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  1. Great to see our Big Ten schools in the hunt for more of the elite wrestlers. Coach Escobedo and Coach Ersland are doing it right!
  2. Performance Nutrition Coach Erin Sparrold will present Fueling Your Wrestlers tonight at 7:30 pm. You can register on the NWCAonline.com website or on the link on the NWCA Twitter account. Erin has presented at the NWCA Convention and she is outstanding. She will also present again on May 24 with Women are Not Small Men: Fueling Strategies for Female Wrestlers. You can also ask questions. This program is sponsored by the USMC and the NWCA. Hope to "see" you there tonight!
  3. Coaches--I just spoke to Nate Naasz at NWCA. The Academic and Leadership/Character programs are officially run by the USMC. The NWCA compiles the information and sends it to the Marines for them to get the certificates. The program normally involves a U.S. Marine coming to the recipient's school to present the certificates. Since the Covid-19 lock down made that impossible I think the program was delayed. Nate has sent out the Scholar certificates (let me know if you have not received yours).Nate said he had contacted Col. Fallon who is in charge of recruiting in this area of the country. He has not heard back yet and will be speaking to him tonight and will ask again about the Leadership & Character certificates with hope of getting the issue resolved tonight. Sorry for the delay in getting these to you.
  4. Congratulations to all of our Indiana high school wrestlers named NWCA/USMC Leadership & Character All-Americans. You can check out the names at the link below. The National Wrestling Coaches Association is proud to partner with the United States Marine Corps to recognize achievement in academics (Scholar All-Americans) and leadership & character. We had a good number of Indiana wrestlers who were named Leadership & Character All-Americans this year. Next year I hope we can greatly increase the number of Scholar and Leadership & Character All-Americans from Indiana. I encourage you to make this Leadership & Character award a special recognition for those truly outstanding members of your team. If you look at the criteria (below), the award is meant to represent the very best of your program. Congratulations to all of these wrestlers. http://www.nwcaonline.com/awards/nwca_usmc_leadership_character_aa_award/
  5. Proud of what Mark is doing there at Ancilla. Great opportunity for those kids who need to strengthen their academic foundation before heading on to a four-year to finish their careers. This is Indiana's ONLY junior college wrestling program. Go Chargers!
  6. Due to continuing uncertainty about reopening of state economies and travel constraints, the 2020 NWCA Convention scheduled will be conducted as a virtual program. The price has been lowered to $150. The convention will have all of the high quality presentations you have come to expect if you have attended previous conventions. There will be presentations for college coaches, high school coaches, officials and retired coaches. The exhibitors' trade show will also go virtual. The convention will run from July 29-31. Go to NWCAonline.com to get more information. If you have never attended a convention, this is a great chance to see what it is like from the comfort of your own home.
  7. Congratulations to the Indiana high school wrestlers who were recognized as 2020 NWCA/U.S. Marines Scholar All-Americans! The National Wrestling Coaches Association is proud to partner with the United States Marine Corps to recognize outstanding scholar athletes in the scholastic wrestling community. The requirements are a 3.5/4 or higher G.P.A. and earning a varsity letter winner. It is a privilege to recognize these Hoosier scholastic wrestlers. Hopefully we can get a much larger number of our athletes recognized next season. Dave Cloud NWCA Representative The Indiana wrestlers: Name School Jacob Kreager Ft. Wayne Snider High School Brady Ester Ft . Wayne Snider High School Cameron Garcia Ft. Wayne Snider High School Hayden Tippmann Ft. Wayne Snider High School Jared Mitchell Ft. Wayne Snider High School Seth Lawson Frankton High School Sarah Dix Pendleton Heights High School Cade Patton Southridge High School Samuel Schroeder Southridge High School
  8. Reducing opportunities for athletes is not the answer. What happens if this doesn't work? Do we drop to 12 weights...11? How about going the Olympic route and just have 6 weights? While forfeits can happen at large or small schools, it would seem the problem is most severe at smaller schools. Why not have a smaller number of weights for smaller schools? I looked at the NFHS participation statistics for 2018-2019 and 2009-2010. During that span the average wrestling roster size fell by about 8%. During that same time span the average 11-player high school football roster size fell by 9%. Has anyone heard a proposal to reduce from 11 players to 10 on the field? Instead, 6- (+77%) and 8-player (+26%) football programs have grown tremendously while the number of 11-player football programs grew by .1% (during that same span the number of wrestling teams grew by 4.7%). Why not look at this possible solution first instead of punishing those programs that have been more successful in recruiting/retaining wrestlers?
