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  1. 9 points

    SWINfan Shoutout

    Thanks for all the kind words. My renewed interest in wrestling started 7-8 years ago as my nephew got pretty heavy into it as a youngster. It was also around that time that Nick Lee started making some noise before entering HS. Unfortunately, due to concussions, my nephew no long wrestles (he did get in some varsity matches as a freshman) but my interest thanks to the Lee's, and Indiana Mat has continued to grow. I used to got to Mater Dei matches as a kid with my dad so even though I didn't go there (he did) I always followed them and knew some of the guys when I was in HS. I moved to Alabama 20+ years ago and it got away from me other than hearing from dad how MD and other Evansville schools were doing and always reading how they fared at the State Championships. But with the lovely thing we call the internet, it has made it easy to follow schools and individual kids, so I don't just see myself as an Evansville/SW Indiana guy and have become fans of kids from all over the state. The advent of streaming the past few years allowed someone like me (who gets back home once, maybe twice a year) to see the kids wrestle who I have read about and followed via Indiana Mat, Track Wrestling, etc. So this year, with some extra time on my hands, I thought i would dig into how the kids I had followed were doing in college. In the past, the college board got little attention outside of the few IN kids making noise on the national scene and a post or three about IU and Purdue. Maligned always did a nice job with the guys qualifying for the NCAA's etc., but my curiosity went beyond all of that and to kids wrestling and (hopefully) succeeding at all levels. So with Track Wrestling, Intermat, the college signings page here, etc. I was able to find a ton of guys I might never had heard anything about. It was a lot of work and took a lot of time, but it was fun! Hopefully, with the database I put together, it will be much easier to update each year and at the point I can't keep up anymore, someone else can easily take over. I love how passionate fans are here on the HS board (though I could deal with a little less of the craziness) and hope that people will eventually make it a habit to check the college board regularly as well and give some attention to those guys that continue on their wrestling careers and continue to work their asses off, even if they aren't doing so at the Division I All-America honors level. Thanks again for those that have helped and those that appreciate the effort to give some kids some due that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
  2. 8 points

    SWINfan Shoutout

    Just wanted to thank @SWINfan for the effort and work back here on the college board this year. Always wondered why there didn't seem to be much happening back here since there seems to be a lot of interest on our wrestlers/teams on the HS board but then it's like they drop off the face of the earth. It's also been nice to get away from the goofinesss of the high school board at times, although that might be changing next year, amirite??? LOL. It's cool to get an update on these guys as they grind on in their careers and get some good discussion on the college scene. So thanks, SWINfan for spearheading the effort and all you others who provided info etc.
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. 3 points
    I recall going to a Mt. Vernon Jr. High dual (it was either 4 or 5 years ago). My first thought was where the heck is this school in the middle of nowhere, and then it quickly became "how are all of these kids so damn good"? While our kids were goofing off on the mat during warm ups, all of a sudden the lights dimmed and they played "My House" by Flo Rida overhead, and the MV kids came out circling our boys on the mat. Needless to say I was thoroughly impressed with the entire program, even if we got our tail handed to us.
  7. 3 points
    Those are some excellent ideas to enhance both numbers of kids and the overall quality of experience they have with the sport. Here are a couple of thoughts I'd add: The first idea would be indirect recruitment via increased interest in the meets. Reach out to non-sports departments like the band director, art teacher, drama/theatre club, and cheer coach (I know this is technically a sport). Getting the pep band to perform at matches adds energy and excitement as well as putting additional parents and friends in the stands. Drama club for lightning up the mat, creating showy entrances and adding additional flair, making the meets fun events. Those kids would have parents and friends too. Art teacher for potentially making a class project of creating promotional posters for individual home meets. They could be like WWE or Concert posters or whatever the kids come up with. The art kid would suddenly have an interest in attending an event they did the promo poster for and there folks would too. All are low to no cost options to utilize the resources available, and give kids opportunities to apply their skills doing what they enjoy in a practical environment. All this creates ownership in the wrestling program from the various groups that are contributing in their way to grand event. The greater interest in the meets will make it a lot easier to recruit kids out for the team.
  8. 3 points
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  9. 3 points

    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 .
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 3 points
    Caleb Spires


    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.
  13. 3 points

    NCAA Championships - Day 1

    I spy @Y2CJ41! Saw Mark Durham running a table too. Now answer me this... the camera adds how many pounds????
  14. 3 points
    Congratulations to Camden Spears from Plainfield for signing with Ohio Northern. He is projected to wrestle 125. View full signing
  15. 3 points

    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!
  16. 2 points

    USAW Folkstyle Nationals

    Mendez smashes the field with his closest match a maj. Won by TF in finals. KT ff for an 8th place finish
  17. 2 points

    SWINfan Shoutout

    Saved by the Bell: The College Years wasn't a good sequel... Let's hope the same doesn't happen here.
  18. 2 points

    Class of 2021

    This soon to be Junior Class doesn’t have a State Champion. Who’s going to break this trend ? They have a few IHSAA finalists and some with National Credits. Some will have a soon to be Senior returning State Champ in their way, Some will have a soon to be returning Sophomore State Champion. Who’s it going to be ? Class Rankings 1. Alex Cottey | Perry Meridian 2018 2nd at 106lbs 2018 106 Junior Freestyle Nationals 7th 2. Blake Boarman | Evansville Mater Dei 2018 3rd at 113lbs 3. Brock Ellis | Chesterton 2018 Qualifier at 145lbs 2018 152 Cadet Freestyle Nationals 4th 2018 152 Cadet Greco Nationals 6th 4. Aiden Warren | Perry Meridian 2018 Qualifier at 152lbs 2018 145 NHSCA Freshman Nationals 3rd 2018 160 Cadet Freestyle Nationals 8th 5. Bryer Hall | South Dearborn 2018 6th at 126lbs 2018 138 Cadet Freestyle Nationals 4th 6. Kysen Montgomery | Brownsburg 2018 5th at 106lbs 7. Evan Bates | Chesterton 8. David Pierson | Warren Central 2018 4th at 106lbs 9. Logan Wagner | Zionsville 2018 8th at 120lbs 10. Cole Ross | Evansville Mater Dei 2018 Qualifier at 106lbs
  19. 2 points
    Westforkwhite: Some great ideas! Thanks for contributing. I will look to implement a couple of those for next season.
  20. 2 points

    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?
  21. 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.
  22. 2 points
    I'm here on and off for you, bro! You're doing great....keep up the good work.
  23. 2 points

    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.
  24. 2 points

    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.
  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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