May 9, 2012
The City College wrestling team will be bringing on board future freshman Benito Lopez, trained in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, to compete for a spot on the team, as well as help push the current team to its limit, according to Head Coach Dave Pacheco.
“Looking into next year we have a lot of talent in every weight classification. Guys who redshirted this year and were on the team this year would make us a very good team,” Pacheco explained. “But if we can get freshmen like Benito to come in and push those guys for spots, our program will be that much better.”
Lopez spoke about working with the team versus working alone.
“I love being around people and around a team,” Lopez said. “I think it helps in maintaining motivation to get through workouts.”
One of the possible hurdles that Lopez will encounter this coming fall will be competing on the Sacramento City Wrestling team with limited experience in the sport.
Lopez current training in MMA combines a mixture of fighting styles, which includes kickboxing, jui-jitsu and wrestling, more commonly known as cage fighting. Lopez won his first MMA bout by kicking his opponent unconscious within…» Read More