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  1. Yes, Championship match. Pretty scary moment, really glad he is ok.
  2. I had considered the 5 match limit, but unfortunately for our girl there were 9 wrestlers in a 16 man bracket. Every girl received a bye with the exception of our girl and the eventual weight class winner. Our girl lost round 1 to the bracket winner and won 3 more to finish 5th with no chance to advance, wrestling only 4 times. I guess I'm more disappointed for our wrestler than anything else. There are obvious growing pains that this tournament will experience but it is great to see it trending in the right direction.
  3. They actually did the same thing at the Franklin regional, which was extremely disappointing. Especially since this was only done in certain brackets.
  4. Connor Tolley starts season 2-3, went 2-2 at Hokie Open to finish 6th, followed by a loss in UNC dual.
  5. EFuqua

    Indy 500

    If you're looking for a driver to support in this years Indy 500, Sage Karam in the #24 Gas Monkey Garage car has a wrestling back ground. His father is the head wrestling coach at Liberty High School in PA. Several articles about Sage reference how much an influence wrestling was for him and how this past winter being an assistant under his father helped him through a difficult time. Wrestling and racing, lots of connections there. The most obvious for me being legendary racing family the Kinsers. Any others?
  6. Thought I'd share some numbers I've come up with regarding Freestyle and Greco State participation. You smart people can do whatever you want with them to make your points. Freestyle participants- 2013- 814 wrestlers 2014- 787 wrestlers 2015 *2 tourney requirement*- 647 wrestlers 2016 *2 tourney requirement*- 601 wrestlers There was a 3% drop from 13' to 14', 18% drop from 14' to 15' with the qualifier, 7% drop from last year to this year with an overall drop of 26% from 2013-2016. Greco participants- 2013- 412 wrestlers 2014- 412 wrestlers 2015- 357 wrestlers 2016- 352 wrestlers There was no drop from 13' to14', a 13% drop from 14' to 15', a 1.5% drop from last year to this year with an overall drop of 14.5% from 2013 to 2016 with no qualifiers needed.
  7. Really glad to hear Maverick is on his way to recovery. Thanks to the ISWA, teams, coaches,officials and parents for this fun event. Our team had nothing but a positive experience with the teams we competed against. (Seymour, Avon, Warren, Madison, South Adams and Mishawaka) Franklin Wrestling always enjoys having the wrestling community visit our schools and would like to invite everyone to return April 29-May1st for our Grizzly IronMan Tournament. Thanks again for a great day of wrestling!
  8. Not that this will change anybody's opinion, but I was under the impression the qualifier only applied to the freestyle portion of the state tournament, not the Greco.
  9. Doe Creek is still in as far as we know. There is a waiting list for this tourney, maybe one year it will expand. But only for programs with cute hashtags JMILL.
  10. I was under the impression that the ISWA established the "wild cards" to in fact assist the smaller clubs fill their roster for the state tournament not to bolster their roster with out of club all stars. I was also under the impression, albeit naïve, that the "wild cards" weren't necessary for these local duals. The idea was at the local duals coaches would work together to fill in roster holes and get kids valuable mat time. I make it perfectly clear to our parents that we will not be winning any elementary state duals championships or for that matter, probably not bringing home any Yorktown, Perry or any other duals trophies. What I do make clear is that every kid from Franklin will get an equal opportunity to wear a Franklin team singlet and represent their club and community regardless of skill level. Where we have multiple kids, we simply rotate. Our parents understand this and also understand that at times this leads to mismatches. However, I still believe a lot can be learned from a good old fashioned butt whoopin' on the mat. My ego can handle the utter shame (sarcasm) of losing at the elementary level. My role and the role of our parents is to ensure that Franklin kids continue to come into the room year after year with an opportunity to wrestle. Also, my son does utilize the academies to supplement his training. However, he never misses a club practice and the idea of him wrestling for one of the academies over his home team would send Coach Hasseman into cardiac arrest and have me fearing for my life around town! I believe the ISWA has done what they can with these duals, but unfortunately, as is with many other sports, the parents, coaches and the people that represent these duals are the biggest problem. I just try and keep in mind that the trophies in our wrestling room are high school trophies, not elementary ones.
  11. This weekends Franklin Grizzly Ironman registration has been extended to Friday at 4pm. Wrestlers from several states will be competing and it's a great way to get mat time before state. Please see trackwrestling for weigh-in sites and more information.
  12. This weekends Franklin Grizzly Ironman registration has been extended to Friday at 4pm. Wrestlers from several states will be competing and a great way to get mat time before state. See trackwrestling for satellite weigh in sites and more info.
  13. Per ISWA tournament staff: Ben Davis is hosting several make-up events tonight, please enter the school via 10th St. and use door 7 for weigh-ins tonight.
  14. Per ISWA tournament staff: Ben Davis is hosting several make-up events tonight, please enter the high school via 10th St. and use Door 7 for tonight's weigh-ins.
  15. Registration for this weekends Champion Series featuring Saturdays Daniel Mercer tournament at Franklin Middle School and Sundays Thornton Strong tournament at Perry has been extended to 5pm today (Friday). Get mat time at 2 great tournaments for a discounted rate.
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