Born in San Bernardino, Calif., Robert “Bobby” Calderon, moved to Carpinteria in 1958 and attended Carpinteria High School from 1960 – 1963. During his tenure at CHS, Bob earned nine varsity letters – three in football, three in wrestling and three in track & field. Bob left Carpinteria High School his senior season when the school dropped its wrestling program, transferring to Oxnard High School to continue his career in wrestling. He graduated from Oxnard High School in 1964, but is recognized by the Carpinteria High School Hall of Fame Committee for his outstanding accomplishments while at Carpinteria High School that surely were a base for his future successes.
While at CHS, Bob was a three time winner of the Lions Club Award, given to the Carpinteria high point scorer of the Russell Cup Track Meet. He was a key member of the team’s 440 and 880 relay teams and held school records in the 120 low hurdles and 180 low hurdles. Bob was also the Tri-Valley League Champion in the 180 lows in 1963.
Calderon’s standout sport was wrestling, where he earned numerous accolades, including a third place finish at the CIF Masters in 1962 and second place finish in 1963, as well as Carpinteria High’s first league championship in the sport in 1963. In 1964, Calderon won a CIF Championship at Oxnard High School and represented the United States in an exchange with Japan. With a four year record of 128-5-2, Calderon was the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class.
Bob attended Western State College with a wrestling scholarship and graduated from UCSB with a degree in Social Science. He also served for eight years in the Marine Corps Reserves.
Bob has been a successful high school wrestling coach for 29 years, coaching for Fillmore for 25 years and Rio Mesa for four, winning two Tri-Valley League Championships and one Frontier League Championship. He lives in Oxnard, having retired from a 35-year career as a corrections services officer working with juvenile offenders. Bob has two grown daughters, Melinda and Amy.