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    rookie78 reacted to Y2CJ41 in Midwest Nationals July 10th-11th   
    Paging @rookie78... someone is talking about your assistant coach.
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    rookie78 got a reaction from 1prouddad in Tribute to Fallen Wrestler   
    Our deepest sympathies,
     
    From Prairie Heights Wrestling 

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    rookie78 got a reaction from No One Famous in Tribute to Fallen Wrestler   
    Our deepest sympathies,
     
    From Prairie Heights Wrestling 

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    rookie78 got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in Hyway state info??   
    Anyone heard anything?
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    rookie78 reacted to AC Computer in Condolences to Prairie Heights Wrestling   
    I haven't seen this anywhere on the site yet so I wanted to let people know. Prairie Heights 152 pounder, Tyler Curtis, was killed in a car accident last week. Tyler qualified for the semi-state this year. His younger brother, Chace was also killed in the same accident. Please keep the family and the entire Prairie Heights community in your prayers.
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    rookie78 got a reaction from base in Faulkens view on Class Wrestling   
    Anyone, besides me, think that some of the reason the numbers are shrinking is due the kids/parents themselves? 
     
    I have been teaching for nearly 20 years and coaching for a while; wrestling (youth, middle school, high school) 10 years and softball (youth through high school) 10 years.
     
    During this time, I have seen a big difference in kids.  The biggest thing I have witnessed is many kids that have the time (kids that don't work or don't have to work) just don't want to. 
     
    Many simply just don't want to work that hard. Kids don't want to be JV for a year or two before becoming Varsity (if at all, we have graduated several wrestlers that have been 4 year jv kids). It's time commitment.  It's off-season work.  It's time in the weight room.  It's money. I think it's a generational thing too, among many others.  
     
    I graduated HS in 1997.  When I was a kid, we were always out playing sports, riding bikes, swimming, etc.  A lot of the kids my age, as well as myself, started families and having kids at similar times. Nearly all of our kids grew up together playing sports (baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, football, volleyball, etc.).
     
    Most of our kids are all in HS now, give or a take a year or two, and are still involved in athletics. It seems to me as if some of the younger generation parents (younger than my 42 years) are not quite as sports driven/oriented.  Maybe it's the technology that kids have access to compared to what I had access to as a kid. Maybe they weren't put into sports as kids and now the cycle is repeating itself with their kids.
     
    My dad was a coach.  He put me in sports and I practiced and I played until season was over and I would then pick up the next sport. I have done the same with my kids.  It's not because I was a great athlete or because I was on great teams, nor because my kids are/were.  It was about teaching life lessons.
     
    Are as many parents today putting kids in sports?  Are those that do having their kids stick out the season, or are they letting kids quit during season when things don't go their way? Is the next generation not seeing the importance that sports can play in a kid's life?
     
    Just my thoughts from a small school and small community perspective. 
     
    Prairie Heights has roughly 105 kids per grade. We are tucked in between cornfields in mostly Lagrange County.  Our school doesn't have a particular town or city, but we serve the communities of Stroh, Hudson, Brushy Prairie, Mongo, Orland, South Milford, Helmer, Salem Center, and even more rural parts of both Lagrange and Steuben counties.
     
     
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    rookie78 reacted to Galagore in Faulkens view on Class Wrestling   
    Boys wrestling has also grown nationwide. Actually, when I looked those numbers up to start with (finding the same result - growing nationally, declining in Indiana) I accidentally used only boys, then went back and updated to total participation.
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    rookie78 got a reaction from Silence Dogood in Faulkens view on Class Wrestling   
    Anyone, besides me, think that some of the reason the numbers are shrinking is due the kids/parents themselves? 
     
    I have been teaching for nearly 20 years and coaching for a while; wrestling (youth, middle school, high school) 10 years and softball (youth through high school) 10 years.
     
    During this time, I have seen a big difference in kids.  The biggest thing I have witnessed is many kids that have the time (kids that don't work or don't have to work) just don't want to. 
     
