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  1. Football vs Wrestling....risk/reward

    Great topic! Very good points Mr. Allred. My two cents on the subject is although Im a fan of the "all around athlete", competing in whatever sport they can, (esp. in high school where those opportunities still exist), its a tough decision that ultimately should be made by the student athlete. My oldest played multiple sports in high school. (football, soccer, and was a wrestler first and foremost). He did the others for fun, and because he was talented enough to play on the varsity level. I supported his decisions partly so he wouldnt burn out in wrestling (which Ive seen happen) and because he was a talented athlete. I will say that I was very relieved after his sophomore year when he decided to just kick, and punt for football, and not play a field position, since I was always apprehensive about football injuries, esp. since he was primarily looking at wrestling in college. Unfortunately injuries can occur at any time in any sport, its always tougher if it happens in a sport your just playing for fun, or that is secondary to the primary one. ( I know of a solid wrestler (state qualifier) who didnt play football this year to focus on wrestling and to avoid injuries, and got hurt at a weekend wrestling clinic and will miss this wrestling season). I also think that the student should make smart decisions ( for example an upper weight wrestler vs. wrestlers under 132lbs playing football). Is the risk higher and worth it for the smaller athlete. Also will they have playing time etc. At the the end of the day, I think you support your kid no matter what choice they make, and help guide them as well as you can and realize that injuries; though an unwelcome part of sports, can happen at anytime in anysport. BTW glad your sons injuries are minor and hope he has a speedy recovery.
  2. Triton Wrestler Killed

    prayers to his family and the Triton community
  3. Rest In Peace Tim Ayersman

    Sorry for your loss. I lost my father this summer also.Glad you have so many great memories with him. Prayers your way.
  4. Sorry to hear that...great family...sending prayers
  5. Prayers out for Bratcher

    Prayers and Godspeed for a fast recovery!
  6. The Traicoff has to be one of the best dual tournaments in the state. Have some top teams from all over the state compete with lots of state finals level matches!
  7. Moran brothers?

    Let em wrestle!
  8. Hughes

    Even more impressive is the fact that Drew is a true freshman at a mans weight!!! Nice start to the season...love to see the Indiana boys rep!!!
  9. Shiny Pants

    MULLETS! Seem like they never left wrestling....haha
  10. Nice to see an article on one of the legends from the past...nice job
  11. Jared Timberman

    Seen Jared wrestle since middle school...He's always been tough and able to wrestle with anybody...usually wrestles a monster off season...glad to see him finally getting some well deserved respect.
  12. South Bend Riley vs South Bend Adams

  13. Terry Brands: The Film

    Another great short film by flo...Great to see insight on one of our sports greats...loved his intensity even while coaching...def a must see!!!
  14. Team State Debacle

    What about Wabash College...They do a great job with scholastic duals in their field house...score keepers in the center plenty of view space and they could clearly add more...Or Joyce ACC at Notre Dame... With the new stand alone hockey facility and Joyce being two large venues they def have lots of room...(they have a wrestling club) maybe some wrestling exposure could help get them to bring their program back...
  15. Team Rankings: IndianaMat Dual Ranking

    Most of those losses were without a full varsity lineup...def could've made a difference in the win loss column. That being said Riley is stronger in the individual style then duals.