  9. Happy for Coach Jones and his team. Nobody deserves this more.
  10. You bet, Jason. Sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to you at State Finals. Hope you are doing well.
  11. Coaches, I just received this link today, so I apologize for the short deadline--Feb 28, Friday. This award is for JUNIORS and SENIORS only. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the form. You need to provide a short narrative of why your think this member of your team deserves the nomination. You may nominate more than one member of your team. You may also nominate letter winners for Academic All-American recognition. That information is contained in a separate topic on the high school forum page. Use the link below to reach the nomination site for the Leadership and Character award. Please contact me if you have any questions. Dave Cloud-Indiana Representative National Wrestling Coaches Association https://mailchi.mp/9dbcd6db0b16/nwca-usmc-announce-scholastic-scholar-all-american-award-330763?e=a3a7dc443a
  12. Coaches, If you are a member of the NWCA your varsity athletes can be nominated as Scholar All-Americans. This award is sponsored by the NWCA and the United States Marine Corps. Go to NWCAonline.com, sign in and in the members portal, click on the Scholar All-American Form link on the top of the left side menu. Your athletes will receive a certificate.The eligibility requirements: 1) 3.5 Individual Grade Point Average (Based on a 4.0 Scale) 2) Either Fall Semester or Cumulative GPA3) Athlete must be a 2019-20 Varsity Letter winner4) Submissions due by 11:59 pm ET on March 31. E-mail me at dcloud@smcsc.com if you have any questions. Dave Cloud Indiana NWCA Representative
  13. Great time today at the IHSWCA HoF ceremony. Always a blast seeing coaching/officiating legends and contributors who worked to build our sport. Awards 2019 Harold F. Mumby Award: Asa Garcia 2020 Don Patton Head Coach of the Year: Erich Highley of Northridge High School 2020 Randy Helfrich Assistant Coach of the Year: John Bray of Edgewood High School 2019 Tom Cameron Administrative Award: Keith Nance of West Washington High School John W. Hurrle Award: Joe & Beth Lybarger 2019 Media Award: Mike Beas of Johnson County Daily Journal Inductees Wrestlers Michael Escobedo II of Lake Central High School Josh Harper of Mishawaka High School Andrae Hernandez of Griffith High School Dan Pleak of Cathedral High School Coaches Jack Grimaldi of Delta/Alexandria/Pendleton Heights Cale Hoover of Hamilton Southeastern/Center Grove Tim Klingensmith of Jay County Brian Seltzer of Elkhart Memorial/Lawrence North/Cathedral Contributors Kevin Troy Wrestler/Coach/IHSAA Official Jeff Schaefer Wrestler/Coach/Vendor Historian's Family Award Joseph Gremaux Family Billy Thom Award Frankie Medvesek
  14. It is with great sadness that I share news of the passing of Albert "Al" Ihnat. Al was a wonderful, caring person who gave 45 years of coaching wrestling at the High School and middle school level in the Anderson Community Schools. He was a member of the IHSWCA Hall of Fame class of 2014. Albert Randolph Ihnat ANDERSON - Albert Randolph Ihnat, 79, of Anderson, passed away after an extended illness on December 29, 2019. He was born on January 17, 1940 in Gary, Indiana and resided most of his life in Anderson. Al graduated from Gary Emerson High School in 1958. While in high school, he set a record in 1957 for the mile run (4:36) and tied a record in cross country that was set by Dr. Ed Burns in 1940. He served his country in the U.S. Navy Seabees and obtained the rank of Builders 2nd Class (E-5). Al attended Class A builders school and graduated 2nd in his class. He served in Okinawa, Guam, and also on the Brig Force and Shore Patrol at Fort Hueneme in California. Al was honorably discharged from the Navy in July of 1964. He graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor's and master's degree. He began his teaching career in 1967 at Southside Middle School where he coached football, cross country, track, and wrestling. He then taught at Anderson High School and coached women's volleyball and softball, and boy's track. He began his head wrestling coach career at Anderson. Al coached wrestling for 45 years in this community and was