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Kristopher Castro: Standing Up Proudly

By Bill X. Barron, 02/18/19, 10:30PM MST

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Standing Up, Standing Proud

By Bill X. Barron – RMN Events Writer

“I have raised my three boys to show respect; that’s how I was raised and I’m trying to do the same with my kids,” relates Pavel Castro, a proud father from Simi Valley (CA). Echoes his 8th-grade son Kristopher: “My father helped me develop the wrestling mindset. He knows how and when to discipline me in order to keep me straight.”

Kristopher’s first RMN event was the USA Showcase, which his 8 years of experience helped him win. “I enjoyed the atmosphere – full of energy and excitement,” states Kristopher. “People there know what they are doing; it’s so well-made and it reflects a lot of time and effort. The wrestlers are strong, challenging, and well-minded in their display of sportsmanship. Finally, the awards are amazing … top tier!”

Kristopher says he learned from his very first tournament “how to take pride in myself but also how to be humble. Wrestling taught me how to learn as much from my losses as my wins.” He values the fact that “partners have pushed me to my limits. I especially appreciate my brother Glenn. What he does inspires me to one day help youth like he has done.”

Even while competing for Westlake High (CA) and St. John’s University (MN), and now while back in the Valley, “Glenn has coached me since I was young. He has always been there for me.” Kris also credits his mother for “helping push me through good and bad times.”

Certain coaches have contributed to Kristopher’s growth, in his mission to become a state and NCAA champion. Coach Matt Hickman from Camarillo (CA) Wrestling Club has been “supportive, treating me like a son. From the Simi Valley Vandals, Coach Mike Hansen “showed me how to man up and be tough.”

Chaminade High School Coach Bill Wilson, Glenn’s coach at Westlake, “taught me how to perfect mt technique.” Finally, Vlad Kochiev, a Chaminade assistant coach who learned the sport in his native Russia, “introduced me to more advanced, college-level technique.”

For those just learning the sport, Kristopher passes on what he has garnered: “Try new moves, perfect them in practice. I only got to where I am today because I thought about what I was doing and why.”

The sport has imbued Kristopher with life lessons as well: “Wrestling has made me very competitive. I’ve learned that if you can do it in the classroom, you can do it on the mat. You can always earn what you want; you just have to be willing to work for it.”

Wrestling has also instructed Kristopher in the art of leadership: “It has taught me to stand up for myself. Not take stuff from others. When my peers don’t want to do what’s right, I am not afraid to confront them. Wrestling has molded who I am, teaching me how to be humble, even when I win.”

Kristopher Castro’s Notable Accomplishments

Being a member of the All-Star Middle School Team, winning the RMN USA Folkstyle Showcase, winning the California Super Tournament Belt, placing top 8 at Reno Worlds, placing top 3 at the California Republic Invitational, and finishing 2nd in the Battle for The Belt.