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    JMILL reacted to Clan Campbell in Best Wrestling Families   
    I wonder how many of todays Indiana HS top talent kids haven't wrestled with or been influenced by Bryan.  I would be willing to say 0.  Bailey's have certainly left their mark on Indiana wrestling.
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    JMILL reacted to Juggernaut in Jesse Mendez   
    Congrats to Jesse Mendez on a great weekend and also being named The Adidas wrestler of the week on The Open Mat, 
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    JMILL reacted to Mattyb in World Team Trials   
    3 out of the ten weights!!! Indiana on the come up! Proud to be a Hoosier today. Great job men. 
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    JMILL reacted to TripleB in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    Agreed, I think we should be able to land a corporate sponsor for Heartland teams. 
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    JMILL reacted to tskin in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    I have had the opportunity to coach at Kingsport twice for Team North Carolina when my nephews (Who wrestle at Campbell now) were on the team and have coached both the elem and middle school teams at Heartland over last couple years.  Both tourneys has their shares of studs but I would say for the depth and overall talent level of the teams Heartland wins it going away.  Kingsport is a neat tourney and I agree would be a great meet to introduce our kids new to national level competition too.
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    JMILL reacted to base in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    One thing that might resolve some issues is expanded sponsorship of ISWA teams.  If ISWA can line up sponsors so that "Team Indiana" events are virtually free for the wrestlers and their families, then you would take away the cost argument and may start seeing some families that have earned a spot but can't afford the trip begin to participate more.
    Wrestling has a lot of successful, extremely loyal alumni. I think it would be appealing to know you are sponsoring the official "Team Indiana" and be able to show a lineup of events they are raising money for.
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    JMILL reacted to Y2CJ41 in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    They just said on FRL today that the U17(UWW Cadet) specifically will be earlier due to U17 Worlds being a lot earlier next year. There will be some big changes due to an earlier than usual Olympics. 
    Indiana may have an advantage with our folkstyle state series being so early and we can start training earlier for that event.
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    JMILL reacted to Sig40 in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    I heard that UWW 15U will be combined with UWW 16U at FloNationals next year. So it will not be the same weekend as Heartland next year. 
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    JMILL reacted to Blumafia in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    The weight cutting on the MS State tournament to making weight at Heartlands isn’t a “real” issue. 
    The problem is that, it’s a bad weekend. UWW team trials, Heartland, & Kingsport is all on the same weekend plus FloNats the next weekend...transition from one style to the next.
    Just like Jason, my son has been to all these National duals.
    In my opinion Kingsport is a great tooth chipper tournament, and while it’s not a USAW event, it’s well worth going if you have never been. 
    Heartlands is a great tournament, great chance to put “Indiana’s best” out on the mat. It’s a fun trip.
    I did have a big problem with the head salesman @ Miller’s Used Cars...HA
    I’d hate to ever owe that guy money!!!
    Heres the thing, we decided to take our son to the UWW team trials. It’s the same weekend as Kingsport and Heartland, but that’s what was best for our son. 
    It wasn’t a weight cut thing as 68KG is a lower weight than the Heartland weight he was qualified for. 
    I’m as loyal a guy as you’ll find, BUT I believe loyalty isn’t the concern...is this about entry fees, egos, control, BS????
    It’s not a loyalty issue, there were 3 great tournaments on the same weekend...at the end of the day, you do what’s best for your own!!!
    This is truth...this is in no way, shape or form “Trophy Chasing” it’s about constantly showing your wrestler where the bar is at. At all 3 of these tournaments there are top level kids.
    I constantly try to put my kids in the fire, get them beat up, show them where the bar is!!!
    Because at the end of the day, what are we trying to do?????
    We are making young men that can succeed in life and this sport...that’s all!!
    It’s not about money, entry fees, gear fees, egos, or an organization, etc  although a lot feel that it is. 
    IT’S ABOUT THESE KIDS... THAT’S ALL!!!!!!
     
     
     
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    JMILL reacted to Bulldog89 in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    I second what Jason said.  This was my son's 1st and hopefully not last time to wrestle for Team Indiana.  He expressed what a great honor it was to wear the Indiana singlet and to wrestle with kids from all across the state.  He has been talking with his Team Indiana team mates all week and they are still talking about the Heartland Duals trip.  He has stated many times this week that he wants Team Indiana to be in that Championship match & to battle for the National Title.  It is about pride and getting Indiana to the top.  
    Let's work together and put the best Team Indiana out there no matter what level (MS or Elementary) that the state can put on the mat.
    Not sure if that is 2 cents or a penny Jason!!