inducted in the Indiana Wrestling Coach Hall of Fame in 2014. He refereed wrestling for many years, and drove a school bus with ACS for many extracurricular activities. Al bowled in the Teacher's League for many years, was a member of the Retired Teachers of Madison County, member and treasurer of the Navy Seabees Veteran of America (X-4; New Castle, IN), and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church where he served on the education committee and sung in the choir. Al is survived by his loving wife, Tamra (Ewald) Ihnat; daughter, Lisa C. Banister of Anderson; grandchildren: Ty (Shelby) Banister, Haylei Banister, Austin Randolph Banister, Taylor (Tanner Smith Banister; and great-granddaughter, Alice Patricia Banister. Also surviving are his step-sons: Robert (Kathryn) Knuckles and Christopher (Amie) Knuckles, step-grandchildren: Ryan (Meghan) Knuckles, Rachel Knuckles, Megan Knuckles, Zander Knuckles, and Zack Knuckles, and Al's siblings: Milo Ihnat and Jeri Gonzalez. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Michael and Irene (Benko) Ihnat, and first wife, Patricia (Kietzman) Ihnat. Visitation will be held Friday, January 3, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at LOOSE FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY, 200 W. 53rd St. Anderson, IN and also one hour prior to services at the church. Services will be Saturday, January 4, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 2751 N. Scatterfield Rd., Anderson, IN 46012 with Rev. John Jameson officiating.Burial will take Place in the Grovelawn Cemetery, Pendleton. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or the Rock Steady Parkinson Program, C/O Community Hospital Anderson.
  15. Triple B-- I don't know you so I can't impugn your character like you did mine. I used a real word, with a real and definite meaning. I do not engage in our current looking-to-be-offended-cancel-culture. Our LIfe Skills students at PH are part of our program as managers. I would never use a word designed to demean a person with a disability. The word is a VERB. The horrible term you refer to is a slang term that I never use and have admonished my wrestlers and football players for using. If you wish to speak to me directly as opposed to attacking me in a public forum, my phone is 765-610-8150. Dave Cloud
  16. Friends of Indiana Wrestling, I have had a several requests for copies of the outline of our Pioneer Wrestling League I prepared for handout at the NWCA Scholastic Leadership Academies. I truly believe it is one of the best things we have done to promote youth wrestling. It could not have happened without the support of the four area coaches I contacted to pitch the league idea: Rex Peckinpaugh at New Castle, Fred Short at Elwood, Trent McCormick at Yorktown and Kyle Poyer at Anderson Highland. Also, I must thank the amazing Amy Wales at Yorktown who took on administrative duties to get the league off the ground. Thank you all! Would love to hear what you are doing if you have a league already or what tweaks you make to our set up. Dave Lets Start a Little League dec 2019.docx
  17. IWG: Yeah we did. I don't even know where they came from. Coach Cook from TH took them for a young man on his team. I do have a pair of 16s but that is the largest I have. Dave
  18. Wrestling starts tomorrow at 6:00 pm in Historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Indiana. JV matches first then varsity. Seating capacity is limited so don't wait too late to head over. What a great way to start your Thanksgiving weekend!
  19. Seating capacity is only around 600 so I wouldn't arrive late. Not sure about SRO. Dave
  20. We got a winner! Coach Cook from TH South has a young man who can put them to good use.
  21. We have had a pair of size 17 wrestling shoes sitting in a box for several years. I have given up on my dream of a truly massive heavyweight walking into the room so.....I started to throw these away and thought there might be some kid who needs a pair that size but can't afford them. My preference would be to give them to that kid but anything is better than chucking them. Anyone out there have a new home for these shoes? Good luck to everyone tomorrow! Dave
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