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IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open Information
Registration Click here to register! **Note we will only accept the first 650 PAID entries**
Stud List Click here for the Stud List
Location: Carroll High School
3701 Carroll Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Registration and Weigh-In Information
Enter in door 13(see map below) for weigh-ins
Saturday September 8th from 6:00-9:00 pm EST
*Note: If you do not make your registered weight class you will be subject to a $10 weight change fee. You may change your weight class until September 4, 2018 at 11:00pm EST on TrackWrestling or by emailing Joe Caprino at joe@Indianamat.com
Sunday September 9th from 7:00-7:30 am with prior registration and notification
*Note: You MUST preregister and will NOT be able to change weight classes if you weigh-in on Sunday morning. If you are going to weigh-in on Sunday please contact Joe Caprino at joe@Indianamat.com to notify him of your intentions by September 5, 2018. If you do not do this you will NOT be allowed to participate.
No Satellite Weigh-ins
$32 Registration by September 5th at 11:00pm EST
*No membership card is required to wrestle
You may pay online by credit card ONLY!
Per TrackWrestling policy there will be no refunds of paid entries.
Online registration ONLY will be accepted this year. Registration will be cut off at the first 650 paid entries or September 5th at 11pm EST whichever comes first. Please note we had had around 650 preregistered entries the past four years and we sold out last year.
The Tournament Committee will retain the right to add up to an additional 25 wrestlers, at their discretion, via a petition process, after the entry cutoff. Information about the petition process will be posted within a day after registration closes.
Once we reach the entry limit registration will be shut down. After that point the ONLY way to enter is through a petition.
Click here for petition information
Tournament Gear and Apparel
3X Gear is the official gear distributor for the IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open. They will be on hand with a full selection of tournament apparel and other wrestling apparel and supplies.
Enter in door #16(see map below)
Adults $10 per person
Students/Seniors(over 60) $5 Coaches free ***See Coaches Registration below for qualifications***
Under 5 free
Coaches will receive a free coaching pass with Photo ID and one of the following:
Membership card from your state's Coaches' Association valid from the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season
USA Wrestling Coach's Card valid from the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season (note - this must be an actual USAW yearly membership, NOT the copper or bronze certification card)
AAU Wrestling Coach's Card valid from the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season
These membership cards listed above are the ONLY ones that will be accepted and admitted for FREE.
Coaches who do not meet the above criteria can still obtain a coaches wristband with general admission.
You will not be allowed onto the competition area without a coaches wristband!
Students currently enrolled in 7th-12th grades will be wrestling in one division.
Top 3 will receive medals and the top 4 will qualify for Super 32 early entry
Joe Caprino joe@Indianamat.com
-Wrestling will take place on Sunday September 9th, 2018
-Wrestling will begin promptly at 9am
-Wrestling will take place in two gyms
-Weight Classes: High School: 109, 116, 123, 129, 135, 141, 148, 155, 163, 173, 185, 198, 223, 288
-Wrestlers in 7th-12th grade may participate
-Double elimination wrestle-backs to 4th place
-Period lengths 2-1-1 Championship 1-1-1 Consolation
-Overtime will be 1 minute sudden victory neutral and 30 second rideout
-We will seed 4-12 wrestlers so please include your state or national credentials when registering *Note: You must be preregistered to be seeded.
-2017/2018 NFHS rules will be utilized, except the overtime modification
-Wrestling will be on full mats -Singlet or approved NFHS uniform is required
-College out of bounds rules will be utilized.
-Headgear is not required, but recommended
-Mouthpieces are required if you have braces
-Wrestlers need to be clean shaven when they step on the mat, long hair is allowed.
Ramada Plaza Hotel
305 E Washington Center Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Call and request the IndianaMat group block with for $82 for a double and $92 for a courtyard double.
We will offer a special college coaches package for $50. Please follow this link to preregister in advance.
You may pay in advance or pay if you are not attending the event and want the entry database using this button
Click here for the PayPal link.
The package will include:
Registration list of all high school aged wrestlers with name, address, grade, weight and accomplishments*
Admission to the tournament and floor access for up to three coaches
Special college coaches only seating area
Preliminary entry list sent Friday September 8th
Additional coaches from the same school are $10.
*Tournament entry information with addresses and contact information will be sent the week after the event and will have all high school aged wrestlers that opted to have information released to coaches.
Northwest Allen County Schools is a tobacco free environment. If anyone is found to be using tobacco of any kind during the tournament they will be asked to leave and thus forfeit their tournament entry or gate admission.