     
    Dave Doster  
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    JMILL reacted to CasualObserver in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    Well... this escalated quickly!  As a parent of a wrestler that has been through the entire elementary wrestling scene and now the middle school scene, I feel like I have seen and heard it all at this point on the youth level.  I think we can all agree and understand that every parent wants to do what they think is best for their child.  I have had to make numerous decisions on what tournaments to attend, what teams to wrestle for, what weekends to take off, etc and make those decisions fully knowing that some people will be upset with the choices that I make.  I guess its all "part of the game." 
    With that being said, I do understand the idea JMILL is trying to make about loyalty.  There have absolutely been teams, coaches, organizations that have provided opportunities over the years that have been invaluable.  As my son has gotten better and better, I still try to help those groups or people out when we can.  The ISWA being one of those groups.  I don't agree or like every decision the ISWA has made over the years, but I also appreciate dearly the opportunities they have provided for my son.  I also know they are going to continue to provided outstanding opportunities for my son in the coming years, both on the mat and off.  Over the course of an entire year, I see it as a privilege and honor to go wrestle for Team Indiana at the Heartland Duals for one weekend.  My son loves the trip and I do to.  We have always had great competition at this dual and the friendships made at the arena and hotel will last a lifetime for us.  Even if the wrestling wasn't at the highest level (though I would argue that it is...), what is problem with taking one weekend to support our state association?  There are 51 other weekends available to go wrestle at what you perceive to be a "better tournament",  We have wrestled at every national tournament you can image and even multiple tournaments overseas.  Ask my son to rank his top five experiences, and I can guarantee Heartland Duals would make that list.  
    So I guess what I am most confused by, are the lines by K,hudd that "the kids deserve better" and "we don't need 'Team Indiana' to win a national title".   I strongly feel the kids aren't issue in this statement, this is a parent issue.  Every weekend of the year you can go wrestle at a "national tournament' and gain the title "National Champion" without Team Indiana even remotely being apart of that experience.  However, if you look at the long road and big picture, you will need "Team Indiana" on your singlet to go compete for a true national title that matters at Fargo...  However, to each their own.  Like I said previously, we all have to make decisions that we feel are best for our kid at the time and not everyone will agree with them.  I agree with Mattyb though... don't come on to a thread celebrating what one group did and disparage that group, this behavior won't help resolve any unity issues!
    Just my two worthless cents...
    Jason Schoeff
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    JMILL got a reaction from ISWA in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    there was a winter storm that prevented a few teams and states from travelling, as happens every year a few teams may have chosen another option but you are kidding yourself if you think "the trend will continue".   
    You have to tell yourself whatever helps you believe it K.hudd but the bottome line is seperating the talent made both teams less competitive.  You and I can certainly debate this any night at CWA but you know as I do where most of the other states gold level teams were at that weekend.
    I am on board all day long with teams going to Kingsport to get in a different tournament, but when our state enters Heartland to put our best national team together and that doesnt happen its a dissapointment to all and it should be to you also.
    I would venture to guess your comment about not needing "team indiana" is more of a reflection on your personal opinions based on my observations of your level of loyalty to any one club, organization or academy.
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    JMILL reacted to graham in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    Thank you for the sentiment. Much respect to Logan and his success!
    Now on the matter at hand....
    I think I am reading between the lines. I’m sorry but I just don’t see how Team Indiana and loyalty to a certain club or academy have anything to do with each other.  
     
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    JMILL reacted to Mattyb in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    Men,
    I love the passion for the little guys.
    Here it is in nut shell.
    There is a long history of Indiana teams going to the AAU event in Kingsport. The event is at a high school and ran on a handful of mats. It is a pretty cool event. Coach Jim Humphrey and others were taking "unofficial" team Indiana teams to this event for years (it was a 5th grade and under event). Bout 10 years ago, Brandi Cash decided that she wanted to unite the elementary wrestling community. So Mrs. Cash had a elementary team qualifier at Ben Davis High School. She took two really great teams to Kingsport that year. Those teams had several IHSAA state champs on them. After that, a few of us took random teams down there. The following year, the ISWA approached me, and asked if I would accept the newly created board position of Folk style Developmental Director (currently held by Ryan Parrish). As the director, I tried as hard as I could to unite all academies and clubs to put together the best teams. I was NOT successful in doing so. I did the best that I could do, and created the current wrestle off format for the "official" team Indiana. It was very fair and allows kids to make the team in one of two weights. It was set up to ensure that we could field our very best teams. With that said, some people refused to wrestle with each other (Apparently this will NEVER change). Even with the riffs between clubs, that first ISWA sponsored elementary national team took 3rd there. At that time, the AAU nationals were the very best elementary duals in the USA. That was the best showing by Indiana until this year. Hats of to this years group, that broke our record. 
