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  1. Excited for our two guys to compete on Sunday! This is always a fun event. Here is the tentative Team Illinois lineups for the dual this weekend - straight from the Illinois Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association website.
  2. Actually was just talking to Jimmy about this. I corralled his team stats while at Perry Meridian - he was 440-38. He also shared with me the following information (to the best of his knowledge): Connersville: 32-21 Tri-West: 15-18 Perry Meridian: 440-38 Warren Central: Around 70 wins Franklin: to be continued... I know that Joe will want cold hard evidence, but without WC and Franklin the man is 487-77. He isn't too bad at this coaching thing.
  3. I remember Sackstedder bumping Danny Coyne from 112lbs to wrestle top ranked McGinley (Tim maybe?) in the Beech Grove v. Cathedral dual in the early 2000s. Cannot remember if Danny was #1 at the time, but McGinley came out victorious. I know this doesn't technically count, but I believe that Anthony Williams (IHSAA State Champ from Evansville Central) and Ethan Harris (IHSAA State Champ from Beech Grove) wrestled each other in the finals of the Mooresville Holiday Classic the following year after their State Championship runs - correct me if I am wrong. Harris came out victorious in the meeting.
  4. Unpopular opinion: decrease the number of weight classes to 12. It makes the sport more competitive across the board; prepares kids for the next level (10 weight classes) and makes it easier for schools of all sizes to field a FULL team. 109 117 125 133 141 149 157 165 174 184 197 HWT
  5. 2013 Perry Meridian Wrestling Team - 102.5 points scored w/o scoring Friday Night (started scoring Friday Night the next year) 106: Brett Johnson SQ 113: Jacob Cottey 5th 126: Brandon James: 5th 132: Cody LeCount: 1st 138: Nick Bova: 7th 160: Riley McClurg: 1st 182: Jake Masengale: 2nd HWT: Donte Winfield: 1st Not saying it was the best team, but I'd throw this squad in the mix. 4 in the finals with 3 champs. Just think - if James doesn't lose that heart breaker to Welch on Saturday morning.. or if Cottey doesn't drop a heart breaker to Davis, who he had beaten earlier in the year, on Saturday morning.. pretty solid team. Grateful to have been apart of it. ALSO - won the IHSWCA 3A State Duals 57-13 over Cathedral (Quarters) 40-15 over Penn (Semis) 46-11 over Franklin Community (Finals)
  6. Now THIS is the million dollar question. Haha! Nothing but excitement surrounding the dual tonight. Come catch it if you don’t have any Tuesday night plans. The good ole Wood Shed will be rocking tonight with it being CYO Night & Senior Night. 6:00PM: JV matches start 6:30PM: Senior Night followed by CYO Night recognition 7:00PM: Varsity faceoff, Prayer, National Anthem, and then the varsity wrestling will begin. Hope to see you there!
  7. John Harris - Roncalli High School HWT - Currently Ranked #7 in the state & #2 in the NC Semi-State Signed his NLI to play defensive line for THE Ball State University Cardinals. Congratulations, John! We are very proud of you.
  8. Why did LeCount, Cottey, Masengale, and myself included stop attending CIA once at PMHS (granted I returned once Brady & my brother took over)? We had everything that we needed (from a training standpoint) where we were at. Our coaches provided us with the tools and everything else that we needed to be successful on a year-round basis. We did not have to seek better partners or coaches or instruction, let alone pay an asinine amount for it. I personally believe that is why families, parents, and kids take advantage of the open enrollment rule. No one wants to HAVE to pay over $2K+/year to attend a private academy. As much fun as I have enjoyed the educational banter, especially with ole Eddie P, I must sign off now. Let the parents make the choices for their kids - it is none of our business as coaches. Our job is to control what we can control, and to put them in the best position to be even more successful after HS wrestling.