Past Results 2017 Results(597 wrestlers from 10 states) 2016 Results(647 wrestlers from 11 states) 2015 Results(580 wrestlers from 11 states) 2014 Results(586 wrestlers from 14 states) 2013 Results(598 wrestlers from 10 states) 2012 Results(444 wrestlers from 8 states) 2011 Results(254 wrestlers from 9 states) 2010 Results(171 wrestlers from 9 states)
Carroll High School Map
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Regarding Coaching at the IHPO
15-2 During School Year Out-of-Season
15-2.1 Individual Sports (Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Wrestling)
a. Students may participate in non-school contests as individuals or as members of a non-school team in non-school contests provided that participation during school time is approved by the school principal or his/her designee. b. Coaches, from a member school coaching staff, may coach students in that sport if NOT under the organization, supervision and operation of the member school.
c. Member schools may not organize, supervise or operate athletic practices or interschool athletic contests.
d. Member schools may not provide school-owned uniforms (jerseys, shirts, shorts, pants, singlets, or swimsuits, etc.) worn by the student in non-school contests.
Date: April 14th
Location: Brownsburg High School
1000 S Odell St.
Brownsburg, IN 46112
Tickets: Adults $10
Under 5 Free Click here to purchase tickets and gear
113: Jose Diaz- Wheeler
120: Colin Poynter- Portage
126: Ty Mills- Brownsburg
132: Graham Rooks- Columbus East
138: Kris Rumph- Portage
145: Christian Hunt- Yorktown
152: Brayton Lee- Brownsbur
160: Jack Eiteljorge- Carmel
170: Noah Warren- Perry Meridian
182: Conner Graber- Northridge
195: Lucas Davison- Chesterton
220: Mason Parris- Lawrenceburg
285: Brandon Streck- Merrillville
Darrick Snyder- Brownsburg
Matt Schoettle- Perry Meridian
Mark Kirchgassner- Lawrenceburg
Honorary Head Coach
Dick Neal aka The Ancient Elder
113: Cevion Severado- Christian Brothers, Missouri
120: Joey Melendez- Montini Catholic, Illinois
126: Malik Johnson- Christian Brothers, Missouri
132: Real Woods- Montini Catholic, Illinois
138: Cole Matthews- Reynolds, Pennsylvania
145: Alex Lloyd- Shakopee, Minnesota
152: Jacori Teemer- Long Beach, New York
160: Jared Franek- Fargo West, North Dakota
170: Travis Wittlake- Marshfield, Oregon
182: Jared Krattiger- Waterford, Wisconsin
195: Tanner Sloan- Alburnett, Iowa
220: Brandon Whitman- Dundee, Michigan
285: Jake Levengood- Vacaville, California
Team USA Coach
Israel Martinez- Montini Catholic, Illinois
Special thanks goes out to our sponsors Indiana State Wrestling Association KC Battlegear Invicta Wrestling Academy
By JEREMY HINES
It was the moment Cathedral’s Jordan Slivka had dreamed about his whole life. He was about to wrestle under the lights at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse with a weight-class and the team state championship on the line.
“Earlier in the day I had told my coaches that I knew it was going to come down to me,” Slivka said. “I just had that feeling. That’s not a dig on my teammates, but I just knew it was going to come down to me. That’s what I wanted. If there was anyone in the state that I would want in that position, I’d choose me.”
Slivka battled for six minutes with Yorktown’s undefeated senior Christian Hunt. In the end, Slivka emerged victorious in the narrowest of margins - a 1-0 victory. That win gave Slivka his first state title and also clinched the championship for Cathedral.
The Irish outscored the field with a total of 108 points. Brownsburg finished with 100.5 followed by Columbus East with 98.5.
“We knew the score and we knew Brownsburg had two big guns left,” Cathedral coach Sean McGinley said. “Slivka told me not to worry about it, he was going to take care of it. He said he’s going to get it done. He’s one of the most mentally tough kids I know, and at the end he pulled it out.”
The Irish sent 10 wrestlers to the state meet. On Friday night, seven of those 10 won their match to guarantee a top eight finish.
“I said at the beginning that our goal was to win a state championship,” McGinley said. “The only way we were going to win was by committee. We did. We brought 10 to the finals and then had a great Friday night. We had seven place winners. We battled and we won the close ones. We pulled a lot out in the last seconds and ended up on top.”
