Sam Temko began grappling (wrestling) over a decade ago, at the age of 14 for Half Moon Bay High School. Temko initially developed his grappling skills in three styles of wrestling: collegiate, greco-roman, and freestyle and managed to claim multiple titles in each including: CIF Central Coast Section Champion (Collegiate-2003), Mid-Cal Champion (2003), 2X 2nd Place finisher at the California State Greco-Roman Championships and member of the California National Team (2002 and 2003), 2003 All-State Freestyle Wrestler (4th Place) and member of the California National Team.
After graduating from Half Moon Bay High School, Temko went on to wrestle Division-1 for the Cal Poly Mustangs and began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the summer of 2003 and now holds a third degree brown belt under Black Belt Professor Raul Castillo. He is an All American and former NCAA division 1 wrestler.
Temko currently represents Half Moon Bay Mixed Martial Arts Competition Team and holds submission grappling titiles in the Pan-Ams of Submission Grappling (2003 and 2007) as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu titles in the American Cup Purple Belt 194.5lbs (2009) and a recent 3rd Place Finish at the Abu Dhabi Professional West Coast Qualifier Purple-Brown-Black Belt Division at 181lbs.
Temko is also undefeated in MMA bouts, both amateur and professional.
Besides competing Sam is the head wrestling instructor at Raul Castillo Martial Arts and assistant coach of the Half Moon Bay Wrestling Team.