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  1. 6 points
    Y2CJ41

    An idea to help grow the sport

    One of the biggest issues in wrestling is retention of athletes. Based on USAW statistics the retention rate in 2017 for Indiana was 53%. That means every year even we bring in 47% new wrestlers...at the same time we are losing that many. Indiana is actually doing well compared to the other states, but in most people's minds it is something that could use a vast improvement. Indiana has 8,000 USAW members and every year almost 4,000 of them are new! Think if we kept 75% and then still added 4,000 new members! You can view the stats on page 15 http://content.themat.com/2016-17annualreport.pdf Retaining kids...and parents is something that will grow the sport. There are many reasons kids/parents don't come back, one big one is the tournaments.
  2. 5 points
    Galagore

    An idea to help grow the sport

    One thing that has always struck me as counter-productive is bracketed tournaments at the youth and middle school levels. The best wrestlers get to wrestle the most matches, and the kids who are still learning/struggling get a couple and are done. Wouldn't it be better for the health of the sport to run all of these youth and middle school tournaments round-robin style? That way everyone gets a good amount of mat time, and the kids who are (currently) the weakest get a chance at a competitive match against each other. I suppose wrestling 8-man brackets to 8 places could accomplish the same thing. Nothing feeds the fire quite like some success and feeling good about at least one match you've wrestled during the day - even if it's one you don't actually win.
  3. 4 points
    Mattyb

    An idea to help grow the sport

    Let dem girls know that state champ Carson Brewer and state runner up Ray Rioux went years without winning matches. Both got skunked their first year. I had tickets to a Colts AFC title game and skipped it to go see Carson get pinned two times in less than a minute total. Here my point. Don’t make it about winning and losing. Make it about a day with your family and hopefully a day of making friends. Going back to the day may son got beat (the day if they AFC title game). It was at Columbus. One of the kids that beat him was a dude from Jeffersonville with giant feet and a million dollar smile. His name was Kameron Fuller. He and my son wrestled with and against each other for many years. I consider Kam and his mom good family friends. The day wasn’t about getting skunked or missing a Colts game. It’s about good family time, making friends, and gettin em next time!
  4. 3 points
    They do things to facilitate more matches in a shorter period of time. 1. Most tournaments don't have pre-defined weights. You show up and weigh in and they group the brackets by closest weights to get an even distribution of wrestlers. They don't waste time trying to seed. They don't have huge overloaded brackets that slow a tournament down and they avoid the super small brackets with 1or 2 guys in a bracket. 2. They used modified wrestling rules. If you go out of bounds or have a whistle, you start in the neutral position all the time. It really improves the flow of the tournament. 3. the best thing is they schedule age groups with time allotments. 6 -12 for example wrestle from the slot of 8 to 11. So youre there for 3 hours and done. Then the 12 to 18 years wrestle from 11 to 2pm. You're only at the gym for 3 to 4 hours. Its much more manageable. 4. You don't have to buy a USA wrestling card. No offense, I never bought a card in Ohio because the tournaments weren't sanctioned. And that was fine. It gives you more flexibility.
  5. 3 points
    I'm on T-Mobile and had no issues Probably one of the only times I'll get to say that
  6. 3 points
    Y2CJ41

    An idea to help grow the sport

    A major part of it is parents and the events. Name another sport where a kid will get 5 minutes of "playing time" over 3-8 hours? The way we have always done it can't be an excuse to change the format of our events. I know we have a lot of success with the weeknight events where another club comes and they match up on the fly. We have to sell the sport to not only the kids, but also the parents or they'll find something else for their kid to do.
  7. 3 points
    Y2CJ41

    Darden Schurg NCAA DIII Champion!

    Check out the finals match at the 1:52 mark, great match with a crazy ending. https://www.ncaa.com/video/wrestling/2019-03-09/diii-wrestling-championship-full-replay
  8. 3 points
    TripleB

    Folkstyle State Finals

    My #TMZ_County sources told me this weekend CP is loading up big the next few years, be ready for a great run by the Bulldogs.
  9. 3 points
    TripleB

    An idea to help grow the sport

    I floated the Idea this weekend to some ISWA bigwhigs - TripleB_eginners Folkstyle State!!! Must have never competed in ISWA Folkstyle State Can only compete in beginners state in 2 consecutive years.
  10. 3 points
    Agreed, with 20 kids banging and having to rely on trackwrestling it was very frustrating. But other than that great tourney! Hats off to @JMILL and Ryan Parrish for herding the cats at weigh ins.
  11. 3 points
    TeamGarcia