    That same year USAW started the Heartland duals in Omaha Nebraska. It was held in a state of the art arena and was a USAW event. It was also 6th grade and under. For these reasons, the ISWA decided to send the ISWA team Indiana to this event (the ISWA is affiliated with USAW). I can honestly say that the competition, venue, and organization of the Heartland event was superior to that of Kingsport. With that said... the following year AAU did raise the age of the Kingsport event to 6th grade and under to try to compete with Heartland. The first year at Heartland, our team took 3rd (which remains a record for an Indiana team). Since then, the Heartland Duals have been moved to Council Bluffs, IA. The venue, quality of wrestling, and organization has gotten even better. 
    Now to the cost... When I / We started these trips, the cost was $140 for gear and entry fee. Since then, the cost has gone up. I really would like to see some sponsorships and the cost reduced. With that said.. I always handed out sponsorship letters for each team member to use to raise funds (pre go fund me). The majority of kids that actually sent the fund raising letters to friends and family, got most expenses covered. With that said.. I agree with reducing cost. 
    I personally think that Heartland is a better trip, and is the top elementary duals in the USA. I can also see why the other guys choose to go to Kingsport. Its a fun trip, and sounds like it was more cost effective. 
    Bottom line is this. Everyone is going to do what they think is best for THEIR kids. Personally.. I will NEVER knock anybody for doing so. I would LOVE to see an united team Indiana, but know it will NEVER happen. And that is OK!!!! Getting on here and saying "our team or trip was awesome" and knocking the other side is not cool (for either side). Most of these kids are clueless to these issues, and can care less. As a team leader and a parent of a kid that has been through it all, I really hope that all of these kids get the same thing that my son got out of these trips. He has made life long bonds. I truly believe that these trips set the tone for most of the success that he has experienced in middle school and beyond. My hats off to all team leaders, parents, and wrestlers that made both trips. I hope that you all have made memories that wont be soon forgotten. Furthermore, I hope that these trips lead your wrestlers to achieve their future goals and much much more. 
    Enough of the silly stuff men. It is what it is. 
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    JMILL reacted to graham in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    Yes, of course that is true. 
    But if getting the best team to Heartland  is what the goal is, then loyalty to one entity and one entity only should be considered.  
    And that is loyalty to the state of Indiana. 
    Not a club or academy. 
    I am not as experienced as you are in putting wrestling teams together, obviously. 
    But I have quite a bit of experience in a similar situation and when factions are present in a state based effort, this pisses people off and they revolt and start their own thing.  And yes, this dilutes the overall quality. 
    I know there are other reasons why people start their own thing. And I know in this case different people had different reasons. 
    But if you went back to the beginning of splitting dual teams in Indiana and looked through to today, I’d bet a dollar to a dime this would be the number one reason.  Factions, and a lack of unity. 
    I agree with you on this. I think bringing the best teams to Heartland on that weekend is the best thing for Indiana wrestling since it is through USA Wrestling. 
     
     
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    JMILL got a reaction from ISWA in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    there was a winter storm that prevented a few teams and states from travelling, as happens every year a few teams may have chosen another option but you are kidding yourself if you think "the trend will continue".   
    You have to tell yourself whatever helps you believe it K.hudd but the bottome line is seperating the talent made both teams less competitive.  You and I can certainly debate this any night at CWA but you know as I do where most of the other states gold level teams were at that weekend.
    I am on board all day long with teams going to Kingsport to get in a different tournament, but when our state enters Heartland to put our best national team together and that doesnt happen its a dissapointment to all and it should be to you also.
    I would venture to guess your comment about not needing "team indiana" is more of a reflection on your personal opinions based on my observations of your level of loyalty to any one club, organization or academy.
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    JMILL reacted to Mattyb in The effect of the freestyle qualifiers   
    Seems that way. Some clubs up there need to get on the weekday tourneys!!! They are awesome. Been seeing 50 to 150 kids get two or three solid matches in a couple hours. It’s awesome! I see this much like the duals at the elementary level. Both are very good products that are cost effective and convenient for families.  
    Went to Red Cobra on Friday. Bout 80 kids. Several youth hammers and several high school state placers there. Mark Durham running track. JD Minch and Zach Errett reffing. $10 entry fee. Two full mats. Nice medals for the kids (not expected but really cool). Weighins from 5 to 5:30. Everyone got 2 to 4 matches and was done by 9. Can’t beat it. This is what the people want. 
