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  1. All, I want to share a story about the kind of people we have in this sport. Last Saturday Greenfield had a young lady injured in a match at New Palestine High School. It was a head and neck injury that required her to be transported to the hospital via ambulance. She and her parents had never been through something like this before and were justifiably shaken. On Tuesday of this week I was called down to the athletic office. We had received a package. It was a box of flowers addressed to the young lady who was injured. They were sent from the Columbia City Wrestling Program. I know it's a little thing and some people may not understand, but it touched me and my program. People think wrestling is about working hard, sweating, bleeding, beating on people, etc..., but it's not. It's above LOVING each other. I wan't to thank Columbia City for giving my program an example of how people are supposed to love each other. Thank you!
    31 points
  2. Congratulations to Toby Billerman from Perry Meridian for signing with Southern Illinois Edwardsville. Projected to wrestle 125. View full signing
    15 points
  3. Pretty tough of you to come on a messageboard and make fun of a high school kid. We addressed this on Gorilla Radio last night. These kids, especially the top guys, are under a lot of pressure from coaches to commit right then and there. The coaches are very persuasive and use every tactic possible to get a commitment as soon as possible. Think if you were a high school kid with all the best coaches in the country calling you wanting you to wrestle for them. Could you tell Tom Brands, Cael Sanderson, John Smith, etc, "no thanks, your program isn't for me?" I know I would have a hard time. Maybe for you, you never made any decision at 17 years old that you later reneged on, but I'm guessing you have.
    15 points
  4. Ironbear

    Wrestling parents

    Wrestling parents from Hamilton Heights and Tipton bring comfort and aid to a very cold Saturday after the super six at Hamilton Heights. Wonderful story about community and helping others!
    14 points
  5. Yeah, I owe you guys all an apology. These should have been out early in the week, then yesterday before I went to work at the latest. I’m admittedly dealing with some personal issues, but I’ve had plenty of time and it’s not a proper excuse. You have my word they’ll be finished today(meaning before I go to bed), and tomorrow I will try to write a preview as well, as a little “sorry I made you all wait so long.” Side note: to the coaches who have messaged me this week with some weight verifications that I hadn’t yet responded to, thank you very much for the info. It’s much appreciated.
    14 points
  6. Holden

    Prayers to Chad Red Jr

    Coach Red said it went well and junior was resting comfortably.
    14 points
  7. We’re at ~33. Which is amazing for us. 4 years ago we were at 7.
    11 points
  8. mdtodd

    Wrestling parents

    Not only a great day of wrestling at HH. Good sportsmanship was showed all day by wrestlers, coaches, teams and parents! This just goes to show it extends way beyond the mat! Glad to be of part of the wrestling community. Hope all is well for those in the accident. Proud of all that stopped to show concern!
    10 points
  9. At 47 I couldn't even tell Chertow no.
    10 points
  10. Where will he commit to next
    10 points
  11. Surprises happen all the time. Guys get in trouble, miss weight, get caught in headlocks. These things happen.
    10 points
  12. QuinnHarris

