By Bill Tamburrino
Connor Koch is a Bulldog in all of his endeavors. He battled in the classroom and earned a 4.4 grade point average. He battled on the wrestling mat and earned four varsity letters and numerous other accolades.
While competing he always displayed the highest standards of sportsmanship. For his battling spirit and outstanding sportsmanship, Connor Koch has been selected as the 2011 Male Bulldog of Year at Ramona High School.
Koch had a successful career on the mat for the Bulldogs. He was all league for four years (three in the Avocado League and one in the Palomar League). He was all CIF three times and advanced to the Masters Meet three times. He advanced to the State Meet his senior year where he earned the Sportsmanship Award.
Always the student/athlete, he earned San Diego Union Tribune All Academic honors every year that he was eligible and was the All Academic Captain in 2011 and the All Academic Student/Athlete of the Year in 2011.
Connor’s family is truly a Bulldog family. His mom, Robin, graduated from RHS and teaches in the Ramona Unified School District. His dad, Steve, is also an alum and teaches and coaches at RHS. His brother Austin will be a freshman next year at RHS. His grandmother, Shirley, retired from the RUSD.
His father, Steve Koch, is the varsity wrestling coach at Ramona High School, but he was coached by Assistant Coach Duayne Guile.
“I started coaching Connor when he was in the seventh grade,” said Guile. “We had excellent rapport and thing worked out. He is a battler. He was awesome at the Masters. To get to the State Meet, Connor had to come from behind and beat a guy that had beaten him numerous times. He scored a reversal in the final 20 seconds to make it to state.
“During the season after Connor had not done well in a tournament, we had a long talk. We decided to make some major changes and adjustments in our training regimen. We made the changes and Connor turned it around. He is very intelligent and coachable.”
“Having Coach Guile coach me was a blessing. Being coached by my dad was very emotional. With my dad as head coach, we got to spend a lot of quality time together going to and from and at tournaments, but things got too emotional when he coached me. Coach Guile is all business and really taught and inspired me. It was a perfect combination. It worked out well.”
Koch will be attending California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in the fall and he plans on wrestling. He is planning on majoring in business administration and is contemplating a career in law or politics.
Connor said that the best experience that he had while participating in sports at RHS was: “Our team qualifying five for the 2011 State Meet.”
The best aspect about wrestling at RHS: “The small town atmosphere and support at home and on the road.”
The best lesson he learned wrestling: “If you put your heart and soul into your goals, you will become a champion, no matter what.
He advises incoming freshmen: “If you find something you love, devote everything you have to it.”
Connor Koch: student, athlete, sportsman and RHS Male Bulldog of the Year.