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Romine leads athletes to wins through compassion

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By Roger Munoz

For head coach Joe Romine, there’s much more to wrestling than teaching the correct technique or the right moves.

Romine, 45, has coached the Madera High School wrestling team for eight years and has led the Coyotes to four straight County/Metro Athletic Conference titles. Romine admits his perception of coaching completely changed as time went on.

“When I first started coaching I thought it was more about showing technique and showing moves,” Romine said. “Then as I got into it, I realized it was more about the relationships and the motivation and the psychology of a lot more than just wrestling.”

Roy Powell, 18, a two-sport athlete in wrestling and football, said Romine has taught him more than any other coach. Powell said one of the best moments of his high school wrestling career came after he bested a foe earlier this year...


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