Fortes in NCAA: Maravilla may be next collegiate Friar
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - For three years running, the Father Duenas Friars have produced a collegiate wrestler and it appears that streak will continue.
Senior Cyril Maravilla, undefeated in his sophomore and junior seasons, started the recruitment process before his final Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam season began.
It's the next step for two-time All-Island champ Maravilla, a natural worker in a sport that requires nothing less.
FD head coach Terry Debold discovered the edge in Maravilla before his freshman year when Maravilla came in for early football conditioning. Debold, the lifting coach for the sessions, immediately recruited Maravilla to come out for second-quarter wrestling.
"He definitely has a certain strength," Debold said. "Sometimes certain athletes have certain abilities that might aid in their development in this sport. Cyril, in his freshman year, demonstrated some of those characteristics."
Mostly, that's a willingness to work hard and listen to instruction.
Maravilla does that - he's attended off-island wrestling camps, joined off-season clubs and regularly wrestles against adults at Spike 22 - but it's not instinct to work hard, it's his competitive streak.
"I'm competitive in everything I do," Maravilla said. "If it's board games, regular games or I'm trying to win an argument. . I can't bring board games over to my girlfriend's house anymore because it will turn into a pretty big fight."
Maravilla says he lost his most recent debate.
His training partner, FD junior Leonard Calvo, butted his ear. Capillaries burst. Blood clotted. Cauliflower formed. Maravilla argued it was cool. His father, Cedrick Maravilla, disagreed.
"After I showed the Spike boys they were like, 'Oh you finally got it! Good job!'" Maravilla said. "My grandmas, my mom, they were really disgusted by it. . I told (my dad) it was fine. He flicked it. And it wasn't fine."
He's had it drained twice but the swelling remains. It will likely soon harden and become permanent, but for now it just hurts.
Competitive as his partner is, Calvo said he's not worried about retribution.
"I didn't mean to, but what can you do," Calvo said. "I don't know why, but I'm not as susceptible to cauliflower as he is."
Maravilla's competitiveness is helping him prepare for senior year harder than ever before, even after his longtime rivals have graduated and "left the high school train."
He lost five matches as a freshman, took note of all their names and spent the next couple years trying to avenge them.
"Freshman year I was getting beat up," Maravilla said. "Coach Terry said I had a knack for (wrestling), but I didn't really see it. . After the season, I was rewatching one of the videos I lost and there was this mom. And she was kind of putting me down. After that I decided I wanted to get better."
The next summer he traveled to the University of Minnesota to join a wrestling camp - four weeks of four-a-day practices. He changed his diet, committed to conditioning and, after his sophomore season, gave up on football.
The work paid off, as he hasn't lost an IIAAG match since, though his few losses that year were hardly embarrassing. Among those who beat Maravilla are Jonah Whitt, now a freshman on the Air Force Falcons wrestling team, and Chandler Aguon.
Last season Maravilla beat Aguon, then a senior for the George Washington Geckos, in the 120-pound All-Island gold medal match.
"That's when I got my redemption," Maravilla said. "It felt good."
Maravilla is now focusing on leading his team to the IIAAG championship. The Friars added a new assistant coach, Jose Cruz, who won the NAIA national championship last season, a move that gave Maravilla more inspiration to wrestle in college and gave the whole team new drills, techniques and combinations to work with.
The Friars are young, with just a few returners from their regular lineup, but Debold said the team has followed Maravilla's lead and worked hard to quickly improve.
Debolt said he is looking for long-term results from his athletes more than single-season titles.
"It's 100 times more rewarding to see a guy in college than to see a trophy in a case."
FD Head Coach Terry Debold
"I really don't focus as much on a league championship as what these guys can do after high school," Debold said. "It's 100 times more rewarding to see a guy in college than to see a trophy in a case."
Maravilla will likely reach that level next season. He's gotten interest from NCAA Division II colleges and could have a few scholarship offers to choose from.
Long term, he said, his goal is to win an NCAA championship. In the short term, he has a more menacing dream.
Maravilla's fastest win by pinfall is 16 seconds. He's not interested in breaking that. The objective this season is to lead a match by 14 points, one short of a tech fall, and close it out with a pin. Essentially, he wants to be as dominant as possible and give his team the most points possible. Spike 22 coach Melchor Manibusan planted the seed in his head.
"Melchor mentioned it to me," Maravilla said. "That's something he told me he did in high school. . Even though I don't have a rivalry with anyone in particular, it's just trying to beat everyone so bad that it's just unbelievable."
Father Duenas wrestlers in college
Class of 2013 - Micah Lopez, California Baptist Lancers
Class of 2014 - Pavin Blas, Warner Pacific
Class of 2015 - Edward "Nainoa" Calvo, Stanford