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  1. 11 points
    As many of you know, my hometown of Pendleton was hit by a tornado this week. In spite of the tremendous damage there were no fatalities and only one injury which was, thankfully, not life threatening. While I love my hometown, the community I am referring to in the title is the Indiana Wrestling community. I have received numerous calls from wrestling coaches checking on my family's welfare and offering assistance. Coach Duncan and some of his Frankton Eagle wrestlers came down to help in the cleanup this week. I am profoundly grateful to have as rivals such friends who took the time to reach out. Our town will recover and be better than before, albeit without as many trees. The wrestling community will always be a source of strength and pride for me, like it is for all of you. Thank you all for your caring and concern. Local charities are accepting donations but if you are of a mind to contribute may I humbly recommend the Red Cross in your community. They were on the scene almost immediately after the storm and set up a relief center at the high school. I encountered another Red Cross team today during my visit to a site where some of our wrestlers will be working tomorrow to assist a local wrestling family. The RC volunteers assured me they would be in town until they help everyone get back on their feet.
  2. 9 points
    Indianawrestler145

    Jesse Mendez

    We could quite possibly witness the greatest Wrestler this state has ever seen.
  3. 6 points
    Juggernaut

    Jesse Mendez

    Congrats to Jesse Mendez on a great weekend and also being named The Adidas wrestler of the week on The Open Mat,
  4. 5 points
    Caleb Spires

    Jesse Mendez

    Deservedly so. He just keeps getting better and better every month it seems. His ceiling is very, very high.
  5. 5 points
    Agree with Joe. Cutting weight classes won't solve the problem. I know it is difficult, time consuming, often frustrating and not what we should have to do as coaches, in a perfect world. In a perfect world 50 to 60 kids would show up every year after putting in a vigorous off-season of hard work. But that's not the world we live in. I try to talk to at least one kid each day who is not in my program about going out for wrestling. We normally have close to 50 wrestlers, sometimes more, to start the season. Some of them drop out since we have a larger number of newbies but we normally end up well over 40 on the roster by Sectional. Barry Humble got huge numbers at Adams Central. It was then a very small school. It will never be easy to get large numbers but it is worth the effort. Let's point this discussion in a new direction. Let's hear from the coaches with solid numbers what you do to build the program. 1) As I said in my post, try to talk to at least one kid per day from the start of school until season starts (over 50 days) and from the end of the season until the end of school (about another 55). Often I will speak to the same kid several times but with all those contacts it is hard not to get at least a few extra recruits each season. 2) Coaching another sport can help. I coached high school football for over 30 years and then moved to middle school four years ago (love the shorter season that ends before Fall break!). Our middle school numbers have jumped since I get to pump the sport every day (Wow, that was a great tackle. I bet you would have a mean double leg.) 3) We have a bowling party every year after County tournament. I get a cheap trophy with a wrestler and a bowling pin on it. 4) I make sure to get the cut lists from freshman and middle school basketball teams. We also encourage middle school basketball players to come out after the season (got IHSAA fifth and sixth place finishers that way). 5) I send a letter to every eighth grade wrestler welcoming them to our summer program, encouraging them to play a fall sport and try to meet up with them at the start of their freshman year. Next season I am sending a recruiting e-mail to the student e-mail account of ever Why incoming freshman student (girls and boys). 6) Get your kids exposure whenever possible. We name a Wrestler of the Meet on announcements (thanks Q!), nominate them for school programs (we have two on the Student Athletic Council), make sure to get your kids Academic All-State recognition. I make sure to fill out the recommendation forms for National Honor Society for each wrestler nominated. The Marines now have an academic certificate for wrestlers. There are more but I want to hear what you guys are doing. If you ever get a chance, talk to Danny Struck about building a program. His numbers are amazing and he builds a true sense of belonging for his kids. We don't need to get to 50 on the roster to succeed. If you currently have 15 and get to 20 that is big. Add one or two a year and you will have a sizable roster pretty quickly. Let's stop waiting for our ship to come in and swim out to it! The article uploaded below is about what teams do to build camaraderie. recruiting article.docx
  6. 4 points
    bluemonster

    Jesse Mendez

    We haven’t seen the best Jesse Mendez yet. He gets better and better each match, that’s scary good. Yes, I believe he will be the best this state has ever had once it’s all said and done!!
  7. 4 points
    Y2CJ41

    New Flo Rankings

    Wyoming Seminary is neither a seminary, nor in Wyoming.
  8. 3 points
    graham

    Jesse Mendez

    Yesterday evening @Flowrestling tweeted: Jessie Mendez is the truth.
  9. 3 points
    After watching the 2019 IHSAA state finals again for the 5th time, I would have to say the best, most exciting, back-to-back matches by teammates has to be Rodgers @152 & Slivka @ 160. Elliott needed to win to secure at least a tie in the team race. He was losing late in the third period and it didn’t look like he was going to get it done. Rodgers wins in OT!!!! WOW! Then his teammate Jordan is wrestling a national ranked wrestler, Washington. Jordan, the underdog, gets taken down early and It looks like Washington is in control. If Jordan wins, he secures the title for Cathedral. Jordan had the same scenario last year, where he had to win the clinch the team title. He did it last year and did it again this year. Just an awesome back-to-back performance from both wrestlers. The best I have ever seen by teammates.
  10. 3 points
    Mattyb

