"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

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rynell Roper - eastlake north

New Guidelines for Wrestling Team

We are instituting a three strike and you are out policy for attendance at mandatory wrestling practice starting this week.

If you choose to miss three practices and not contact one of the three coaches, Mr. Turk, Mr. Romano, or Mr. Adkins, you will be removed from the team.

Practice is not optional.

Wrestling Policies and Guidelines

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 Romano 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, Wednesday, and Thursday 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, which includes kneepads and shoes.
• 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.
• Being late to practice, or unexcused absences, will be dealt with by the coaches and captains.

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.

Tuesday Wrestle-offs a go!

We have school today, so the wrestle-offs are now a go for after school. The winner this week will travel to Parma Normandy for the Kalin Invitational. (Mr. Kalin was the creator of the wrestling program at Normandy and first head coach of the Invaders. He was also a Euclid grad and member of the 1952 Euclid High School State Championship wrestling team!)

The Kalin Invitational weigh-ins will be at 7:00AM with a one pound weight allowance. There will be a coaches meeting at 8:00AM, with wrestling starting at 9:00AM. At around 5:30PM the finals will start. Teams invited to attend are the host, Normandy, Canton Glen Oak, John Marshall, Bedford, Akron Kenmore, Wickliffe, Orange, Shelby, Columbus Academy, and Shaker Heights.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday Practice and Wrestle-offs

Due to the Snow Day there will not be practice or wrestle-offs after school today. 12/13/10
Wrestle-offs will be tomorrow, if we have school.

Week One: Riverside Rumble Day Two

The team started out very slow when the consolation bracket began on Saturday. It all started with two wrestlers not making weight and having to forfeit matches. Then there were two byes and only one victory out of 8 matches of the first round. This eliminated 7 wrestlers right away in matches that we should have won to help us in the team race. In the championship bracket things got off to a better start with Zak Adkins, Rynell Roper, and Dylan Norwood all winning. The second consolation round eliminated another three wrestlers leaving only freshman Allen Harrison going for the Beaver Bracket Championship. In the semis in the championship bracket, Zak Adkins lost a hard fought match by giving up three takedowns to lose 8-6. Rynell Roper won his match in overtime in a battle of conditioning. Dylan Norwood won his semifinal match, with a second period pin, to send him to his first finals round of his career. Lamar Gunter, who lost his first championship round match, rebounded with a victory and then a loss. Zak Adkins put his tough semifinal upset behind him and defeated a wrestler he saw a day earlier to advance him on to the final round. The finals were set up as follows: Allen Harrison going for 1st in the consolation bracket, Lamar Gunter going for 5th, Zak Adkins for 3rd, and Rynell Roper and Dylan Norwood going for 1st. Allen Harrison lost his match by pin to finish second in the consolation bracket. Lamar won his match for 5th by a 8-7 score. Zak finished 3rd in a well wrestled match. Rynell lost a disappointing 3-2 decision to the defending Rumble champion. The state alternate, from West Branch, took the lead on a first period takedown that Rynell could not recover from. Staying on the championship mat for the next weight class, with the same opposing team in West Branch, Dylan Norwood took the mat in his first championship match. He wasted no time in taking his opponent down and attempted to try a cradle. He was able to secure back points from the cradle but not the pin. Going into the second period, Dylan chose the down position. When the whistle blew, Dylan exploded up and his opponent was off balance and high on his back. Dylan shook him off over his head and looked to lock up another cradle and this time he was successful in pinning his opponents shoulders to the match for the championship win. Congrats Dylan on your first wrestling championship. With his victory, Dylan solidified the team finishing in the top ten, which was our team goal going in to the tournament. Great job guys. (Video of matches will be added this week)

Week One: RIverside Rumble Day One

After day one, three Euclid wrestlers have won their pools at the Riverside Rumble, by going 3-0. Those three are Zak Adkins, Rynell Roper, and Dylan Norwood. All three were seeded #2 in their weight classes. One other grappler, Lamar Gunter, finished 2-1. All four start tomorrow in the championship bracket in their pursuit of the title. Other Panthers picking up wins on day one were Linje Ross, Montay Jordan, Jeremy Adkins, Mike Figer, Reggie Phillips, and Donovan Hobbs.

Week One: Riverside Rumble Preview

Going into the Riverside Rumble, the Panther wrestling team has three wrestlers seeded number 2 in their respective weight classes. Zak Adkins is #2 at 145lbs., Rynell Roper #2 at 160, and Dylan Norwood #2 at 171.

Week One: Eastlake North Tri.

The wrestling team started the season on a rather sour note on Wednesday with a pair of defeats at the Eastlake North Tri. meet. Against Ashtabula Lakeside, a team that beat the Panthers 45-24 last year, we were leading the until the final three matches and dropped a 45-30 decision. This total included two forfeits by us, which accounted for 12 points for the Dragons. In the second dual, against North and a team that beat us by a 61-6 score last year, the grapplers got off to a slow start and were behind early 24-0. They charged back behind the leadership, and pins, by our upperclassmen only to fall short again by the score of 51-30. Multiple winners for the team were Rynell Roper, Zak Adkins, and Lamar Gunter. The matches that follow are of the winning wrestlers.