    Curious On Numbers

    Last year first day we had 13 kids. Finished the season with 20. This year the whole first week we had 22 and some middle schoolers without any of our football guys. Should have them in the room today! 62 in our youth program that fires up tomorrow and another 30+ on our MS roster!
    9 points
  13. By Anna Kayser If you’ve been an unfamiliar passerby in the town of Brownsburg, Ind. over the past seven years, one of the first things that might catch your eye are the purple street signs – deep purple markers adorned with a bulldog, two on each corner if you’re lucky. At least, that’s what I noticed as I drove through the small – but not too small – suburb of Indianapolis en route to the fourth official practice of the 2022-23 IHSAA wrestling season, with no prior knowledge other than what was scribbled on the notepad next to me. One thing I hadn’t taken note of prior to passing the “Welcome to Brownsburg” sign on Highway 139, and something that might give any other small-town Midwesterner the same familiar wave of recognition: The residents of this town about 30 minutes northwest of downtown Indy live and breathe Brownsburg High School athletics. The 2021-22 Brownsburg wrestling team was nothing to snub at. The Bulldogs went 18-1 in duals and extended their program-record streak to eight consecutive Hoosier Crossroads Conference championships. Jake Hockaday led the lineup with the first state title by a freshman in school history, continuing Brownsburg’s reign of crowning one champion each year since 2016. More on him later – I promise. But that was last year, and while the result is indicative of the journey to get to where they are now, it’s not the full story. What better place to begin than at the beginning – when the Bulldog wrestling program transitioned from a bottom-of-the-barrel finish to an HCC Championship in two years, to an IHSAA State Championship in four. “Regardless of what it is, I have high expectations,” Brownsburg Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Jim Snapp said. “My experience has been if you want to have a state contending team, you [hire a coach] who has done it before.” After beginning his head coaching career at Mishawaka High School – a time in which he led the program to three consecutive top-two finishes and a pair of championships in 2008 and 2010 – Darrick Snyder found himself as the subject of a coaching inquiry almost 150 miles dead south of the place where he was a Northern Indiana Conference champion and state place winner. From Snyder’s point of view, there were a number of perks to coming to Brownsburg. And when his wife asked him about the wrestling team’s recent lack of success, he saw the potential to upgrade the team to something special. “Yeah – but there’s no reason [for that lack of success],” he said. “All the pieces are there.” Immediately, things began to shift. During Snyder’s first two seasons, the Bulldog program went 36-12 in duals and was crowned 2015 HCC Champions. Of course, that success comes not entirely from the corner but from the center of the mat itself – it’s a combination of what happens behind the scenes and the performances under the spotlight. That first piece of the puzzle, the one that is encapsulated in the public eye each time the mats are rolled out: The athletes. The success of that 2015 team was boasted by a pair of wrestlers that took center stage on the IHSAA State podium come February – Ty Mills (106), Brownsburg’s first finalist since Mark Meunier’s title in 1977, and Nathan Walton (170). As four-year place winners at the state tournament, they were two of four key athletes named by Snapp as being difference-makers in raising the heights of the program. None was more instrumental under Snyder’s tutelage, however, than All-American and two-time NCAA Division I Championships qualifier Brayton Lee, Minnesota’s current starting 157-pounder. A leader that, without Snyder’s drive to create a pipeline from younger levels into a high school program the town could be proud of, might never have donned the purple Bulldog in the first place. “[My family] knew that [Snyder] was a good coach and had a lot of success, but we weren’t that familiar with him,” Lee said. “We went to Brownsburg for a high school tournament to meet up with him when I was in middle school, and we just talked. He was just supportive and said that he would help me to become the best wrestler I can possibly be. We were really excited about Snyder, he pretty much sold us [on where the Brownsburg program would go].” Not only is building the high school program a key part in escalating success, but also what feeds into it. The implementation and management of a strong program for middle school students ensures that development and love for the sport occurs at a younger age. “We were fortunate enough to get some kids [like Lee] that came here because of him, and he’s worked on [building up] the middle school program – kids want to come here, kids want to stay here,” Snapp said. So, we’ve got this interaction of developing the feeder program and kids that, if they’re going to wrestle in the Indianapolis area, they [want] to come to Brownsburg.” With two established wrestling academies nearby – Contender’s Wrestling Academy in Brownsburg and Red Cobra Wrestling in Avon – growth through both the school program and external coaching elevates athletes even higher. Lee, a product of Red Cobra, was a good example of how development can skyrocket through that extra effort and help outside of a school program. What the Bulldogs standout star lacked early on, however, was the team aspect. “It was definitely different, just because I had never been on a team before – I had just wrestled on my own,” Lee said. “I had grown up going to our very intense wrestling club and on both sides, practices were tough. I appreciated and respected that. [Snyder] was always making us do lots of tough stuff intertwined with wrestling.” Prior to Lee’s first of three IHSAA state titles in 2016 – a year in which he, along with five other state placers, led the charge on Brownsburg’s IHSWCA Dual State