    Many simply just don't want to work that hard. Kids don't want to be JV for a year or two before becoming Varsity (if at all, we have graduated several wrestlers that have been 4 year jv kids). It's time commitment.  It's off-season work.  It's time in the weight room.  It's money. I think it's a generational thing too, among many others.  
     
    I graduated HS in 1997.  When I was a kid, we were always out playing sports, riding bikes, swimming, etc.  A lot of the kids my age, as well as myself, started families and having kids at similar times. Nearly all of our kids grew up together playing sports (baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, football, volleyball, etc.).
     
    Most of our kids are all in HS now, give or a take a year or two, and are still involved in athletics. It seems to me as if some of the younger generation parents (younger than my 42 years) are not quite as sports driven/oriented.  Maybe it's the technology that kids have access to compared to what I had access to as a kid. Maybe they weren't put into sports as kids and now the cycle is repeating itself with their kids.
     
    My dad was a coach.  He put me in sports and I practiced and I played until season was over and I would then pick up the next sport. I have done the same with my kids.  It's not because I was a great athlete or because I was on great teams, nor because my kids are/were.  It was about teaching life lessons.
     
    Are as many parents today putting kids in sports?  Are those that do having their kids stick out the season, or are they letting kids quit during season when things don't go their way? Is the next generation not seeing the importance that sports can play in a kid's life?
     
    Just my thoughts from a small school and small community perspective. 
     
    Prairie Heights has roughly 105 kids per grade. We are tucked in between cornfields in mostly Lagrange County.  Our school doesn't have a particular town or city, but we serve the communities of Stroh, Hudson, Brushy Prairie, Mongo, Orland, South Milford, Helmer, Salem Center, and even more rural parts of both Lagrange and Steuben counties.
     
     
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    rookie78 got a reaction from bomber_bob in Faulkens view on Class Wrestling   
    Anyone, besides me, think that some of the reason the numbers are shrinking is due the kids/parents themselves? 
     
    I have been teaching for nearly 20 years and coaching for a while; wrestling (youth, middle school, high school) 10 years and softball (youth through high school) 10 years.
     
    During this time, I have seen a big difference in kids.  The biggest thing I have witnessed is many kids that have the time (kids that don't work or don't have to work) just don't want to. 
     
    Many simply just don't want to work that hard. Kids don't want to be JV for a year or two before becoming Varsity (if at all, we have graduated several wrestlers that have been 4 year jv kids). It's time commitment.  It's off-season work.  It's time in the weight room.  It's money. I think it's a generational thing too, among many others.  
     
    I graduated HS in 1997.  When I was a kid, we were always out playing sports, riding bikes, swimming, etc.  A lot of the kids my age, as well as myself, started families and having kids at similar times. Nearly all of our kids grew up together playing sports (baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, football, volleyball, etc.).
     
    Most of our kids are all in HS now, give or a take a year or two, and are still involved in athletics. It seems to me as if some of the younger generation parents (younger than my 42 years) are not quite as sports driven/oriented.  Maybe it's the technology that kids have access to compared to what I had access to as a kid. Maybe they weren't put into sports as kids and now the cycle is repeating itself with their kids.
     
    My dad was a coach.  He put me in sports and I practiced and I played until season was over and I would then pick up the next sport. I have done the same with my kids.  It's not because I was a great athlete or because I was on great teams, nor because my kids are/were.  It was about teaching life lessons.
     
    Are as many parents today putting kids in sports?  Are those that do having their kids stick out the season, or are they letting kids quit during season when things don't go their way? Is the next generation not seeing the importance that sports can play in a kid's life?
     
    Just my thoughts from a small school and small community perspective. 
     
    Prairie Heights has roughly 105 kids per grade. We are tucked in between cornfields in mostly Lagrange County.  Our school doesn't have a particular town or city, but we serve the communities of Stroh, Hudson, Brushy Prairie, Mongo, Orland, South Milford, Helmer, Salem Center, and even more rural parts of both Lagrange and Steuben counties.
     
