ANDRE GONZALES – BROCK BOBZIEN
Poway CA Fargo National Champs
By Bill X. Barron, RMN Events Writer
At the 2019 Fargo National Championships, Poway (CA) had two national champions: Andre Gonzales – Jr. Freestyle & Greco, 106 lbs.; Brock Bobzien – Cadet Greco, 113 lbs. (Freestyle 6th).
Andre finished 3rd at 106 lbs. in the 2019 CIF State Championships as a sophomore. In addition, Andre won both styles at the Western Regionals, was a CA freestyle state champ, and had an unblemished (15-0) record in freestyle and Greco at the Jr. National Duals. He credits his success this summer to “maturing physically and training harder.”
“I knew what I had to do to come out on top,” asserts Andre. “I improved by not only working out with teammates, but also training by myself to become my best through extra runs and work-outs.” Andre thanks training partners Brock and Jason Miranda “for pushing me to the top. Fargo improved my confidence. I’m now pursuing goals to be a state champion and make the World Team.” He also appreciates the supportive efforts made by his parents Andy and Chris.
Brock placed second in the 2019 U15 World Team Trials at 57 kg., while finishing in the top 6 at Western Regionals at 113 lbs. and going 11-1 in both styles at the Cadet National Duals. He also earned gold medals in both at the 2018 Schoolboy Pan Am Games. For Brock, “ten years of grinding” have finally begun to pay off.
“Everyone in the practice room makes each of us better,” declares Brock. “Having a Regional Training Center at the school has helped us train in the off-season.” He thanks Andre for being a challenging partner and supportive teammate and his parents for transporting him back and forth to practice.
Both Andre and Brock are thankful for the influence and dedication of Coach John Meyers. “Coach Meyers has elevated Poway to be one of the top teams in the country,” states Andre. He made us work harder and push our limits by increasing wrestling in the off-season.” Brock adds: “Coach Meyers has pushed me to get to the next level by never making it easy. Being tough always pays off. No one wants to be the one who loses.”
“Wrestling makes the base for everything in life. The sport taught me dedication to and preparation for school,” says Andre who plans to become a computer scientist or civil engineer. For Brock, “wrestling is discipline. I’ve developed a work ethic and learned to pay attention. In school, it’s the same drive to do my best; I never want to fail.” Brock plans to become a psychiatrist one day “because I really like to help people.”
Coach John Meyers acknowledges how Andre and Brock, as well as the other Poway club members, have improved since they began in elementary school. “I taught them that all could not only win state, but also become national champions and World Team members. We have a motto: “Those who stay will be champions.’ That means becoming a good person, one who takes care of life characteristics.”
“Be positive,” continues Meyers. “Prepare for success in whatever direction life takes you as students and leaders on campus and as studs on the wrestling mat.”
Brock Bobzien (Poway, CA) - 2019 Fargo Cadet GR National Champion, 113 lbs. (FR 6th)
Andre Gonzales (Poway, CA) - 2019 Fargo Jr. FR & GR National Champion, 106 lbs.