championship and IHSAA state runner-up finishes – the Bulldogs had only crowned two individual champions in school history. “We were always focused on the next day,” Lee said. “The first time I won, it was awesome, and I was grateful for it – but there was always a team aspect. I wanted to win with our team, and that idea of winning definitely pushed us. I think me winning helped bring other guys along. Knowing I was kind of a leader, knowing that my success was inspiring other guys on the Brownsburg wrestling team made me want to keep pushing.” For Lee’s career specifically, the results of the drive to win as a team came quickly. His second title at 145 pounds saw seven Bulldogs on the IHSAA podium and a franchise-high three finalists – Mills and Blake Mulkey included as runners-up – to lead Brownsburg to its first IHSAA state championship in school history. That influx of high-performing athletes jumpstarted Brownsburg’s rise to the top of high school wrestling in central Indiana. “You put those kids together – we had a core of four, good kids – and Darrick coached up other kids around them,” Snapp said. “That started [a stretch] of us winning the conference every year for the last eight years, we’re in the strongest athletic conference in the state of Indiana. Our wrestling team has dominated. It hasn’t even been close.” The second piece to the puzzle, where Snapp, the administration and coaching staff as a whole come into play, is the support Snyder continues to have behind him. The best example? The wrestling room at Brownsburg High School, built during Snyder’s reign as head coach and designed by Snapp to help raise the standard of the program and accommodate the growing numbers of the extracurricular. “I knew I was going to have [Snapp’s] support on just simple things,” Snyder said. “My first year here, I wanted to take a fan bus to individual state… and I was told no [by the athletic director]. I said, ‘This is a really important to the program. These guys need to watch this event, it’s incredible.’ “I called Jim, and every year [since], just like most teams, we get to take a team bus to state.” The backing from Snapp and the administration is a means to an end in shifting the culture not just in the Brownsburg wrestling room, but in the town that loves its high school athletics. “That first year, there wasn’t really anyone there for the kid that was wrestling [at state]. When you win, you want to look up and see a bunch of purple and sit with those people between rounds,” Snyder said. “We’ve really tried to change that around, anything like that.” It also extends to the actual competition and helping those wrestlers reach the mats at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. In order to develop the athletes coming to Brownsburg or growing through school programs the Bulldogs support, the level of competition needed to continuously be raised. “When I first got here, no program did any overnights or anything out of state,” Snyder said. “I went to [the athletic director] and told [them], ‘I’ve got to get out of Indianapolis’ – I was tired of wrestling the same teams over and over again, and then we got to the point that there weren’t many teams in our area that would be competitive.” This upcoming season, the Bulldogs’ schedule includes the Walsh Jesuit Ironman Wrestling Tournament from and the Crown Point Invitational – Crown Point defeated Brownsburg 178-105 in the 2022 finals, setting an IHSAA record for the largest margin of victory by a team champion by over 20 points – on back-to-back weekends in December. That elevation in competition level allows wrestlers to face some of their biggest challenges early and prepares them for high-pressure situations come February. “I always tell [our guys] that our schedule is not meant for them to go undefeated,” Snyder said. “If you do, that’s great, but we’ve set up a schedule where we’re going to take some losses. That took administrative support to be willing to allow us to do overnights, to allow us to go out of state.” Pushing athletes beyond their comfort zone to prepare them for future career hurdles is a common theme in Snyder’s coaching style, something that is on record in helping wrestlers reach their full potential. And, well, maybe no one can attest to that better than a Big Ten starter. “I think just his competitiveness and him pushing us every day helped me,” Lee said. “He helped push me past my comfort zone a little but more than maybe I would myself, and that’s really the main purpose of a coach. Snyder knew I wanted to be great, and he helped me move into a little bit more uncomfortable territories which is important for any athlete, especially when you’re trying to go to the next level.”
    8 points
  14. 8 points
  15. I saw on twitter where someone said yesterday that CJ was out of surgery and that it went well.
    8 points
  16. Congratulations to Delaney Ruhlman from Bloomington South for signing with Purdue. Projected to wrestle 174. View full signing
    8 points
  17. In year 2 here at Delta we are around 30 guys on the team... this number is up from last year! Getting more football players to grow interest in the sport! We even have a kid that was a starting offensive lineman for football team wrestle last year and talked about how it was one of the hardest sports he has ever done... and this year as a senior he came back out and will be the first to tell you that he does not like wrestling lol but because of what it did for him physically and mentally... said it was the best shape he had ever been in and wanted to get there again this year! And what's awesome is he got his buddy that is a senior offensive lineup to come try it this year with him and has been battling it out in the room! The growth from football team starting to join us is what will help us grow! We have about 30+ kids on our middle school team We have 70+ in our youth club and have a lot of young studs coming up that continue to get all their buddies to come wrestle! I think that is where it starts! Having fun and getting others to come join at the youth level!
    8 points
  18. aoberlin

