Alderson-Broaduus Wrestling Ranked 51st
New WV regional alignments for 2012-2013.
Brooke, John Marshall, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Parkersburg
South, Preston, University, Wheeling Park
Buckhannon Upshur, Elkins, Hampshire, Hedgesville, Jefferson,
Lewis County, Martinsburg, Musselman, Washington
Capital, George Washington, Greenbrier East, Oak Hill,
Princeton, Ripley, Riverside, Shady Spring, South Charleston, Woodrow Wilson
Cabell Midland, Huntington, Hurricane, Lincoln County, Logan,
Nitro, Point Pleasant, Spring Valley, St. Albans, Winfield
Bishop Donahue, Cameron, Clay-Battelle, East Fairmont,
Fairmont Senior, Madonna, Magnolia,
North Marion, Oak Glen, Ritchie County, St. Marys, Tyler
Consolidated, Weir, Wheeling Central
Berkeley Springs, Braxton County, Bridgeport, Frankfort,
Grafton, Keyser, Liberty (H), Lincoln,
Moorefield, Petersburg, Philip Barbour, South Harrison, Robert
Bluefield, Fayetteville, Greenbrier West, Independence,
Liberty (R), Richwood, Meadow Bridge,
Midland Trail, Mingo Central, Nicholas County,
Webster County, Wyoming East
Buffalo, Calhoun County, Clay County, Herbert Hoover,
Parkersburg Catholic, Poca, Ravenswood,
Roane County, Sissonville, St. Joe Central, Wahama,
Williamstown, Wirt County
Brandon Hinkle in WLU Hall of Fame!!!
Bobby Douglas former Olympic silver medalists and our first 4x
OVAC champ will be at the Sportatorium this Thursday From 630-8 pm signing
autographs and talking about this past Olympics and what it takes to be a
champion.....please encourage your kids to come to the Sportatorium in this
time were we need all the good news and positive influence we can get for our
kids and for our kids futures!!! We will be rolling and working out as well so
bring training gear....This is a free event open to all
Note from Mitch Smith Head Coach @ Alderson-Broaddus College
My name is Mitch Smith and I’m the new head wrestling coach at
Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV. I just wanted to posted this on
wvmat so all high school coaches could see and know I will be in contact
with all of you about your upcoming seniors or if you have a student athlete
or are a student athlete interested in wrestling at AB, please contact me.
Information to contact me is listed below.
Alderson-Broaddus had a wrestling program until 1972 when it was dropped due
to title nine along with nine other West Virginia schools that had
wrestling. Alderson-Broaddus is the only school out of those 10 schools to
bring back wrestling after 40 years. My position officially started on
August 1st when I will recruit for a whole year in order to get a team
established. Alderson-Broaddus College wrestling will start competing at the
NCAA Division 2 level in the 2013-2014 season. I want to wish all the high
school coaches nothing but the best on your upcoming season.
Head Wrestling Coach
Office # (304) 457-6495
Cell # (304) 531-2172
2012 USAW Cadet Greco Nationals
Congratulations to Devin Brown Steubenville
AA 7th place!
Devin Brown at Fargo Video
1st Place Match
Kyle Norstrem (Florida) over Vincenzo Joseph (Pennsylvania) Dec 4-1,7-0
3rd Place Match
Blane Tschida (Minnesota) over Doyle Trout (Nebraska) Dec 2-0,3-2
5th Place Match
Perez Perez (California) over Kamden Krum (Arizona) Fall 3-0,1:07
7th Place Match
Devin Brown (Ohio) over Sage Coy (Indiana) Dec 5-0,4-1
Full results at
NHSCA OVAC Results!
Jonny Davis (6th at a145), and Tyson Lira (8th
Any schools in the area looking for an assistant coach?
I'd love to help out with one of the local teams in the area! If any teams are
in need of an assistant coach please do not hesitate to contact me!
my email is email@example.com or
you can call me at 304-670-8320
Here is a piece that appeared on WTRF-7 last week during our camp
on the Hilltop. Thanks to all who participated, and to all the camp staff to
include clinicians Sanshiro Abe, 'Iron Lion' Branden Hinkle, Jeff LaMotte, and
Mitch Smith, as well as coaches and counselors that assisted. In our third year
we are up to 70 campers. Our goal when we began this camp three years ago was
100 in year five. It's looking as though we may reach our goal.
McGhee to be
June 2, 2012
STEUBENVILLE - One of the cogs in the Big Red wrestling
machine that sent eight kids to the Ohio state meet has made the decision on
where to continue his academic and wrestling careers.
Two-time Ohio Valley Athletic Conference champion Shawn
McGhee is headed to Campbellsville University in Kentucky.
McGhee had narrowed his choice down to the Tigers and the
Bobcats of Ohio University, but ultimately Campbellsville proved to be more
attractive to McGhee.
"It was back and forth with Ohio University, but money-wise
there was a big difference," said McGhee. "Their practice rooms are nice, they
took third at the NAIA nationals last year, and the year before that they
placed pretty high too. I've met up with their coaching staff and they're
Added Big Red head coach Mike Blackburn, "Talking to the
coach and seeing the correspondence between he and Shawn, they're very excited
to get him. He got a great financial package and Shawn will fit in great down
The future Athletic training major looks especially forward
to working with Tigers head coach Franky James, whom McGhee has seen make a
difference with other wrestlers.
"I've seen some changes in wrestlers who got better from
working with that head coach," he said. "I've seen them do it and I feel like
I could get way better than I am now."
Based on Blackburn's assessment of McGhee, him getting
better is something that has been continually happening since day one.
"Shawn has always been successful from junior high all the
way up through, but if you're around Shawn you've seen how much he's improved
from year to year," said Blackburn. "Starting out at 103 being just a little
kid to seeing how much he's matured physically and mentally as a wrestler.
"He's turned himself into a pretty dominant kid on the mat."
As successful as McGhee has been he is not one to take the
bulk of the credit for his accomplishments.
"I never hear Shawn say I in anything he's done," said
Blackburn. "It's always a practice partner, or what we do in the room, or a
coach helping him out.
"Working as hard as he does in the off-season with everyone
else he's never been one to take credit for himself."
And true to that he was quick to credit those around him for
helping boost him throughout his career.
" All my coaches and all my practice partners worked hard
everyday," said McGhee. "I'm going to miss being with the guys and being a
captain that helped lead our team to victories.
"I especially have to thank my mom for putting up with all
this hard stuff with me cutting weight and flipping out on her.
"My dad, also, for basically teaching me everything I know
since I was four."
Giving back to the community
Derek Wolfe spoke to a group of high school students at East
May 31, 2012
EAST LIVERPOOL -Derek Wolfe is a prime example of what one can accomplish with
a little hard work.
Wolfe, who was selected in the Second Round of the 2012
NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, made a trip to East Liverpool High School
Wednesday to talk to kids about a variety of topics.
Wolfe talked about the role wrestling played in his football career, and he
also took the time to answer some questions.
