“In high school wrestling, people see Blair Academy, Wyoming Seminary, and Buchanan as the top wrestling programs. Yet, Valiant College Preparatory is beginning to crack radars in their early existence. Valiant, created in Phoenix, Arizona in 2018, is the next prep school with loads of talent. However, the bright vision came with tough challenges early.”
– Flowrestling – Jan 21, 2021 by Nick Zeller-Singh –
Eric Larkin ran in to many challenges on his way to founding Valiant College Preparatory and devloping one of the best wrestling programs in the country. Attempts at achieving his goals of creating a national prep. wrestling program through partnerships with an establish school did not materialize; he kept pushing.
As he worked toward making his vision a reality, Eric involved his friends and co-founders Mike Douglas and Eric Pawlak. Both Mike and Eric bring valuable knowledge and resources critical to the organization. As administrators, they led the school through the crucial accreditation processes and acquired the new school facility. Mike and Eric had the know how to create an exceptional wrestling program that could match the vision Eric had for Valiant College Preparatory.
If you want to build an elite wrestling program, you need a head coach that brings all the intangibles to the table, but also, something special. Angel Cejudo was the perfect choice.
“My vision was to break the mold of the traditional old school way of doing things. The ways of the room has to be 100 degrees, you have to be tough, you have to be conditioned, the toughest survive. I wanted to change that paradigm that has gone through centuries. I showed them there was a different way of getting to the next level, by systematically taking our time developing skills. Plus, my goal is to have these kids enjoy what they were doing.”
– Angel Cejudo –
As they say…the rest is history!
“Valiant Prep, one of the top high school wrestling programs in the country…”
– FloWrestling –