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  1. https://www.carmelusawrestling.org/dan-nelson


    Numbers are starting to come in for our folkstyle tourney this Sunday!  We enjoy the block weights system to make sure the most guys get matches!  Here is the information and registration is on Trackwrestling: http://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/opentournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=true&loadBalanced=true&sport=wrestling&TIM=1515094146755&pageName=&ie=false&frameSize=893

  2. The Delta teams in the 80's were crazy good.  The 03 Mater Dei team was the best I've seen.   Here's their seniors results that year:


    Craig Macke (41-1) Evansville Mater Dei (12)

    Finished 3rd after losing to Escebedo in the semis


    Aaron Scott (31-7) Evansville Mater Dei (12)

    Finished 3rd losing to Tsirtsis in the semis


    Craig Weinzapfel (38-0) Evansville Mater Dei (12)



    Dustin Nosko (20-2) Evansville Mater Dei (12)



    Sam Wildeman (34-1) Evansville Mater Dei (12)



    We lost a close dual meet to Griffith that year in the team Semi State.  After a couple of days of being pissed off about it, we realized that the Mater Dei team had a legit chance to shut us out at team state if we would have won.  


    Macke is on my list of 'best guys to never win'.  He was special.

  3. 16 hours ago, maligned said:

    Man, I loved lots of sports and I'm trying to expose my two girls to lots of different things at their young age--but the evidence for eventually making a choice if you have next-level goals is just so hard to ignore. The age of specialization and year-round competition from an early age didn't exist before the 1990s. It picked up steam and reached a tipping point in the late 1990s that gave birth in the early 2000s to an ongoing golden age of individual wrestling in Indiana.

    Number of 4-time state champs from 1953-2003: 1

    Number of 4-timers from 2004-2017: 5

    3 or 4-timers by decade: 1960s--2, 1970s--2, 1980s--2, 1990s--2,  2000s--7, 2010s not including '18 & '19 grads--5

    If you want to do something special in a skill, there's simply no substitute for time invested in that specific skill. All the research points to it--from music to sports to computer programming. This is just to say, I get your dilemma as a father. You want your son to do the things he enjoys and have diverse experiences, but it's hard to ignore the potential at his disposal and the limited time he has to maximize it.

    While we can't deny the numbers here point to the fact that specialization of sports leads to more success by your math here, but I do not agree with the methodology to this thought process.  I'm not a fan of folding a sliver of fact around an opinion.

    Using your same numbers, I can also say that the reason there's more 4-timers since 2004 is because they had iphones.  The numbers clearly state that since the invention of iphones we have had more 4 time state champions.  

    There are many factors involved in winning 4 IHSAA state titles.  We could also use your math to say that it's clearly easier to win a state title since the age of specialization and year-round competition from an early age.  Is it possible that Angel Escobedo would not have won a state title as a freshman if some butt kicker cross country kid quit wrestling as a 10 yr old to just train cross country?

    12 hours ago, Mattyb said:

    Let’s factor in college dollars also... We have kids here in our town who are solid football players getting full rides. NCAA FBS schools get 85 full rides per team. While wrestling gets 9.9. I know of state champs (best of our best) that are getting 15% to start their college careers. 

    With this said... I would love to say if your son has D1 talent in both sports... then wrestling is the best! You should just do that! But... that is simply not true. 

    Saying  this on a wrestling forum is tough for me. But... if your boy has D1 football talent / size and likes football... then he should keep that option open. He would most likely get way more money to play football. 

    Ugh. It's been my opinion for a long time that if you play a sport with the aspirations of money you're doing it for the wrong reasons.  Play a sport because you like it.  Workout because you like working out.  If you workout because your going to get a scholarship, then what happens after you get a scholarship?  It's over.  But if you workout because you like working out, you have long term life habit that will be with you forever.

    Tom Cameron was my high school coach and the biggest mentor in my life.  When I got my first coaching position he gave me a book called Winning is Everything, and Other American Myths.  I highly recommend it to coaches and parents.





