photo by John Sachs

Making History

Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBV) senior Oscar Nellis, son of RBV Athletic Director Marty Nellis, was the first ever wrestler from RBV to make it to the finals in the 2017 Battle for the Belt Tournament, carrying a 2016-17 record of 23-7. “I feel good about being the first finalist,” he said, “because a lot of talented RBV wrestlers have competed in this tournament in the past.” RBV finished in 22nd place in the tournament with 63 points. “I enjoy the camaraderie with my teammates and the process of setting goals and working towards achieving those goals.”

“I enjoy the camaraderie with my teammates and the process of setting goals and working towards achieving those goals.”

Oscar has been involved with sports for most of his life. When he was five years old, he started practicing judo at the San-Shi Judo Club in Vista. He began wrestling when he was 10 at No Mercy Wrestling Club, where he competed in freestyle and Greco-Roman. In 2015, he was even a USA wrestling All American in Greco-Roman. Now in his ninth year of wrestling, Oscar is clearly seeing the fruits of his labor and does not plan on stopping any time soon. He signed a scholarship offer from Minot State University in North Dakota, where he will continue his wrestling career. “I appreciate the lessons that I learned through competition in wrestling that I can apply to life after high school,” he said.