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    JMILL reacted to Mattyb in The effect of the freestyle qualifiers   
    Again, I know that people don't like it and do understand to the why. My point was that I have personally seen some better wrestling and numbers are up. With that said... when the whole thing was put in place, I am sure that the weeknight deal was not in anybody's mind. As the result of trying to get the qualifiers in, we are now getting great mini tournaments and freeing up some of our weekends. I see better freestyle and enjoyed my Easter a bit more. Just saying, I'm seeing good stuff.   
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    JMILL got a reaction from Mattyb in Scholastic Duals   
    This is another example of the need for the "Dis-like" button......... think about it is all I am saying ???
    Truth time...... I listen to all of @TripleB suggestions, the problem is only half are worth anything once I get thru his massive amounts of B.S. (LOL....I kid !!!!)  
    He has many good ideas, but they can not possibly all be put into place over night.  Now He is onto something with his idea of a beginners ISWA State Tournament and I am hoping to help push that to happening !!!!  We need to get Pat Culp on board as she is clearly the guru to help see this happen.
    Some of those other ideas that he had out in Heartland I can't even mention on this forum for fear of getting banned, but he occasionally hits an idea for a double or "triple" (pun intended).
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    JMILL got a reaction from Mattyb in Scholastic Duals   
    This is another example of the need for the "Dis-like" button......... think about it is all I am saying ???
    Truth time...... I listen to all of @TripleB suggestions, the problem is only half are worth anything once I get thru his massive amounts of B.S. (LOL....I kid !!!!)  
    He has many good ideas, but they can not possibly all be put into place over night.  Now He is onto something with his idea of a beginners ISWA State Tournament and I am hoping to help push that to happening !!!!  We need to get Pat Culp on board as she is clearly the guru to help see this happen.
    Some of those other ideas that he had out in Heartland I can't even mention on this forum for fear of getting banned, but he occasionally hits an idea for a double or "triple" (pun intended).
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    JMILL reacted to Caleb Spires in MVP   
    This is especially effective when trying to decide if, say, it comes down to if your 113 lber or 182 lber is the best on the team; odds are the wrestleoff should clear up who is actually better.
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    JMILL reacted to TripleB in Camden Spears of Plainfield commits to   
    Awesome for Cam, coached this kid and his bros for years. Congrats to Cam and his parents Brian and Sharon!
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    JMILL reacted to JoeCoffey in Stevan Micic   
    Sounds easy enough
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    JMILL reacted to TripleB in Warren Central has terrible mobile service   
    Agreed, with 20 kids banging and having to rely on trackwrestling it was very frustrating. 
    But other than that great tourney!
    Hats off to @JMILL and Ryan Parrish for herding the cats at weigh ins. 
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    JMILL got a reaction from Bulldog89 in 2019 MS Heartland Duals Gold and Blue Teams   
    Elementary Team
           GOLD                                                              BLUE
    50     Jaxson Harris                                                 Sam Rioux
    55     Lane Williams                                                Deacon Gibbs
    60    Peyton Schoettle                                            Charlie Hutchison
    65    Case Bell                                                        Case Bridge
    70    Nate Rioux                                                     Eddie Goss
    75    Tommy Gibbs                                                Isaac Ash
    80    Easton Doster                                                Quienton Schoeff
    85    Jake Hockaday                                              Griffin VanTichelt
    90    Wyatt Davis                                                   Andrew Mercer
    95    Malachi Terrell                                               Clinton Shepard
    100 Anthony Rinehart                                            tbd
    105 Gabriel Rose                                                   tbd
    112 Gavin Davis                                                     tbd
    120 Zane Skinner                                                  Jaden Osborn
    130 Bryson Mota                                                   tbd
    140 Dylan Feree                                                   Tyson Ingle
    160 tbd                                                                  tbd
                                          COACHES:
    Ryan Parrish                                                       Matt Clark
    Dustin Bentz                                                       Travis Hutchison
     
    As you can see we have openings at the spots listed as "tbd" so if any wrestler, parent or coach knows of a kid that could and wants to fill the spots please contact me at Jason Miller 219-730-9489 via text or call.
    Team IN trip is to Council Bluffs Iowa April 12-14th and costs $250.  This includes singlet, t-shirt, 1/4 zip long sleeve, fight shorts and gear bag.  You will need to provide transportation and book a hotel out of the block of rooms we have secured at the team Hotel.  
    All information is listed on the ISWA home page under the tab Team IN and drop down to Heartland Duals.
    Please call or text with any questions either myself or Ryan Parrish 317-213-8598
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