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Ed Pendoski

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  1. 14 hours ago, Mattyb said:

    Again... with alll of this said... are you to suggest that the parents just stick with the course that they were on???? I say no way!!! No way this family sacrifices opportunity for their child to get better coaching, partners, and education just because some other people think that a handful of kids moving is going to “kill” high school wrestling. 

    A phrase I say to our team often is "just because someone says something adamantly, doesn't make their opinion more correct".  I could see why people have this opinion too. Cody Phillips, Michael Duckworth, and Mitch Sliga are guys that are examples of wrestlers that stayed in the district of their local feeder system.  They stayed in their dirstrict, used the tools that they had available, and had pretty successful careers in high school. One opinion on this would be if you don't take the easier path (transfer to a district with the 'perfect partners/coaches' then they would be more prepared for difficult situations in matches/life...but that is a different conversation that I hope doesn't take over this thread.


    In my conversations with other coaches is usually about what happens to the state as a whole if a portion of transfers to the a power team continues?

    I can see the discrepancies of my gymnastics analogy.  Gymnastics has many hurdles in front of them.  It is a very expensive sport and takes up a large chunk of space in a school building, and it is very hard to find a coach....but I do feel like wrestling has it's own hurdles in front of them.  



    I'm pretty sure that no one knows what will happen to the smaller/weaker programs if quality guys continue to transfer to the 'power programs'.  My hope of this discussion is that are we really looking at the future of our sport at the high school level?  Should we pay attention to possible long term ramifications? I'm the Lorax.  I speak for the trees!


  2. 59 minutes ago, Mattyb said:

    This is how I see it.... I would say 90 percent of the high profile transfers are from families that wrestle year round. They spend money on training, travel, gear, camps, etc.... most of these families had no clue that they would become “wrestling” families when they first got married, and moved into the town that they grew up in or that was near their place of employment. With this said, as these kids are getting to high school age (or begin high school) parents are seeing that their wrestler may have an opportunity to get better training, better exposure, better partners, better coaches (that get paid more!), and for the most part a better education at other schools. Not to mention they are moving to communities where their friends, that they have been traveling the nation with for years, reside. These people are trying to that which is best for the family as a whole. 

    This is exactly the hypothetical situation I'm talking about.  "I'm doing what's best for my kid".  

    But is it going to end high school wrestling as we know it because we are going to become a club when the numbers are so low?

  3. What really got me thinking about the numbers situation was the shortage of refs and what the NWCA is talking about when they promote the sport.  

    We are about 15 years away from the worst of what title IX proportionality rule did to college wrestling.  The fact that we're 15 years away means that we have the smallest pool of college wrestlers that would be added to the pool of refs (and coaches).

    Looking at the numbers of small schools and then add the number of small school 'potential state qualifier' kid that transfers to a big successful school.  Made me wonder....in a shrinking number of potential coaches.  Is it going to affect the ability to get a good coach at a small/weaker school.  Same thing for getting the athlete to come to the wrestling room.

    A great example would be Sliga's workout partner at Fishers HS.  If Sliga left Fishers, there's a much lesser chance of Seth Riley being on the wrestling team in HS.  Let alone qualifying for the state tourney as a senior.

    If every time Sheridan HS had a wrestler that had potential, and he transfered to Carmel...eventually Sheridan is going to stop having a wrestling team if they can't get kids out or get a coach to coach them.  One schools start dropping wrestling, there will be many more to follow, in my opinion.

    Hence the gymnsatics analogy.

  4. Here's a thought that hit my brain a couple years ago and I'd like to know what other's think.

    When a kid transfers school there's almost always three sides of the equation.  Parents say, "The IHSAA should let a family do what's best for the kid" and if the school a kid leaves decides to protest,  they're quick to say "that move was for an athletic transfer which is not allowed".  The school that receives the transfer says, "What am I supposed to do if a kid just showes up?"

    My thought here isn't touching any of those statements.  We've all heard enough on Indianamat about this.

    Here's my thought that I'd like to know what others think......

    What is going to happen to wrestling in the long run as a whole if the number of state placing transfers continues?  Is wrestling going to become similar to gymnastics over time?  How are the small school/weaker programs going to keep up numbers of participants and quality of participants?  What about coaching at a smaller/weaker program?  Wouldn't it be more attractive place to coach if a potential state qualifier was in the room?  

    Here is gymnastics program from last year:  http://www.ihsaa.org/portals/0/Flip Book/2017-18/gym/index.html#?page=8

    If we continue on the growth in number of transfers, what happens to the smaller/weaker schools?  How long before the smaller/weaker schools start to drop the sport.  Once that starts happening, I'm concerned it will happen with other schools quickly.  Are the number of forfeits from 1a schools increasing or decreasing in the past 5 years?  What happens when a school has 5 guys on a team, and no one to coach them?  