"Coach (John) Drumm and myself contacted Derek, and asked if he would come
up to the high school and speak," East Liverpool head wrestling coach Chad
Hager said. "There were a lot of kids there who are playing football or who
are thinking about playing football, and he let them know how important
wrestling was for him as a background sport for football.
"You can pick up a lot of things from wrestling for football. You can learn
a lot from wrestling that will help you with football. Wrestling is very
beneficial for football and for other sports for that matter."
Wolfe spent a lot of time in the area in the weeks prior to the draft and
in the weeks after the draft.
"The kids were really happy to see him," Hager said. "They were excited to
meet someone from the area that made something of themselves like Derek did
with going into the NFL.
"After he was done speaking, Derek stuck around and answered questions. A
lot of the kids asked him questions. One question Derek was asked was, 'How
did you get to where you are at?' Derek answered, 'With hard work. With hard
work, you can achieve your goal.' I think that was a great thing to tell the
"It is really great for Derek to come back around. It was nice that he came
up to the high school here in East Liverpool. I know he went to Beaver Local,
but he cares about the kinds in general in the area. I'm just really glad he
was able to come back.
"Also, I am fortunate that Coach Drumm and I got to coach him through high
school at Beaver Local."
Wolfe worked hard during his time at Beaver Local.
"Derek was a hard worker at Beaver Local," Hager said. "You could really
tell. His senior year he grew three or four inches in height, and he added
about 35 pounds. You could tell he was a lot stronger. He worked hard.
"He finished fifth in the state in wrestling as a senior. Football was his
main sport. He wrestled to help himself get better at football. He was lifting
weights. He was working with a lifting coach. For him to finish fifth in the
state with all of that and everything else going on at Beaver Local was
"I figured he would do something special. I didn't know about the NFL. I'm
glad to see it work out for him. I hope he is a long and successful career."
Denver opens the season at home against Pittsburgh.
"It would have been nice if they were playing in Pittsburgh, so I could
have gone and seen him play," Hager said. "Since they are playing Pittsburgh,
I will get to see the game on TV anyway."
In the past couple of months, Wolfe has made trips throughout the county.
Hager said he would like to see Wolfe come back when he has the opportunity to
return to the area.
"I would like to see him come back," Hager said. "I know he has a busy
schedule now. He has got to meet with trainers. I don't know if he is going to
do any endorsements. He is doing all kids of stuff.
"It was really great for the kids for him to come back. It was really
great. I hope that he will come back."
Josh Stansbury, a local MMA fighter, also spoke to the kids Wednesday.
"Josh Stansbury is an East Liverpool graduate, and he came in today and
spoke," Hager said. "He talked about how wrestling has impacted MMA. MMA has
become very popular in the area. He talked about how wrestling helps him train
and fight in MMA.
"It was nice he came back also with Derek. A wrestling background helps you
"I know Josh has a title fight at Mountaineer in late June or early July.
I'm really excited for him. I hope he does well."
STATE DUAL TOURNAMENT
4-6 teams per site (# 1-2
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Weigh-in - 5:00 pm
Round 1 - 6:00 pm
4 teams per site (highest
remaining seed host)
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Weigh-in - 5:00 pm
Round 1 - 6:00 pm
2-4 teams per site (TBA)
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Weigh-in - 6:30 p.m.
Regional Final - 7:30 p.m.
All Round 2 - 15 minutes
following Round 1
* WINNER ADVANCES TO STATE
STATE DUAL MEET CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, February 9, 2013 or
Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ The Ohio State University - St. John Arena
8 Regional Champions in each
division; Each division bracket will be seeded.
Weigh-in - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Round 1 - 11:00 a.m. - DI
Quarterfinals (Mats 1-2), DII Quarterfinals (Mats 3-4), DIII Quarterfinals (Mats
Round 1 - 1:00 p.m. - DI
Quarterfinals (Mats 1-2), DII Quarterfinals (Mats 3-4), DIII Quarterfinals (Mats
Round 3 - 3:00 p.m. - DI
Semifinals (Mats 1-2), DII Semifinals (Mats 3-4), DIII Semifinals (Mats 5-6)
Round 4 - 7:30 p.m. - DI
Championship (Mat 1), DII Championship (Mat 2), DIII Championship (Mat 3)
Northeast OHIO Freestyle Qualifier
Elyria High School
April 14, 2012
CJ Brown (MF) placed 4th at 138. Devon Brown (Steubenville) and
Hunter Pizzino (HC) placed both styles in Cadet. Fargo National team list
for cadet. Devon Brown qualified for both styles at 106, and Hunter Pizzino
qualified in Greco at 126.
Greco Roman Results: 113 entries
1st Devin Brown All-American
2nd Anthony Craig All-American
4th Sky Reynard TWC
Freestyle Results: 256 entries
2nd Mark Emmerling Black Bombers
1st Logan Ours Black Bombers
4th Jack Dawson Black Bomber
1st Devin Brown All-American
3rd Damon Outward Vertex
4th Anthony Craig All-American
1st Dante Williams Vertex
VERTEX Wrestling Club Martins Ferry
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday. Jr. high and high school at
430-6 youth at 6-730. Price is 50 dollars a month first month includes a USA
Contact Scott Roth @ 304 281 1576
Only a hand full of wrestlers from the immediate area placed in
this years Ohio High School State Wresting Tournament. That is a fact that does
not sit well with Scott Roth. Roth is the head Wresting Coach at Martins Ferry
High School. He was an undefeated state champ in 2000, and wrestled for four
years at Cornell University. He has been frustrated by the overall performance
of area wrestlers and has decided to do something about it. Roth has teamed up
Tucker. Tucker is also a former Purple Rider state champion, and a product of
Ohio University. They have recently started the Vertex Wrestling Club, which has
been up and running over the past month. The club is located on Fifth Street in
Martins Ferry, and is open to wrestlers from all over the Ohio Valley. Roth says
it is good opportunity for kids to improve their technique , and hopes the club
can help level the playing field for area wrestlers.
Woodward Academy (Atlanta, Ga) is looking for a Quad or Tri on
December 27th. We are coming to town for the Wheeling Park Duals and would like
to get in a few extra matches on Thursday, Dec. 27 with anyone in the OVAC area.
LukeUnderwood@bellsouth.net if you are hosting a meet and will let us in.
Weir High '95
Copied and pasted from themat.com
By National Federation of State High School Associations
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 26, 2012) — High school wrestlers who are called for a
third stalling violation will receive a stiffer penalty beginning with the
2012-13 season. In addition to the two-point penalty assessed for a third
stalling violation, the opponent will now have his or her choice of position on
the next restart.