    Folkstyle State Finals

    8th Graders Impact : I got Sam Goin as a contender for IHSAA State Title next year . (106) (113) . Really impressive performance. By Rounds : Tech Fall, Pin, High Major (16-2), Pin, Pin Key Wins - *Pin over IHSAA SP - Miller *Pin over MS National Ranked - Schoeff .................................... Key Win in 106 bracket Cheaney Schoeff Pin over IHSAA SQ -Ruble Ruble won Fresh/Sop State
  12. 3 points
    Y2, could you alert Coach Seltzer that Slivka hacked his account?
  13. 2 points
    Good news! No ticket price. You can watch the duals online livestream at https://livestream.com/culveracademies/events/8588474 You can also link to the same live stream on facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/culverathletics/ The duals will also be in Trackwrestling. Coach Behling
  14. 2 points
    I have no opinion on the job the Purdue coach is doing, but from a pure math/logic standpoint I am not enamored with your analysis. Wrestling to seed just means the seeding committee accurately assessed their ability, not that they had a good performance. The contra argument would be that their seeds were too low and the coach has the ability to impact that. With 7 of 10 wrestlers in the bottom half of the bracket wrestling to seed seems a minimum standard. Using a plus/minus analysis it looks like they actually wrestled to one spot below their overall seed. 125: +1 133: 0 141: 0 149: 0 157: 0 165: 0 174: -2 184: +1 195: -2 285: +1 Total: -1
  15. 2 points
    Kookie953

    An idea to help grow the sport

    This topic is near and dear to me as I'm relatively new to the sport, have now been in two different states, and I have a kid that wants to be great but is by no means there yet...but is mature enough and old enough when he started to know the process (although he still does get down on himself). But damn if so many don't take it too seriously, and others not seriously enough. And they go together...especially when it comes to growing the sport. First and foremost, if you are running a tournament...AT ALL COSTS START THE DAMN TOURNAMENT ON TIME!! As we all know, there's nothing more frustrating than travelling 1-2 hours at the butt-crack of dawn to get to a weigh-in at 7:30 for a "Wrestling will start at 9am SHARP" to which the wrestling actually starts about 10:15 if you're lucky. Which leads me to my next point, which is the whole business of weight management and making weight and cutting. Why are their weight classes for individual tournaments at the elementary level? Except for maybe truly "elite" tournaments like state? Group kids into 8 man brackets or round robin by experience and let them get mat time. I love taking my kid to go wrestle good competition, but like Mr. Brewer said it's a little like "man, what am I doing?" when you make this effort for your kid to lose 3-1 to the eventual champ in the opening round then run into another hammer that finishes 2nd or 3rd the next round. Yes, it was good he was "close" to the guys that finished strong...but also a bit frustrating to make that much effort into 2 matches for a tournament that started way late. And it's not about my kid "winning" bur rather just making it worth it. I'm the first to tell my son "If you don't like losing, get your ass in the gym and work harder". But I also would like to see a value in driving all over and getting my son more mat time (which is why we all love duals). I can see how some parents that aren't so into it can say "to hell with this" and disencourage their kid to continue with the sport. I just think the target customer needs to be identified and someone needs to take the lead on making the sport more enjoyable all the way around to everyone, not just the die-hards. Very interesting convo!
  16. 2 points
    Mattyb

