The Bellarmine wrestling team was founded in 1987, and since then the Bells have claimed 23 WCAL titles as well as the 2001 Central Coast Section Team Championship with a record number of place winners. Individually, the Bells have crowned 18 CCS Champions, 20 state medalists, (including two finalists), several All-Americans, and a host of league champions and state qualifiers. Wrestling is a no-cut winter sport that begins in November and concludes in at the end of February. Many young athletes have joined the team with no previous experience and have gone on to earn the highest accolades possible. Wrestling is also a unique sport in the sense that the student-athletes compete in weight classes ranging from 106 to 285 pounds, so all sizes and skill levels are welcome. Bellarmine wrestling has three teams: Freshman, JV, and Varsity, and every member in the program gets an opportunity to compete during the course of the season whether or not he is the number one wrestler in his weight class. Wrestling teaches hard work, commitment, discipline, and mental toughness as well as amplifies skills that are integral to other sports such as football, rugby, and baseball.
Coach Benson has coached 61 seasons of high school athletics in both football and wrestling. After spending two years at his alma mater with legend Gus Talbot, Benson began his Bellarmine coaching career in 1991 under the tutelage of the founder of the program, Tim Kerr. In that time, he has coached 14 state placers along with a number of state qualifiers and CCS Champions and medalists. He was also a member of the staff that coached the 2001 team to a CCS Championship and Bellarmine to 11 straight WCAL titles, the longest run in the history of the league. Coach Benson preaches hard work, commitment, the importance of conditioning, and an aggressive style of wrestling.