Zak Adkins - Euclid High School - Eastlake North Tri

Rynell Roper - Euclid High School - Eastlake North Tri

Wrestling Wars

Lamar Gunter - Euclid High School - Eastlake North Tri

Mike Figer - Euclid High School - Eastlake North Tri

Zak Adkins - Euclid High School - Eastlake North Tri

Lamar Gunter - Euclid High School - Eastlake North Tri

Dylan Norwood - Euclid High School - Eastlake North Tri

Monday, December 6, 2010

Week One: Wrestle-offs

Wrestle-offs were on Fri. December 3rd after school for the upcoming weeks events. The results are as follows:
Linje Ross defeated Ken Reese 6-0 @ HWT.
Mike Hobson pinned Mursean Carroll in 2:26 @ 215
Mike Figer tech fall Lu-Ray Baker 15-1 @ 119 and is the starter
Donovan Hobbs tech fall Darrell Morris 16-1 @ 135
Kevin Leonard defeated Sean Ott 5-3 @ 140 and is the starter
Zak Adkins tech fall Jermaine Tolbert 16-1 @ 145 and is the starter
Montay Jordan pinned David Cozart in 1:18 @ 152 and is the starter
Brandon Sutton pinned Mike Hobson in :24 @ 215 and is the starter
Noah Brown pinned Robert Reeves in 3:29 @ HWT and is the starter for Wednesday
Reggie Phillips pinned Donovan Hobbs in 2:29 @ 135 and is the starter
Linje Ross pinned Noah Brown in :32 @ HWT and is the starter for Fri./Sat.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Wadsworth Practice

The team traveled down to defending Division 1 State Wrestling Champion Wadsworth for a post-Thanksgiving practice on Saturday. This was a good experience for many of the wrestlers. It gave them a chance to see how they fared against some of the top wrestlers in the state. It also gave them different styles of wrestlers to compete against, instead of the same guys from our room. What I saw made me happy with our progress so far, but we still have much to work on. We only have a week and a half until our first match.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Schedule for Thanksgiving Week

We only have two school days this week as we prepare for a five day weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our schedule is as follows:
Mon. School and regular practice 2:45-5:30PM
Tues. School and regular practice 2:45-5:30PM
Wed. No School or Practice
Thurs. Happy Thanksgiving (No School or Practice)
Fri. Practice 9AM-11:30AM (No School)
Sat. Wadsworth Scrimmage Bus leaves at 7:00AM, on mats at 8:30AM, Practice 9AM-!2:00PM
Sun. No Practice

Urinalysis Test @ Willoughby South

On Friday we did our urinalysis test for the year at Willoughby South High School. In the nine years since I have been a coach at Euclid, we had more wrestlers take this test than in any other year. The 42 in all, with only 2 people failing the dehydration portion, makes it a record for us and also a great start to the season. It shows the dedication that many have for this grueling sport.

Friday, November 12, 2010

First Practice

Today is the first day of wrestling practice, as allowed by the OHSAA.

The following is a schedule of what we will be doing at that practice.
2:45-2:50 Circle up and stretch to run
3:00-3:20 Run indoor track (16 laps= 1 mile) plus 5 minutes of stairs
3:20-3:25 Drink of water and in Rm. 107
3:25-3:50 Go over team rules and paperwork in Coach Turk's room
3:50-4:10 Stretch for practice and do coordination drills
4:10-4:25 Discuss line-ups and rule changes, practice stances, drop steps, sprawls, set-ups
4:25-4:45 Sumo drills
4:45-4:50 Drink
4:50-5:00 Cals
5:00-5:10 Discuss schedule and end notes

There will be no practice this Saturday
Starting next week, practice will be everyday, from 2:40 to 5:00 or 5:30PM.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Preseason Conditioning

Preseason conditioning has been going on for three weeks now.
You must have your physical to participate.
This week we added Wednesday afternoons to the mix.
The schedule is as follows:
Tues. In room conditioning 2:45-4:00PM
Wed. Open Mats 2:45-4:00PM
Thurs. Weight training 2:45-4:00PM

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Euclid Sports Hall-of-Fame 2010

Congratulations to Euclid's newest inductees to the Euclid Sports Hall-of-Fame!
Eight new members were inducted last night at the Manor in Euclid. Of those eight, four were wrestlers. Very impressive.

Tim Moriarty- c/o 1980 wrestled at Central Junior High School, for coach Harry King Sr., before he became a Euclid's first Parade All-American for the Panther football team.

Shawn Thompson- c/o 1993 three year letter-winner in wrestling for Coach Tim D'Anna. As a senior he qualified for the state tournament as a heavyweight. Also that senior year, Shawn was Sectional champ and District fourth place, while earning all-GCC honors and serving as captain. For his efforts he was selected as Euclid's Most Outstanding Athlete for the Class of 1993.

