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Branstetter in 35th season at Poway High School

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POWAY (CBS 8) - Time is something Coach Wayne Branstetter doesn't like to waste.

He has a limited time with these wrestlers. He gets them just four years.

"Obviously try to make him a better person. If we do that through the sport, making sure there are no excuses, he understands work ethic, and that transfers to rest of his life, he'll win, society wins, everybody wins," Branstetter said.

David Blair wrestled for Branstetter from 1991-1994.

"As a young man at the time, I didn't realize the impact he was having on my life," Blair said. "One of the things I remember coach saying is 'Those who stay will be champions,' and at the time it didn't mean much. Looking back 20 years later, things he taught us -- determination, persistence, hard work, not quitting. Things I took with me I still use today in business."

The winning tradition at Poway is well documented. While the athletes pursue victory winning is not the end-all.

"I don't know so much that its an expectation to win as much as it is to do your absolute best and to live up to your full potential," Blair said.

"It's an honor to wrestle under Coach Branstetter. He always motivates you, gives you speeches, inspires you a lot. He doesn't let you quit as a wrestler," senior Tirso Lara said.

"What makes this country go is a mom and dad and family, I push that. Kids' commitment, sacrifice, don't make excuses. Some times things aren't easy. Wrestling presents all that. We can teach life lessons through the sport," Branstetter said.

Whether an athlete is a state champion or the second guy on the depth chart, Branstetter's philosophy can have an impact on his life.

"Somebody asked me one time, 'Do you think you have been successful with that kid?' My answer now is "I'll tell you in 10 years," he said.

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