The stalling penalty revision was one of eight rules changes approved by the
National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules
Committee at its April 9-11 meeting in Indianapolis. The changes were
subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
“The change to the third stalling penalty resulted from the committee’s desire
to encourage wrestlers to wrestle aggressively by providing a greater incentive
not to stall,” said Dale Pleimann, chair of the Wrestling Rules Committee and
former assistant executive director of the Missouri State High School Activities
Association. “No one likes to see a wrestler disqualified for stalling. The hope
is that by increasing the third stalling penalty, a wrestler who has been
penalized twice will be encouraged to pick up the pace and wrestle more
In other changes, the committee adjusted the current dual meet weigh-in
procedure to align with the random draw.
Bob Colgate, NFHS director of sports and sports medicine and staff liaison to
the Wrestling Rules Committee, said this change would provide maximum
preparation and warm-up time for the first contestants scheduled to compete in a
Three new rules were approved by the committee, including Rule 4-3-5, which
states that wrestlers “may not wear wristbands, sweatbands or bicep bands during
a match.” This rule was enacted in an effort to minimize risk of injury from
wrestlers getting their fingers caught in an opponent’s wristband or sweatband.
Another new rule for 2012-13 is an exception to the 30-second tiebreaker. The
new exception (8-2-1h) will read as follows:
“If the second injury time-out is taken at the conclusion of the first 30-second
tiebreaker period and the opponent already has the choice at the beginning of
the second 30-second tiebreaker period, the opponent would then have the added
choice at the first restart after the beginning of the second 30-second
This provision was a rule change last year for the regulation match and will now
apply to the overtime as well.
Rule 10-2-9 will be added to next year’s rules to address what happens when two
wrestlers in the championship bracket simultaneously cannot continue a match. If
both wrestlers cannot continue because of disqualification for stalling or
having their injury or blood time elapse, the wrestler who is leading on points
at the time the match is terminated will continue in the consolation bracket. If
the match is tied at the time of termination, neither wrestler will continue.
Following are the other three changes approved by the committee:
4-1-1a: Language has been updated to describe the wrestler’s singlet, and the
change will also allow the T-shirt with no sleeves to be worn under the
one-piece singlet when approved by the referee.
5-11-2i: Rules language was expanded to complete the near-fall and penalty
10-3-6 and 10-3-7: The tournament bracket format was revised to allow more
flexibility in conducting a tournament.
“The NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee confirmed that the sport of high school
wrestling is in great shape overall by making only a few changes to the
scholastic rules,” Pleimann said.
Wrestling is the sixth-most popular sport for boys at the high school level with
273,732 participants in 10,407 schools during the 2010-11 season, according to
the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. In addition, 7,351 girls were involved
in wrestling in 1,215 high schools.
Jake Howarth set to wrestle at Ashland
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports writer -The Herald-Star
STEUBENVILLE - The Big Red wrestling squad had a season that saw it qualify
eight wrestlers for the state tournament with five standing on the podium at the
event's finale. One of the senior cogs in the Big Red machine, Jake Howarth, has
signed to continue his wrestling career at Ashland University.
"I definitely chose Ashland because they have a great program down there and I
really liked the cafeteria," said Howarth. "But seriously, it was nice down
there. It just feels right."
Added Big Red head wrestling coach Mike Blackburn of his grappler's fit at
Ashland, "I think Ashland is going to be a great fit for him. It's Division II,
they always have a pretty good team.
"I think the coaching staff has done a great job and if you look at the
recruiting class coming in, from Fickell to Jake and everyone else they brought
in, they're going to be an up and coming team the next few years."
Howarth, who finished his Big Red career with 108 victories, wasn't set on
competing at the next level until fairly recently.
"I didn't decide I wanted to wrestle in college until the beginning of this
year," he said. "I just started going year round the summer after my junior
"My dad and I decided it would be best for my schooling if I decided to wrestle
in college and it worked out."
Blackburn discussed the level of commitment Howarth displayed and how it paid
"I think the biggest thing about Jake is he trained all summer long as much as
he could," he stated. "He went to camps, he went to opens, he did everything he
possibly could because he wanted to be good.
"When he decided he wanted to wrestle in college that focus intensified and he
ended up having a great year."
That great year included an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference runner-up finish, a
sixth- place finish at the Top Gun Tournament, a win at the Watkins
Invitational, a sectional championship and a second place finish at districts to
go with an eighth-place finish and spot on the podium at the Ohio State
The senior is quick to credit others for much of the success he experienced
during the past year.
"Definitely my coaches," said Howarth.
"My dad supported me the whole year. I want to give a lot of credit to Dunyasha
Yetts because he spent countless hours working out with us.
"And, definitely, my teammates too."
The experience of this season was even greater for Howarth when he looked back
on how far the Big Red wrestling program came during his time here.
"It was definitely great," he said.
"Freshman year Shawn McGhee and I were part of beginning to put the program back
on the map."
Blackburn expects Howarth will succeed on the next level due in part to the fact
his work ethic doesn't consist of just athletic pursuits.
"Jake, in the classroom first off, is a talented student and he worked as hard
on the wrestling mat as he did in the classroom," he said.
When Rose Dowler was dating
Parkersburg South High School wrestler Paul Jackson in the early ’70s, she made
a convincing argument to Head Wrestling Coach Rod Oldham that wrestlers having
girlfriends was actually a good thing. She told him that as long as Paul was
spending time with her, then he wasn’t out getting into trouble, so the coach
need not worry.
went on to marry her high school sweetheart Paul, who later returned to
Parkersburg South to become Oldham’s assistant coach after graduating from
college. Together they had two children, Dixi and Jeremiah.
was named the head coach at Parkersburg South at the beginning of the 1990
wrestling season, and he began to take the already successful program to new
heights. Rose was with him every step of the way, which literally gave new
meaning to the phrase, “For Better or Worse”. In 1993, young Jeremiah, who was
only 13 at the time, came down with a rare, fatal illness. Although dealing
with her own grief, Rose never stopped supporting Paul, and when he decided to
step down after the 1997 season, she supported his decision to leave the sport
he dearly loved.
end of the 2006 season, when Paul’s long-time assistant Tim McCartney retired as
head coach, many of the program’s loyal fans urged Paul to return to the program
once again as head coach. Again, Rose supported his decision, and he returned
to the helm at the beginning of the 2007 wrestling season.
had changed quite a bit over the ten years Paul had been away from the head
coach’s position, and he immediately looked to Rose for help with paperwork and
other administrative work such as booking hotels, scheduling busses for
transportation, and entering data into the computer. But Rose’s behind the
scenes work didn’t stop there. She also took on the duties of washing singlets
and preparing and/or ordering food for out of town trips. Very active in the
wrestling boosters organization, she headed up a very successful “Basket Bingo”
fundraiser, and she also provided a tremendous amount of assistance with the
other fundraisers throughout the year. Without a doubt, no one works harder
behind the scenes for South Wrestling than Rose Jackson.
scene though, Rose is by far the team’s biggest cheerleader. As the team
statistician, I am normally matside with the team during a match, but I can
always hear Rose let out a big “Woooohoooo” or a “GO! GO! GO! GO!” whenever one
of our wrestlers comes close to getting a pin. Her love for her husband and for
the sport is obvious, and her dry sense of humor makes her an absolute joy to be
also a very compassionate woman, always willing to listen to the many
frustrations Paul faces as a head coach. She has also been a sounding board for
me on many occasions. She selflessly helps care for Paul’s aging mother as
announced his retirement at the end of this season, so Rose will be “retiring”
along with him, but she will still be in the stands cheering on her favorite
team, along with her daughter Dixi, son-in-law Trevor, and granddaughters Miah
(named after Jeremiah), and Anna.