    Best Wrestling Families

    Bryan Bailey @Brey and his boys have made their marks on the mat. With that said, Bryan is currently providing more opportunities for more kids than any single person that I know of here in Indiana. The Baileys are the best wrestling family going. Just sayin
  11. 2 points
    We ( Edwardsburg, MI ) have been bringing a small group of kids to Mishawaka and Jimtown regularly. Both rooms are awesome. Both have coaches who will jump in and help kids and are willing to go live. I sort of wish Michigan had an RTC system in place like Indiana, but to be honest I would still want to go to IN for these rooms. You can see the difference it is making with our kids. I highly recommend both rooms.
  12. 2 points
    The PIAA(Pennsylvania) passed a proposal to submit a proposal to the NFHS to reduce the weight classes to 12. Even without the NFHS's approval they may go ahead and go to 12 weights. Here are the weights 108, 115, 122, 128, 134, 140, 146, 152, 160, 172, 185, 215, and 285 Here is the article on the proposal https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/sports/2019/05/sad-but-necessary-changes-could-be-coming-to-piaa-wrestling-weight-classes.html Personally, I do not feel this fixes any issues other than putting a pretty bandaid on the problem. Bad teams will still forfeit weight classes, good teams will still have full lineups. The problems stem from the image of the sport and coaches that do not go about promoting the sport in the school. It takes a lot of work to get a program to the top and a lot more to keep it there. Discuss....
  13. 2 points
    smitty11

    Jesse Mendez

    Wow he was impressive, very composed for a Freshman. Named OW of Cadet World Team Trials. His weight was stacked. He has so many different attacks and is non stop even against the best high school wrestlers in the country.
  14. 2 points
    navy80

    2019 UWW Cadet and U23 Nationals

    And Drew Hughes MSU and former Indiana state champ was in the weight class too.. What a tournament for Walker. Mendez wins the finals!
  15. 2 points
    Y2CJ41

    2019 UWW Cadet and U23 Nationals

    Walker still has a year of high school left. Cooper Noehre had a solid run at 74kg wrestling against a bunch of college guys.
  16. 2 points
    Clan Campbell

    Best Wrestling Families

    I wonder how many of todays Indiana HS top talent kids haven't wrestled with or been influenced by Bryan. I would be willing to say 0. Bailey's have certainly left their mark on Indiana wrestling.
  17. 2 points
    MattM

    Best Wrestling Families

    If I recall CoCo made it in due to Madison needing to fill a hole in their lineup for an event. Heck I should be on the list, since I added more wins to the Black family total than CoCo was able to muster. Thanks Derek. 😒
  18. 2 points
    smitty11

    Best Wrestling Families

    412 wins 2 losses. Alex and Jason Tsirtsis that is ridiculous. 8 state titles
  19. 2 points
    Great ideas, Dave! I've had up years and down years with numbers over my career, but more up than down recently and there's only one real reason why: The focus of the culture is on developing good young men, having fun, and winning along the way....in that order. Still have days/weeks/moments when I lose sight of why I do this and think my only purpose is to build a team that wins championship, and that's definitely part of what I want to do, but ensuring they're having fun has to be goal #1. Even with this in mind, in a decade of coaching, I've still never had a team that didn't have at least 2-3 kids quit, sometimes there's nothing you can do, the sport just isn't for everyone. Here's a few things I've found works: 1) Make Dual Meets fun! If the student body gets fired up about going to a wrestling dual, more athletes will want to be a part of the program. A major disadvantage we have is that we aren't a "glory" sport, but shining a light on the hard work the boys do helps with recruitment and more importantly, with retention. Look at what Brownsburg has done in their turnaround there. Turned the sport into an event that is must-see. You think it's a coincidence they have stud football players showing up in the room winning state titles? 2) Monthly, in season or out, we try to do something as a team that is fun. Go to Cedar Point. Take the team to the Indiana Dunes. Go camping. Team Camaraderie goes a long way when interested kids ask current wrestlers why they wrestle. If they respond, "It sucks, but I love it," you may have an issue recruiting new kids. When they say, "I wrestle because it's fun," something has gone right. 3) Involve yourself in the feeder programs. We have 4 Middle Schools, 2 feed 98% of their students to us at HSE, the other 2 are split between us and Fishers,It'd be easy to ignore the other 2 schools as 80% of their kids go to Fishers HS, but I try to run a practice or 2 at each MS immediately following the HS season. And I make it fun! I try to get to know the MS Athlete when they're in 7th grade, so when I reach out as they are incoming, they already know me. This was a lot easier at Mooresville with 1 MS, but I have a great involved staff of Assistants that help out and attend MS events and practices as well so that they're always seeing someone with HSE wrestling gear on in their corner. 4) Spend time, as a head coach, with your JV kids. Not just on the mat, but off the mat too. A lot of coaches have a tendency to focus on the best wrestlers (State Qualifiers and Placers make us look good), but I've been around to see what happens to a program when the emphasis is only on the Varsity kids winning as much as possible and the JV kids get run off. What happens when those Varsity kids graduate? You wind up with a lot more holes in the line-up than you should have because average wrestlers or developmental kids who may have turned into a solid starter leave because they didn't feel anyone cared about their success. I attend every JV event that doesn't conflict with a Varsity one. I may be late due to practice or Youth Club, but I show up to show the kids that I care, and I have 3-4 Assistant Coaches that understand why working with these less capable wrestlers is important and do a great job in practice and at meets. In my experience, these are some of the most valuable people to surround your kids with. I'm going start stealing some of the ideas Dave uses as well. Ultimately, you have to find what works for each school. All 3 that I've worked at have been different, but ultimately, the #1 reason kids do a sport is to have fun. Sometimes, it's hard to remember that, but if you do, growth isn't far behind.
  20. 2 points
    Mattyb

