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  1. 6 points
    A constant recruiting effort benefits our program directly by making forfeits less likely, giving us future wrestlers in training and having larger crowds. But perhaps most importantly, if you believe in what wrestling stands for, why wouldn't you want the maximum number of students to benefit from being a part of the sport? You never know where or how someone may benefit the sport. A former wrestler of ours, who never made the varsity, became the coach of a state championship middle school team in Illinois. He loves the sport and passes on the lessons he learned as a wrestler to his wrestlers. I couldn't be prouder of him. With that being said, I would like to hear what coaches are having success with in recruiting kids into their programs. I have listed three we do to start the conversation. 1) After 30 years of coaching high school football, and recruiting like mad the whole time, I moved to our middle school football program three years ago. One of my assistant coaches there is on my middle school wrestling coaching staff. We use every opportunity to recruit kids into the program. A player that I started recruiting as a seventh grader finally went out for the team as an eighth grader. He fell in love with the sport and this year as a freshman went 10-5 as a varsity fill-in, earned a letter and established himself as a very promising member of the lineup for next season. 2) I work to have a good relationship with our high school and middle school basketball coaches. We've had a few kids who got cut in high school come out. Watch out for those kids who quit basketball after their freshman year! We got a heavyweight who played basketball as a freshman but didn't go out as a sophomore. He came out for wrestling knowing almost nothing about wrestling but was a state qualifier as a junior and placed sixth as a senior. We had another heavyweight who came out after quitting basketball as a freshman (I spoke to the basketball coach first to make sure it was not going to be a problem). He was a Regional champion and 2X Semi-State qualifier. I speak to the boys middle school coach each year and ask him to refer the boys who get cut to wrestling. We also encourage the middle school basketball players to come out for wrestling for the last month or so of the wrestling season after basketball is over. We got a fifth place 215 lb.state placer that way when he chose to wrestle instead of play basketball in high school. 3) Do something special for a match. Last season we partnered with Chad Masters to televise our match with the Marauders. Josh Holden of Greenfield and Courtney Duncan of Frankton graciously agreed to do the play-by-play and color (the only objection the TV station offered when I asked them was that they didn't have anyone who knew wrestling to call the match) for the broadcast. We had the best home dual meet crowd ever. Next season Coach Holden and I are broadcasting our dual meet from Hoosier Gym. I have seen other schools do the match on a theater stage (great job Floyd Central!). Randy Qualitza did a varsity match before a varsity basketball game decades ago. Be creative. Could it flop? Sure. Who cares. Let your kids know you are trying things to make your meets an event. It will always be a slog for most programs to get kids in large numbers in but I believe it is worth it. What works for you?
  2. 5 points
    Me (Tyson Nisley, 145) and my buddy (Matt Neff, 170) are looking for a dual team to be apart of this off season and wrestle at some of the bigger dual tournaments. Me and Matt were both semi-state qualifers this year and are looking to see ourselves on the podium at Bankers Life our senior years. We are both willing to be flexible with our weights (maybe not cutting down a ton because we wanna eat) Let me know if you or someone else has spots available for us. (219)-575-4684 tysonnisley@gmail.com
  3. 4 points
    There aren't many ways to know for sure how our state stacks up against others in terms of the quality of wrestlers we're producing. You can count the number of kids we have ranked in national rankings, but that is subjective and our high school travel rules limit our exposure. Some people like to count NCAA D1 All-Americans, but there are so many socio-economic and just practical barriers and advantages in play, that it feels like a limited assessment tool. A broader post-High School evaluation might be this: How many "high quality" college wrestlers is our state producing? It's tough to take into account all redshirts, injuries, flunkies, etc., to create an evaluation like this. However, for the sake of simplicity, we could simply do a count of current-season Division I starters and D2, D3, and NAIA All-Americans (because AA's at those levels tend to perform at a D1 starter level). The cool part? That's exactly 1000 wrestlers in the country (76 D1 programs x 10 starters and 8 small-school AA's x 3 levels x 10 weights). It doesn't take a math degree to know that the average state would earn 20 of those slots in a given year. Indiana has 29 this year: 19 D1 starters and 10 small-school AA's I haven't done the research necessary to know how that stacks up exactly against others, but I know from past research I've done, that more than half of those 1000 "high-quality" college wrestlers would be taken up by only a few states. I'm guessing that 29 number for Indiana would put us in the 10-15 range when compared against other states--a similar spot to where other attempts for assessing our quality have landed. What's your feeling on the current quality of Indiana wrestling?
  4. 3 points
    Here is alleged video Snapchat-1245038841.mp4
  5. 3 points
    TeamGarcia

