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  1. 40 points

    Zach Melloh Family

    Dear 138 pound weight class at state finals, Congrats to all of you, lots of fierce competitors, and you should all be proud! Wrestling is the ultimate teacher of life lessons, so learn what you can from your experience! Kris Rumph You are a great wrestler and competitor and your interview showed some great character. You have overcome a lot in life and I hope you understand that your wrestling achievements can transfer to anything you chose to pursue in life. The Melloh family will look forward to seeing good things for you in the future, and will say a special prayer for Kris Rumph today at church. Looking forward to rooting for you, not against you! Blake Mulkey You are an awesome wrestler. Blake, you have a great wrestling future, and we wish you the best. Sometimes things don’t go your way, it will make you stronger if you let it. Dawson Combest We wish you the best at Uindy. It truly seems like yesterday that you and Zach were battling it out for ISWA state finals. I miss those days already. Uindy is getting a good one and we know you will do great in wrestling and school. Count your blessings son, you have an awesome support group with Columbus East wrestling family! That’s a good group! I will always hold Coach Trapp in high regard..... I saw how much he did for you guys with the youth program. What a great guy and mentor! Lastly, to my son, Zach Melloh With tears of pride, I want to tell you that I love you and I am so proud of you. My sadness only comes from knowing this chapter is over. I didn’t appreciate the ride like I should have while I was living it.......through wrestling, you have helped us grow as a family and expand our faith. So few people know what you have been through to get to where you were yesterday. But God does and your family does, and we are proud to call you our son and your siblings are proud of their brother. Part of trying to live a Christ centered life means that sometimes the target on your back gets bigger. It’s ok, keep fighting the good fight. Keep grinding and doing the right things in life. With a heart full of pride for the young man you have become, looking forward to the next chapter. Your biggest fan club, Dad, Mom, Corinne, Alex, and Cecelia (Nick Melloh)
  2. 33 points

    Confession Time

    So time to take a quick break and provide a distraction to the loaded regional and SS talk. My son is new to the sport...it was a little over a year ago that he decided he wanted to give wrestling a try. Something about watching kids under the lights at Bankers Life in 2015 provided that spark. So as a 5th grader he started on his journey. After a bit of research, we learned about Red Cobra and he’s been in that sweat box ever since...and most nights I’m also spending a few hours listening to Coach Red bark instructions to all the kids. Now true confession time...I never wreslted myself and frankly thought wrestlers were an odd bunch growing up. One dude I knew in Junior High covered his singlet in deer attractant as an “advantage”. Another kid claimed to rub onions on his pits and “area”. I was a basketball player and that was my love...I wasn’t tough enough to wrestle even though I considered myself a tough guy. So needless to say, I knew next to nothing when my kid started and know just a tiny bit more now. More recent confession, during our first few meets man some parents were going insane during a match while I just saw some kids leaning on each other. My inner monologue said “dude, what’s those people’s issue? They’re some real nut-jobs.” Fast forward to today, and a solid year of Coach Red training has not only helped my kid but also his old man that’s been sweating profusely on the other side of the partition while Coach Red instructs like only he can. What I didnt know is that I was getting C-Red Trained too. Now I find myself automatically and instinctively barking stuff like “Get Your HEAD UP!!!” And “UP AND OUT!!!” Or “GET THAT TIGHT AND SQUUUEEEEZE!!!” Or “God gave you two hands SO USE THEM!!” Its like I can’t control it. So to all you parents before that I was secretly being real judgey towards in my head, because y’all were losing your minds (or so I thought)...my bad. To all you beginner parents wondering why the big dude in purple is losing his mind in the future....you’ll get it one day. One thing I’ve learned while my boy has really embraced and taken to this sport and the process...if you’re the parent of one of these high schoolers that’s putting it all out there in the coming weeks, then really be proud of it and where you are. Make sure to take a moment and take it in. Be proud they’re there regardless of outcome. Unlike any other, wrestling is an awesome sport that requires some real courage to even walk out there on that mat. Sometimes it takes the eyes of a newbie to bring the obvious into focus. Good luck to all competitors and teams as each step gets a little tougher. I’m glad I’m here...and I’m glad my son has chosen to be a wrestler. <Pound Sign>HendricksCountySmellsFunny #PainTrain #PoundSign
  3. 18 points