    Curious On Numbers

    The same coaches and programs with high numbers are the same coaches and programs you see at off season events. It's all about engagement no matter what size school you are. Coaching a high school program is not a 4 month job. It's a year round commitment just like it is for your wrestlers that really want success. Until everyone buys into that we will have what we have. Nice job Quinn I see you everywhere.
    8 points
  19. Congratulations to Cole Solomey from Kankakee Valley for signing with Purdue. Projected to wrestle 149. View full signing
    8 points
  20. Thor

    Thoughts on 2022-23 Season

    Brownsburg parents/coaches/fans coming in 3,2,1...
    8 points
  21. CP unranked freshman Sessa pinned Portage #18 Bunton on 11/22 at 120 lbs.
    7 points
  22. By Anna Kayser If you’ve been an unfamiliar passerby in the town of Brownsburg, Ind. over the past seven years, one of the first things that might catch your eye are the purple street signs – deep purple markers adorned with a bulldog, two on each corner if you’re lucky. At least, that’s what I noticed as I drove through the small – but not too small – suburb of Indianapolis en route to the fourth official practice of the 2022-23 IHSAA wrestling season, with no prior knowledge other than what was scribbled on the notepad next to me. One thing I hadn’t taken note of prior to passing the “Welcome to Brownsburg” sign on Highway 139, and something that might give any other small-town Midwesterner the same familiar wave of recognition: The residents of this town about 30 minutes northwest of downtown Indy live and breathe Brownsburg High School athletics. The 2021-22 Brownsburg wrestling team was nothing to snub at. The Bulldogs went 18-1 in duals and extended their program-record streak to eight consecutive Hoosier Crossroads Conference championships. Jake Hockaday led the lineup with the first state title by a freshman in school history, continuing Brownsburg’s reign of crowning one champion each year since 2016. More on him later – I promise. View full article
    7 points
  23. Congratulations to Orlando Cruz from Crown Point for signing with Purdue. Projected to wrestle 184. View full signing
    7 points
  24. Rex Leavitt Invite 152: Unranked Kaeb Stebbins (Delta) wins 6-0 over #13 Isaiah Holden (GC) 170: #14 Braxton Russell (Delta) wins 7-2 over #10 Crew Farrell (Frankton) #15 Clay Guenin (GC) wins I believe 12-4 over #10 Crew Farrell (Frankton) #15 Clay Guenin (GC) wins by fall 1:59 over #14 Braxton Russell (Delta)
    7 points
  25. Remember you get a year of Silverback membership with your purchase! Don't miss out on another great preview of the season.
    7 points
  26. Mat Scouts top 200 Seniors. Some Indiana Hammers on here. https://rokfin.com/ranking/1839/2023-Big-Board--Top-200-After-S32?fbclid=IwAR0zocj0I9Hm8EPJ2E-Pe_933YW_hH2adPFRiYHyDYpJq05zT0ZyJz8pN04 Christian Carroll #4 Sam Goin #56 Bryce Lowery #113 Orlando Cruz #130 Logan Frazier #155 Cheaney Schoeff #160 Delaney Ruhlman #174 Ashton Jackson #196 Congratulations
    7 points
  27. Another great magazine! Fantastic job to all involved! Excited to see the results start flowing in 2 weeks!
    7 points
  28. maligned

