Coach Camilo Ramirez – POUNDERS CA
Pummel, Punish, & Pulverize!
By Bill X. Barron, RMN Events Writer
For the Pounders Wrestling Club of Rowland Heights, CA, their nationwide success stems from a philosophy where their wrestlers are “unafraid of contact and will figure out a way to shoot and score. Our wrestlers are slick; they always have a counter to your counter,” describes Coach Camilo Ramirez.
A member of the first Pounders, founded by Coach Rick Aguirre, Coach Ramirez relates: “Back in our day, we were one of the few clubs to practice and compete year-round.” This training resulted in Camilo making the 2002 USA World Team and a ranking on the Olympic ladder while competing for the Sunkist Kids (AZ).
Success today is seen throughout the Pounders, in particular Coach Ramirez’ two sons: Alex has been a California Sectional & Regional champion in his first two years of high school, though he missed earning statewide honors due to illness both seasons.
Alex has also excelled as a perennial Freak Show champion (7th – 10th grade), Tulsa and Reno World champion, and Cali freestyle and Greco gold medalist. Younger son middle-schooler Ronnie is multiple champion of Freak Show, Tulsa, Reno World as well as a state repeat champ in Greco and Trinity Award Winner.
Two of the best girls in the country also call Pounders home. The nation’s top 132-pound high school female, Cheyenne Bowman, is a 2X high school state champion, USA girls national champion, World Team member, Fargo national champion, and Pan Am gold medalist. Teammate Anaya Falcon is also a national girls champion, in addition to Midway, Freak Show, and Reno titles as well as a state championship.
Coach Ramirez states: “RMN Events distinguishes itself from the competition. What I like is that it’s all about the kids. You reward them for being finalists. Ed goes out of his way to make us feel welcome. You cannot top their closing ceremony on the Midway, nor the whole production that goes into every meet.”
As their club name and team logo suggest, Pounders “hammer” at you for six straight minutes. “We implement our style – slick on our feet, in your face, and keep it coming,” states Coach Ramirez. “But we also have tricks up our sleeves!
“We always start practice with footwork and games which emphasize speed and angles, all while breaking a sweat. If the first twenty minutes of practice are fun, the kids are happy and ready to go at it for the rest of the time.”
Camilo’s coaching was on display at the Midway, where his son Alex faced Aaden Valdez of Colorado in two finals. In freestyle, Aedan pressured Alex into some early step-outs, but Alex stayed in the match with a late 4-point throw which enabled him to earn a 9-8 victory. Having beaten Aaden in his more familiar style, Alex consistently pressured his Colorado foe in folkstyle to gain a 14-4 major decision. Says Camilo: “We completely flipped the script and made him wrestle our match.”
While Pounders dominated D-Day on the Midway with ten folkstyle finalists and five champions on the big ship, it is also evident that California wrestling is making its mark nationwide. “We now have a ton of clubs. We share open practice rooms where we benefit from each other’s quality.”
POUNDERS CA, 2019 RENO WORLD TEAM CHAMPION
Cheyenne Bowman, Pounders CA -No.1 Ranked at 132, Fargo Nat'l Champ, 2X State Champ
Alex Ramirez, Pounders CA - Freak Show, State Freestyle & Greco Multiple Champ, Tulsa Champ
Anaya Falcon, Pounders CA - US Nationals, State, Freakshow, Reno World Champion
Ronnie Ramirez, Pounders CA - Multiple Champ - Tulsa, Reno, Regional, State Freestyle & Greco
Fernando Barreto, Pounders CA - West Reg'l, Tulsa Runner-Up; CA state placer; Reno Champ