  4. I know it's very early in the process, but we've gotten much more feedback that we thought we would in August.


    I'm going to keep a list here of openings for each division on each day

     Nov 19th: elementary 3 spots left  Middle school: 2 spots left

    Dec 10: elementary 2 spots left Middle school 3 spots left

    Dec 17th: elementary 3 spots left, Middle school 3 spots

  5. Coach,


    I emailed you the flyer.  Let me know if you have any questions.  


    We enjoy our dual stuff early in the season.  It's a chance for our guys to compete as a team, get some matches, and out the door.  It's also great for our newer parents (OK, great for me as a parent too!) to say we compete from 9-noon.  


    If anyone knows the answer to, "what time will the tourney end", please let me know!  I've struggled answering that one for 23 years now!

  6. CUSAWC is hosting Elementary and Middle School Duals tournaments on Nov 19th, Dec 10, and Dec 17th.  Elementary duals will start at 9:00am and Middle School duals will start at 2:00.

    Our goals for these tournament is to help provide a place for guys to get quality matches in a dual meet setting before the start of individual tournaments in Jan.  We have run these in the past and have had great success getting 4-5 duals (and plenty of exhibition matches!) in around 4 hours.  

    Elementary weights are:

    40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 85, 95, 105, 105+

    CUSAWC Elementary Duals 1116.docx (1).docx

    Middle School weights are:

    80, 90, 97, 104, 111, 118, 125, 135, 145, 155, 170, 190, 190+


    We are looking for 3-5 teams for each age division for each of the dates.  Please contact Coach Pendoski if you are interested in bringing a team, or if you have any questions.



    CUSAWC MS Duals 1116.docx (1).docx

  7. It's not talked about here often on this discussion board as others, but Darren Elkins has had quite the UFC career.  If you get a chance to watch Darren's last fight, you might be able to understand how tough of a guy Darren really is.  I watched the fight from my sofa with my wife, and to be honest.  I was hoping the ref would stop it because I can't see a situation where Darren would quit and I was worried for his safety........and 5 min later he knocks the guys out to get what some have called one of the best comebacks in the history of UFC.


    Darren has his biggest fight of his career this Saturday on Fox if you get a chance to watch a fellow Hoosier as Co-Main event for UFC Fight Night.  

  8. Sunday Night we are hosting our first Celebrity Dual Meet at 6:00 in the Varstiy Gym at Carmel High School.  The goal of our dual it to help raise money for our middle school guys going to Wabash camp, in a way that promotes the sport (does anyone like selling candles?).  Admission to our duals is free, but we are asking for a $10 donation.  We look forward to starting this tradition and are excited about what this can grow into in the future!


    Match 1:

    Jerrod Smith vs Sam Bublick

    Both Smith and Bublick are IHSAA State Qualifiers from our 2016 team and this is quite the matchup.  Both grapplers are known for their ability to scramble so that category is a push.  Smith brings a high cardio level to this match and Bublick brings a power situation that can give Smith fits. 


    Odds makers are taking Bublick if it is a 90 second match, but the longer the match goes, the more momentum can move to Smith's advantage. 


    Match 2:

    Gary Bacon vs Bill Kepler

    Bacon and Kepler are both Alumni of Wabash College and they also have incredible street cred around the streets of Crawfordsville from their presence there in the late 90's early 80's.  This is an interesting matchup because Bacon has size on his favor, but Kepler might have more power.  I'm sure both guys thumbs are sore from the group text trash talk that I have been fortunate enough to be included in.


    Odds makers have this match leaning towards Bacon, but Kepler isn't out of the equation because of all of the unknowns he brings to the table.


    Match 3:

    Aj Gunn vs Jake Shafer

    This match will be fun to watch with two of Carmel's better resume guys getting after it.  Shafer had a collarbone issue this winter and is just getting back into his true form, while Gunn is a crafty opponent that is learning to score from different positions every day.


    Match 4:

    Jack Eiteljorge vs. Chad Welch

    Eiteljorge has improved lately and has been rumored to score his first takedown on "The Chad" last week.  Chad contests this score and blames Doug for being a terrible ref.  Can Jack score another one if front of people and Doug not being the ref?