  9. Never once have I meant to discredit you as a coach - I hope you know how much I respect you as a coach. With that being said, the kids listed from 2010 to 2018 (minus Gaines and Syverson) supplemented their training with Ed at CIA. Personally, I believe that Mitch was the catalyst that brought them to Ed, which in return significantly helped strengthen your program for that time period. Do you agree? My point is that not everyone in their program has a catalyst like Mitch Sliga - the dude is a rare breed as a wrestler and leader. Therefore, not every kid has the opportunity to follow a Mitch Sliga's footsteps or travel and pay to supplement their training. As for you saying it is your fault, I do not agree. Sustainability takes much more than one man's effort. Once again, please do not throw me on my head.
  10. Its like I am speaking to my nephew - I can explain my theory 30 different ways, but his first response is the same question I just finished answering. I want you to prove to me that Sliga, Bratcher, Phillips, and Duckworth created a "strong" feeder program - 1 state placer since 2009-2013 places you in the bracket of "strong feeder programs"? If you were not Sliga's shadow/sensei/coach like you were, then yes, I do believe he would have found another school to attend or supplemented his training elsewhere. I do not believe Sliga staying in his home school created a wrestling craze or strong feeder program, or else we would be seeing Fishers HS Wrestling still reaping the benefits of all mighty Mitch. You are jumping from subject to subject to start confusion, which may be why your Polish brain cannot keep up, however, name those kids that Sliga impacted that did not come with him to your academy? Where is the lasting impact that they made on their feeder programs? We should be seeing Fisher Tiger after Fisher Tiger at BLF if we are following your logic. Also, Fishers is a 6A school, so what do you consider a smaller/weaker program? Mitch had success because of you. Cody has success because of you. Michael had success because of you. Same with Jackson. They spent, on average, over $2000 for 6-8 months of training - not including the private hourly workouts you were doing with them. I stand as witness. Yeah, go ahead and supplement your training.. IF you have the money. We have some parents that struggle to afford minimal club dues - I am sure that we are not the only ones, either. That is my point, probably 5% of HS wrestling parents can afford to send their kids to an academy year round. So, once again, training outside of your HS program is not as readily available as you make it sound. Hence why parents/kids take advantage of/utilize open enrollment - pay a percentage of the price Uncle Eddie charged us for one month at CIA to train in an elite club environment without the private club costs year round. To answer you final question - the sport at the high school age continues to grow year by year. Numbers do not lie. So, no. It will not effect our sport as the number continue to grow. I am guessing that you have evidence of schools dropping their program or contemplating dropping their program due to their "studs" transferring to better programs?
  11. Did not mean it like that - I trained alongside of the people named at CIA. Practices would run from March through September each year - then it gave kids time to get acclimated to their room and prepare for high school season. Poor choice of words on my end - Eddie did not violate any IHSAA sanctions or rules to my knowledge. So, you can tell your friend that was asking, Clint, that no IHSAA sanctions or rules were violated.
  12. I am saying that Sliga is apart of that outlier group that I was talking about. Transferring was never the thought process because his family could afford to spend there money at your place. His club coach (YOU) was traveling with him to national tournaments, cadet worlds, etc. Not his high school coach - YOU! Not every kid in the state can afford to supplement their training under THE Ed Pendoski, therefore, some utilize the open enrollment rule instead. As for helping the feeder program, what evidence do you have to prove? Lyle, Riley, Sliga, etc. were around the same age. You MAY have a point with Strueder as coming up in the “feeder program,” but he as well supplemented his training with you, Brady, & co. at CIA. When have we heard a big name out of Eastbrook since Jackson? Who has contended for a state title at Union County since Phillips and Duckworth? ALL of these guys are outliers to your theory due to the fact that they spent thousands and thousands of dollars over their years to supplement 3/4 of their training at a private academy that happened to be yours. So, now I am confused because all of your examples are what I stated in my first post - not everyone can afford $200-$300 a month plus the $25/hour private sessions you conducted with them as well. What do I think the elite wrestlers do that cannot afford a private academy like you ran? They utilize the open enrollment rule to go to a school with an elite room and established feeder system that has been proven successful - once again, just my theory. I mean no offense to these schools as I grew up taking licks from every kid that I mentioned. Great people with great families. Just trying to prove a point. Hopefully this clears up your confusion, P
  13. Harreld. I’m definitely getting thrown on my head now.
  14. Oops! I’m sorry, Coach Herreld! 😅
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