Jackson has touched so many lives through her involvement with the Parkersburg
South Wrestling Program, including mine. I am honored to call her my friend,
and I proudly wish to nominate her as the 2012 Wrestling USA Coach’s Wife of the
Jenny Sullivan, Statistician
Parkersburg South Wrestling
OVAC Wrestling Youth Clinic Scheduled
WHEELING, WV — As
part of the “SUBWAY Sports Clinic Series” the Ohio Valley Athletic
Conference will be hosting its annual free youth wrestling clinic in
conjunction with the Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament on Saturday,
January the 21st.
On Saturday, January 21, the
free wrestling clinic will be held on the OVAC championship mats of WesBanco
Arena from 9:30AM-11:00AM. Registration will begin at 8:30 that morning and
end at 9:15AM. The clinic will be led by Branden Lee Hinkle, National
Champion Wrestler and MMA participant. The
clinicians will teach the basic fundamentals of wrestling and help
build the kids’ self-esteem. The clinic is free and open to boys and girls
Parents are required to have
insurance and be present the day of the clinics to sign a waiver form. For
more information visit www.OVAC.org,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
The free clinic is made
possible thanks to SmittysFloors.com, and OVAC Corporate Partners: SUBWAY
restaurants, Bordas & Bordas Law Firm, Wheeling Hospital, The Health Plan,
Marines, AT&T, United Dairy and the Prevent Don’t Provide initiative.
The Ohio Valley Athletic
Conference is the largest functional high school athletic conference in the
United States. It is now comprised of 50 member schools with 12,000 athletes
and 21,000 students that stretches across two states (Ohio and West Virginia)
and 18 counties. The OVAC sponsors 19 sports and recognizes 62
champions. The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference is online at www.OVAC.org.
Caldwell's Derick Hesson ranked #1 in the nation @285
Indian Creek's James Myers is ranked #4
at 165 for Olivet
Baums page is done with its
updates now. Here is the new page for help files
Top left hand corner is the info for the help menu.
You must make an account here 1st:
After you have made your account you need to look for the OVAC tournament here:
It will be in the
second column under League and Conference Wrestling Tournaments
Then you need to fill
in your information for your team wrestler’s grade in school record etc….
Remember to use the
proper case of letter when typing in names.
Dan and I will be checking rosters by Wednesday
(Jan 11th, 2012) night at 7PM to see if the rosters are correctly
done. No one but Dan and I will be able to see your rosters. The deadline to
adjust your roster on line is Thursday Jan 12th 5PM. Any adjustment
after Thursday will have to be done at the seeding meeting. Doors open at 8AM on
Sunday the 15th with the meeting starting promptly at 9:30AM.
If you need help
412 973 8542
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The West Liberty University wrestling team made
its first dual match of the season a memorable one, winning the last four bouts
to shock No. 8-ranked Pitt-Johnstown, 20-17, on the Mountain Cats' home mat.
Coach Brian Davis's Hilltoppers appeared to be dead in the water, looking up at
a 17-4 deficit with six of the 10 bouts already in the books. Art Hobley's 17-4
major decision against Nick Katich at 149 pounds was WLU's lone win in the early
Jordan Nolan started the comeback with a fall against Travis McKillop at the
3:19 mark of their 174-pound match.
Matt Littleton followed with a crucial 8-6 decision in overtime against Gary
Lantz at 184 pounds to pull the visitors within range at 17-13.
Things got even more interesting when Derrick Williams came through with a 9-6
win against Zak Newton at 197, cutting the deficit to a single point, 17-16,
heading into the final match of the night.
West Liberty sent J.D. Ramsay, the nation's No. 7-ranked 285-pounder, out to the
mat for the decisive match and Ramsay finished off the upset in impressive
fashion, rolling to an 11-3 major decision against Josh Krupa to seal the win.
The Hilltoppers swing right back into action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. match at
West Liberty 20, No. 8 Pitt-Johnstown 17
125: Dave Fogle (UPJ) md. Joe Wagstaff (WLU), 10-1
133: Ryan Link (UPJ) md. Dillon Nolte (WLU), 19-7
141: Jack Bachman (UPJ) d. Nick Wykoff (WLU), 9-3
149: Art Hobley (WLU) md. Nick Katich (UPJ), 17-4
157: Joel Paolo (UPJ) d. Mike Emery (WLU), 6-2
165: Zach Lundgren (UPJ) d. Jarrod Shaw (WLU), 6-2
174: Jordan Nolan (WLU) p. Travis McKillop (UPJ), 3:19
184: Matt Littleton (WLU) d. Gary Lantz (UPJ), 8-6 OT
197: Derrick Williams (WLU) d. Zak Newton (UPJ), 9-6
285: J.D. Ramsey (WLU) md. Josh Krupa (UPJ), 11-3
Navy Classic Results (Zach Basich/Dom Prezzia)
Weight 157 looked like a battle
between these too!
WVU Prezzia Champion at W & J Open!
Congrats to Dom 1st place and
Jesse Schiffbauer 3rd place finishes!
Dom defeated returning D-II All
American (and former PA state champion) Jordan Shields of Mercyhurst in the
WLU Hobley Champion at W & J Open!
Congrats to Art on his 1st place finish!
News: Kyle Bauer (Kent) 133 @ Michigan State Open
Congrats to Kyle on his 2nd
OVAC wrestlers here too:
Mount Union Open
Congrats to Derick Hesson Mount
Union 1st place finish!
Congrats Zach Basich
Zach won the Clarion Open at 157 defeating Lehighs Joey Napoli in the
finals, a great win. Here are the links. I noticed Joel Paolo wrestled at 157 as
Crain resigns as Golden Bears’ wrestling coach
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY WRESTLING
WHEN: AUGUST 20, 2011
WHERE: FAIRWAY RIVERLINKS GOLF COURSE
COST: 4 PLAYER TEAMS AT $50.00 PER
TIME: 8:00 AM
MULLIGANS: $5.00 PER MULLIGAN (1 PER
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE
CONCLUSION OF THE SCRAMBLE.
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST
THERE WILL BE HOLE PRIZES THROUGHOUT
DOOR PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AT THE LUNCH AFTER
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO WEST LIBERTY UNIVERSITY AND WRITE
‘WRESTLING’ IN THE MEMO SPACE ON THE CHECK.