    Match 5:

    Doug Welch vs Scott Hinkel

    Hinkel is the career pins leader for Purdue before he became head coach there from 2007-2015.  Coach Hinkel actually recruited Doug to wrestle at Purdue.  Coach Welch has one state titles and has NCAA wins over some of America's best, but can he get over the "Big Brother" syndrome and score on his first college mentor.  Definitely should be match of the night!

  9. Saturday June 17th, CUSAWC is going to have a clinic with Indiana's own Angel Escobedo!


    We will have 3 sessions for $60.





    We are expecting a competitive room for this one and it is open to the public.  Conact us if you have any questions.


    Ed Pendoski



    Doug Welch


  10. I remember when I first got involved with the ISWA in the mid 90s and Mr. and Mrs. Errett proposed having qualifying tourneys for freestyle state and it was proposed to be cash positive compared to having one big tourney.


    If everyone is serious about a two week tourney, I would suggest asking ISWA clubs that are hosting regionals to host a MS Regional since they have mats out on Saturday already.  I know North Montgomery ran a club tourney after their regional.



    I think you'd get more kids wrestling.  I'm pretty positive that more Carmel kids would go to the regional if it was closer and not as 'skilled' as the MS State.  I'd be confident that the other regions would get many more kids at a regional that were hours away from New Castle.



    Two weekends of tourneys for kids that might be in their middle school season.

  11. The numbers are picking up nicely for our folkstyle tourney on Sunday.  


    Reminder that we are using Madison Block weights.  Wrestlers will step on the scale at registration in the wrestling room.  We will enter their weights into trackwrestling and they will be placed into 4 man round robin by closest in weight.


    Let us know if you have any questions before then!

  12. CUSAWC will be hosting our Dan Neson Folkstyle Tournament this Sunday.  Reminder that we will be using madison block weights.  We will weigh the kids in between 7:30-8:30 and put them in blocks of 4, so doesn't matter if Billy weighs 79.8 or 80.2, because wrestlers will be put in 4 man round robins with guys closest to their weights.


    Registration is on Trackwrestling here:  http://s200.trackwrestling.com/tw/opentournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&sport=wrestling&TIM=1483449961065&pageName=&ie=false&frameSize=963


    This tournrament is a part of the Gladiator Series and there is some good wrestling going on in the fieldhouse!


    Contact us if you have any questions!


    Ed Pendoski




  13. Carmel USA Wrestling Club is hosting a small 2 day camp over break on Dec. 20-21 at Carmel HS Blue Room.


    We will have elementary age group from 9:00-10:30am and middle school from 10:30-12:00am


    Enter door 21 and fee is $30.


    We're exciting about opening this to the public.  Come spend a couple hours with Coach Welch and Coach Pendoski.  It's 80 and humid where we work!


    Here's a link to the camp:



    Contact us if you have any questions:

    Coach Pendoski



    Coach Welch




  14. Come spend the weekend with us at Carmel High School and get the chance to meet and learn from the Purdue University Wrestling Staff. Head Coach Tony Ersland, Assistant Coach Tyrell Todd (Big 10 Champ, 3x NCAA AA), and NEW Assistant Coach Jake Sueflohn (4 X NCAAA Qualifier) will all be in attendance to showcase the techniques that they show at the Big 10 level, and the essential skills that they believe are necessary to succeed at the highest levels of wrestling. Come be seen by the Purdue Wrestling staff, it’s going to be a great camp! Under the direction of head coach Tony Ersland and assistant coaches Jake Sueflohn and Tyrel Todd, the Purdue wrestling program turned a new corner.


    Last year we had Purdue come in and they put on a heck of a camp. We had 50 campers from all around the state getting better and looking to be seen by our own instate Division 1 BIG 10 school, the Purdue Boilermakers! This is a great opportunity if you are looking to get some training in for preparation of any preseason national tournaments or if you are just gearing up for November when High School Season officially begins.


    Cost: $100, $70 CUSAWC member, $70 team rate (2 people or more)


    Location and Time: CHS Wrestling Room, Enter through Door 21,

    arrive as early as 11:00am Saturday, and 7:30am on Sunday


    SATURDAY, September 17th *Lunch will not be provided.

