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Posts posted by gsmith58

  1. Is there a difference between the Copper Clinic held tomorrow night, or the one offered online (materials, time, cost)? If I do the one online, do I show up and pick up my bracelet, or do I need printed proof of completion of the class?


    I believe if you take the one online it shows up on your USA Coaching Membership card. Of course, you'll need to re-print it or download the new pdf to your phone. I took the course before the USA Card was required and the certification wasn't registered at USA Wrestling, so I had to contact the ISWA. Tina Tonte was nice enough to look up my certification and forward it onto USA Wrestling. It now shows on my membership card.

  2. Can someone please clarify the third bullet from the ISWA website? I have an updated background check and 2017 USAW Coaching membership. I also took ISWA State Friday night coaching clinic a few years ago and have a Copper card. Do I need to retake the Copper course online to have it on file with USAW to coach my son at State?





    1. Background Check through TCLogic/USAW Membership

    2. 2017 USAW Coaches Membership

    3. Minimum Copper Coaches Certification on file on their 2017 USAW Coaches Card.

    The coaches card that was accepted in years past will not be accepted for a floor pass any longer.  In order to receive a coaches wristband this year a new procedure is in place. 



  3. If there was an OW, I think he would get my vote. I know that some of those other big names were more dominant, but...

    First Round he beats a returning two-time state Champ.#3 Ranked coming into tournament.


    Quarters beat a kid named Lee from Mater Dei. I know maybe not all the accolades of his older siblings but a tough out no less.


    Semis beats the #2 ranked undefeated kid, whom some probably felt was favored to win it all after knocking off the 1 previously.


    Then pins the #1 Ranked kid under the lights to cap off an amazing run.


    That was pretty impressive, and that pains me to say seeing that at that particular weight, I did have a horse in that race!



    That horse is thoroughbred... Not much separation between about 5 or 6 of them in that class.

  4. I'm a little surprised I haven't seen a whole lot of props for Alec White. He battled his way through a nagging cut at Semi-State, and then ran through a pretty outstanding gauntlet at State. Quite a two-week effort. I know state is littered with storylines and tough runs, but he put a good one together (and yes, yes, the big boy match was tremendous entertaining too). 


    He trains in #TheCounty, so come on. Just saying...

  5. Red had the one seed beat! Gave up a takedown with 5 seconds left in the third. Was up 3 to 1 after cradling him up in the second. Went to OT and came up short. Man!!! So close.


    ...and the guy is third ranked in the country (Flo & Intermat). You said it 'soooo close!' 

  6. Great point and I completely agree. Let me clarify. We do both during the season and we wouldn't give up the local club for anything, but if you want your son or daughter to compete with the best it's absolutely necessary to get them into an academy (at some point). FWIW we like to associate with our club ;) 


    if you have a good or decent club, wrestle for them....and the wrestlers who go else where don't even associate with our other kids, it harms them both in my opinion. 

  7. I have to agree. The academies are the way to go. There are lots of little guys just learning the sport. Don't get me wrong, the stallions are there just don't think everyone is a 8 time triple crown winner. In Indianapolis you have the aforementioned Contenders, CIA (Eppert), Pride/Sparta? (Hull), Red Cobra (Red), Outlaws (Bailey). I haven't had my son at Contenders, but I don't think anyone questions their results. As far as the others, they all teach a little differently, but each one is very, very good...you can't really go wrong. Check them all out...you get a free day, so why not ;)

  8. Randy May and one of the Center Grove Gaskins brothers (Tom?) was one of, if not, the best HS matches I have ever witnessed. I think it was May's Senior year at the Semi-State. If I recall correctly Gaskins was the only one to challenge May in the tourney that year. He ended up with May early and didn't move on. Smith was one heck of a wrestler, but I believe it was a pretty lopsided final.

  9. I agree with the others sentiments: academics over athletics, but that 'might not' be the best question. How strong academically is the first school compared to the second? Does the first school have other strong programs that are compatable/similar? How strong is the student's commitment to the degree program? Students change programs very frequently. Often they change to similar programs, but in other cases they move in a completely different direction. If your student has a 4.35 HS GPA and has always wanted to be a Physician that's one thing, but if he is a good solid student that over the years has given thought to multiple career paths maybe a specific degree program isn't the end all be all.


    Not that you don't know this, but there is more to chosing a school than athletics or degree program (academic quality, the make up of the faculty, staff, & students, fit/feel, support services, facilities, location, size, etc.). If the schools are otherwise a toss up then, like someone said, it is a no brainer.

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