    Team State 2023

    That argument will keep being confusing to people since there is already 25% of 4A taken and only 12.5% of the other three classes. You get special privileges as it is because we all acknowledge that almost every one of the 10 best duals teams overall will be in 4A. And even if Cathedral and EMD weren't involved, 6 of the 32 remaining is still 19%--higher chances than any other class. It's a sad reality of our severely limited system that the lower enrollment schools in all 4 classes qualify much less than the ones at the top of their division--no matter where the lines are drawn. Until we have an all-in model, people at the edges of qualification scoring or the edges of classification numbers will feel frustrated.
    7 points
  29. By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com The story seems familiar. Big city guy, through fate, ends up in a small town and falls in love with the community. Although Christmas is fast approaching, this isn’t a Hallmark movie script. It’s the real-life journey of Quinn Harris and his Cascade wrestling team. Harris is a 2015 graduate of Avon High School. Avon’s enrollment is close to 3,000 students. After high school he helped coach at Avon, then coached at Ben Davis, which also has close to 3,000 students. Last year he took the head coaching job at Cascade, a tiny high school in Clayton, IN with an enrollment of under 500. “There isn’t a whole lot to do here,” Harris said. “It’s a small farm town. 4H and agriculture are huge around here. A lot of kids live and work on the farm. They own pigs. They show pigs. The kids go hunting and fishing. It’s a much different culture than what I’m used to.” View full article
    6 points
  30. Brandon Johnson of Lawrence North at 220 pounds pinned Greg Johnson of Warren Central last night. He’s already beat Degroat of Connersville 8-0 so far this year as well.
    6 points
  31. Y2CJ41

    Carmel vs penn

    Top notch investigative reporting has uncovered this.... Penn and Carmel did participate in a wrestling event on Saturday. They wrestled each other, but was basically an exhibition event even though it counted as a weigh-in point and team schedule event. According to my sources the team score was 30-30 with Carmel winning on criteria Z: Best looking coach.
    6 points
  32. I would ask every visitor to this website to consider supporting coach Paul Gunsett, a state champion wrestler and coach, and a member of the Hall of Fame, in a fight that will last longer than six minutes on the mat. Please see the attached flyer for more details and please consider donating directly to the family or purchasing a shirt. COACH GUNSETT SUPPORT.pdf
    6 points
  33. Jesus someone is Butt hurt. It’s a joke, kind of, but it’s definitely not smack talk. It was a light hearted comment that does happen to have some validity. HES COMMITTED TO 3 DIFFERENT SCHOOLS! Get your panties out of a wad and go back to your safe space and take a breath
    6 points
  34. MattM

    MS State Qualifers

    Middle School is the Wild West of wrestling. Good luck ever nailing down anything close to a consistent set of rules.
    6 points
  35. I'm an MD fan through and through but in my opinion NCAA better watch out for J.M.! If they start him I say 4xer. I've been wrong before and will be again but if he stays healthy he is a dangerous opponent!
    6 points
  36. The new studio is ready for guests and we are having @nkraus make the trip south to Victory Bay. We'll talk shop starting around 9pm on Facebook. Join our always lively chat!
    5 points
  37. Thanks Joe for this article! I'd been involved with the Brownsburg Wrestling Club since my son was a preschooler and he's now in his senior year. Coach Snyder coming to Brownsburg has been instrumental to keeping the talent at home (Mulkey/Lee). He's a big reason why Lee, Mulkey, Miller, Ison and Jones have stayed through HS in the community they started school in... The superintendant of schools attends home meets and conference, sectionals, regionals, semi state and state - that's a testament to his support of Snyder and the program! Looking forward to these articles throughout the season!
    5 points
  38. rookie78