    History of #1 vs #1

    Back in 2011, Doug Welch (152) would beat up on Chad Welch (160) everyday in practice.
  4. 17 points
    I just want to thank Joe and all the other people that put the time and effort to bring this event to Indiana and give our state the publicity it deserves on a National level. All of our wrestlers were very impressive and put up a great fight against the top kids in the country (win or lose). I appreciate Team USA coming to Indiana with a "nothing to gain, but everything to lose" situation. Ty was able to capitalize and take out his opponent and has gotten a flood of national publicity. Without all the work that was put into this, he would have not had this opportunity. We found out yesterday that he was named the National High School Wrestler of the Week by TheOpenMat. https://news.theopenmat.com/blog/2018/04/16/adidas-high-school-wrestler-week-apr-16th-2018/
  5. 13 points
    Triple B-- I don't know you so I can't impugn your character like you did mine. I used a real word, with a real and definite meaning. I do not engage in our current looking-to-be-offended-cancel-culture. Our LIfe Skills students at PH are part of our program as managers. I would never use a word designed to demean a person with a disability. The word is a VERB. The horrible term you refer to is a slang term that I never use and have admonished my wrestlers and football players for using. If you wish to speak to me directly as opposed to attacking me in a public forum, my phone is 765-610-8150. Dave Cloud
  6. 13 points

    Impact freshman

    Have to admit......I entertained the idea with Silas. But ultimately.....had I done so, I would’ve outwardly been setting an example of athletics overriding academics. And that’s a major breach of the Allred’s household priority line. Being fully transparent.....Regardless of my sons success through relentless hard work, I still frequently think on the “what if’s”. He could legit be a sophomore right now and not such a young junior. Increased accolades in-state and Nationally would undoubtedly be attained. But ultimately....if athletics isn’t the back up plan to education/career, we’re setting our kids up for misaligned values. Make no mistake.....Silas plans to take the sport as far as his health, work ethic and God allows. But one reality we’ve embraced.....is that the events of tomorrow can never be fully predicted. And in retrospect......being young for his class and having to work harder to compensate for the age gap, has likely benefited his long term success and character much more than any medal could. And rest assured, as it pertains to the topic of age/success/recruiting......programs are very aware of an athletes age/projection. So in most instances.....being young and successful is even more appealing to recruiters. And that “success” I refer to here.....goes far beyond what an athlete accomplishes in their particular sport. Character & Classroom has to come first.
  7. 13 points

    3x middle school champ

    My wrestler was excited to get a chance to wrestle him finally. Said it was the best :11 he had on the mat all year.
  8. 13 points
    My kiddo Baxter Annakin has decided to "retire" from wrestling his senior year. He as had too many concussions and values his brain more than one more year on the mat. He has loved wrestling ever since he joined Castle Wrestling Club as an 11-yr old. It was 100% his decision, which I think is important to mention. His Mom and I were crushed, but very proud at the same time. Concussions are a scary thing and not to be taken lightly. He will be at Castle's matches rooting on his teammates, especially his senior class. I've become a big wrestling fan as a result of Baxter's involvement in this great sport, and an even bigger fan of Baxter after watching him grow into a fine young man. Good luck to all our wrestlers out there this year. May they stay injury free. Doug Annakin
  9. 12 points
    2013-14there were 22 kids on the Garrett squad 2019-20 we started with 51 and are 49 or 50 now 16-17,17-18,19-20 we made it. Felt we were snubbed one...maybe two years. We knew we were close though. Funny thing is that we were a “bubble” vote in team this year yet we got 2nd. We’ve been seeded 5th twice and placed 2nd both of those years. Unseeded to 7th another year. We knew we could win it this year or compete before we were voted in. In 18 we knew we had a shot as well and came close in a runner up finish. This has definitely attracted kids! Believe it or not...our success has improved our feeder system and we have good wrestlers coming up. ......I’d bet that the same exists for other programs who are excited for the opportunity to win team state.
  10. 12 points

