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Leaving his mark on the mat

Leaving his mark on the mat

Arnulfo Olea comes from a long line of siblings that have been successful in the sport of wrestling. Pedro and Angel have both been very good wrestlers in their time at Farmersville High School under then head coach Michael Jones. Fast forward to today, Arnulfo who has had an amazing career at Exeter Union High School is being coached by Michael Jones.

While on the campus of E.U.H.S., Olea has won three League Championships, three Valley Championships, he as placed three times at the Masters finals and has competed three times as well at the State event. His overall record stands at an impressive 161-25. In his senior season Olea had 130 take downs and only 10 against him.

“I expected more of myself this season and I wanted to place better at State,” said Olea. “From day one my goal was to get as many take downs as I could against anyone that I wrestled against.”

Olea says a lot of his success comes from his coaches, they have pushed him hard all season long.

This past season Olea was 37-6 on the season, which is hard to argue that he did not reach his goals.

Soon Olea will take it to the next level and compete at the National level against the best wrestlers in the country.

Heading into Nationals Olea is getting ready by training everyday with his two older brothers.

“I have been eating healthy, watching my weight and lots of running,” said Olea.

With Arnulfo having both his brothers with him in his corner it is something special for not only Arnulfo but for his brothers as well.

“I love my brother,” said Pedro Olea. “I enjoy watching him, I am his biggest fan and I have watched him grow as a wrestler over the years.”

With both Pedro and Angel having wrestling experience at the college level, it may just give Arnulfo a little advantage.

“We know wrestlers on the East coast ride tough and he has to be ready to get off the bottom and attack hard on his feet,” said Pedro. “I believe he will do very well.”

Arnulfo was asked, if he had to wrestle against his brothers who would come out on top. Arnulfo did not hesitate when he said it would be hard to determine a winner because all three of them each have different styles of wrestling.

But when asked the same question to Pedro, Pedro was sure Arnulfo would always come out on top.

While Arnulfo was staying successful on the mat he was also getting this work done in the class room as well by staying at or close to a 3.0 all school year long.

After it is all said and done for Arnulfo and his high school career is over, he would like to go onto college to continue to wrestler.

And once that is done he would like to come back home and become a wrestling coach.

Olea is well aware that his high school career is coming to an end, and he hopes to place in his final event as an Exeter Monarch.

Before Arnulfo can get to Nationals, he will need some help from the community to get him to his event. Olea needs your help in raising money to help him get to the Nationals tournament.

If you are interested in sponsoring Arnulfo in any way you can contact Michael Jones at 559-936-1163 or email him at MJones@exeter.k12.ca.us.

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