TEAM CAPTAIN ________________________________
RETURN THIS FORM AND ENTRY FEE
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Dear Sir or
The West Liberty University Wrestling Team is hosting a golf
scramble on August 20, 2011, at Fairway River Links in Rayland, OH. We will be
raising money that will directly support the West Liberty wrestling program to
assist with our continued efforts to grow as a program both locally and
We are asking for your support as a hole sponsor for our
upcoming event. The cost of the sponsorship is $100.00 per hole. Your donation
will be acknowledged with a signage on a hole at our event. We expect to have
over 100 participants.
We realize that you must receive many donation requests
through your organization each year and we appreciate your support in our
efforts. Accordingly, your donation is tax deductible and you will receive our
Tax Identification Number upon receipt of your donation.
Please contact either Brian Davis at (304) 218-8802 or Rick
Welker at (304) 780-9536 to arrange pick-up of your donation. If you have any
additional questions, contact Brian or Rick at the aforementioned numbers or
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OG’s Larry Shaw to be inducted to OVAC Hall of
May 22, 2011
WHEELING - Two highly-successful coaches - one in wrestling and one in track -
and a long-time area football/basketball official have been added to the Ohio
Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame's Class of 2011.
Larry Shaw, the
ultrasuccessful wrestling coach at Oak Glen, and the late C.R. (Dick) Dei, who
coaches boys' track at Wheeling Park, will be inducted in the Coaches category
while Plennie Clutter of Wheeling is this year's honoree as an Official.
Previously announced selections include Charles Petty (OVAC Family), Dick
Thurnes (OVAC Contributor) and John Kirker (Media) will be formally inducted
at the eighth annual OVAC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 20
at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.
Also honored that night will be five "Legends of OVAC Schools" - Bob Bentz
of Beaver Local, Punque Cartledge of Steubenville, Jim Jordan of Chester, Cas
Myslinski of Steubenville and Norman Willey of Pine Grove.
The OVAC Hall of Fame is on permanent display at WesBanco Arena.
Here's a look at the selections in the Coaches and Officials categories:
l Larry Shaw (Shady Spring High School, Class of 1973).
Mention wrestling in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference or anywhere in the
state of West Virginia and no doubt Shaw's name comes to mind in a hurry.
After all, Shaw was a fixture in the mat sport for 31 years.
He led the Bears on an incredible run of 13 consecutive West Virginia Class
AA-A state championships from 1997-2009, a feat unmatched by any OVAC or West
Virginia program in any sport. Prior to Oak Glen dropping to the AA-A ranks,
Shaw-led teams posted five straight Class AAA runner-up finishes (1987-91).
In OVAC Tournament action, Shaw's teams won nine class titles, including
eight in a row from 2001-2008 in Class 3-A. The Bears won the overall title
five times (1991, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007).
During his tenure, Shaw's teams won 13 OVAC dual meet titles (Class 4-A in
1985, '90 and '98 and Class 3-A in 1999, 2000, '01, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07,
'08 and '09) and he finished with a career dual meet record of 330-96-4. He
coached 51 state champion wrestlers and more than 160 others who earned
Shaw was named the OVAC all-sport Coach of the Year twice in 2002 and 2007
and the OVAC Wrestling Coach of the Year on 13 occasions.
He was the West Virginia Class AA-A Wrestling Coach of the Year six times
and is the only wrestling coach to be selected the West Virginia all-sport
Coach of the Year by the W. Va. Sports Writers Association (2000). He was
named the 2008 National Wrestling Coach of the Year by Wrestling USA Magazine
and was a finalist for the award in 2004.
Shaw, a 1977 graduate of Concord College who earned his master's degree
from Marshall University, is a past president of the W. Va. Wrestling Coaches
Association; a past vice-president of the West Virginia Chapter of the
National Wrestling Hall of Fame; and a former member of the WVSSAC and OVAC
He assisted in producing an instructional video for wrestling officials for
the NFHS Officiating Wrestling On-Line Methods Course and has worked at
countless wrestling clinics.
Shaw was the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club's Co-Man of the Year in
2003; was inducted into the Raleigh County Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000; the
Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame in 2009; the National Wrestling Hall
of Fame in 2010 and earlier this year into the National High School Sports
Hall of Fame by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
l C.R. (Dick) Dei (Wheeling Central High School, Class of 1959).
He was the architect of the OVAC's most dominant boys' track program at
During the school's first 13 years (1977-89), the Patriots won eight OVAC
Class 4-A championships and finished second three times; won nine West
Virginia Region titles and captured three West Virginia Class AAA state
championships while finishing as the runner-up twice.
Under the guidance of Dei, who coached 22 All-America track honorees during
his career, Park lost only two dual meets in 13 seasons.
He passed away in 2007 at the age of 66.
l Plennie Clutter (Wheeling High School, Class of 1943).
He ranks among the best officials of all-time in the Ohio Valley, spending
30 years as a football referee and 25 years as a basketball official.
He earned assignments to work four West Virginia state high school football
championship games and three state basketball tournaments.
Clutter also worked football and basketball games in the West Virginia
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
As an athlete, Clutter was an all-West Virginia selection in football and
basketball at Wheeling High. As a senior, he was named the all-state captain
and led the Wildcats to the state basketball championship under coach V.
He was offered a football scholarship to the University of Alabama, he
entered the Navy during World War II. He played one year with the Philadelphia
Naval Base team, and then after fulfilling his military obligation, he played
professional basketball in England.
News: Wheeling Park Kyle Bauer has been
selected as a USA Magazine High School Academic Team All-American. The 2011
All-American Team will be nationally released in the May 31st issue of Wrestling
USA Magazine. (More to come)
NFHS 2011-2012 Rule Changes
Weight classes changed in high school
4/26/2011 9:32:06 AM
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 26, 2011) — The most significant changes in weight
classes in high school wrestling in 23 years will take place in the
In its April 4-6 meeting in Indianapolis, the National Federation of State
High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee approved an
upward shift of the weight classes, beginning with the 103-pound class
moving to 106 pounds, which resulted in new weights for 10 of the 14
classes. The changes in weight classes, along with 17 other rules
revisions, were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
The 14 weight classes approved by the committee for 2011-12 are as
follows: 106 (pounds), 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182,
195, 220 and 285. Three middle weight classes – 145, 152 and 160 – were
retained, although they are 7-8-9 in order now rather than 8-9-10. The
largest weight class (285 pounds) remains unchanged as well.
“The change in weight classes resulted from a three-to-four year process
utilizing data from the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)
Optimal Performance Calculator,” said Dale Pleimann, chair of the NFHS
Wrestling Rules Committee and former assistant executive director of the
Missouri State High School Activities Association. “The rules committee
was able to analyze data from almost 200,000 wrestlers across the country,
with the goal to create weight classes that have approximately seven
percent of the wrestlers in each weight class.
“Throughout the process, each state association was kept completely
informed and was provided multiple opportunities for input. The results of
the last survey of each state association indicated that the majority of
states favored a change, and the committee listened and acted
The last wholesale shift in weight classes occurred in 1988, when the
lowest weight class was increased from 98 to 103 pounds. The only other
changes since then were in 2002, when the number of classes went from 13
to 14 and the 215-pound weight class became mandatory, and in 2006, when
the 275-pound class was increased to 285 pounds.
