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  1. Travel just got easier... ROCKFORD, IL — In partnership with USA Wrestling, the national governing body of wrestling in the United States, and the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation (IKWF), the Rockford Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB) is thrilled to announce the region’s winning bid to host the 2020-21 USA Wrestling 16U National Dual Championships.Set for June 9-13, 2020, and June 8-12, 2021 at Indoor Sports Center at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two in Loves Park, this marks the first-time that USA Wrestling will host a national event in the Rockford region.
  2. And when you speak to them about their national teams, it's an interesting contrast in how much the athlete's participation/gear is subsidized by the state association or other sponsors/donors. To participate in Cadet/Junior Duals followed by Fargo is a mortgage payment or two/three in Indiana vs. a car payment in some of those other states.. 😳
  3. Any final thoughts as we close out the 2018-2019 with Fargo having concluded?
  4. there have been a few national teams that have "found" our best wrestlers and have invited them to participate in tournaments like Wildwood and McDonogh duals. These tournaments are usually in late Jan/early Feb. Adding regionals/qualifiers may preclude the best wrestlers from being able to participate in additional opportunities... However, if things flow as well as CG made it this year, then by all means keep it the same!
  5. This was the last "youth" dual for most of the 8th graders. Good job men! Out of the Gold MS team, there were a plethora of boys that joined Buxton, ScorpionsDynasty, M2 or other high end east coast all-star teams this past off season and we were hopeful about what Heartland would bring if everyone stuck it out and went together as Team Indiana... Wrestler selection: There probably needs to be a balance of fair/equitable approaches with pragmatism... Example: if a young man cuts >10% of wt for MS state, what's the probability he would be able to do the same >60 days later (after the spring break time frame)? I'd hazard a guess that there's probably not enough trust to move to a selection process vs. wrestle-off, though... Not sure if a matside weigh-in would help in that regard or not I will say that Minnesota seems to have it figured out. They have been consistently tough over the last 4 years we've traveled out there. Does anyone know their process for team selection, costs, etc? Thank you to the coaches and other folks who helped coordinate these events... Can't wait to see what these young men do over the next 4-5 years!
  6. Who has dropped to go to the FS/GR thing in Omaha?
  7. I think Coach P from Carmel had a post a few weeks ago regarding the struggle of getting kids to wrestle in the BIGGEST high school district in the state, so there is more than likely more to the central issue than just enrollment. The degree of training required to compete at the highest level in this sport has to be a factor with kids shying away from competing due to the inherent difficulty.
  8. I think there a few July and August 2004 birthdays... My wife and mother are/were educators, so there was never a question of retention for sports as I knew what the answer would be...
  9. Apples and oranges with argument above,the other schools take kids from something called a “school district.” When “our middle schools” encompass the greater Indianapolis area, there’s a difference, just saying... 👀 👀 👀 i grew up in Wabash County and wrestled at a small 1A school that fed into the Huntington North sectional and Ft Wayne regional never could get past Tony Roush... A lot of great wrestling in the late 80s and early 90s from that corner of the state! Really applaud what Jake O’Neill is building in Wabash. But, really glad I’ve lived in the Burg for the last 20 years and been a small part of the local club getting to see Drake, Drew, Logan, Griffin and Thierry and others become the wrestlers they are. Just a small community west of 465 in #thecounty
  10. I'd hazard a guess a few programs will contend over the upcoming years [alphabetically] Brownsburg, Cathedral [central Indiana recruitment area], Center Grove, Crown Point, +/- Chesterton and Penn (if folks stay in Porter County & Granger/Mishawaka, respectively). One unique trivia answer about Brownsburg and Center Grove will be the fact that those kids coming in mostly consist of youth that have grown up in their respective communities -training with their community clubs/middle school teams & local academies. This topic is about incoming freshmen (and my son will be part of the Bburg Class of 2023)... but, the incoming sophomore depth for the Dogs is very promising, too! Two current freshmen placed this past weekend and they have classmates that push them everyday...
  11. AJ was in the Red Cobra room all of the off season with his awesome mom driving him down to Avon 3-4x a week. Great dedication, great kid and family! Good job AJ!
  12. A lot of Indiana flavor out at Wildwood Dualsin New Jersey this past weekend with kids wrestling for Buxton, ScorpionsDynasty, M2, Midwest Mafia and others and represented the state really well!
  13. Kudos to the coaches, staff and volunteers at Center Grove for stepping in for Carmel after the boiler explosion to host this year's event. The school hosted a swimming/diving event and IHSWCA MS State! Weigh ins went well! Matches started at/around 9:10am 14 full mat surfaces going at same time (table help and referees-- no problem!) Most weight classes are finished by 4:30pm! It's going to be very interesting over the next few years watching all these young hammers that will flow into Crown Point, Center Grove, Penn, Castle & #Brownsburg. Very deep fields in most weight classes!
