UNITING GREAT Coaches...TO MENTOR YOUNG ATHLETES

 Olympian Joe Gonzales vs. Olympic Gold medalist, Anatoli Belglasov

Olympian Joe Gonzales vs. Olympic Gold medalist, Anatoli Belglasov

Joe "Gonzo" GonzAles

While Huntington Beach resident Joe Gonzales, might be one of the nicest, most humble people, in the wrestling community he is known as Joe “Gonzo” Gonzales, one of the most formidable wrestlers ever from USA's Golden Era of Wrestling. Even today Dan Gable speaks highly about Joe's toughness and ability to takedown opponents at will when recalling the greats of international wrestling.

National Wrestling Hall of Famer, Joe Gonzales was inducted in Stillwater, Okla. for his many achievements and contributions in the wrestling community and perhaps wrestling's most prolific takedown artist. Gonzo's '81 record for single season takedowns in NCAA DI division still stands today, 448 in one season. One of the NCAAs oldest unbroken records.

Joe competitively wrestled for 20 years in the NCAA Championships, the World Cup (which he won 3 times), the World Championship, the Olympics and (the word's toughest tournament) the Tblissi Tournament in Russia which he also won. Wrestling offered him the opportunity to an education and the ability to travel and see the world. 

Joe was born in East LA in the heart of Boyle Heights to a hard-working Mexican-American family. Growing up, he learned quickly the value of hard work, discipline and dedication.  In his high school senior year, as the post-season was about to begin and having a 30-0 record, Joe suffered an injury in practice that caused him to sit out the post-season and curtailed his dream of winning an individual CIF state championship.

“I was distraught that I never achieved my goals of being a California state champion. Even so, during the summer after graduating high school, I traveled to Iowa to compete in the Senior Freestyle Nationals at the Iowa University Fieldhouse (AKA as Fargo), where I was fortunate enough to win the tournament and also win the most Outstanding Wrestler Award,”  Joe Gonzales

Joe’s parents insisted that he went to college to obtain an education and that’s precisely what he did as he enrolled at East Los Angeles Community College to get his physical education degree. Joe’s parents didn’t want him to be another gang death statistic and join the working field rather than attend college.

His East Los Angeles Coaches – Ben Bohlander, Robert Sheppard, and Shiro Aoyama –influenced him to pursue wrestling beyond the Junior College level. The coaches changed Gonzales’s life for the better as they instructed him about life and education. If it wasn’t for them, Joe wouldn’t know where he would be today. Gonzales 48-1 record and an individual Junior College state championship in 1976 at 118 lbs. got him a lot of attention from some of the best Division I colleges. After a tough decision, he decided to attend the University of Oklahoma and wrestle for Coach Stan Abel.

“The Oklahoma coaching staff tried to modify my style of wrestling and thus the reason I decided to return back to East Los Angeles and finish my associate’s degree. Even before I wrestled at East Los Angeles, Shiro Aoyama taught me the Japanese style of wrestling –to be slick, quick and create angles during my matches to take down my opponents. “

Bobby Rambo

Huntington Beach resident, Coach Bobby Rambo grew up in Bedford, Michigan, where wrestling was a way of life. Starting in first grade his passion for wrestling was undeniable.

He wrestled all over Michigan and Ohio competitively from the time he was 6 until 18, accomplishing a second place finish at State with Bedford High School, and a Silver in the Junior Olympics that same year.

Bobby went on to attend the University of Toledo, and having an addiction to the sport he began going back to the place where it all started, The Great Lakes Wrestling Club, and became a coach of 6 – 12 year old wrestlers for 8 years. Starting with a seasoned coaching staff he was able to learn the techniques to coaching young kids successfully. After 8 years of coaching the elementary kids, he took a head coaching job of a struggling Jr. High team in Sylvania, Ohio. In 3 years they went from a 3 win and 11 loss team, to 11 wins and 3 losses with 3 league champs. He then went on to assist in High School coaching for 3 years, back in Michigan.

Due to his career he had to move, and until now was searching for his next opportunity to help young wrestlers become the best they can be, with a positive, motivating approach with a proven track record for success.

