Our mission is to promote excellence in wrestling by adding positive adult leadership in the lives of wrestlers in the community of Benicia.Coaches dedicate a commitment to wrestling through a fun and challenging experience at both practice and competition.
We emphasize sportsmanship, by building wrestling skills, respecting others, engaging in physical fitness, setting reachable goals, fostering a "can do" attitude and strong work ethic, and most importantly supporting each other.
We strive to not only build great wrestlers but also productive members of our community.
The newly formed Benicia Wrestling Association was created to support all wrestling in the Solano, Napa, Sac Joaquin and Contra Costa areas and beyond.Although the association was established in 2023, the roots of the program and contributions by its coaches extend back to 2010.Learn More....
This is not the official site of The Benicia Unified School District, Benicia Middle School or Benicia High School.The Benicia Wrestling Association is a non-profit 501c3 organization that supports two K-12 wrestling clubs located in the Benicia area.This site and the Benicia Wrestling Association are in no way affiliated with New Creations Wrestling and Jiu Jitsu.
The Benicia Middle School and Club program began during the 2009-2010 school year after a five-year stint of inactivity. Coaches Japheth Aquino and Dominic Boutain started the program up again by becoming Co-Head Coaches at Benicia Middle School. In a short time, the coaches produced quality wrestlers.
They wanted to expose young wrestlers to as many matches and tournaments as possible to help develop their skills. Each time the wrestlers hit the mats, first and foremost was their focus on improving technique. With this focus, the wins come naturally as the season progresses and wrestlers improve. In its first year, the Benicia Middle School team’s 7th and 8th graders took first place in the Mt. Diablo Middle School Wrestling League. In the 2010-2011 season, the 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade wrestlers swept the league, all taking first place. Coach Aquino and Coach Boutain’s effective coaching and a strong desire to pass on their knowledge combined with excellent volunteer staff and family support, has managed to do what most programs take years to accomplish. Later during the 2010-2011 season, the coaches took more than 15 wrestlers to the California State Middle School Championships in Fresno and returned with three State Champions, one silver medal finisher, and two bronze medal finishers.
The surmounting success of Benicia Wrestling is attributed to a long list of dedicated Coaches including Jay Aquino, Dominic Boutain, Brandon Smith, JeJe "Jesus" Ramos, Rich Goodwin, Phillip Rocha, Keith Berndt, Bobby Gonzalez, Jesus Ramirez, Mauricio Wright, Christian Ramos, Mason Boutain, Ryley Boutain, Greg Papish, Joshua Barretto, Alyssa Gonzalez, Jason Oches and more.
In 2023, several coaches, parent supporters and community leaders came together to formalize the organization and solidify its future in the community.The byproduct is the Benicia Wrestling Association, which is dedicated to making the entire North Coast Section more competitive and united.
Join the East Bay Middle School Wrestling League
Benicia Wrestling Association is forming a Bay Area Fall league for middle school wrestling. Competition dates will take place between September 1st, 2023 and October 14th, 2023. At this time, it does not include tournaments, just dual meets between two teams.
Seven weeks of scheduled competition between 6th - 8th grade age levels. Host teams are responsible for providing mat(s), score clocks, score keepers. Benicia Wrestling Association will coordinate the Officials for each event. Each site should also have some type of emergency services in place (trainer, EMT, fire department, etc.).
Host teams can charge admission as a fundraiser but we would like to stay consistent in not charging more than $3 for adults and $2 for students to enter (free for kids under 11).Host teams also have full autonomy over concession sales.
Competition is intended to be dual meet format (1 team vs 1 team), however, a second mat can be set up (if your site permits) for additional matchups from the two teams competing that day/night. The goal is to provide this age level with an entry level team competition experience. Most importantly to build wrestling community and keep our beloved sport alive.
Sign-ups are currently open to all East Bay Area middle schools.We're only asking for $50 per team to cover Officials.
Coaches are also welcome to pay $175 for help getting their team up and running.