Ceres High School will be one of the host sites of the Azevedo California Tour Wrestling Camps this summer.
“A camp of this caliber is usually held in Southern California,” CHS head coach Casey Paulino said. “It was a huge honor for them to reach out to us to see if we’d be interested in hosting the event. Everybody is excited about having a legendary camp in our area. It’s been around for over 30 years.”
Members of the Ceres High, Mae Hensley Jr. High and Ceres Pups wrestling teams will attend the July 5-8 camp.
Grapplers from Modesto, Patterson, Oakdale and Manteca will also participate.
The camp is open to wrestlers, ages 7-18.
“We reached out to 40 different schools in a 150-mile radius,” Paulino said. “The feedback has been super positive. All the best wrestlers from the area will be coming to Ceres High to get better. The kids will learn an immense amount they can transfer to the mat. It’s going to be packed with knowledge.”
Grappling legend John Azevedo will provide instruction.
Azevedo placed first three times (1978-80) while representing Cal State Bakersfield at the NCAA Division-II Wrestling Championships. The Roadrunners finished first as a team twice (1980, 1979).
He won the 126-pound NCAA Division-I title in 1980.
He claimed back-to-back state championships (1974-75) at Grace Davis High School.
John coached Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for 10 seasons, retiring in 2011.
He led Calvary Chapel High School to seven state team titles in 12 years (1989-2001).
“Azevedo will be there,” Paulino said. “He’s highly-respected.”
Ceres grapplers attended the Azevedo Camp in different cities past few summers.
“We’ve created a lot of great relationships with a lot of their coaches and counselors over the past three years,” Paulino said. “We have a great rapport.”
Cost is $200 per wrestler and $50 per coach.
“We try to sponsor as many kids as we can,” Paulino said.
For more information, visit www.wrestlingcamps.org or call (559) 424-3476.