Wrestling Teaches You Who You Are as a Person
A San Diego native, Jesse Sheard was the varsity starter all four of his high school years at Granite Hills High School. Now in his fifth season coaching football and wrestling at his alma mater, in Sheard’s last two seasons as wrestling head coach, GHHS has been the league champion.
Coach Sheard’s goal from the outset has been to “give kids the best experience and increase the off-season participation. I believe that you need to care for and love the kids. We treat them like family, like your own son or daughter. They know that we have their backs. If you treat your wrestlers as you would a person, if you love on them, they will work for you.”
The Granite Hills youth club participated in the USA Showcase, and RMN Event run in Anaheim. He is keen on RMN’s involvement in the D-Day on the Midway, knowing that it will be “super-fast, well-organized, and done the right way. We’ve also done the Freak Show with RMN; it is one of the top, if not the best, pre-season tournaments in the country.”
A coed team, one of the top returning Granite Hills wrestlers is a girl who lost one match as the varsity 106-pounder. States Sheard: “The growth of girls wrestling is good for interest in the sport as a whole.” Another top wrestler is Jeremiah Satberry, who finished the 2018-19 season with a 2nd place in the CIF Championships and 5th at the Masters while competing at 182 pounds.
In Coach Sheard’s view, “wrestling is like life – you’re going to get knocked around. You either stay down or fight back. The reason you wrestle is to learn how to fight through adversity to reach the next level. An elite wrestler does not miss practice; s/he is there every day, fine-tuning technique. Wrestling helps you learn who you are as a man or a woman.”
--By Bill X. Barron, RMN Events Writer