In the tournament Cathedral won seven matches by two points or less.
Perhaps the most pivotal match of the tournament came at 138 pounds when Cathedral’s Zach Melloh took on Brownsburg’s Blake Mulkey.
The match went to the ultimate tie breaker, after a controversial stalling call on Mulkey. Melloh eventually won the match 3-2.
“That was two teams going at it right there,” McGinley said. “The thing about Zach Melloh, he’s always going to give us six minutes no matter what. He pushes the pace. Sometimes you are going to get a call, and sometimes you don’t. We got the call in this one and took advantage of it and scored when we needed to.”
Cathedral had four wrestlers reach the final. Alex Mosconi (132 pounds), Mellow (138) and Elliott Rodgers (152) all earned runner-up finishes. Slivka was the Irish’s lone champ.
Cathedral also got a third-place finish out of 106-pounder Logan Bailey and a fourth by Lukasz Walendzak (120). Jacob Obst (285) finished seventh. Caleb Oliver (113), Andrew Wilson (126) and Anthony Mosconi (160) lost in their respective Friday night matches.
“All year we knew we had a group of kids that are really tough to beat,” McGinley said. “We knew we would have our hands full in the finals. The guys we were taking on were all very quality guys and great wrestlers. We were able to pull one out, but for us, it was all about committee. Everyone scored points for us when we needed them.”
Another key to Cathedral’s success, according to Slivka, was the team’s swagger.
“My motto is ‘Learn to love it’,” Slivka said. “You have to have fun in this sport or you’ll start to hate it. That was really the main key. We went out there and had fun all day. We were confident and we had swagger. I’m not sure coach cared for it too much, but it kept us relaxed and ready to get the job done.”
The title was Cathedral’s second in wrestling. The Irish also won the team title in 2014. Next season seven of the 10 state qualifiers will return. Only Melloh, Anthony Mosconi and Obst are seniors.
By STEVE KRAH
When Trent McCormick became head wrestling coach at Yorktown High School, he was a teenager leading teenagers.
Over the decades, McCormick turned the Tigers into a mat powerhouse.
In his 30 seasons, Yorktown sent many wrestlers to the State Finals in Indianapolis. Fifty-nine times, they headed back to Delaware County as state placers.
Six times, they were state champions — Ross Janey (285 in 2010), Devon Jackson (138 in 2012), Rhett Hiestand (160 in 2014), Brad Laughlin (160 in 2017), Brayden Curtis (106 in 2017 and 113 in 2018). McCormick, 50, has announced his retirement and he steps away as the leader of the program with a memorable last go-round at the State Finals.
“We were a small team this year,” said McCormick Saturday, Feb. 17 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “There were a lot of studs on the team. We always like to say, ‘Steel sharpens steel.’ It’s been a long, grueling season and to have four state placers and six state qualifiers, I was very proud of them.”
McCormick, a state champion at 185 for Delta in 1986 and an Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Famer, took his boys back to the State Finals after winning the 22nd sectional, 13th regional and eighth semistate of his career.
At Indy, junior Brayden Curtis (40-0) bested New Castle junior Andrew Black 6-0 in the finals to become a two-time state champion on McCormick’s watch.
“He knows how to plan and he knows how to coach us mentally and physically,” said Curtis of McCormick. “He’s a huge part of my success as well as (assistant) coach (Kenny) O’Brien.” Senior Christian Hunt (48-1) concluded his Yorktown career as a state runner-up at 145.
“It was a great honor to go out and represent my school,” said Hunt.
“I definitely wanted to come out with a first, but second isn’t too bad.”
“As a senior, I wanted to send Coach McCormick out on a positive note,” said McCormick. “I did absolutely the best I could.”
Senior Alex Barr (48-3) placed sixth at 132.
Senior Zach Todd (42-8) came in seventh at 106.
State qualifiers were junior Eric Hiestand (42-4) at 152 and sophomore Holden Parsons (39-6) at 285.
The Tigers finished seventh in the team standings. During McCormick’s run, Yorktown has been state runner-up twice and won four team state duals championships.
A lay coach for 18 years who transitioned into teaching and has been in the classroom for the past 12, McCormick said he plans to spend more time with loved ones. He also plans to travel and that means going to West Point, N.Y., to see son Cael McCormick wrestle for Army. Cael was a three-time state medalist at Yorktown.
“I’m going to spend some more time with the family and not so much time in the gymnasium,” said McCormick.