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Most influential people in the sport today

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I saw this was a topic on the forum in 2010. A lot of people posted coaches who influenced them. I wonder who are the most influential people in the sport. ill start

Joe Caprino-coach, one of the founding members and owners of indianamat(national website of the year), also runs the preseason mag which in years past have donated to charity, puts together off-season teams and runs the ihpo

Dane Fuelling-indianamat team ranking coordinator also part of seeding committee for the ihswca classed team state.

Who do you guys have?

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Steve Balash-He teaches and has taught the most important thing in athletes and coaches today....CHARACTER!

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Darrick Snyder, Brian Seltzer and Ed Pendoski have all enjoyed massive success in more than one part of the state and have been around long enough to see their talent start coaching the sport.

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Ryan Parrish (Contenders Wrestling Academy) - What he started in Hendricks County for Elementary, Middle School, High School Wrestling in our area is very impressive. Numbers & Stats don't lie . He gets my vote as most influential person . Proud that my Sons are #parrishtrained .

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Darrick Snyder, Brian Seltzer and Ed Pendoski have all enjoyed massive success in more than one part of the state and have been around long enough to see their talent start coaching the sport.

 

Wow!  Are those guys really that old!?   :(  :angry:  :(

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Rex Peckinpaugh has been around since polyester singlets were the cats meow...has helped a lot of young men..

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Leroy Vega.    Before there was RWA in DA REGION there was Vega Wrestling Club and CIA Wrestling laying down the foundation for future wrestling clubs.

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I would like to personally bring up Mr. Robert Hawtorne from Indianapolis Crispus Attucks. He has built and is continuing to build a program with no support from the school. He has personally help create champions in his son, Robert Hawthorne(currently At John Hopkins Medical School), Charles Baker ( currently enrolled as a junior at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and is trying to build a program for those who want to learn and succeed), and most recent, Lamar Willis, who started wrestling as a Freshman and made it to Semi-State with a "broken" program. Mr. Robert Hawthorne is a great mentor as well as a coach!

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Chad Red is definitely worthy of being mentioned with this group. Chad has developed and worked with some of the states best wrestlers for years.. Kids travel from across the state to work in one of the best off season training programs in the state..

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I think this post always gets off track. Obviously your personal coach has a huge influence on you or your program. I'm talking more in the sense of influencing indiana as a whole. ISWA volenterr ihswca board memebers ihsaa rep. Robert faulkens. Offficals like chuck Barnett and tom Clark media coverage is why I suggested Y2. Nick Weisjahn for tech support to the site he's a semi state ranker and hangout star

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I would say (and this hurts) Caprino and this site do a lot for the sport

JD, Tom Clark & Jim Littlejohn do so much beyond their referee gigs

The people all involved in the hangouts, rankings and general growth of the sport (OTR, Nick, Dane, Howard, Chad, Caleb, Triple "B"

Tournaments and State Tournaments don't run without Pat and Mary doing the pairings and all other things most people don't even know get done

people who volunteer their time for boards (ISWA, IHWCA)

Academy coaches (most of whom do not have kids in the sport and do it for the love of the sport.....Parrish--CWA, Blake & Matt--MCWC, Hawkins--RWA, Eppert & Gil--CIA, Hull--Pride)

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This list could continue on and on but IMO these are the people that are keeping IN wrestling on the map and in some cases handing things off to a HS coach to then reap the benefits of success.

 

 

Edit to say #TheCounty and #PainTrain (get some titles this wknd boys)

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I think this post always gets off track. Obviously your personal coach has a huge influence on you or your program. I'm talking more in the sense of influencing indiana as a whole. ISWA volenterr ihswca board memebers ihsaa rep. Robert faulkens. Offficals like chuck Barnett and tom Clark media coverage is why I suggested Y2. Nick Weisjahn for tech support to the site he's a semi state ranker and hangout star

Saw him dancing at semi-state.  That should immediately disqualify him from any and all influential lists.

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I would say (and this hurts) Caprino and this site do a lot for the sport

JD, Tom Clark & Jim Littlejohn do so much beyond their referee gigs

The people all involved in the hangouts, rankings and general growth of the sport (OTR, Nick, Dane, Howard, Chad, Caleb, Triple "B"

Tournaments and State Tournaments don't run without Pat and Mary doing the pairings and all other things most people don't even know get done

people who volunteer their time for boards (ISWA, IHWCA)

Academy coaches (most of whom do not have kids in the sport and do it for the love of the sport.....Parrish--CWA, Blake & Matt--MCWC, Hawkins--RWA, Eppert & Gil--CIA, Hull--Pride)

.

This list could continue on and on but IMO these are the people that are keeping IN wrestling on the map and in some cases handing things off to a HS coach to then reap the benefits of success.

 

 

Edit to say #TheCounty and #PainTrain (get some titles this wknd boys)

Great post this is more in line with what I was thinking. I'm not overly familiar with who runs the iswa and who is currently on the ihswca board but I know they do a lot

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