Coach Rambo is also the person who brought OCG our WRESTLERS CREED which is the code we teach our wrestlers to live by!

When Coach Rambo isn't motivating wrestlers to be the best human being they can be and spreading positivity in everything he touches, Bobby Rambo is the VP pf Manufacturing for CAMBRO Manufacturing, HB's 2nd largest employer behind Boeing.

 

Jack Schwartz

 Joe Gonzales, Jack Schwartz and Cheryl.

Joe Gonzales, Jack Schwartz and Cheryl.

Ex-LAPD officer and Fountain Valley resident, Jack Schwartz grew up in East Los Angeles. For those who know Jack well, as gritty a competitor as he is, all would honestly say there are very few people who have given back so much to our sport. Jack is the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back and he has for many a wrestler. 

At Mark Keppel High School, Jack was a 2-sport athlete playing both football (quarterback) and competing in wrestling in a blue collar family, whose parents never saw him compete. In his high school senior year he attained 3rd in CIF (there was no CIF state championship back then).

Later wrestling in college at 150lbs for Cal State Los Angeles going 65-3 and his only losses were at 158 pounds to national place winners. 150 pounds - 27-0, 1st at Western Regional, 1st California Division I twice.. Unfortunately Jack crashed his vehicle while driving to Nationals his senior year in college and didn't make it to the NCAA Championship tournament. Undefeated at 150lbs, Jack later placed 3rd at Junior World Olympics and 2nd at Pan American Games. Jack was also a 3-time over-30 national champion. Jack defeated '60 Olympic/NCAA champ Doug Blubaugh 3-0. Jack was also beating Olympic Champion Dave Schultz 6-0 in Olympic tryouts after second period but ended up in  a 6-6 draw, resulting in him getting eliminated with the draw as he had a prior loss in the Trials. Back then, matches were 9 minutes with no overtime.

Jack is also a 10-time California police wrestling champion, 5-time police national champion and 5-time police/fire national champion.

Jack currently is a U.S. World Veterans Team Member in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle. 

In Coaching, Jack spent 4 years at E. Los Angeles Community College, 
1 year at Rosemead Recreation Club and 6 years at the West Covina Wildcat Wrestling Club which he co-founded. Jack's clubs helped produce two Olympic wrestlers Joe Gonzales and Dan Henderson. His clubs also produced over 100 CIF , Masters and CIF State medalists. In two years as head coach at South Hills HS, Jack's teams won every dual meet, tournament at Frosh-Soph, JV and Varsity levels culminating in a CIF State Team Championship in 1981 in which South Hills scored the most points in CIF-SS history at the time. His team qualified 7 wrestlers who all placed in top 3 of masters without a single recruited wrestler, all wrestlers he either developed as high schoolers or from his club coaching years.

Wrestling Credentials:

- Currently US Veterans World Team Member FS & Greco-Roman

- Most outstanding athlete 1975 Cal-State LA
- 3rd Jr. World Olympic trials
- 2nd Pan American Games
- Senior National Olympics Champion 1980,1981,1983
- 10x Police Olympic Champion, 5x Police/Fire Champion

Coaching Credentials:

- Founder of East Los Angeles WC, Rosemead Recreation WC and West Covina Wild Cats WC

- Head Coached '81 South Hills High School CIF State Championship team

- Head Coached '79 and '80 Championship HS Teams  @ 5-Counties (only entered      tourney 2X)

- Volunteer coached at Villa Park High from 2011-2013  

- OCG Coach from 2014-2017/present

 

Garrett Drucker

Quiet, respectful and humble yet decisive in action, Garrett Drucker personifies hard work and grit. He has a lot of what it takes to be a successful DI NCAA wrestler these days. Further, Garrett's wrestling technique is very similar to Joe Gonzales' so he makes a great coach to youths at OCG teaching the neutral position for us.

Garrett also believes strongly about giving back to the youth wrestling community and mentoring youth.

Currently Garrett is an entrepreneur, running his own business, GD Signs in Costa Mesa, CA. Garrett believes strongly in giving back to the sport that gave him so much, and helping the next generation of youth to make the correct life choices walk down similar successful life paths.