    It’s Time

    I am pretty sure if you have more than one state champion, by the laws of mathematics it makes you less of a state champion.
  11. 12 points
    I don't post often but when I do and there may be opposing views I post my name so there is no confusion where my opinion is coming from. This is Steve Sandefer Sr. Yes my son is the current head coach at Mishawaka, but other than that I am not an official administrator or coach at Mishawaka. I proudly support our community, school and team. I love wrestling and try to positively promote the sport at all levels....not just self serving to our own program. As such I do have some disappointment and contention to see such negative comments regarding individuals within a profession that give so much to support our sport of wrestling. The officiating crew that worked the Al Smith are top notch gentlemen that have given many many years of service to this sport. Many of those being criticized openly on social media are Hall of Fame individuals that have literally been involved in promoting this sport most of their lives. We will soon be reaching a crisis situation in our State if we are not able to recruit and develop young officials that will shortly be NEEDED to replace these lifelong veterans. There is simply no way we can do this with the attitude displayed on social media by a few individuals that didn't have a match go their way this weekend. To the simple fan or parent I can with almost 100% certainty guarantee that in the coach's meeting prior to the first match that this crew of officials explained exactly how stalling was going to be called. Most likely with examples for each situation. I can also assure you that 32 teams of coaches relayed this information to their wrestlers. But lets face it....we are still dealing with high school kids. They are still going to back up, play the outside edge, not circle in, lay on their stomachs no matter how many times a coach yells "UP", ride the hips while controlling on top without moving side to side. The philosophy is increased action. I get it....the call does not always go your way...but to get on a public forum and call out an entire crew for bias, call out the tournament director for being at fault, calling out a Hall of Fame Coach and official by name.....there is in my OPINION no place in this sport that allows for positive to come from that action. If you are a wrestler on a team, a coach, a parent, an alumni of a program or just a fan...you have a responsibility to REPRESENT your program with the dignity and character your program deserves. Again IMO that cannot be done by casting shadows over others in our sport that selflessly have given their dedication and time to simply give YOUR kids the opportunities that are necessary for them to compete in this sport. Also keep in mind that in particular to the Al Smith Invitational...the key word is invitational. It has always been an honor to be a team that is invited and Mishawaka considers many factors when extending those invitations. This year was no exception and may have been the best overall field ever. If you have valid concerns that you feel can make this a better tournament...by all means...use the proper channels and communicate that with your coaches and Athletic Departments to relay those concerns to Coach Sandefer and his Athletic Department. Negative feelings in the heat of the moment simply shared on social media doesn't really solve anything or even make you feel better if you are honest. Thankful for the support of our Superintendent and School Board as a few were in attendance, our Athletic Dept, Officiating Crew and table workers both days. Our announcers Mike & Mike...Mike Reiser in the Cave and Mike Kensinger in the big boy gym. Coaches, team, parents, fans & MHS Alum for helping to make this another great Al Smith!! Remember I am just a FAN so don't hold my views against those that are working hard everyday for your wrestlers. POSITIVELY PROMOTE THE SPORT. Steve Sandefer Sr.
  12. 12 points

    Early dark horse

    Here is mine... Owen Sego. Nothing would make me more happy than to see this kid make a deep run or win it all. At 170, he is a complete wild card. He has the experience and a proud angel looking down on him. That could be all that he needs!!!
  13. 11 points
    At the Black Knight invite Indiana had 5 finalist, 4 champs, 7 placers Drew Hildebrandt 125 took 1st Nick Lee 141 took 1st Cael Mccormick 165 took 1st Jacob Covaciu 174 took 2nd Mason Paris HWT took 1st Ben Harvey 174 took 4th Brad Laughlin 174 took 5th
  14. 11 points