Among changes in wrestling holds, the Figure 4 around the head has been
ruled an illegal hold/maneuver. Previously, the Figure 4 was illegal
around the body or both legs.
“This move was being used by high school wrestlers more and more on the
head, so to minimize the risk of injury, the committee voted to outlaw the
Figure 4 on the head as well as around the body and both legs,” said Bob
Colgate, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the Wrestling Rules
Another significant change was made in Rule 2-1-3, which now makes the
boundary line inbounds and, thus, expands the wrestling area. Previously,
a wrestler was out of bounds if he or she was touching any part of the
2-inch-wide line which marks the wrestling area.
An additional exception was added to Rule 8-2-1 stating that if the second
injury time-out is taken at the conclusion of the second period, and the
opponent already has the choice at the beginning of the third period, the
opponent would then have the added choice at the first restart after the
beginning of the third period.
“Previously, at the end of the second period and before the third period,
Wrestler A takes his or her second injury time-out, which now gives the
choice to Wrestler B,” Colgate said. “However, it’s already Wrestler B’s
choice by virtue of the original flip of the disk. Therefore, Wrestler B
gains no advantage or benefit from Wrestler A’s second injury time-out.
With this change, Wrestler B would now have his or her choice at the first
restart after the beginning of the third period.”
In other changes, a revision in Rule 3-1-13 allows the referee the
flexibility to determine his or her best position to monitor the clock and
wrestlers during injury, blood or recovery time-outs. Also, language in
Rule 6-2-2 was changed from “forfeit” to “disqualification” to reflect
The rules committee also devoted considerable time to developing rules for
multi-team dual meets and team-formatted tournaments. Previously, the NFHS
Wrestling Rules Book addressed only dual meets and individually bracketed
tournaments. Definitions for individually bracketed tournaments, dual
meet/team-formatted tournaments and combination tournaments will be
contained in Rule 1-3.
“In recent years, high school wrestling has moved from dual meets and
individually bracketed tournaments to tournaments incorporating a dual
meet/team format,” Pleimann said. “The new Rule 11 will provide rules
coverage for this type of tournament format.”
“High school wrestling is in great shape across the country as
participation numbers continue to increase. The rules committee did
propose 18 changes to the rules book, but approximately two-thirds of
those changes resulted from incorporating the new dual meet/team format
rules,” Pleimann added.
The final change is one that has been approved by the NFHS Board of
Directors for use in all NFHS rules books regarding the meet referee’s
jurisdiction. The rule extends the clerical duties of the referee beyond
the end of the meet through the completion of any reports required from
actions that occurred while the referees had jurisdiction.
Points of emphasis adopted by the committee for 2011-12 include
communicable diseases, injury time-outs, coach/referee conference, and
concussion recognition and management.
Wrestling is the sixth-most popular sport for boys at the high school
level with 272,890 participants in 10,363 schools during the 2009-10
season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. In addition,
6,134 girls were involved in wrestling in 1,009 high schools.
# # #
About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership
organization for high school sports and fine arts activities. Since 1920,
the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports
and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The
NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support,
improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards
and Rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school
sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for
boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state
associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than
19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity
programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. As the
recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the
NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; produces
publications for high school coaches, officials and athletic directors;
sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials,
spirit coaches, speech and debate coaches and music adjudicators; serves
as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a
national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities.
For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Howard or John Gillis, 317-972-6900
National Federation of State High School Associations
Zach Basich Navy Mat Club/ Wheeling Central
Zach is two matches away from placing a
2011 ASICS Univ. Natl-Men FS 70 KG / 154.25 lbs
Click link below for brackets:
Wheeling Park Wrestling
Night at the Races 2011
On Friday April 15th, Wheeling Park will be holding our 4th annual Night at the
Races at Generations Restaurant at 7pm. The first race will begin at 8pm with
food, drink and check-in from 7-8. An owner can purchase a horse for $30. The
purchase gets the owner and a guest, ownership of a horse that will race during
the evening and food/drink for the night. If the owner’s horse wins the race
that it is entered in, the owner wins $60. There will be a number of door
prizes, cash giveaways and a Chinese raffle done throughout the evening, while
those in attendance also have the opportunity to wager on the races. Please
forward all questions to Sean Doyle by phone at 304-281-7508 or by email at
email@example.com. Don’t miss
out on what is sure to be a fantastic evening and a great time for everyone!
If you have news email me:
Congratulations to James Myers, (Olivet) & Derrick Hesson, (Mt.
Union) for becoming Division III All-Americans!!!
Congratulations to Jon Bittinger BvL for
becoming an All American at Notre Dame College. Jon Finished 3rd at the NAIA
Nationals at 174.
Congratulations to Jarrod Shaw (WLU) Brooke High School
who qualified for Division II Nationals at 165 pounds.
NCAA Division III
Congratulations to James Myers (Olivet) Indian Creek who
qualified for Division III Nationals at 165
Congratulations to Derrick Hesson (Mt. Union) Caldwell High
School who qualified for Division III Nationals at 285.
NCAA Division III
Dylan Taylor Tridelphia WV
to Dylan on his Jr. High Career! Dylan finished with a 103-1 Jr. High record
while competing with Tridelphia. Dylan also won the very hard Philo Tournament
and finished his 8th grade year by pinning his way through the WV Jr. High
Dylan will be one to look out for next year!
EAST LIVERPOOL HIGH SCHOOL
100 MAINE BLVD
EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO 43920
DEC. 9TH AND SATURDAY DEC. 10TH
FRIDAY 1ST ROUND
4:00 PM, 2ND ROUND 6:00 PM, 3RD ROUND 8:00 PM
SATURDAY 10:00 AM, BEGINS THE TWO EIGHTMAN DOUBLE
SATURDAY 6:00 PM
FRIDAY 2:00 PM, SATURDAY 8:00 AM
FRIDAY 3:30, SATURDAY 9:30
East Liverpool 2.
Brockway Area 2.
ROUND ROBIN FORMAT EACH WRESTLER WILL WRESTLE THREE MATCHES IN THEIR FOUR MAN
SECTION. TOP 2 WRESTLERS WILL BE PLACED IN LEVEL 1 TOURNAMENT, OTHER 2
WRESTLERS PLACED IN LEVEL 2 TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY.
TWO DOUBLE ELIMINATION EIGHT MAN TOURNAMENTS PLACING TOP FOUR IN EACH.
TOP TWO TEAMS, TOP FOUR IN LEVEL 1 TOURNAMENT WILL RECEIVE PLAQUES AND TOP
FOUR IN LEVEL 2 WILL RECEIVE MEDALS, THERE WILL BE TWO MVP AWARDS FROM 103 – 140
AND 145 – 285.
$225.00 PLEASE PAY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. PLEASE SEND CHECKS TO EAST LIVERPOOL
ATHLETIC DEPARTMANT AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS.
