"Anybody can win the matches you can dominate, but it's the tough matches that are going to make the difference."
- Jim Zalesky, University of Iowa

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Week 2 Information

This week's wrestle-offs are finished and the line-up is set for this weekends matches. We travel to Chardon on Friday to take on the Hilltoppers and Ashtabula Lakeside Dragons. The match starts at 6PM. I do not know the line-up, as of yet, of the teams wrestling each other for the tri meet. All wrestlers must make scratch weight. 
The next day we travel to Parma Normandy for the Kalin Invitational Wrestling Tournament. That begins at 9AM and goes through to conclusion. With all weight classes filled, each wrestler should have 5 matches on Saturday. We do get one additional pound, due to the fact that we wrestled the night before. 
After this week, we do not have a varsity match until January 9th and 10th. However, we did just add a JV Tournament at St. Ignatius for Tuesday December 23rd. All wrestlers who are not seniors will be wrestling from 9AM until completion. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Riverside Results

The first event of the wrestling season is in the books and the Panthers had three place winners at the Riverside Rumble. Leading the way were Jacob Perpar and Brandon Eggleston, both with 4th place finishes. Noland Renfroe also placed 6th after defaulting his last two matches due to injury. Also wrestling well in the championship bracket was William Wilburn and Dylan Norwood, who both finished in 8th place. Placing in the Beaver Consolation bracket were Zak Adkins, Kevin Conroy, and Rynell Roper, who all came in second. Roper, a freshman, picked up his first three wins on the varsity mat. The tournament was won by West Branch, followed by Lorain Southview and Perry. We finished in 12th out of 16 teams even though we were forced to wrestle without 5 weight classes. Keep up the hard work.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Riverside Wrestle-offs

Wrestle-offs were held last Friday for this weeks Riverside Rumble. The results are as follows;
Hwt. Dennis Martin defeated Dustin Melchior pin 5:33
189 Edwin Chandler defeated Allan Cater pin 1:48
160 Jacob Perpar defeated Rayshawn Abrams pin 1:48
152 Rynell Roper defeated Montay Jordan pin 1:36
125 William Wilburn defeated Landel Carter pin :38
Hwt. Brandon Eggleston defeated Dennis Martin pin :30
189 Kevin Conroy defeated Edwin Chandler decision 6-2

Monday, December 8, 2008

First Week Of The Season Information

The season is now upon us. This week we start the schedule with the Painseville RIverside Rumble. This is the 9th annual edition of this pool tournament. We have been involved in it from the start. There are 16 teams and these are the same as last year; Benedictine, Brush, Cleveland Heights, Conneaut, Ashtabula Edgewood, Marion Elgin, Girard, Jefferson, Youngstown Liberty, Gahanna Lincoln, Perry, RIverside, West Branch. Two new teams were added this year with Kirtland and Lorain Southview. 
The tournament format is a 16 wrestler pool divided into 4 four-wrestler pools. Three rounds of pool competition will be wrestled on Friday beginning at 4:30 PM. Weigh-ins will be at 2:30 PM and we get an extra pound because of another team wrestling the night before. The top two placers in each pool qualify for the 8 wrestler double elimination championship bracket tournament to be contested on Saturday. The third and fourth place finishers in each pool qualify for the 8 wrestler single elimination Beaver Consolation bracket tournament to be contested on Saturday. Wrestling should end between 9:30-10:00 PM on Friday. 
The schedule of both days follow:
Friday December 12th
2:30 PM- weigh-ins begin
3:30 PM- Coaches meeting
4:30 PM- Wrestling begins
9:30 PM- Wrestling ends
Saturday December 13th
8:00 AM- Second day weigh-ins begin
10:00 AM- Consolation bracket wrestling begins on 5 mats
11:00 AM- Championship bracket preliminary matches begin
1:00 PM- Semi-finals and 2nd Round consolations
2:30 PM- Consolation Semi-final matches
4:00 PM- End of preliminary rounds
6:00 PM- Line-ups for introductions begin
6:30 PM- Finals begin 1st/3rd/5th place matches on 3 mats
*In the event that the tournament is snowed out on Friday, the tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

2008-09 NFHS Wrestling Rules Changes

2008-09 NFHS Wrestling Rules Changes

Major Changes

2-2-2: A clarification was made of the existence of a boundary for the coaches' restricted zone on the corner of the wrestling mat.

