Wrestling at Vacaville High School is a unique experience unlike any other in high school athletics. With a heritage that runs deep in on-and-off the mat success, members of the team are expected to do all things at a “higher level,” in every aspect of life. The program is guided by three distinct principles—tradition, commitment and courage.
Vacaville’s wrestling history is packed full of team championships, individual successes and national honors. This tradition is something that every wrestler that passes through the program will become a part of and appreciate. Since 1961 VHS has won a section record 15 Masters Championships, won a California State Championship, claimed 45 conference titles and earned 3 national top-50 finishes. Under head coaches Adam Wight and Clint Birch, VHS has posted a 210-47 dual meet record, finished in the top ten at the state tournament 6 times, and crowned 4 individual CIF State champions. Since the 1980s, VHS has established itself as one of the top wrestling programs in the West.
Vacaville High School Wrestling provides an opportunity for student-athletes to grow mentally and physically. VHS Wrestling seeks to develop students of intellect and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to constantly improve. Though many programs will say they “work hard,” it is a commitment to the quality of our work that makes us special. This principle is a large factor in VHS’s coaching philosophy. The VHS wrestling program emphasizes not just a commitment to oneself, but to each other. This team approach to an individual sport engenders passion in the program – we believe that through this emphasis on team success, individual success will come.
Of all the lessons VHS Wrestling hopes to teach its athletes, it is the principle of courage that matters the most. In an individual sport, where the pressure resides solely on the shoulders of the individual to perform, wrestlers must learn to be brave and give forth their best effort. To devote oneself truly to a cause, to a goal, and to do everything in one’s power to strive for achievement, a person must have the courage to work and perform despite uncomfortable circumstances. This is the ultimate in self reliance – we are what we make of ourselves and give to others.