This year’s team shows a great deal of promise to continue this upward trajectory.Returning are NCS Champion Jack Kilner (Jr.), Anthony Martinez (Sr., 4 at NCS), and six other NCS qualifiers.Opening its doors to students in 1963, Granada first fielded a wrestling program in 1965 and since has produced many outstanding wrestlers and teams that has excelled at the local, section, and state levels.
At Granada, fundraising is a two-fold process that encompasses the means to raise funds, as well as bring alumni together to highlight and promote the program.
For the last 15 years, the Granada program has run two tournaments.
The path to achieve one’s dream comes down to the simple fact that you have to conquer the dreams of others to meet that goal.
The honor to write this article has been special to me because several of the staff are good friends of mine and a couple I had the honor and privilege to coach at Livermore High School back in the late 1980s and early 1990s (Clark Conover and Pete Matheson). My best friend’s dad, Garen Mc Donald, just happened to be a state champ for Livermore High School back in 1980.
Academically, the Granada program is among the top schools in the NCS.
Last year, the Matador wrestlers were ranked #2 in GPA among the 100 plus programs in the NCS.
In addition to the Tri-Valley Elite WC, the staff is committed to coaching at the local middle schools that feed into Granada High School as well.
These schools include Mendenhall Middle School and Joe Mitchell, which recently transitioned from an elementary to K through 8 Fundraising is definitely an integral part of a program’s ability to succeed.
The Granada program has been down this road before and has had a strong history dating back 50 plus years, thus with the blue print for action that has been established by this year’s staff, the future looks bright for the Matadors.