    Carson Brewer

    There was no tarnish on that win. Maybe a little ugly with all of the breaks? Maybe that's the same thing.... I wasn't a fan of all the boos. Carson got a well earned State Championship. Donahue showed heart and battled hard despite adversity. Kudos to both.
  15. 11 points
  16. 10 points

    Best to come up short

    @Fabio Jr. has been coming up short his whole life......
  17. 10 points

    Junior Worlds This Week

    You may now refer to Mason Parris as WORLD CHAMPION Mason Parris. He got a fall in the first period in the finals....just doing Mason Parris things....
  18. 10 points
    You have two state champions battling for a state title and you call a very questionable and very fast pin fall (IMO). Ruined what could’ve been an epic match. Fans lost that one.
  19. 10 points
    Caleb Spires

    Melloh and Mulkey

    Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I too call stalling in that situation. Over 20 seconds of holding a front headlock just riding out a one point lead is stalling, no matter what stage you’re on.
  20. 10 points

    Melloh and Mulkey

    Good coaches will always fight for their kids. I would probably think a little less of a coach who didn't get kicked out in that situation.
  21. 9 points

    Wrestling Little League outline

    Fixed it for you!
  22. 9 points
    I spoke with DJ's uncle today at church. He stated that it was just a neck sprain, strain, etc.....He is schedule to see the doctor on Thursday and if he is cleared he will be ready to go. DJ is a great young man and he absolutely LOVES the sport.
  23. 9 points

    Wrestling Results posted

    Good morning coaches. Please allow me to help with the posting of results -- if you email me a picture and/or text listing the results of your matches I will make sure they got posted on the website in a timely fashion. My email address is agentowner@gmail.com -- this will help the whole wrestling community and promote wrestlers for their achievements on the mat.
  24. 9 points

    Grand River Rumble

    Gavinn Alstott at the Grand River Rumble in 3 days put in 27 matches. 117lb High school duals 8-0 High school individual 3rd place 120lb 15u individual 2nd-o.t. 15u duals Gavinn and his team kansas marshals took 1st place with a score of 46-15
  25. 9 points
    Caleb Spires

    How about those wrestlebacks?