  14. #paintrain BEMS- 105 Avon South 18 #paintrainBEMS 104 ZMS 20 Didn't catch the team score for AMS v ZMS
  15. New this year (from recent years) is the ability to change weight vs. what you registered for. So, what wt you register for may not mean much in the end... 😉
  16. I've seen call outs from E.A.C. for the state-based duals... Are there any additional Indiana teams headed down there? (I happen to know of a 15U HWT {act wt 195lb}...) | Headed out to VAC with ScorpionsDynasty in 2 weeks, so will see a few of you there! Wrapping up travel football with Team Indiana Football Class of 2023 (Twitter: Team2023) and looking forward to raslin' season.
  17. The home duals have a greater attendance rate than basketball games. The youth program has been strong for quite a few years, too. Nice to be able to consider "staying home" vs. going elsewhere... Also, the new weight room directly beneath the wrestling room is quite impressive...
  18. There's a small bit of irony in that Carmel sports tend to attract athletes that live outside of Carmel school district... The economic factors associated high school sports should be the ones being addressed as primary root causes vs. discussion on more legislative interventions to limit choice. If small communities (small schools) were financially solid and were able to compensate teachers/coaches commensurately, build impressive facilities and attract talent, this conversation wouldn't be relevant... Having graduated from Southwood HS (Wabash County) in 1991 and building a home in <Pound Sign>HendricksCountySmellsFunny in 1998, I can honestly say that I have seen both sides. I've had relatives who have worked in the smaller, rural consolidated schools and ones that have worked in Class 6A football school systems - there's no comparison to the resources available to the larger schools... Smaller schools are continuing to wither on the vine due to population migration to jobs, opportunities, etc. Additionally, the larger population density areas are going to continue to be able to support academies that bring in the hammers from across multiple school districts. Why wouldn't a parent want to have those opportunities for their kids close at hand? Having a state tournament by class system may still interest those athletes in the middle, but the best still want to compete against the best and that is what a single class tournament provides. Which solution is "best?" BTW, I commend guys like Jake O'Neill on the work he's doing with the Wabash Apaches (in area of the state that has been relatively devoid of wrestling). Hopefully his club kids and school kids will bring some excitement to the FW semi-state again...
  19. Here's what the registration site has for entries for MS division: Bryce Lowery IN St Roch Catholic 8th 95 Jericko Jackson IN Angola 7th 112 John Purdy IN Castle South 8th 145 Duke Myers IN Bellmont 8th 136 Sergio Lemley IN Chesterton 8th 105 Sam Goin IN Bulldog Premier 8th 100 Christian Carroll IN Schmucker middle 8th 157 Aaron Steenbeke IN Discovery middle school 8th 157 Leighton Jones IN Brownsburg Indiana 8th 180 Should be interesting to see how the season kicks off with some of Indiana's MS hammers taking to the road for the trip to Greensboro!
  20. I think a few posters have put the triple crown in perspective - it serves to recognize kid's dedication to wrestling over a continuum. Mattyb hits the nail on the head for youth wrestlers and the recognition of the triple crown. Having a 7th grader, the TC has kept him interested in learning more FS & GR (which he gets nightly at Red Cobra after folkstyle is over). It was a very happy day in the house when he said to hell with baseball, I want to do more FS & GR. As for GR, it's great for kids that are bigger and don't shoot a lot of legs. Also, add in the 4th TC for a <Pound Sign>HendricksCountySmellsFunny #paintrain 7th grader who came very close to winning MS State, too..!
  21. What Leighton will wrestle at MS State will depend on how well he can get to 176 for McDonogh duals Jan 27...
  22. Brewer was the team leader for the MS Heartland Duals Gold team this past April and that group of talented young men came home with a third place finish. Quite a few of those same middle-schoolers participated in SB duals earlier this month and were very competitive as a squad, but due to some injuries and subsequent forfeits didn't place as high in GR/FS standings. The Blue Team gave up 5-6 weight's worth of forfeits, but were solid against the non-Gold pool types as the "developmental team". So, the quality of our wrestlers is there and we are closer to be on the cusp of contention with the big boys, especially for a state with our population size! I think someone mentioned it earlier in the posting, but these top shelf wrestlers know each other really well through past national team/travel team tournaments. They communicate via social media (SnapChart, Instagram, etc.) almost daily if not hourly in some cases. They know who is doing what - where and when... ! I know my son loves to hang with his "buddies" from Lake Central, Chesterton, Penn, Edgewood, Castle, Tell City and Madison in addition to the friends he has made from the metro Indy area. These kids know who the other "bangers" are in their age groups across the other weight classes better than a lot of the parents do. So a big question that should be asked is, "How does the team get the best to participate?" For solutions... If there could be a greater colloboration and consideration with team leaders, association leaders, academy/club coaches and parents, we might see a few improved outcomes in these dual events? Also, I did notice that the TN SB team had "Check into Cash" singlets on, so corporate sponsorship must exist at least in the Volunteer State...
  23. You might be able to do a Kokomo/Bloomington "semi-state". That way not many would have much over 2h drive time. Metro Indy could go to either in ~ 1hr or less...
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