    State 2023 Questions

    Any word on whether or not things will be back to normal for Friday night, such as having 1 session, rather than 2? And buying tickets for Saturday? Will they still be online Friday, supposedly 10 pm, and #ticketgate breaks loose again and people can't buy tickets for hours? Will the elevator get crammed full at the Hyatt Place again?
    5 points
  39. By: Blaze Lowery Jordan Slivka & Carson Brewer Ohio University is home to a few Indiana State Champions that have been making a name for themselves as Bobcats. Two-time State Champion, Jordan Slivka of Cathedral, is coming off his best collegiate season yet. Finishing his last season with a 25-7 record at 157lbs, He found himself in Detroit for the DI NCAA Championships. Slivka is bumping up to the 165lbs weight class this season and was an honorable mention in FloWrestling’s 2022-2023 NCAA DI rankings. “It’s really cool knowing that I am still believed in and looked at even when moving up a weight class,” states Slivka. Slivka reminisces on his time wrestling at the nationals saying he was unable to hear the whistle when he started his pigtail match. The crowd’s roars fuel him, as he is “dying to compete” for the Bobcats this season. His goal is to do what he needs to do to get his team a MAC Championship title. Individually, his is goal is to compete to the best of his ability every single match. “All to gain and nothing to lose,” Slivka is on his path to find himself back at the NCAA Championships. Being a great wrestler at the next level comes naturally, “if you’re willing to buckle down on work ethic and show yourself how good you could be,” says Slivka. View full article
    5 points
  40. Have a sense of humor. The fact that everyone knows what he is talking about means there is a little truth to it. No matter where he goes, he is a great wrestler and a great pick up for any program.
    5 points
  41. Being an elite high school athlete with endless possibilities on where to further your education and athletic career can be an overwhelming task. A lot of factors to consider, things change over time and individual circumstances change throughout life. You can have whatever opinion you want, but making snide comments about a high school senior that is a great kid and as humble of person i have met, speaks more to your character than to his. Wherever he feels is best for him you can either support that or just move on with your life. Congratulations Christian! Look forward to watching you crush it on the next level
    5 points
  42. By: Blaze Lowery Admittance into a military academy is something that every wrestler should be considering. These institutions are adding structure and grit to some of Indiana’s finest talents on and off the mat. Combining passion with real change, these athletes are up from sunup to sundown with zero complaints. To put it in simpler terms, these gentlemen are taking the road less traveled. West Point Out on the east coast, Christian Hunt of Yorktown is representing Indiana for his 5th season as a mule rider. West Point has been a place for Hunt to really figure it all out. He states how he enjoys the leadership opportunities and military obligations that come with attending the academy. Hunt also forfeits his summers to training and getting out into the field. Wrestling-wise, Hunt states how he came in ready to go, paying homage to his home state being so tough. The transition from high school to college for him was working on his top and bottom. West Point is not a place for the weak, as Hunt highlights how since he got put on a 6 A.M. to 9 P.M. schedule since arriving at the academy. Some advice he has for young Indiana athletes thinking about attending a military academy is to expose yourself to national talent as much as you possibly can. Going to large tournaments like Super 32, Fargo, etc. will only increase your chances to compete and compete hard at the next level. “Be ready to serve something bigger than yourself,” states Hunt. Wrestling can only take you so far, but why not do so and make a difference as well. Recent commitment: Reid Schroeder of Southrdige The Citadel Where structure rules all, The Citadel is where a few Indiana finalists now reside. State Champion Hayden Watson of Center Grove talks commitment and what it takes to really be a bulldog. “They break you down to build you up,” Watson says. Upon his arrival, he has come to realize how tough it is to manage wrestling, school, and duties. He likes the idea of taking advantage of opportunity and how structure has really taken him to that next level. Watson finds himself thriving in the wrestling environment down in Charleston. The training is consistent, and the drilling is much more explosive. His focal point in his shift in wrestling style since coming to the Citadel was having to be a bit more conservative. He advises anyone that is interested in coming to the Citadel to look forward to practicing every day like himself and follow the schedule to