    Rutter lost at regionals, and the wrestler he lost to was pinned by the third place out of Goshen... is it really “clear” he should be state bound?
  26. 9 points
    There have been a ton of interesting topics and threads about the subjects listed in my title...every year they come up. We are a very passionate group and I think we all agree that wrestling needs to grow. From my little perch in Rochester, Indiana here is my 2 cents...which my step-dad always used to say "Wouldn't buy me a cheap cup of coffee"...so take it as you will. 1. I am a class supporter...both individual and team. I don't think it will solve every problem but I do believe, in my heart, it will affect the numbers of our sport and more kids will participate and benefit from wrestling. Yes basketball is classed and viewing numbers have dropped BUT, at Rochester, basketball still has a full varsity, a full JV, and a full freshman team. People may not attend as much as they used to, but kids are still playing. No offense to our basketball coaches, but we aren't very good and about 5-6 of those kids should really be wrestling. I believe that those individuals wrestling in a state championship tournament from a Class 1A or 2A school, will bring notoriety to their school, be talked to by college coaches, and ultimately attract kids to give it a shot...especially at the younger levels. 2. We are fighting a bigger battle than class wrestling and that is a societal change from our youth programs to the HS Seniors. I love kids, love teaching them, and love coaching them...but the fact is there aren't has many kids to choose from now days that are willing to do what you have to do to just be on the team. I'm not talking about wrestling varsity. I'm talking about just being on the team. Very few young men want to endure the physicality of wrestling to wrestle JV. Kids are used to getting it now or hitting the "reset" button and being able to start over when they lose. Wrestling requires a ton of work to get what one wants. Kids don't want to do the work and wait around for 2-3 years to earn their spot...they especially don't want to wrestle year round to have to earn it. While I don't understand that way of thinking, I do recognize it as an issue. 3. I'm going to get crucified for this...We, coaches and lovers of wrestling, have done a really bad job of making our sport fun, marketable, and fan/family friendly to the masses. I include myself in that as well. We wrestle too many all day super duals, two-day 10 ways, and too many matches. At Rochester, we have adjusted our schedule to make it more marketable to kids, families, and fans. This year it helped with attendance and numbers. We had a dual with Northwestern and brought in our elementary and MS teams to wrestle before the HS dual. Had a DJ and spotlights...each kid had their own walk-out song. Nothing but positive feedback. We also took some long Saturday's off of our schedule and put in some week night Quads so kids could have their weekend back. That was a hit with parents. HS season is long...even longer for the elite kids that go year round. Can you imagine how long it is for those kids with a .500 or losing record wrestling every Saturday and going 0-5, 1-4, 2-3 and maybe earning 1-2 wins or getting forfeits? How many more youth events can we host in a year...especially in Folkstyle? We got HYWAY, ISWA (From November to April), Elementary Friendship meets, etc. Yep, I'm guilty as a Coach and a Dad...we take advantage of it. But that doesn't make me right. I started wrestling at 14. Wrestled the HS Season, went to Freestyle and wrestled as much as I could, but it was over in April. Nothing from May to November unless you made a Fargo team. Now there is something EVERY single month of the year to choose from. We want kids to be kids and play other sports but there is something for wrestling EVERY.SINGLE.MONTH. We don't stop. The argument is, and it's valid, the family or coach has to choose and know when to back off. An argument to the argument, and it's valid, is that if it's not available then the family or coach doesn't feel like they need to do it. Our kids also don't feel like they have to choose. I'm NOT advocating that we throw the baby out with the bath water, but coaches and our associations should take a look at how we can retain kids, give them experience, and not have an event EVERY.SINGLE.MONTH!! 4. Bring back the Freestyle and Greco season after the IHSAA State Tournament. If the ISWA won't give up Folkstyle State, then at least look at a different date. HS kids don't have to be included in that. They just wrestled an entire season of folkstyle. Once IHSAA State ends, have 3 weeks off with no tournaments. RTC's open all over Indiana and train exclusively in FS and Greco. Starting in Mid-March, have 5 tournaments on a Saturday or Sunday. One in the North, South, East, West, and Central for 2 consecutive weeks. Then 2 weeks of training. First week within in your RTC, then the second bring 2-3 RTC's together to train. 1 week of tournaments...same as before. Then the State Tournament. Be done in April instead of May. I'm sure this would need tweaking and my weeks might be off...but the idea has merit. 5. This kind of goes along with #3 and all of the folkstyle events for our youth, but I believe we need a true youth season. I'd like to see us go November Practice, December Compete, and have Folkstyle State the same weekend as the ISWA Elementary Duals and then be done with Folkstyle. Janauary...OFF...no wrestling. Start them training in FS and Greco in February, no tournaments. Tournaments start in Mid-March and go to Freestyle State in April. This stuff of going November - December with duals, wrestling state duals over break, then coming right back to the "individual" season from January to March, then freestyle (for those that can't control themselves and just have to do it :)) from March to May...it's kind of ridiculous. We tell our kids that they shouldn't play tackle football year round, we tell our baseball players that they really can't throw year round...but we have kids at 8-9 years old wrestling from October (most practices start) to May. Before you tear me up...just think about that...from October to May. Why is that ok for wrestling but not ok for other sports? I know there are arguments against my points and we have some kids that want to train all the time. I get it. If there would have been year round wrestling in Richmond, Indiana when I was 14, I would have done it. I love it that much. I would have hit the RTC's, the tournaments, everything. But I don't coach me and the majority of our kids and families can't afford to, don't have the time to, or just don't want to train/compete as much as the die hards do. Do the kids who want to train/wrestle year round deserve the chance to do it, yep, and I'm sure we can all find a way for those killers to do that...heck they will anyway. But as a group, wrestling can do better to attract and retain those kids and families that don't. We have pretty much given the masses the ultimatum of either do this to be great or quit...unfortunately I think too many quit. Side note: This doesn't include summer camps, academies, and off season open mats. Just my 2 cents... Ready...GO!
  27. 9 points