In 2007 Garret was Edison H.S.'s most decorated wrestler ever and the only CIF state champion ever from that school. He won that championship in 2007 at 135lbs under Edison Charger Head Coach Luis Renteria.

Drucker won a CIF-SS title and placed third at the CIF Masters in 2007.

As a junior in 2006, Drucker placed second at CIF and advanced to the CIF Masters meet as well.

After high school, Garrett was recruited to Oregon State University where he qualified for the NCAA DI national championships 4 times at 132lbs..

 Brothers-in-wrestling: Jason Lara, Nick Knowles, Valentin Kalika and Garrett Drucker.

Brothers-in-wrestling: Jason Lara, Nick Knowles, Valentin Kalika and Garrett Drucker.

 

Dr. Bruce Gabrielson

Bi-coastal Huntington Beach/Maryland resident Dr. Bruce "Snake" Gabrielson is not your typical wrestler. As a competitor, he was 66-6 in college and won 8 individual AAU Grand National Titles in open and age groups.  As a wrestling coach at the Southern Maryland Wrestling Club, his club teams have won the AAU National Championships 28 times in Freestyle, Greco-Roman and Folkstyle. Bruce was a wrestling coach at Cal State Long Beach in the 60's and 70's, was the US Army Team coach for two years, and a US Sombo Team coach for three years. 

As a surfing competitor, he started entering contests in 1964, received a 3A ranking in 1967, and soon after placed as high as 3rd at the US Championships. That same year he finished 3rd in the final US Rankings. He continued to compete in age groups until his late 60s.

Among his technical contributions, he researched bandwidth capabilities on DARPAnet before it became the Internet while at the Naval Research Lab in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  During that time he also started helping a number of researchers with their masters and doctoral studies.

From the 80s until his retirement in 2014, Dr. Gabrielson was a successful engineer in the field of computer security. Bruce has  3 masters degrees: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Business plus a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering.  He also has a Secondary Teaching Credential in Math and Physics. 

But as an athlete, scholar and surfer, during the dynamic 60's and 70's, he was very busy himself and not just in wrestling. As a competitor, he started entering USSA contests in 1964, received a 3A ranking in 1967, and soon after placed as high as 3rd at the US Championships. That same year he finished 3rd in the final US Rankings. 

Researching bandwidth capabilities on ARPAnet while at the Naval Research Lab in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  During that time I was also helping a number of researchers with their masters and doctorial research.

In the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, Dr. Gabrielson, was a successful engineer in the field of computer security. Bruce has 3 masters degrees: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Business plus a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering.  He also has a Secondary Teaching Credential in Math and Physics. 

 

RICHARD ARREOLA

OCG is proud to present our Nogi Jiu-Jitsu program (No-Gi: without the kimono). The martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides many benefits to children that can follow them for life and create better individuals as a whole. Jiu-Jitsu enhances a child’s ability to problem solve, teaches self-discipline, self-defense, builds confidence, encourages physical activity, and a great way to make friends.

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Our Head Coach for our Nogi Jiu-Jitsu program is Richard Arreola. Our coach is a proud product of the Orange County wrestling community. A former collegiate wrestler under Vince Silva and purple belt under 4th degree Black Belt, Givanildo "Giva" Santana (The Arm Collector). Richard is a graduate from Santa Ana College and California State University Fullerton. An avid competitor for his team One Jiu-Jitsu in Irvine and is the Head Jiu-Jitsu Coach for CSUF, where he teaches in the Kinesiology department. Richard’s goal is to help the youth of Orange County through wrestling and martial arts. To encourage the importance of higher education to help each student reach their full potential.

Accolades:

·        IBJJF World Nogi Champion

·        IBJJF Pan-Am Nogi Champion

·        2x IBJJF Masters World Medalist (Gi)

·        2x IBJJF Pan-Am Gi Champion

·        4x IBJJF American National Champion (Gi/Nogi)

·        6x SJJIF World Champion (Gi/Nogi)

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