succeed. Others on the roster: Brodie Porter from Eastern Coast Guard As a top 15 DIII university in the country, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is making their mark as a place for opportunity. Three-time state qualifier, Brendan Mattingly of Carmel is taking advantage of those opportunities and has already been around the world since arriving at Coast Guard. In addition to the benefits of being an officer, Mattingly gets to pursue his passion for wrestling. With the pandemic throwing a kink in his journey, Mattingly is looking to continue to embrace the grind and becoming the best wrestler he can be. The wrestling room over at Coast Guard is always packed. The team is forced to have split practices because of how many guys are on the roster. Some would gripe and groan, but Mattingly looks at it as another opportunity to refine his craft with numerous different looks. His coaches push him to hand fight harder and be a selective shot taker. He compares collegiate wrestling with chess in how calculated one must be in every situation. A single mistake could make or break one’s chances to win the dance. Mattingly continues to put in the work, but also puts his career first. Air Force Air Force is home to a few of Indiana state champions and place winners. Two-time state champion, Alec Viduya of Roncalli, advises anyone who is thinking about attending Air Force to never lose sight of their passion. Viduya states, “Just remember what made you come here because you can get lost in the little things.” The transition from high school to a military academy can be treacherous, but well worth the squeeze. Everyone Viduya wrestles is no off-go, which was one of the big eye-openers for him. Even in his practice room, he finds it harder to hand fight, setting up his shots, and finishing those shots with scrambling being much more common. Grades are important when trying to get into the academy. There is no time for procrastination says state champion Drake Buchanan of Center Grove. Time management is something that is stressed more so than anything. Keeping his head down and grinding each day, Buchanan sheds light on how he had to adjust a bit now that practices are harder, and schedules are more packed. Some tweaks he has made on the mat are mostly from top and bottom with college rules being a bit different, it’s a “different ballgame.” Three-time state place winner, Aiden Warren of Perry Meridian, also speaks on how tough the transition from high school to military academy can truly be. Fresh off shoulder surgery, Warren looks to get back into the groove and potentially crack the lineup at 184-pound weight class. “Don’t get discouraged, it’s a long process,” states Warren when referring to recruitment. He also advises that there is nothing wrong with reaching out to a coach if you’re interested in a program, even at the collegiate level. The courage to reach out to a coach is one thing but doing what needs to be done in the classroom will solidify one’s case to wrestle at the next level.
    5 points
  43. Mendez beats Byrd by 1. Got cheated out of two backs (just saying). Went as I assumed It would. With that said… Byrd is physically strong. He wrestled quite a bit on his knees from neutral. Found his opportunity and twisted Byrd off. Byrd got his foot on the wood with a 1 count. Bigger mat Jesse May have gotten a fall. Jesse was very patient and handled it well. Great job Jesse!
    5 points
  44. bigballerb

    IU Season Opener

    Looks like Sollars getting the start tonight at 197
    5 points
  45. Y2CJ41

    Schedules UPDATED!

    I copied last year's schedule and (tried to) put the dates to this year's corresponding dates for events. I also switched home and away teams for duals. I'm hoping most teams only have minor changes and can update their schedule accordingly. Before adding an event, especially a multi-team event, go to the host school's profile to make sure the event isn't already created. If the the event is created you can add your team or any other teams to the proper field. Thanks!
    5 points
  46. Congratulations to Christian Chavez from Mishawaka for signing with West Liberty. Projected to wrestle 197. View full signing
    5 points
  47. Since I am not coaching this year, can't wait to give unbiased opinions. Looks pretty good so far! I understand why Ison is 5 but I think he will end up winning it imo, 106 is wide open 1-5, and 152 is way down this year outside of the 6.
    5 points
  48. I will go AA for our guy if he goes this year. He would not be favorite to win it all but like I said before… most growth is that off season going into freshman college season. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got hot late in the season and pulled it off. Just wish him a healthy season. We will be rooting for him!
    5 points
  49. Also they see you leading by example which in my opinion is the most important type of leadership there is.
    4 points
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