1. STATE CHAMP SAME WT/DIFFERENT WT.
HIGHEST STATE PLACE SAME WT/DIFFERENT WT.
STATE QUALIFIER SAME WT/DIFFERENT WT.
BEST OVERALL RECORD FROM PRIVIOUS YEAR (.500 OR BETTER)
WE WILL NEED TO KNOW OF ANY WEIGHT CLASS YOU DO NOT HAVE IN ADVANCE SO WE CAN
FILL EACH WEIGHT CLASS.
Bishop Donahue's Richmond: Life’s Always Busy
Training never stops for Bishops wrestler
January 22, 2011 - By RICK THORP, Staff Writer
WHEELING - Someone give Bobby Richmond a break.
The Bishop Donahue senior has been going strong since July and he probably won't
slow down until June.
''As soon as track season ended last June, I probably took 2 or 3 weeks off,''
Richmond said Friday on the first day of the 58th annual Ron Mauck OVAC
Wrestling Tournament at WesBanco Arena.
''Then I got right back in the weight room. I was determined. I knew we had a
chance to go all the way in football and that I had a chance to go all the way
''I really had a chip on my shoulder.''
The Bishops didn't win a West Virginia Class A championship in football like
Richmond hoped. But he did help lead a squad that was ranked No. 1 most of the
season and lost to Wheeling Central in one of the most memorable playoff games
in Ohio Valley history.
Richmond didn't dwell on the playoff loss long. He was right back in the weight
room on the Monday following the defeat getting ready for wrestling.
''I've been wrestling for 15 years and this is one of my biggest goals,''
Richmond said of an OVAC championship. ''This and a state title.''
Richmond is off to a good start at the OVACs after winning three matches Friday
to advance to this afternoon's semifinal round.
The top seed at 160 pounds, Richmond improved his season record to 33-1.
It's been a season of transition of sorts for Richmond, who watched his coach
the last few seasons - Joel Sansone - move to St. Clairsville to guide his alma
Mike Napple came in to guide the Bishops and Richmond said the transition has
''I know this is my last shot and with us changing coaches I knew things were
going to be a bit different,'' Richmond said. ''But Coach Napple has done a
great job. And Coach (Ronnell) Green has been great, too.''
Even though Sansone is gone, he and Richmond still have a tight bond. To help
prepare for this week's tournament, Richmond practiced with St. Clairsville and,
in particular, Dominic Prezzia, the top seed at 152 pounds.
''I don't blame him for leaving us at all,'' Richmond said of Sansone. ''We
still have a very good relationship.''
Richmond was seeded second in last season's OVAC Tournament, but fell to No. 4
seed Kody Crooks of Barnesville in the championship match.
At state, Richmond finished fifth.
The key to improving this season, according to Richmond , was conditioning.
''The last couple of years, late in matches, I would be so out of breath I'd
have to stop and think about what I was going to do next.
''But now, my conditioning is great.''
And he thinks the preparation for his other two sports, especially football, had
a lot to do with that.
''Football and wrestling are very similar,'' he said. ''In football, you have to
be explosive and quick on your feet and in wrestling, you have to be extremely
explosive and think on your feet.
''The two connect very easily.''
Cambridge make up dates:
Cambridge is wrestling West Holmes and Buckeye Local on Wednesday
Cambridge vs Meadowbrook on Sat Jan 29 at 1pm.
Tulsa Nationals 2011
Zac Hensly Kansas d Dylan Taylor West Virginia 6-4 OT
Dylan Taylor 2nd place finisher!
Message From Mark Hawald and the Mount Union Wrestling Family
"If you could forward the below message to the wrestling community, I would
really appreciate it. I know a lot of people are wondering what happened. I want
to share how this experience has impacted my team and myself and I want to share
some things I have learned from it.
The experience the Mount Union Wrestling Family went through Tuesday night was
something I hope no other coach ever has deal with. On the way home from a dual
meet, our team’s bus was involved in an accident which took the life of our
trainer and friend, Dan Gorman. My assistant coach suffered a broken wrist, and
thankfully there were no other injuries.
This has been a difficult and confusing time for both my team and me. Dan was
more than a trainer to us. He was like our fifth coach. He attended all of our
practices and home meets, and some of our away meets. Dan was a mentor to me and
my wrestlers and always had advice on how to be a better person, so I want to
use this experience as Dan would, as a way to help others grow and improve their
own lives. I hope I can pass on what I have learned to others and that they will
not have to experience anything like this to learn such valuable lessons.
I have learned to better appreciate the people who deserve my appreciation. I
thought Dan was an amazing trainer. I often referred to him as “the smartest
person I know.” His mat side diagnosis was usually the same as the one given by
a specialist weeks later after looking an X-Ray or MRI. Beyond his profession,
Dan provided incredible life lessons and insight to anyone who was willing to
listen. He made my job as a coach easier because I knew that my wrestlers would
become better people after spending just a few minutes with him. I appreciated
Dan for everything he did for this team, but I don’t know how clear I made that
to him. As my wrestlers discussed winning a conference title to honor Dan, I
interrupted and said the best way to honor Dan is to model ourselves after him
and become better people. We need to better appreciate the people who deserve
our appreciation, let them know how much they mean to us, say thank you for the
impact they have made on our lives, and try to be the Dan Gorman is someone
I have learned that the rewards of wrestling do not always show on the mat.
Tuesday was the worst moment in my coaching career, but also my proudest. I
often leave practice frustrated. If my guys don’t work as hard as they should or
can’t figure something out I ask myself what am I doing wrong as a coach or what
is wrong with my guys that they are not doing exactly what they should. I
learned Tuesday night that I have succeeded as a coach and that my wrestlers are
exactly the men that I want them to be. When faced with a crisis, these young
men were true champions. The lessons they have learned from this sport were
apparent on Tuesday night. We had a goal to save our dear friend. They worked
together and did everything they could. Everyone played an important role. Those
with “medical” experience immediately put their attention on Dan, some ventured
out into the cold to set up flares, waive down vehicles, and assess the
situation of the bus, some comforted the girls (our managers) who were shook up
from the accident, and the rest gathered close to stay warm and started praying.
I hope other coaches too will learn that although our guy does not always get
his hand raised, we are playing a crucial role in developing real-world
I have learned is that the brotherhood known as wrestling is the one of the
strongest, most dependable, and most honorable groups of individuals on this
planet. The support that this team has received has been unbelievable. I have
received support from across the state and across the country. From high schools
and colleges. From all divisions. Our biggest competitors have become our
biggest supporters. I lost count early yesterday of how many programs have
extended their support. I have seen the worst situation bring out the absolute
best in people. We decided to still hold our tournament we had scheduled for
Sunday at the request of Dan’s wife. She said that carrying on our lives and
acting no different is what Dan would have wanted. I have had multiple coaches
tell me that they would be willing to run the tournament or provide other help.