4-1-5 NEW: The wrestler's uniform is to be worn as intended/designed by the manufacturer.

4-2-1: A wrestler's hair in its natural state, in the front, shall not extend below the eyebrows.

4-2-3: The physician's release form for a wrestler to participate with a particular skin condition is now to be presented at the weigh-in unless a designated, on-site meet physician is present and is able to examine the wrestler immediately after the weigh-in.

4-2-5 NEW: A contestant may have documentation from a physician only indicating a specific condition such as a birthmark or other non-communicable skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, and that documentation is valid for the duration of the season. It is valid with the understanding that a chronic condition could become secondarily infected and may require re-evaluation.

4-5-5: A one-pound weight allowance was added in the event of a school closing due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, where wrestling practice(s) cannot take place due to school policies. The rule change also makes it clear as to who should be notified when weight allowance is justified.

5-1-4; 6-6-1: Previously, the wrong wrestler being given choice in the first 30-second tiebreaker would have been considered bad time. Both situations under Rules 5-1-4 and 6-6-1 are similar and may now be connected equally. The rules now state what exactly takes place in the third period.

5-15-3: The referee now has the option at the edge of the mat to stop wrestling when no action is taking place without penalizing either wrestler and restart the wrestling in the center of the mat.

5-20-5 NOTE NEW: Nothing has changed in the offensive starting position. There is now a time sequence to follow.

5-25-6c NEW; 7-6-6c NEW: Referees now have rules support for a stalling call against a wrestler who repeatedly creates a stalemate situation to simply prevent his/her opponent from scoring and not from his/her own attempt to score.

5-31-1: The head coach will no longer be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when his/her wrestlers report to the scorer's table not in proper uniform, not properly groomed, not properly equipped or not ready to wrestle.

6-7-1c6: The wrestler whose opponent has been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct at anytime during the match now gets the choice of position for the ultimate tiebreaker. The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will supersede the first points scored in the regulation match.

7-1-5w NEW: A back flip from the standing position is now an illegal maneuver.

7-4-1: Unnecessary roughness is further defined to include a forceful slap to the head or face, and/or gouging or poking the eyes.

New Referee Signal: A new referee signal has been implemented to indicate when to start recovery time during a match.

Editorial and Other Changes
3-3-2; 4-2-4; 5-15-2b; 5-16-3; 5-22-1; 5-28-1; 6-2-2; 6-6-6; 7-4-3; 8-1-6; 8-2-1; 8-2-8; PHOTOS 2, 3 (New), 31-33 (New), 57 (New), 84, 89.

Points of Emphasis
1. Grooming and Medical Checks
2. Reporting to the Scorer's Table Ready to Wrestle
3. Going Out of the Wrestling Area
4. Referees' Signals and Mechanics