    Confession Time

    Dear Sweet Baby Wrestling Gods, at 126 ... please don’t give us a Death Draw at Evansville Semi-State. All the State Champs & Runner Up deserve to prove themselves at State. All...... Crap .... wrong Confession Time & Place .
  28. 8 points
    Hall of fame coach Bob Read was honored as he coached his final home dual after 40 plus years at Plymouth high school. It was a special night watching past wrestlers come from literally all over the country to honor him. Coach hates any attention on himself but this was well deserving. I’ve known this man over 40 years and I can honestly say I’ve never met a man with more class, ethics and integrity in my life. The video tribute showed countless former wrestlers share how they have become the husbands, fathers and men they are because of the time and care coach poured into their lives. He’s had numerous state qualifiers, placers and champions but the mentoring he has poured into people is what last. I’ve never met a man who hates to lose and loves to win more but it’s the lessons in life that leaves the greatest marks on his wrestlers. He is a man that is driven by his faith, his family and simply pouring into young men’s lives. I felt like I was peeling an onion all night! Thank you coach Read for all you’ve done in this great sport in Plymouth and in Indiana. Well deserved.
  29. 8 points
    Coach Holden and I are proud to announce that we will be taking our rivalry to Hoosier Gym, the home of the fictional Hickory Hoosiers in the iconic 1986 film Hoosiers. The date is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The gym last regularly hosted meets in the late 1960's before Knightstown moved to their current facility. The Panthers have wrestled Eastern Hancock in the facility in recent seasons. NineStar will help us make history by doing the first ever telecast of a wrestling meet from the facility. Coach Holden and I are working on some ideas to make the event even more special. Hope you can join us for this special evening. Stay tuned for future announcements.
  30. 8 points
    Chase Wilkerson has signed with UIndy to continue his wrestling career. Chase is the first wrestler in over a decade to sign to wrestle in college from Mt. Vernon (Fortville). He ends his HS career as the schools all time wins leader at 143.
  31. 8 points
    From my viewpoint of a small school coach. The main difference between the large school and small school wrestlers is quite simply one thing: year round training. Yes, small school kids have the exact same year round opportunities. But the huge difference is these small school kids are 2 and 3 sport athletes. Adams Central- Football was in the 1A final four 2 of last three years. 16 of my 24 wrestlers were playing football. I did not get them at all from late July till Thanksgiving. A couple ran cross county. Several are already practicing track and field and more will be going to baseball this week. We have to share athletes to have a successful culture at our school. We do the off season workouts, summer duals, weight room, etc. but the attendance is spotty due to demands of the in season sports. My huge advantage is that we have a really strong wrestling culture and support from administration and the community. A larger school kid is more likely to specialize and take better advantage of the off season opportunities. It has nothing to do with working harder than the small school kids. The small school kids bust their tails the same, just not in wrestling only. The out of season training that has emerged over the last several years has really separated the talent. The top level guys that train year round have distanced themselves from the typical multi sport athlete. I do not want this to sound like excuses, but it is the reality. Our goals are the same as every other competitive program in the state. We just have to figure ways around some of the obstacles and close the gap. We do not say it is ok, that was a 3A or 2A kid. Tony Currie
  32. 8 points

    Best Wrestling Rooms-Pictures

    Our mats were really old and they could not be re-conditioned so my AD replaced them all. 2 full mats plus an extra section. The goal is to never pick these up. We left the old sections below to stop the mats from sticking to the floor. My AD is super supportive and my principal use to be the head coach! 😀
  33. 8 points

    Carmel Disciplined for Sauna Suits

    Has nobody learned not to bash people (especially high school kids) until the whole story comes out? I’ve been searching for info most of the day but have only found one vague article and a bunch of people on here ready to execute them. It all seems strange to me because some of these duals were from early December. Who knew about these for most of the season and waited to report it until until the right before sectionals? By everyone’s comments here, that person also put all these kids’ lives in danger for a couple months for not reporting it sooner. The article I read did state that Carmel’s Athletic Dept self reported the violations to the IHSAA as soon as they learned of it. But there was no info on how they were told. I’m going to choose to wait on my judgement and what an appropriate punishment would be until more info comes to light.
  34. 8 points

    What benefit is it to be a wrestler?