    I'm the Lorax.  I speak for the trees.

    Are we ruining the future of Indiana wrestling with the amount of transfers?....but everyone needs a thneed, right?  

    If my daughter has a child that want to wrestle (of course I mean 30 yrs from now, after she gets her MBA, starts her own business, and then is allowed to date for the first time), will Indiana wrestling be a sport with 40 schools and the same 4 teams compete for a title?  

  5. 1 hour ago, Y2CJ41 said:

    We have NEVER had multiple Junior Freestyle champs. We have only had 10 Junior Freestyle champs ever. Just for reference they were: David Palmer, Jeff Pease, David McCubbins, Nathan Moore, Matt Coughlin, Andrew Howe, Cashe Quiroga, Jason Tsirtsis, Mitch Sliga, and Nick Lee.

    We have had multiple Cadet Freestyle champs only three times
    In 1993 with Chris "way cooler than Darrick" Snyder, James Leavell, and Tim Myers
    In 2014 with CJ Red, Nick Lee, and Paul Konrath
    In 2011 with Mitch Sliga and Stevan Micic

    Vega won a JR Freestyle and Greco title in 1997

  6. Carmel USA Wrestling Club is very excited about welcoming the newest member of our coaching staff: Coach Cody LeCount.  We are thrilled to add one of the best high school wresters ever in the state of Indiana to coach on our staff!  Coach LeCount’s record as a wrestler is well documented.  

    IHSAA State Runner up 2012
    IHSAA State Champion 2013
    IHSAA State Champion 2014
    High Schol Career Recond: 183-2
    USA Cadet Freestyle National Runner Up 2013

    The talent Coach LeCount demonstrated so frequently on the mat as a competitor has translated well to the room as a coach.  In just a few sessions in our club practices, it is evident he has a gift for teaching the sport he mastered as a competitor.  He has already already made an impact on our footwork! 


    Please join me in welcoming Coach LeCount to our family!


    Coach LeCount has starting doing individual drill times and has a summer planned of mini camps!  Here is the information on his skill specific mini camps for the summer of 2018




    Who: Intermediate to High School wrestlers

    When: Wed. / Thurs. from 12:00 - 2:00

    • June 6th & 7th: Front Headlocks

    • June 13th & 14th: Single Legs

    • June 20th & 21st: Near Wrist from Top

    • June 27th & 28th: High-Crotches / Double legs

    • July 11th & 12th: Stand-Ups and Short Sits

    • July 18th & 19th: Throws

    • July 25th & 26th: Shot Defense / Scrambling

    Where: CHS Wrestling Room, enter door 21

    Cost: $30 per session (checks payable to CUSAWC)


    Questions: Please contact:

    Coach Cody LeCount cody.lecount@carmelusawrestling.org

    Coach Pendoski: ed.pendoski@carmelusawrestling.org

  7. The Carmel RTC will continue through the summer.  While we might be have the least traffic on instagram (I'm still waiting for this fad called the internet to go away, but apparently it isnt).


    We will continue to go on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:15 and now the college guys are starting to come in the room.  Hatch, Timmerman and Doster will be driving over and we will be warming up, drilling and wrestling 3 min goes with 4 min breaks!  


    Come battle with us if you're looking to get some matches.

  8. We'll be back in the Blue Room tonight!  6:45-8:15


    We've had over 40 in the room the past three weeks!  Coach Adam Donehue will be our clinician tonight!


    Coach Donehue was an All State football player and wrestler in Ohio before wrestling for tOSU.  


    Reminder that we will not have our RTC on April 4th, but we will be back at it again on April 11th!

  9. We had a great room last week and expect even better tonight!  We will have guest clinician Jake O'Neil in our room hoping to teach us his "Eastside Strangler" Headlock!


    We 40+ guys last week and we counted 17 of them were wrestlers that were Semi State or farther!


    The bigger question of the night will be if Chad Welch takes revenge on Cressel for the rear naked choke from Middle School State!

  10. 4 hours ago, Thor said:

    They have three returning state qualifiers, one with a 4th place medal last year, as well as another Sinkovics. Carmel brings back Brendan Mattingly, but I don't recognize any other names in their lineup. Carmel may have the better overall dual team, but star power and name recognition could push Mishawaka in.

    Is the committee looking name recognition?  Don't make me call Clownbaby to 'make some noise' on the board!


    Hooper placed 2nd at 95 and Gunn finished 5th at 117 at middle school state. 


    We also have 8 returning semi state qualifiers.  Our only JV loss was to Warren and no one else on in our duals was within 35 points.

  11. If we are using bench press as the measuring tool, which Welch's bench should we use?  Chad has been lifting with Donehue, while Doug found the treadmill.

    Heaven forbid if it's up to Doug's bench.


    Greyhounds have not been notified if we're supposed to submit information for the committee.  We'll get Doug on protein powder today!


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