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SCWAY California State Championship Recap

11 Apr


Interview with coach Jason Kraft, and a recap of the 8 and under/6 and under SCWAY California State Championship.


-April 11th-13th Reno Worlds at Livestock Expo Arena in Reno Nevada.

The Dethrone Wrestling team has 31 wrestlers competing in one of the nations toughest and largest national wrestling tournaments.   They will be competing as individuals looking to earn All American status as well as bring home team titles in the different age divisions.  6&U, 8&U, 10&U and 12&U.  This tournament marks the end of the folk-style season.  After this the team will be competing in the 2 Olympic wrestling styles (Freestyle & Greco Roman).

*The medal rounds will be Sunday at 12pm*
Marty Garabedian
Dethrone Base Camp

16 Medals for Dethrone BJJ Competition Team

1 Apr

Grapplers X


Grapplers X was held this past Sunday at Clovis West High School, with around 20 competitors representing Dethrone Base Camp. The tournament consisted of three brackets with the kids, women’s and adult divisions.

With 16 medals, the competition team continues to get bigger and better under coaches Brian Gonzalez, John Salter and Celeste Gage who started the women’s competition team.

 Interview with Coach Brian Gonzalez below:

DBC: What are some changes you’ve noticed in the morning classes since you took over the program?

BG– The morning classes are getting more variety of colored belts now. I’m noticing an improvement in their learning curve as well. When you take my morning class you’ll get plenty of drilling with technique and open mat rolls. I always encourage my students to ask questions, especially those who are just starting.

DBC: The gym just added the Women’s BJJ program, you’re also teaching classes on Sunday, how’s that working out?

BG– The girls are now competing and starting to medal, which goes to show how quickly they grasp BJJ. They continue to show vast improvements as well, we’re looking to keep the program growing and bring more women in to learn and possibly compete. One thing I like to point out, like the morning classes, when you come and roll here…there isn’t any ego issues.

DBC- Thoughts on Grapplers X?

BG– Overall it was a pretty good showing, we brought home around 16 medals. Everyone put forth a great effort, and were as prepared as possible.



Women’s Division:







Adult Division:




John-1st; also competed and placed 1st in the Absolute division



Kids Division:








Also competed; Jane, Jashan, and AJ.


Marty Garabedian

Dethrone Base Camp

Jesse Haro wins Nationals

3 Feb


Dethrone amateur boxer Jesse Haro, with coach Marcos Padilla made it two straight successful National Championship wins in Kansas. Haro is building a solid amateur resume, his goals are to qualify and compete in future Olympics.

Marty Garabedian

Dethrone Base Camp

Dethrone Wrestling Team Competing In Tulsa

15 Jan


Dethrone Wrestling team is about to hit Tulsa for the Nation’s toughest youth wrestling tournament. Tulsa Nationals is the closest thing you will get to a true national championship on the youth wrestling level. Competition is this week, Jan 16th & 17th. Over 2,000 wrestlers will be competing from 40 States.

Here’s the list of competitors representing team Dethrone, by weight and age;

Nikade Zinkin   49lbs. 6&U
Jaxton Frost.    46 lbs 8&U
Hayden Zinkin.  61 lbs 10&U
Joseph Martin.  90 lbs. 10&U
George Ruiz.     100lbs  10&U
Jessie Vasquez  88lbs.  12&U

Marty Garabedian

Dethrone Base Camp

Jesse Haro fighting in Regionals

10 Jan

Robby Jesse

Dethrone stand out amateur boxer Jesse Haro, will be competing in a six state regional tournament this weekend in Pasadena, CA. This will be a single elimination format, If Haro is successful, he’ll move on to Kansas where he’ll look to become a back-to-back Nationals champion.

Marty Garabedian

Dethrone Base Camp

Josh Koscheck Fighting at UFC 167

14 Nov



There comes a time in a man’s life when he is faced with adversity. This could be true for UFC veteran Josh Koscheck (17-7), who on Saturday night in Las Vegas, will step into the Octagon against Tyron Woodley (11-2) at UFC 167.

Treading in unfamiliar waters, Koscheck for the first time in his career is riding a two fight losing streak. Another loss  could mean a possible cut from the company he’s been part of for the past eight years.  Previously ranked #10 in the world at the Welter Weight division, Koscheck isn’t only possibly fighting for his UFC career, but also to remain relevant in one of the more stacked divisions in MMA.

Facing a fighter like Woodley is no easy task, fighting out of American Top Team, Woodley is an accomplished collegiate wrestler and holds a Purple Belt in BJJ. 5 of his 11 wins come via submission, although not known for his power, he brings a lot of athleticism and speed that fairs just as dangerous. The few elements Woodley lacks in his game, are size and stamina.

In Woodley’s two losses to Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields, they were able to find success wearing the smaller Woodley down by applying pressure and using their size to place him against the cage.

Two important factors for Koscheck in this fight, dictate the pace, and use his size to break Woodley’s will. Koscheck is known for having one of the better gas tanks in MMA, along with superior grappling and having the size advantage.  It wouldn’t be a surprise if he followed the previous game plans of Shields and Marquardt.

There are talks about a possible loss ending his potential UFC hall of fame career, Saturday night I fully expect Koscheck to come out fighting like a man backed against the wall. This is when a man is most dangerous, when he is fighting for his life.

Marty Garabedian

Dethrone Base Camp

John Salter fighting this Friday night

25 Oct

It’s been a roller coaster six months for Dethrone fighter John Salter (9-3). Since his last MMA fight in April, after defeating Fred Weaver in dominate fashion back home in Alabama, Salter finally returns to the cage Friday Night against Jaime Jara (34-14) at Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, CA.

Being a fighter with the accolades of John Salter sometimes makes life difficult when securing a fight…these past few months have seen a few fighters decline or pull out of fights for unknown reasons.

Salter a recently promoted black belt, was finally able to draw a formidable opponent in veteran Jaime Jara. Jara who brings experience with 48 professional fights with toughness and a balance attack….will look to pull off the upset.

Fighting for only the second time in 16 months, the training was grueling and patience were tested, Salter did what he does best, never complained and always put his faith first.

 Zuniga, Smith featured on the undercard: 

Also on the card, two other Dethrone representatives; George Zuniga,  who made his pro debut in May looks to improve his overall record to 2-0.  And lightweight Antoine Smith will try to get his career rolling with his first pro win.

Marty Garabedian

Dethrone Base Camp