Euclid Wrestling Rules and Policies

Euclid High School
Wrestling Policies and Guidelines

Academic Policy:
• Everyone is expected to go to every class. Our goal is a team GPA of 3.0
• OHSAA requires you to pass 5 one-credit courses or the equivalent in the immediately preceding grading period in order to be eligible to participate in sports.
• EHS requires you to have a 1.3 GPA in 9th grade, 1.4 GPA in 10th grade, 1.5 GPA in 11th grade, 1.6 GPA in 12th grade in order to participate in sports. (Only quarter grades dictate eligibility)
Letter Policy:
• Varsity letters are given on the basis of 10 matches or significant contribution to the team.
• All wrestlers must finish practicing until the end of the season to receive a letter.
• All wrestlers must be at the Winter Sports Banquet in order to receive their awards.
Physical Fitness Policy:
• Everyone must have a physical, insurance release form, and emergency medical card turned in before beginning practice.
• If you sustain an injury, inform a coach of the injury and we will have our trainer examine it. Injuries may excuse you from practicing but not practice.
• You are responsible for checking your weight before and after each practice.
• You must inform the coaches and our athletic trainer of any skin infections so they can be checked out.
• Fingernails must be cut, and no rings, earrings, or necklaces are to be worn during practice.
Attendance Policy:
• All practices, meets, team meetings, and team functions are to be attended unless an emergency situation exists.
• All appointments should be scheduled for times that do not conflict with your wrestling responsibilities.
• In order to be excused from practice you must do the following;
o Phone or e-mail a coach the night before.
o Find either Coach Turk or Coach Seacrist during school and tell us.
o Bring in a Doctors note after appointment.
• Excused Absences include; Family Death, Doctor/Dentist appointment, Family decisions
• Unexcused Absences include; Detentions, Extended Days, Work, Oversleeping, No ride to practice

Pre-season Conditioning:
• You must have a current physical to condition.
• Every Tuesday and Wednesday after school in the wrestling room.
• Starts at 2:45 PM. Be in the room ready in t-shirt, shorts, running/wrestling shoes.
• Will last until approximately 4:00 or 4:30PM.
• There are openings in every weight class. (14 positions)
• The first wrestle-off of the year is one match. After that, the returning varsity member must only win the first wrestle-off match. If the challenger wins the first wrestle-off of the rematch, then wrestle-offs become a two out of three challenge.
• You can only wrestle-off for the weight that your BMI assessment says that you can wrestle at that week or one weight higher.
• Weight classes: 103-112-119-125-130-135-140-145-152-160-171-189-215-HVT.
Practice and Meet Rules:
• Practice will begin at 2:45 P.M. everyday inside the wrestling room.
• At that time wrestlers will be dressed and ready for practice. (T-shirt, shorts, running/wrestling shoes)
• When issued, headgear will be required to be worn at every practice.
• Practices will last until approximately 5:00 or 5:30 P.M.
• Everyone must have clean practice gear, this includes kneepads.
• Do not leave an assigned area without notifying a coach. (Ex. bathroom break, locker, school locker)
• Do not steal or destroy school property.
• Horseplay, fighting, or swearing will not be allowed during practice.
• Show good sportsmanship to coaches, teammates, fans, and others.
• We sit together as a team at all meets and tournaments.
• Academics come first. We are Student Athletes, not Athlete Students. You are responsible for your grades to be eligible to wrestle. (We do not send around grading sheets.)
• You must ride the team bus to a meet. If you miss the bus you will not wrestle.
• I prefer you to ride the team bus home from a meet, but if your parent or guardian is present you may ride home with them.
• If you are late to practice, you will do extra at the end. See Consequences below.
• Any reported violations of the Code of Conduct (drinking, smoking, drug usage), school rules, or anything that will reflect negatively on the school or team could result in you being suspended from school and the team.
• Late to practice:
o Clean and mop the maps after practice
o Jump rope (10 minutes)
o Run a mile on the indoor track (16 laps)
• Unexcused Absences:
o 1st = 15 minutes of extra conditioning
o 2nd = 30 minutes of extra conditioning
o 3rd = 45 minutes of extra conditioning
o 4th = 60 minutes of extra conditioning
o 5th = Dismissal from the team

Wrestling Room:
• There will be no food allowed in the wrestling room, except after weigh-ins.
• You must have a lock for your locker. The wrestling room is not a locker room.
• Each night the room is to be cleared of clothing and equipment.
• You have made a commitment to yourself, your team, and your coaches.
• We expect you to keep that commitment.

State Tickets

If anyone is interested in OHSAA State Wrestling tickets, I just received the All-session ticket application. They are $60.00 for lower bowl and $50.00 for upper terrace. We can get a maximum of 8 sets of tickets. The dates are March 5, 6, 7, 2009. It is a great venue at The Ohio State University and the tournament has been voted the best high school state wrestling championship in the country. If you are interested, contact me before 12/20. The seats are on a first-come, first-served basis and I would like to get them in soon.