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Wayne Branstetter- Athlete
Wayne became well known when he wrestled for Hueneme High School in the mid 1960's. However, to the suprise of no one Wayne blossomed into a great wrestler in college and followed that up with a magnificent career as a wrestling coach.
Wayne attended Ventura College from 1968-70. As a member of the wrestling team, he was the Western State Conference wrestling champion in 1969-70. He placed second in Southern California Regional Championships in 1969, and that same year he placed 7th in the California State Community College Championships. Wayne was voted Team Captain and Most Valuable Player.
Wayne continued his education and wrestling at California State University, Chico from 1970-73. At Chico, Wayne finished 2nd in the Far Western State Conference and in 1970-71, he qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships. Although Wayne was injured in his senior year, he nonetheless had a tremendous collegiate wrestling career.
Wayne earned his BA degree from Chico in 1972, and a Master's Degree in Education from Cal Lutheran in 1975.
Wayne moved into coaching with as much success as he enjoyed as a competitor. In 1973-1978, he coached at Channel Islands High SChool in Oxnard. Wayne esentially built the wrestling program at Channel Islands. Under Wayne's leadership, Channel Islands turned into a power house in Ventura County, and at one point they went undefeated in dual meets over a four year span with a 49-0 record. His 1977 and 1978 teams placed 4th in the CIF Championships. During the mid 70's, Wayne served as President of the United States Wrestling Federation.
Since 1978, Wayne has been the head wrestling coach at Poway High School in Poway, California. Under Wayne's tutelage, Poway High wrestlers have had nine individual State Champions, 161 CIF Champions, and 91 individual Master's Champions. Wayne's teams at Poway High School have a dual meet record of 340-4-1. One amazing feat is that his teams set a California dual meet record of 157 consecutive wins over a 17 year period. Team achievements include 31 League Titles, 25 CIF Championships, 3 State Championships and 25 Masters Championships.
Wayne has been singled out for numerous individual awards for his accomplishments at Poway High. In 2005 Wayne was named National Wrestling Coach of the Year and was San Diego Male Coach of the Year. In 1997, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Wayne continues to be the wrestling coach at Poway High School.