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Menlo Women’s Wrestling Program Has High Standards

When you are located in the proud and successful city of Menlo Atherton, no matter what business you are in, the goals and expectations run high.

The sound information source Wikipedia shares, “In September 2010, Forbes magazine placed Atherton’s zip code of 94027 at #2 on its annual list of America’s most expensive zip codes. The median income for a household in the town was in excess of $250,000, the highest of any place in the United States.”[adToAppearHere]

Menlo College, one of the top private non-profit business schools in California, is located in Menlo Atherton. As can be expected, the standards for the school and their women’s wrestling program run high.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, menloathletics.com photo
fciwomenswrestling.com article, menloathletics.com photo

The business school shares their vision with us at their website. “We have a clear, unique focus: deliver business education with a strong liberal arts emphasis. As a small, private college, we give you personal attention to unleash your creativity, encourage your passions, build your connections, and ignite your entrepreneurial spirit to carry you confidently into the future.”

The second year women’s wrestling coach, Mr. Joey Bareng clearly has a strong vision as well.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, menloathletics.com photo credit
fciwomenswrestling.com article, menloathletics.com photo credit

In speaking with the news and information source paloaltoonline.com, Coach Bareng explains, “When I accepted this position at Menlo I was really excited. I knew that this would be a new challenge for my life and at the time, I had been looking for something just like this to get me going again. As a competitor for many years you never want challenges to stop coming your way and before Menlo I was feeling like my work and family life was under control and I was looking for something to get my ‘competitive juices’ flowing again.”[adToAppearHere]

Mr. Bareng was a four year standout at San Francisco State University, earning the RMAC West Regional Championship in 2003 and being named an NCAA All-American in 2004.

He also garnered national titles as a Grappling National Pan American Champion, a Grappling World Champion and is a power lifting national record holder.

Coach Bareng has picked the right location for a tough challenge.

With the addition of new programs like Campbellsville University who’s inaugural 2013-2014 women’s wrestling team led by Coach Lee Miracle clearly exceeded everyone’s expectations along with the improvement in the established powers like King, Oklahoma City and Simon Fraser, this presents a daunting task for any newer coach to compete with.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure”………..Colin Powell

 He has an outstanding village to support him.

Blessed with the talents of returning sophomore Cady Chessin who finished second at the WCWA 2013-2014 nationals and most recently was invited to represent the United States at the Pan-Am Olympic Festival last July, 2014, the girl’s program is poised for improvement.

According to USA Wrestling, Menlo finished 13th in the final 2013-2014 season standings thus along with Ms. Chessin, a solid recruiting class and some experienced returning starters, there is room for great optimism.

U.S. News & World Report has named Menlo College a “Best Regional College” in its 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges”. Menlo ranked in the top tier of schools in the Regional Colleges (West) category. This is the fourth year consecutively that Menlo College has received this honor

fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo
fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo

As shared at Menlo.edu, for the sixth straight year, Menlo College is one of the Best Colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 124 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

The school’s President, Mr. Richard A. Moran possesses an exceptional resume that includes serving as a venture capitalist and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, as well as taking an active role in the education community in the Silicon Valley and beyond. As an advocate for organizational effectiveness, he has authored seven books and is credited with starting the genre of “Business Bullet Books.” His most recent book is titled Navigating Tweets, Feats and Deletes. He is a frequent speaker on workplace issues and hosts a weekend radio show on KCBS called “In the Workplace.”

The Menlo Women’s Wrestling Team is surging into 2015 with a sensational start. Competing at home for the first time of the 2014-15 season on Friday, January 2nd, for the annual Menlo College Women’s Wrestling Tournament that featured five different teams from two different countries, the Oaks had a fantastic showing which included two wrestlers, Cady Chessin and Kalin Knight-Alvarez sweeping their weight classes for a first place finish.

The great American author, poet, philosopher, polymath, abolitionist and naturalist Henry David Thoreau was quoted as stating, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

Located in one of America’s wealthiest cities, backed by a stellar Business College with a unique vision and forged with the experience and passion of Coach Joey Bareng, what’s exciting about this year’s Menlo women’s wrestling program is not just who they are, which is impressive; it’s more about who they will become.

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Sources: fciwomenswrestling.com, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, Wikipedia, menlo.edu, menloathletics.com, paloaltoonline.com, mercurynews.com, Gary Abbott USA Wrestling themat.com, brainyquote.com, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.

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