    Class of 2021

    Just copy, paste the class rankings here from Indianamat that was as listed . A few wrestlers missing from this year State Finals . I’d put Jaden Reynolds on this list . Just curious on who everyone would choose .
  6. 3 points
    I love all the suggestions and cool fun stuff added to wrestling.. Televising the meets is great... anything that can grow the sport i'm in favor of...Football teams are great places to get Athletic big men to fill voids many schools have.. also like stated before there's kids of all sizes playing different sports that can benefit from wrestling.. Wrestling is a awesome sport and everybody can benefit from trying wrestling.. Especially when you have passionate Leaders like Dave kicking these kids his knowledge and love.
  7. 3 points
    The main thing I did when first took over at MV was to recruit heavily from the football team, I was there anyway. Then would just stand in the halls and talk to any kid I could and tell them how wrestling could benefit them. I remember seeing a young man running down the hallway, he looked to be around 100lbs and we needed a 106. He was a soccer player, so told him he could spend his winter upstairs with us. He has told us coaches that he is more aggressive on the soccer field and has much more confidence in life. Dave setting up the our dual to be televised has been a huge bonus. We have had lots of kids tell us how cool that was and asked if we would be doing it again. I am hoping to get Dave and PH back on the screen this coming year, and possibly another dual when we get our schedule finalized. (We need a couple duals if anybody is interested). We have discussed trying to use the auditorium, football field (weather permitting), the schools new Performance enhancement center basically anything to create interest. Randal Hayes has came up with great intro music for our duals that the kids love. We have thrown free t-shirts into the crowd just to fill as many seats as possible. As Dave said, anything to let your kids know that you are putting in the effort to make this as fun as possible.
  8. 3 points
    Caleb Spires

    MVP

    This is especially effective when trying to decide if, say, it comes down to if your 113 lber or 182 lber is the best on the team; odds are the wrestleoff should clear up who is actually better.
  9. 3 points
    Mattyb

    NCAA Championships - Day 1

    I spy @Y2CJ41! Saw Mark Durham running a table too. Now answer me this... the camera adds how many pounds????
  10. 3 points
    Congratulations to Camden Spears from Plainfield for signing with Ohio Northern. He is projected to wrestle 125. View full signing
  11. 3 points
    TripleB

    Camden Spears of Plainfield commits to

    Awesome for Cam, coached this kid and his bros for years. Congrats to Cam and his parents Brian and Sharon!
  12. 3 points
    tskin

    Off season free agent list???

    Tommyho just won the internet with that comment. Y2 we need a running ticker on your home page like ESPN. "this just in little Johnny has signed to wrestle for so and so with a guarantee of not having to make weight over holiday break and Friday no homework pass." LOL this could be gold.
  13. 3 points
    Thor

