As did another, but Eddie Garcia’s wasn’t missing like George’s award. The junior lost his award after Coach Dominic Bulone ordered him and Byron Palafox to compete for it. Not wrestling on a mat, just in a childhood game, rock, paper, scissors, after Garcia and Palafox split time at 135 pounds.
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February 19, 2005
Chris Yemma Joe Amburgey could be a new advertising campaign for the Costa Mesa High wrestling program. The slogan could read -- Be all you can be, like Joe Amburgey. What was once a formidable program in the early 1990s, interest in the sport at the school has steadily decreased. But with more wrestlers like Amburgey, interest could enter an upswing. Last Thursday, Amburgey became the first Costa Mesa wrestler to become a Golden West League champion.
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By Steve Virgen | April 10, 2012
Confidence can be acquired many different ways. Patrick Samson knows it can be built from winning. The 11-year-old from Costa Mesa has done plenty of winning as a wrestler. He's 62-0 this year. Confidence can be huge on the mat. Samson has it and will never back down. He was brimming with swagger entering his title match in the 60-pound novice division of the USA Asics National Championships at Cedar Falls, Iowa March 30. He wrestled against Kellyn March of South Dakota.
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February 20, 2005
Chris Yemma Brian Feeley came so close last year, but fell one spot short. This year was sweet redemption. After only his fourth meet back from a knee injury, the Corona del Mar High senior wrestler qualified for the Masters Meet for first, and what will be the last, time in his high school career. "It feels really good," Feely said. "Last year I came here I had to go against the same guy twice and I got sixth. He beat me every time." This year was a different story for the wrestler, who competes in the 130-pound weight class.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 6, 2008
COSTA MESA — In all white, Newport Harbor High’s Josh George looked like a polar bear cub on the attack. The prey was whoever dared to step on his turf, a wrestling mat, where the only safe zone was out of the circle. Opponents tried to escape like a seal in the Arctic, but George put his paws on them, bringing them back in to finish them off. The final one took longer than the previous three. Once George took down Irvine’s Bryan Sadiua in the third period, the senior was on his way to being the last 140-pounder standing tall.
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February 1, 2014
WRESTLING Pacific Coast League finals IRVINE — Six Corona del Mar High wrestlers qualified for the CIF Southern Section tournament by placing in the top three Saturday at Irvine High. Sophomore David Kaye (126 pounds), seniors Chris Croxton (126), Adam Reines (138) and Kaden Ebbinga (148) all placed second. Sophomores Eric Asario (195) and Matt Morton (220) placed third. Placing fourth and serving as alternates were sophomores Falcon Freeman (132) and Dean Ames.
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By Steve Virgen | March 27, 2013
Justin Muchnick likes to challenge himself to get good grades. At age 14 and away at Phillips Academy Andover school in Massachusetts he needs to live up to the challenge. Muchnick, a straight-A student, is a scholar-athlete. He went through the Corona del Mar Sharks Wrestling Club and is now a freshman varsity wrestler for PAA in the 132-pound weight class. Away from the mat, he has also wrestled with time management and test preparation. When he saw his mother, Cynthia, writing a book about studying skills it made sense for him to offer his own tips, and make some edits.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 10, 2013
Mason Murphy returned to Newport Harbor High last school year as a different kid. In his previous two stints at the school, he said they lasted only a couple of months before being removed because he wasn't doing too well in school. He says he has changed after spending time at a continuation school. Back at Newport Harbor, Murphy decided to try out for a sport. The school didn't offer kickboxing, a combat sport that allowed him to let out his frustrations. "I was kind of an angry little guy," Murphy said.
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By Steve Virgen | April 10, 2012
Confidence can be acquired many different ways. Patrick Samson knows it can be built from winning. The 11-year-old from Costa Mesa has done plenty of winning as a wrestler. He's 62-0 this year. Confidence can be huge on the mat. Samson has it and will never back down. He was brimming with swagger entering his title match in the 60-pound novice division of the USA Asics National Championships at Cedar Falls, Iowa March 30. He wrestled against Kellyn March of South Dakota.
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By Joe Haakenson, Daily Pilot | March 5, 2011
Two words, two little words. Mention those words to a high school wrestler and watch his eyes light up. State meet. It's the ultimate goal — other than winning it, of course — of every high school wrestler. But the road to the CIF State Championship Meet is long and bumpy, treacherous and winding. And for most, that road ends with a dead end before reaching that final destination. Irvine High's 103-pounder Nam Tran got there, wrestling Friday in Bakersfield at Rabobank Arena.
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March 4, 2011
BAKERSFIELD — Bradley Beaudette's season ended with a tight, tough loss, but the Newport Harbor High senior wrestler still felt a sense of contentment in Bakersfield Saturday. The 189-pounder went 1-2 and was eliminated on the first day of the CIF State Championship Meet at Rabobank Arena. Beaudette (35-13) ended with a 1-0 loss to junior Jariah Booker from Las Plumas High of Oroville. "It was fun," Beaudette, during a phone interview, said of his experience at state.
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February 25, 2011
TEMECULA — Newport Harbor High senior wrestler Bradley Beaudette is a win away from a spot in the CIF State Championship Meet, after the first day of action at the CIF Masters Meet at Temecula Valley High. Beaudette, wrestling in the 189-pound class, went 1-1 on Friday. Newport Harbor Coach Dominic Bulone said Beaudette can clinch a top-nine finish by defeating Temecula Valley senior Francisco Bernal in his first match today. If Beaudette loses to Bernal, he would have to come back to win two straight matches to make state, March 4-5 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | February 24, 2011
Coach Gary Almquist checked inside the Corona del Mar High wrestling room Thursday. He wanted to make sure the heater was running. He was getting the room ready for Cody Forrest. The 215-pounder was on his way to campus for a light workout in the afternoon before taking off for his next tournament. The temperature inside the room gets as high as 85 degrees. While it is warm inside, Forrest said he is losing the burning desire to continue with the sport. Wrestlers competing around this time of the year usually want to keep going because they have worked so hard to get to this point.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | February 10, 2011
Bradley Beaudette almost spent three seasons at Newport Harbor High missing what it felt like to reach the top of a wrestling tournament. He said he had never finished first in anything. That changed last Saturday. Beaudette can now call himself a champion. He claimed the Sunset League title as a 189-pound wrestler. When the referee lifted his arm, the 6-foot senior said he felt like all the hard work finally paid off. Coach Dominic Bulone was proud of how Beaudette took first after he placed second in the tournament last season and fourth two seasons ago. Bulone has been there throughout Beaudette's development.
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