On the one hand, new Notre Dame Preparatory coach Angel Cejudo can certainly relate to his wrestlers. After all, he is a youthful 30, not all that far removed in age from the teenagers. He also knows everything there is to know about the sport, having lived and breathed it for years.
On the other hand, Angel may have a hard time empathizing with wrestlers who have been defeated in their matches. Losing in high school wrestling is completely foreign to Angel. At Maryvale High School, he not only won four state championships; he also never lost. His record stands at an amazing 150-0.
While he may be new to high school coaching, teaching wrestling is in his blood. When he was the age of his young NDP wrestlers, Angel taught his younger brother the ins and outs of the sport. Although Henry Cejudo lost three of his high school matches, he repeated his older brother’s record of four state championships. And, with Angel coaching him, Henry took the Cejudo wrestling legacy to a new...