    Purdue Year 5 under Ersland

    Also, anyone else fill out brackets for NCAAs? I went and made my picks, and there’s a real possibility Lydy and Brunner both place. In my picks, I have Lydy hitting Skatzka in the ticket round who he’s never lost to, and Brunner hitting Traxler, who he’s split with. Really hoping for Ersland’s first AA this weekend.
  14. 2 points
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Tech has hired Paul Rademacher to lead its women’s wrestling program, Director of Athletics Debbie Warren announced Monday. “We are ecstatic to bring Paul into the Warrior Family and lead our women’s wrestling program,” Warren said. “His background in freestyle wrestling, knowledge of the NAIA and overall experience elevated him in this highly competitive search and we look forward to seeing him build the program and grow the sport of women’s wrestling in the Midwest.” A former wrestler at Oregon State University, Rademacher comes to Tech following a two-year stint at Southern Oregon University, where he was the Associate Head Coach for the women’s wrestling team. “I am very excited and honored to be selected to be the first Women's Wrestling Head Coach at Indiana Tech,” Rademacher said. “It was very obvious that Indiana Tech was fully invested in starting this program and being successful. I believe Fort Wayne will be a great place for Women's Wrestling and that student-athletes will come from around the country to join the Warriors and be a part of the Indiana Tech community.” During his two years with the Raiders he went 14-14 and led the team to an eighth place finish at the first-ever NAIA National Invitational this past March and a 12th-place performance at the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA) Championships in 2018. He mentored six All-Americans during his time in Ashland. “The opportunity to start the program from scratch and set a culture of character, integrity, academic and athletic excellence was a major draw for me,” Rademacher said. “I look forward to working with the other athletic programs to continue the national success that Indiana Tech has produced. I would like to thank AD Debbie Warren, Dr. Daniel J. Stoker (VP for Student Affairs), and President Dr. Karl W. Einolf for believing in me and for this opportunity.” Prior to his time at SOU, Rademacher served as the head coach for the boys and girls wrestling teams at Henley High School (Ore.) for two seasons and was in charge of Mount Vernon High School (Wash.) before that. he had 40 wrestlers place during his time at the prep ranks while four became state champions under his tutelage, while he recorded two top-four finishes in the Oregon State Athletic Association (OSAA) Tournament. A 1999 graduate of Chiloquin High, Rademacher competed from 1999-2003 at Oregon State, where he named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team as a senior. He continued to compete post-collegiately, and in 2014 placed second in the Veteran’s Greco Roman Division B 76-kilogram class and third in the Veteran’s Freestyle Division B 76-kilogram class. He was a quarterfinalist in the 2014 US Open Freestyles at 74-kilograms and won the 2012 Washington State Tournament Greco-Roman in the 85-kilogram division. Rademacher is a USA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach and was the head coach of the Oregon Junior National Team from 2015-18. He served as a wildland firefighter from 2000-15 at Baker River IHC was a member of the U.S. Forest Service in Washington. He received his Master’s Degree in Teaching – Science from Western Governors University in 2017 and graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Fitness Management. Rademacher and his wife, Gretchen, have been married since 2004. The Warriors will begin competing as a team in the 2020-21 academic year. To learn more about women’s wrestling in the NAIA click here. To learn more about Indiana Tech women’s wrestling, click here. Interested student-athletes may fill out a recruit questionnaire here.
  15. 2 points
    we talking about recruiting kids currently at your school or at another school?
  16. 2 points
    Powerline

    Purdue Year 5 under Ersland

    Yes it is. I remember the last year of the Hinkel regime, they were on some great national recruits ready to jump on board including the Valencia's (Purdue connections with their coach), Stroker out of Iowa, and a couple of others that bailed after the Purdue assistant Athletic Director blew it all up over ego. Still remember just a few short months before he axed Hinkel, Purdue had gained momentum in state, reestablishing a nationally recognized recruiting trail, and had hosted the 100 year celebration for the program, with a huge opportunity to build on the alumni base that had helped the team fund the new wrestling room, and was ready to do more. Then the same assistant AD got up in front of hundred's of faithful alum, grabs microphone sounding like he was Kevin Hart, and proclaimed loudly in a packed room that "Hinkel's my guy...."...good grief what a load of poopy diapers. Unfortunately, that part of alumni support has never recovered - beyond the direct Alumni, you had 15+ years of former wrestlers making their way to successful high school coaching positions and trees in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, CA, PA, etc. that were starting to pay dividends on raising the awareness of the program... Just prior to that, it took a while for Purdue to become the last team in the Big Ten to add a 2nd paid assistant, and even then, the Head Coach had little discretion in choosing the assistants they wanted to hire. Can't think of any other program that has that operational hierarchy. Can you see a Jay Robinson acquiescing to such nonsense?
  17. 2 points
    1prouddad