    As we started this season, I reached out to some former wrestlers for words to provide to the guys who think the sport isn't for them. These were guys who weren't "wrestling first" guys. These were guys who either had to be talked into being on the team, were there specifically to prep for football, chose not to wrestle one year, etc. This particular reply stood out, and I thought the Gorilla community might enjoy it. For the record, this is from a 2013 graduate. This particular wrestler was a one time sectional champion and did not qualify for semi-state. Somehow I find that makes his words more powerful...not from a top-dog guy. From a guy who was grinding every day just getting what he could out of the sport. Almost better than this longer version is the text he sent me later when I thanked him - "It's simple though, mentally, wrestling makes all other high school sports easier." The Struggle is REAL: Wrestling at first glance seems like it’s mostly physical. I wrestled for four years and didn’t understand what it was doing for my mental development yet, so regretfully I took a year off. After a year away, luckily I enjoyed what it did for me enough physically to come back to the mat for another three years. I wish someone could snap their fingers, tell you that your hard work will be worth it, and you will just believe it. Sorry, too bad it’s harder than that. At first glance, it’s doesn’t seem so, but wrestling is more mentally than physically beneficial. You know that feeling you have deep inside when you’re struggling? Just trust in yourself and know, that feeling is the first sign that you’re about to learn something new about yourself. Be conscious, have the wherewithal to push through the struggle for a solution, then take the time to reflect on what pushing through that struggle taught you, and ultimately you will have truly learned that NOTHING worth learning is easy. Each time you learn something new, it will breathe new confidence within you to go through the next struggle or barrier in your way. Whatever you do, take the measures and have targeted objectives to get better at struggling. Break down personal barriers and do yourself a favor, use what you’ve learned to struggle for a shorter period the next time. Make the valleys shallower and the peaks higher with each learning experience. Put in the time to learn the mental chess game that wrestling really is, and you won’t regret that decision. Learn how to strategically and more efficiently employ both your body and mind. Once you’ve learned how to tie a few good moves together, counter your opponent, and mentally grind through a full three periods, then win or lose you just took the measures to think one step ahead of the person in front of you; a skill you’ll use for the rest of your life. Struggles will come as long as you live. Wrestling has mentally prepared me for handling trials and tribulations. I hope that you’ll have that same experience.
  35. 8 points

    Reasons why IN mat is terrible

    @UncleJimmy......... I am at work now and everyone is looking at me in my cubicle because I am laughing out of control........... these are some of the funniest posts I have ever read. First off @dogsEAT you have issues, some are funny and have given me quite the chuckle and some need serious therapeutic help I think. Who are you I have to know please identify yourself. Second, Uncle Jimmy that was pure gold buddy, pure gold for sure. I also like your reference to the "dislike" button which I truly believe needs to be added at next update for sure. To answer your question however it could not be my son because per his mothers recent review of his search history on his phone he does not visit IN Mat unless its now listed as big boobs, big butts, stuff inside of other stuff (censored) and most recent how to shave below the belt. Great stuff message board people, thanks
  36. 8 points

    Multi sport vs wrestling only

    Yea, he runs through them not over them. lol
  37. 7 points
    The Takedown the Stigma-Wrestling for Mental Health Awareness was a success bringing in over $1900 in donations! Thanks to Bowen Center, Parkview Behavior Health, Parkview Sports Medicine, Remedy Live, the Snider Counselors, and fans!
  38. 7 points
    If you can't be there...... MD Classic on left (65") and Al Smith on the right (46"} - ignore the mess in between!
  39. 7 points
    Coach T