    An idea to help grow the sport

    Yep, a 68 match break is about 6 hours. The ladies at the Iswa don’t typically allow this to happen. Sorry to here about that. State is just so big that stuff like this happens, but is not the norm. They also move matches and go even and odds on two mats to help finish things up faster. I will ask you this... aren’t we all glad that we are getting all folkstyle state in one weekend now instead of two? Saving lots of people money. Due to the fact that people don’t have to come to Indy two weekends in a row anymore. State is what it is. I really trust that we have the best people running our state tourney as anyone could ever ask for. I really don’t think your experience is typical, but it did happen and that stinks. As far as losing 5 times in a day, give it a go.... if your wrestler is struggling and you think it will hurt them mentally or physically, let the powers to be know and call it a day. Anybody that actually cares about the kids will completely understand. It’s ok. Just encourage that child to continue to come to club, do locals, and do friendly meets. Maybe the next year they will be better prepared for state. If you feel that they aren’t ready for another long day at state, tell em to stay home and keep working to get to that state level. Me personally have told several people not to go to state (for multiple reasons). You have provided great insight also coach. Threads like this help us all. Thanks!
  17. 2 points
    It appears you found the Illinois MatMen site!! LOL. You shoulda posted how your kid was gonna run roughshod over the 184lber to get those FIP's fired up to respond! Maybe start #TheState hastag over there..they'll love that! Like you said it's just a nice honor and a fantastic way to put a bow on the high school career. Enjoy it. RSVP....Cannot Attend...St Pat's day..check the twitter bio! Or else I would go watch....
  18. 2 points
    Check out the college board discussion about Indiana's own NCAA Division III national champ: And a full rundown of conference tournament and NCAA qualification results for every NCAA Division I starter with Indiana ties (10 ex-Indiana high school/middle schoolers and 7 more IU/Purdue guys have already qualified!):
  19. 2 points
    Tremendously proud of Darden for his achievement this past weekend. He gets better each time he competes. Darden represents Wabash with class in victory and defeat. I'm sure Wabash is disappointed they aren't bringing back a team trophy to Crawfordsville this year. But, with all of their national qualifiers returning next season (as well as many others capable of scoring big points at nationals) look for them to earn a trophy next year and potentially contend for a national title.
  20. 2 points
    bsisson

    An idea to help grow the sport

    I think getting matches is key as well. But when you wrestle that 6 man round robin you will also have some kid get beat 5 times in a day and that is tough for a kid as well. I think in the youth aspect anything over 4 should be a bracket and you get your less stressful matches in your "friendship" meets.
  21. 2 points
    I want to give kudos to IU's Jake Kleimola (Merrillville). While he was a IN HS State Champion, wrestling at 197 in college hasn't been easy. 2017 - He redshirted his freshman year and went 3-4 with his only wins against wrestlers from Eastern Michigan (non-starter), DII Findlay and Muskegon Community College. 2018 - Things didn't get much better as he stepped into a starting role for IU, obviously before he was ready. Jake went 0-13 last year but only 4 of those lossed were major (or higher) decisions. There were several close matches, including seven by one or two. 2019 - Jake finished a respectable 13-18 on the season with an 8th Place finish at the Big Ten Tournament. That's a huge jump and one I thought should be recognized. He has two more seasons to go.
  22. 2 points
    I'll add that while Kyle Hatch didn't finish quite as strong as he would have liked, he did give National Champion Lucas Jeske his toughest match, losing 9-7 SV1. I was also impressed with Owen Doster at 133. He didn't place but was impressive in a couple of wins and his losses were by 1 point to the 4 seed (who finished 3rd) and 2 points to the 8 seed (who finished 5th). Those two stood out to me in addition to Schurg.
  23. 2 points
    Brian Burelison

    Head Coach Needed

    Eminence Community Schools (1a school located in Morgan County) is beginning a brand new wrestling program for the first time in school history. The AD is a former wrestling coach and the new coach will have full athletic support. We are looking for someone interested in building a brand new program. A mat has already been purchased and a wrestling room is being renovated. Students have been on a new strength and conditioning regiment this school year, a new weight room/wrestling/cardio room is being renovated, schedule is currently being built, tons of athlete interest from students and the community, the school is joining an athletic conference next year, and AD is currently having open practices in future preparation. Please contact and send resumes to bburelison@eminence.k12.in.us if intereted.
  24. 2 points
    Great technique from Cody LeCount today. Great experience for everyone involved to pick his brain. Had guys from all over Brownsburg, Ben Davis, West Vigo, Mooresville, Roncalli, Lafayette Harrison, Cathedral, Carmel, among others. Next week we got state champ Littell from Center Grove, make sure to make it out to the ‘burg for this one, 6pm. Come train with multiple state champions!
  25. 2 points
    Mattyb

    Conferences Merging

    We found out about this during the recruiting process. Carson was about a day away from signing with Hofstra in the EIWA which has the second most ncaa bids behind the big ten. He took a last minute visit to Ohio, loved the school and the coaches. We loved the fact that it was fairly close. Throw in the fact that the MAC was about to become a power conference!!!! We were sold. Should be a great conference. I think it should be similar to the EIWA in overall strength.
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