    Suriano-Fix

    I personally thought the right call was made. When they showed the reviews in slow motion there was no pulling of the head gear. Yes, he had it palmed but was forcing the head away.
  18. 2 points
    I am beginning to agree that a 3rd official should do the review at the NCAA. I know they won't do that in dual meets, but for conference and national tournaments, it should done that way. Very few calls are overturned. I think the referees that made the call have it in their head and aren't looking at it from a fresh perspective. JMO
  19. 2 points
    Caleb Spires

    NCAA Championships - Day 2 (Friday)

    As a diehard Ohio State fan, I really want Joey to win a national championship before he graduated, but also pretty bummed that it(if he even does win) it had to come at the expense of Nick. Wish they could both be national champions. That said, I wouldn’t count on Nick graduating without winning one.
  20. 2 points
    maligned

    NCAA Championships - Day 2 (Friday)

    To add to SWINfan's preview of local guys' paths: @125 Hildebrandt: Drew starts with 19-seed, unranked Alex Mackall of Iowa St., whom he has never wrestled. Should he win, he would have 12-seed McGee of ODU or 22-seed Verner of Wyoming. McGee is ranked just ahead of Drew and is 4-0 in their head-to-heads the last two seasons, including 5-2 at the MAC. If he won those two matches, Hildebrandt would have the loser of the ultra-tough Glory or Piccinini. Tough road, it seems, but Drew has looked better and better the past couple months and had a legit shot to win that match against Bresser yesterday. @165 McCormick: Cael first has #26 Gunther of Illinois followed by either 16-seed, #17 Bullard of NC State or 18-seed Wolf of Lehigh. Cael is 2-1 in three crazy matches against Wolf the last two years, where the average score was 10-9, so fasten your seatbelt if we're lucky enough for that one to happen. He hasn't faced Gunther or Bullard. If he wins 2, the blood round would most likely be against 11th-seeded, #10 Steiert of UNI, who upset Logan Massa last night and could crack the door open for an interesting day for McCormick. @285 Aven: Honestly, Jacob's playing with house money this whole weekend and any more victories he adds are icing on the cake. Interestingly, he does own a tiebreaker win this season over his first opponent, 20-seed Elam of Missouri. If he can beat him again, he'd have 27-seed Miller of App State or, more likely, 12-seed Jennings of Northwestern. Jennings pinned him this year and beat him once 3 years ago as well. If he would pick up both of those upsets, he'd see the loser of the Hillger/Cassar quarterfinal in the blood round. Cassar majored Aven twice this year, but he somehow never faced Wisconsin's Hillger.
  21. 2 points
    maligned

    NCAA Championships - Day 2 (Friday)

    Reflecting again on Parris's loss: man, it sure would be nice if they could fix seeding in situations of switching weight classes or injury-shortened seasons. It seems all you'd have to do is build in 10% for "previous season NCAA placement" that counts in those head-to-head seeding matchups they do. If both wrestlers were at NCAAs or in their conference tournament the year before, that criteria comes into play and whoever advanced furthest or placed highest at NCAAs gets that 10% like all the other categories. Stoll would have gotten that 10% against many people in his weight and been seeded more appropriately. In the case of Smith at 165...I mean, why do you have to have a certain number of matches if you're down a weight? Up a weight I get. But if you're down a weight, you should just have your win%, quality victories, etc., stack right up against everyone else. You're at a disadvantage, so just count those in the seeding matchups instead of giving 0 credit and putting Smith vs. Marinelli in the round of 32. Really silly stuff.
  22. 2 points
    maligned

    NCAA Championships - Day 1

    Brunner beats #6 Miklus. Great win!
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    tommyho

    Off season free agent list???

    They need one for regular season to , with all the recruiting going on now a days ...
  25. 2 points
    when triz is healthy he's a dangerous dangerous guy! whomever gets him will be pleased.. great young man and never quits... anybody that makes it to state with torn meniscus is a killer!
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