    Rage on the Stage South Style

    F riday November 22nd, Franklin Community will wrestle Jeffersonville on the stage in the auditorium. It will be a fun time loaded with light shows, fog, walkout songs and a camera above the mat the will show three huge screens as well as the live event. Screen one will be behind the mat on the stage taking up the entire backdrop while screens 2 and 3 will be on the side walls of the auditorium. Watch in surround view. And, its alumni night so all former Franklin Wrestlers are invited for special recognition. Following the meet there will be a reception for the alumni at The Willard, in downtown Franklin. Come see an exiting event. Festivities and wrestling start at 5:15 pm
  40. 7 points
    Mat-side weigh ins. You said I'm czar for the day. Haha. As a process guy in my "professional" life, the whole idiocy of weigh-ins days or hours before actually wrestling defeats the purpose. It would literally take a few seconds per match. You miss weight, it's a forfeit. All the sudden you have eliminated your issue of kids cutting too much and people will wrestle their true weight.
  41. 7 points
    We will be live tonight for #IndianaMat Gorilla Radio around 9pm EST to talk about semi-state. We will probably have two shows this week, so a double dose of Mike and Joe! It's like Christmas has come early.
  42. 7 points

    Carmel Disciplined for Sauna Suits

    Don't mean to make light, but the first time I read this thread (and a few times while reading the thread) I thought "sauna" was "santa" at first glance...
  43. 7 points

    Time of Da year

    Well wraslin fans first weekend in November means da worlds greatest sport is in da swing of things. Lots of quality wraslin happen dis weekend. Michigan State open happin - a number of fellow rats competing. Since da rat is no longer slaven for da man so I will be doin some traveling in da 250. Some of you fellow rats looking for a road trip hit me up. Might check out da scuffle or catch a penn st / Iowa dual. Also ecxcited about tings happening in b-town. Got a number of rats down there. And Ole Angel goin to straighten out da mess Goldie locks screwed up for 20 years. Gonna take some time but he is gonna keep dat talent at home. Bein a retired guy got some time on my hand. So any rats need a roof put on a brake job not many tings da rat can't handle. I do it for a fair price and won't cheat ya, Just keep da old lady away - they get infatuated wit da rats muscles. As far as da high school seen as usual we will lookin for allot of gold here. 5-6 aint a bad year for da region. So as usual you guys better sharpen your pencils cause your gonna need to by February. Fyi Da rate doesn't do any tutoring in English. Aint much help on term papers. But if you need a little help in wood, metal or electric shop I can help out. Da Rat
  44. 7 points

    Ever wonder who...

    You school's first state qualifier, placer or champ was? Or how many of each your school has had over the years? Well.....wonder no more! http://indianamat.com/index.php?/history/teamfirsts.html/
  45. 7 points

    Flo wrestling Class of 2022 Board

    If they want to get to the Blair level they will need to disassociate with the IHSAA and go National Preps. That way they basically have no rules and can go to events like Ironman, Beast, Cheesehead, etc. If they could do that, they could easily become the Blair of the midwest. The education at CMA is top notch and add to it the dream of being able to wrestle at those types of events for Indiana or Michigan kids and you could have the making of something very special.
  46. 7 points

    Mason Miranda of Avon commits to

    Congratulations to Mason Miranda from Avon for signing with Marian. He is projected to wrestle 141. View full signing
  47. 7 points

    Frosh/Soph State

    Big thanks to Mark Durham and Southport for another great Frosh/Soph State tournament! There was some great wrestling and great mat time for the kids. Congrats to all the place winners and congrats on Back to Back Team champs Warren Central
  48. 7 points

    Best move under the lights

    Sick inside trip from rader
  49. 7 points

    Melloh and Mulkey

    Agree. The question is, was he trying to improve his position. If he wasn't, it's stalling. Take everything else out of it. I watched it again. He made zero attempt to improve, and it wasn't being hindered by the other wrestler.
  50. 7 points
    Got a interesting email from our IHSAA Comish today. Wrestling numbers have increased dramitically this year. SchYear Gender # Wrestlers 2013-14 F 47 2013-14 M 6372 2014-15 F 50 2014-15 M 6200 2015-16 F 54 2015-16 M 6042 2016-17 F 114 2016-17 M 5853 2017-18 F 168 2017-18 M 6825
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