    Session 1: 12:00pm-2:00pm

    Session 2: 3:00pm-4:30pm

    Session 3: 5:00pm-6:30pm


    SUNDAY, September 18th *Lunch will not be provided.

    Session 4: 8:00am-10:00am

    Session 5: 10:30am-12:00pm


    ​Here is a link to register:



    Contact Coach Pendoski if you have questions:



  15. Dual meets for the elementary guys is an awesome experience and has done wonders for programs I've been involved with...but it has also been nightmarish at times.  


    I think the issue with dual leagues is that you have to start putting rules in place.  After you set the rules, then you have to trust that people follow the integrity of the rules.  Jim Watkins is the head coach at Calumet High School and has always been a mentor of mine.  I've repeated his phrase often, "It's always right to do the right thing.  It's not always easy to do the right thing....but it's always right"


    For example, as we look at the history of elementary dual tourneys in Indiana, there's been situations where Team A might have not have had enough kids in their club to compete, so they picked up a couple local kids from surrounding schools to help complete their lineups.  Then Team B would do the same, but would pick up a couple kids to 'complete their lineup' that accidentally were multiple time state champions.


    Now here's the tough part....how do you set  the rules or guidelines for these situations?  


    If Team A is a couple kids short of filling a lineup and the kids on Team A have a couple friends in neighbor schools that don't have a dual team, I think it's great that they're growing the sport by including others to fill their team.


    If Team B has enough kids (or even if they don't!) and they go searching for elementary killers so they can pound other local teams, then I think that shows a lack of integrity.


    There are many examples of things like this when dealing with elementary wrestling.  One person says in this thread, "What do you do with 6th graders and 3rd graders that weigh 80?"  


    I've been lucky enough to run some rooms that have had some tough hombres in them.  Kyle Ayresman, Stevan Micic, Sean McMurray, Jason Tsitrsis, Eric Roach, Mitch Sliga, Cody LeCount could all wrestle the guy 3 yrs older than them, or 20 lbs bigger when they were in elementary school.  In fact, it was probably better for them if they did to that. (I think there's 19 IHSAA State Championships in that group of elementary guys!).  That doesn't mean everyone is supposed to wrestle older bigger.


    Carmel USA ran a freestyle duals tourney last spring.  I was asked by all 5 teams that entered the tourney, "do we have to have a team made up of only kids from our schools?".  My answer was, "we're trying to put a competition together so kids can wrestle freestyle in a dual format.  If you come with an all star team of killers, you will murder every team there.  You'll get a $2 medal and I will publicly taunt you in front of many people." (ha!)


    We intentionally reached out to schools that we know have integrity and it was an amazing event.  


    CUSAWC is currently in their third year of our Youth Wrestling League.  We split all of the kids into 4 teams (we have about 80 this year).  We have practices on Mon/Wed and in November, we have 'competitions' on Monday nights.  There are no weigh ins and zero parent coaches.  On days of competition we have coaches match kids up from both teams so there is as quality of wrestling as we can try to get.  Our goal of YWL is to provide a place for all elementary guys to learn about the sport, improve they physical skills, and have a great time.


    We have put together an elementary team from guys in our YWL.  We are hosting small triple dual elementary meets once a month.  I believe that they are full for Nov/Dec.  



    Ed Pendoski

    CUSAWC Coach

    ISWA Kids Director

  16. With our short notice on this camp, we've got a nice group of kids signed up for this weekend.


    The first session will be technique with Mitch showing his elbow pass to single and then how to transition that to a turn (or breakdown for folkstylers). 


    The second session on Saturday will be a lot of live wrestling.  We'd like to wrestle matches in freestyle and talk about scoring and strategy.


    The third session will be finishing takedowns and starting turns, with live situations at the end.


    Please contact us if you would like to attend of if you have any questions.




  17. Because of lack of numbers in the k-7 group we have shut it down for that age group.


    We now have 6 teams in the 7-12 age group and are opening it up for 4 more teams.  It's honor system on weigh ins this year.  We hope this makes it easier for everyone and not taken advantage of.


    We are excited about what this could grow into.  We think we can run 5 duals on complete mats and be done by 1:00.


    Please contact me as soon as possible if you can get a 10 man team.






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