     
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    rookie78 got a reaction from lanntp01 in Faulkens view on Class Wrestling   
    i guess i should have been more clear and put season and tourney champs separately, lol
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    rookie78 got a reaction from nkraus in Faulkens view on Class Wrestling   
    Agreed
     
    Prairie Heights roster sizes the last 10 years.  Roughly 412 kids in the high school and nearly 31 kid average over 10 years.  We started low, spiked a little and have fluctuated some since about 2016.
     
    2011-12, 21 kids, 12-16 record
    2012-13, 29 kids, 16-16 record, team state 4th
    2013-14, 39 kids, 17-12 record, conference and sectional champs, team state 2nd
    2014-15, 31 kids, 30-3 record, conference and sectional champs, team state 1st, 1 qualifier
    2015-16, 33 kids, 35-0 record, conference and sectional champs, team state 1st, 4 qualifies, 2 medalists
    2016-17, 36 kids, 32-1 record, conference and sectional champs, team state 1st, 2 qualifiers
    2017-18, 33 kids, 32-3 record, conference and sectional champs, team state 2nd
    2018-19, 28 kids, 20-2 record, conference and sectional champs, team state 2nd, 2 qualifiers, 1 medalist
    2019-20, 28 kids, 14-8 record, team state 4th, 1 medalist
    2020-21, 30 kids, 15-5 record, sectional champs, team state 3rd, 1 qualifier
     
    Could we do better individually in a classed tourney, yes I am sure we would have more qualifiers, medalists and quite possibly a few more state champs.  Still love the single class tournament.  But as Kraus said, having success a long the way definitely has helped our program.
     
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    rookie78 got a reaction from busstogate in Varsity - Multisport?   
    Goat ropers, not bull riders
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    rookie78 got a reaction from ehscoach in Varsity - Multisport?   
    Goat ropers, not bull riders
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    rookie78 got a reaction from ehscoach in Varsity - Multisport?   
    Prairie Heights
     
    106 tennis, wrestling
    113 tennis, wrestling, baseball
    120 soccer, wrestling
    126 tennis, wrestling
    132 cross country, wrestling
    138 tennis, wrestling
    145 football, wrestling 
    152 wrestling, baseball (possibly football next fall)
    160 football, wrestling, baseball 
    170 football, wrestling
    182 soccer, wrestling, golf
    195 soccer, football, track
    220 football, wrestling, baseball
    285 football, wrestling 
     
     
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    rookie78 reacted to MattM in Rickie Clark vs. Robert Samuels   
    you twisted my arm to get this one.  Get a look at a few more of the throws here.  
     
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    rookie78 got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in Rickie Clark vs. Robert Samuels   
    Yes 
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    rookie78 reacted to FCFIGHTER170 in Rickie Clark vs. Robert Samuels   
    That camera man needed arrested for missing them throws 🤣
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    rookie78 got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in Rickie Clark vs. Robert Samuels   
    Remember what it was like to have a crowd? To have fans going nuts? Cheering on both competitors? Giving the kids an awesome atmosphere?
     
    Yeah, me too.....the good ol' days
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    rookie78 got a reaction from formercollegekid in Rickie Clark vs. Robert Samuels   
    Remember what it was like to have a crowd? To have fans going nuts? Cheering on both competitors? Giving the kids an awesome atmosphere?
     
    Yeah, me too.....the good ol' days
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    rookie78 reacted to MattM in Rickie Clark vs. Robert Samuels   
    I posted it in another thread earlier this week, but here you go 
     
     
    This one is the official IHSAA TrackWrestling video.  You can also find the crowd view on YouTube which I posted last time.  
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    rookie78 got a reaction from MrsTeamGarcia in TAKE THE TAPE OFF THE SEATS!!!!   
    ENOUGH SAID!!!
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    rookie78 got a reaction from HemiCuda in Best match at State Finals   
    Carr-Harper utb??
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    rookie78 got a reaction from Bomber in Really Good Wrestlers from Smaller Schools   
    Some pretty good ones from Prairie Heights that may ring a bell

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    rookie78 got a reaction from FlyNavy in Best match at State Finals   
    Carr-Harper utb??
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    rookie78 got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in Best match at State Finals   
    Carr-Harper utb??
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