Olympic wrestling trainer to coach at Scottsdale school

Angel Cejudo (submitted photo)

Angel Cejudo (submitted photo)

To say Angel Cejudo is passionate about wrestling is an understatement.

The new Notre Dame Preparatory wrestling coach lives and breathes the sport.

“Wrestling is my life,” he stated in a press release. “It’s what I do.”

With a win-loss record of 150-0, Cejudo won four 5A state titles while at Phoenix Maryvale High School. He started wrestling in junior high and found he was a natural.

“From the first time I tried it, I was hooked,” he stated. “It was like love at first sight.”

He competed internationally and was invited to workout at the U.S. Olympic Training facility in Colorado Springs. While there he prepared his brother, Henry Cejudo, who won an Olympic gold medal in the 128-pound weight class at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

He will bring the same training techniques to Notre Dame Prep, 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale. 

“I’m a perfectionist when it comes to wrestling” he stated in the release.

Currently, Cejudo is training other future Olympians at a gym called Fight Ready in north Scottsdale.

“I want to build up the sport of wrestling in this part of town and the best way to do that is at Notre Dame Prep,” he stated.

A man of faith and family, Cejudo and his wife Angela have three children: a daughter Genesis and two sons Adrian and Angel. All three kids wrestle.

“Angel is a passionate father, husband, coach and mentor,” stated NDP Athletic Director Monica Barrett, in the release. “He understands that the sport of wrestling helps to define one’s character through positive experiences of adversity and success.”

He believes the fear of failure “prevents people from trying new things. I want my wrestlers to fall forward,” stated Cejudo. He will co-coach with John Duff, who coached the NDP team last year.

Ms. Barrett added, “Together, Duff and Cejudo will put together a great coaching staff that will grow the wrestling program and continue to promote the mission of Notre Dame Preparatory.”

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