    NFHS looking to reduce weight classes

    This will cause even more "smaller" school kids to move to bigger schools. I know for a fact that some families with kids that go to smaller schools move to larger schools where they can ensure that they can make a line up. At these larger schools they will wrestle a better schedule, get better partners, and get better exposure (true or not.. this is the mentality of many). With this said... some people stay put because they aren't sure if they can beat a top dog at a top program. By them knowing that they don't need to beat that top dog, they are more likely to move to that bigger school. Especially, knowing the fact that they could have a chance to finish second to that kid at each level of the state tournament and be separated from him all the way through state. The rich would get richer if this happens. You may or may not think this is accurate???? Just a thought.
  21. 2 points
    tigrreapr56

    Best Wrestling Families

    Agreed! Bryan Bailey has done more in providing opportunities for kid in Indiana than any other person I know in my short span as a wrestling parent. Here is a list of Duals that my son has cut his teeth on over the last 5-6 years with opportunities from Coach Bryan Bailey: 1. West Penn Duals (PA) - 2st weekend of Nov 2. Turkey Burp Dual (PA) - 3rd weekend of Nov 3. Outlaw Duals (IN) - 1st weekend of Dec 4. Christmas Duals (Sparty) (MI) 2/3 weekend of Dec 5. Defense Soap Duals (OH) 3rd weekend of Dec 6. Dixie National Duals (GA) 3rd weekend in Dec 7. NUWAY National Duals (KY) 1st weekend in Jan 8. Walton-Verona Bearcat Brawl (KY) 2nd weekend in Jan 9. Wadsworth Duals (OH) 3rd weekend in Jan 10. West Virginia Duals (WV) 4rth weeken in Jan 11. Lee Paulmalak Duals (IA) 1st weekend in April 12. AAU National Elem Duals (TN) 2nd Weekend in April 13. Viper Pit (OH) 2/3rd weekend in April 14. NHSCAs Virginia Beach Duals (VA) 3rd weekend in May 15. Olivet Duals (MI) Sometime in June 16. Grand River Rumble (MI) 2nd weekend in July This is only 16 opportunities.....I'm sure if I were to ask, Bailey could provide 16 more. Opportunities like these are how to IMPROVE. Brian has told me since we met that he wants to get Indiana BETTER on the MAT! I can definitely say that he is providing opportunities for Indiana kids to get BETTER on the MAT with Dual Opportunities, Practices, and Camps (Latora Leg Camp). *Keep your eyes on this NASTY Disney Dual Team that will be competing in Orlando mid June. #Indiana Kenny Harden
  22. 2 points
    MattM

    New Flo Rankings

    True story. Help yourself now while you have complete control over your fate.
  23. 1 point
    This solves nothing. It creates less opportunity. This will reduce number of wrestlers in state. The competitive teams where guys are battling every day for a spot will lose guys. The 13 weights hurts a little. 12 weights is a killer. We need more opportunities not less. Athletic directors need to step up and do more for the wrestling teams for the struggling teams. That would help the coaches do more. That is a better solution than reducing weights.
  24. 1 point
    Kokena1

    New Flo Rankings

    Hate losing great talent. Thanks for the update.
  25. 1 point
    FCFIGHTER170

    Best Wrestling Families

    disgustingly good... This reminds me of the time seeing lance Ellis and Stephen Bradley coaching together and I thought about the 7 state titles and 335-4 record between the 2 of them... Unreal
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