Harry King Sr.- Coach was a winner. Either in junior or senior high schol. Whatever the sport or activity, from football to basketball, tennis to golf, chess to volleyball, and of course wrestling. The records in his coaching career speak for themselves. Girl's volleyball 19-3, boys tennis 50-10, Jr. High JV Wrestling 107-16, Junior High Wrestling 105-13-1. His six year reign at the High School resulted in a 56-23-1 record, including our last league championship and a state champion (Jack DeBoe) in 1986.

Tim Baur- c/o 1967 Lifetime Achievement Award As a wrestler at Euclid, Tim was a standout in the lower weights. He placed high at the Brecksville Holiday Tournament (the oldest continuously run holiday tournament in the country) and at the sectional and district tournaments. He also won five county YMCA wrestling championships during his career. He continued wrestling at the college level at Cleveland State University. However, Tim is most known for the tremendous difference he has made in the lives of the over 8000 wrestlers that he has reached through the Euclid Jaycee Wrestling program. Two have had tryouts for the U.S. Olympic team with one participating in the last games in Beijing. Three other former wrestlers are current coaches of wrestling programs around the area. In 2004, the City of Euclid showed its appreciation when Mayor Bill Cervenik made Feb. 7th Tim Baur Day.

Great job and well deserved!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ohio State vs. Michigan

First Home Match

Tonight is the first home match of the 2009/2010 wrestling season. NDCL and John Marshall will be arriving to do battle with our Panthers. Weigh-ins will be at 5:00 PM and wrestling will start at 6:00 PM. John Marshall will go against NDCL in the first match, followed by NDCL and Euclid, before finishing with John Marshall and Euclid. Ledgemont will also be represented by 3 wrestlers so that they can get some matches. Good Luck Panthers!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Maple Heights, Glenville, Admiral King

Friday night was a walk in the park compared to the battle we had on Saturday night. We took on always tough Maple Heights first on Senior Night, where they soundly handed us a 62-15 defeat. The bright spot was that we avoided state champion Kory Mines and that we won 3 of 7 matches. Next, Admiral King took their turn in beating us 60-13. Last up was Glenville who got by us with a 37-14 win. We were down to 7 wrestlers in these duals, so giving up 7 classes and 42 points helped the lopsided team scores.
The Panthers are next in action at the Geneva T.K. Duals at 10:00 AM this Saturday.

Wickliffe, Mentor B

This past weekend the wrestling team took another one on the chin with two tight losses to Wickliffe 35-30 and Mentor B 38-33. The team fought hard but the 6 forfeits once again haunted us. If some of the matches went the other way we would have came out on top. We won 5 of 8 matches versus Wickliffe, and 4 of 6 matches against Mentor. With that many forfeits those results are something to build on for us. We can't do anything about the forfeits now, but we have to win the matches we do wrestle.

Perry Pin City Tournament

The team finished a disappointing 16th out of 18 teams. The tournament was postponed due to snow on Friday. On Saturday, they ran the whole thing through. Unfortunately, we did not know if we were competing until 8 at night. By that time many of the wrestlers had eaten and were overweight. With others I was not able to contact them by phone. This led to only 6 wrestlers making the bus on Saturday. Usually, when school is canceled on Friday, all weekend activities are canceled. This threw us for a loop and the results show it. However, Rynell Roper continues his hot streak with a runner-up finish once again. Zak Adkins finished in 5th, Dylan Norwood 7th, David Cozart 9th, Darsheed Mustafa 10th and Noah Brown 14th.

Kalin Invitational Tournament

We traveled to Parma Normandy for the Kalin Invitational right before Christmas and came away with a 7th place finish. Rynell Roper continues to improve and lost a very close finals match, 3-2, to finish second. With 4th place finishes were Dylan Norwood and T'Andre Smith. The team does not compete until after the Holidays.

Riverside Rumble

The team finished in 12th place at the Riverside Rumble. Zak Adkins led the way with his 3rd place finish. Other placers in our first tournament of the year were Rynell Roper, who finished in 5th, and Senior Kevin Conroy and his 6th place finish. We were able to get some extras in so they could get some mat experience as well. Forfeits hurt us in the team scores.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Eastlake North Tri.

The Eastlake North Tri. did not go as well as we would have liked. We took a devastating 61-6 loss, to the Rangers, as Zak Adkins was the only Panther to pick up a win. The team is still trying to get to their correct weights and should be there by this weekends tournament. We started four freshmen and six first-time starters. Unfortunately, we had to forfeit 7 matches and 42 points right off the bat.
In the other match, with Ashtabula Lakeside, we lost 45-24. This was a little more respectable. Freshman Henry Hinkle got his first varsity victory with a :21 second pin. Darsheed Mustafa, also a freshman, won his first match too.
The Panthers are next in action at the Riverside Rumble this next weekend.