Words cannot express what this support means to the team and to me. Wrestlers
who quit my team for whatever reason, were waiting for us when we returned to
campus to offer their support. I hope that people reading this will not wait for
the worst situation to bring out their best.
I hope this message can be valuable to anyone who has suffered any type of loss
and that in sharing this message, others can grow from this as the members of my
team have and continue to.
Lastly, here are a few specific messages to different groups involved in our
Your children are in the hands of the finest men on the planet. Every coach I
know in this sport is a great man and will do anything for your son. Wrestling
coaches will try to make a better wrestler, but will definitely make a better
Cherish every moment you have in this sport. You have chosen to surround
yourself among the greatest peers in your teammates and the greatest role models
in your coaches. Practice is tough. Cutting weight is tough. Losing is tough.
But so is life. What you learn in this sport will be the most valuable lessons
you will learn in life.
As we waited for the emergency crew to arrive, I was holding blankets over Dan
and rubbing his arms trying to keep him warm. While our student trainer was
trying to get him back, I started talking to Dan. I was saying “Stay tough” and
“You can do this” and “Dig Deep” and other things like that. I caught myself and
realized that these were the same things I say to my wrestlers when times get
tough in a match or at practice. I was looking forward to having a good laugh
about it with Dan and my team when he would make his return. I will not have the
opportunity to have this reunion, but this did make me realize that in a crisis
situation, I fell back on the wrestling coach that I am. This situation has
taught me that our value to these young men is greater than I could have ever
imagined. Don’t forget who you are and the impact you have on so many people’s
Anyone in the area, I would welcome you to please join us on campus to honor Dan
University of Mount Union
1972 Clark Avenue
Alliance, Ohio 44601
Saturday, January 15, 2011
6:00 PM until 10:00 PM
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers.
Mark Hawald and the Mount Union Wrestling Family"
PARKERSBURG SOUTH WINS WHIZ DUALS AND BREAKS THEIR
OWN 27-YEAR WINNING STREAK RECORD
Joel St. Clair's pin with 4 seconds left in the second
period of the 152-pound match between Parkersburg South and
Barberton clinched the win for the Patriots in the championship final
match against Barberton at the 2011 WHIZ Duals at Tri-Valley High School in
Dresden, Ohio. However,
St. Clair's pin not only secured the match and the team title for South, it also
allowed the Patriots to extend their dual meet
winning streak to 69, ending a school record that's been in existence
The last streak of 68 wins began on January 3, 1979 and was
halted on January 7, 1984, when perennial Ohio power Lakewood St. Edward handed
South and Coach Rod Oldham and his troops their first dual loss in almost
exactly five years. The new streak has only taken two and a half seasons to
reach, due in part to modern schedules which include several duals tournaments,
triangulars and quads.
Once again the wrestlers of
Head Coach Paul Jackson
turned in a dominating performance, winning all eight matches and shutting out
two opponents (Zanesville and John
Glenn). Had they not surrendered a forfeit against Sheridan, South would
have registered a third shutout. Wrestling the final match with essentially
five starters out of the lineup for various reasons, the Patriots still managed
to edge runner-up Barberton for the team title for the third straight year.
(Prior to 2011, the tournament was known as the Meadowbrook Duals, but was
relocated to Tri-Valley High School.) The team injuries aren't serious, and
most if not all starters hope to be back in the lineup by the OVAC Tournament
January 20-22, if not by the annual city dual with Parkersburg High,
which has now been rescheduled for
this Wednesday, January 12.
Lance Hill (103), Bryce Gainer (112),
David Jeffrey (119), Jordan Quiocho (130), Tyler Richards (135), and
Briar Shively (145) finished the tournament with eight wins and no losses.
Shively recorded six pins on the weekend, raising his season pin count to 18,
which is the current team lead. Steven Brogle got the quickest mat slapper of
the season when he recorded a 7-second pin in his very first match
Brandon Hinkle giving back!
Making his name know on campus!
OHSAA State Dual Team Information
TO: WRESTLING HEAD COACHES, ATHLETIC DIRECTORS & ASSIGNERS
FROM: HENRY ZABORNIAK, JR, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER
RE: DUAL TEAM TOURNAMENT & SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENT BEGINNING 2012-13
CC: DISTRICT ATHLETIC BOARD MEMBERS – December 14, 2010
Your OHSAA State Board of Directors adopted an additional state Wrestling
Tournament beginning with the 2012-13 school year. The OHSAA will now sponsor
and conduct both the historic individual tournament and the new and exciting
dual or team tournament. To enter the dual team tournament a school team must
fill a minimum of eight weight classes. The traditional tournament will continue
to be conducted in a sectional/district/state format. In 2012-13 sectionals will
begin the week of February 11, 2013 and the state tournament will be held at The
Ohio State University Schottenstein Center February 28-March 2. The OHSAA dual
team tournament will be conducted in a regional/state format.
The state will be divided into eight regions each having approximately 24 teams
(per division). Each region will be geographically subdivided in half. Each half
region will seed four teams. Regional quarterfinals will be held at the highest
seeded schools on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. The winning two teams will
advance to the Regional semifinals on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. One team from
each semi-final will advance to the regional finals held on Wednesday, February
6, 2013. Eight Regional Champions per division will meet on Saturday, February
9, 2013 to wrestle for the OHSAA Dual TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP. The state tournament
site is yet to be determined.
We anticipate that this communication will reach you with enough notice in order
for you to modify any anticipated schedule so that it does not conflict with
these tournament dates. Additional information will be forthcoming as our Team
Tournament planning and implementation advisors provide recommendations to the
OHSAA Board of Directors.
Currently there are 600 OHSAA member high schools that sponsor wrestling for
approximately 14,000 student-athletes. By sponsoring a true team tournament we
anticipate more youngsters participating in the future. We believe that
interscholastic athletic programs enrich each student’s educational experience,
promote good citizenship, healthy lifestyles and academic achievement.
Best wishes in all you do.
Coaches: John Riggs, Hilliard Darby; Troy Roth, Montpelier; Gary Wise,
Frank Baxter, Fairmont; Bill Roll, Versailles (retired)
Athletic Directors: Mike Dellapina, Hamilton; Cal Adams, Marysville
OHSAA Board Members: Walt Skaggs, St. Clairsville; Jose Hernandez, Fremont Ross
State Tournament Manager: Dr. Bruce Maurer
Director of Wrestling Officiating Development: Jim Vreeland, Oak Harbor
4080 Roselea Place, Columbus, OH 43214. (614) 267-1677. www.ohsaa.org
James Myers moves up to 6th place ranking Div III
Congrats to Dom & good luck on the season!
St. C.’s Prezzia inks
November 25, 2010 - By SETH STASKEY, T-L
Dom Prezzia will be the first to tell you when he started
wrestling, at 5 years old, he didn't like it that well.
But, he stuck with it because his parents - Paul and Jill -
always taught him not to quit anything he's started.
"I used to go to practice and get beat up by people,"
Prezzia admitted. "I really didn't know anything about the sport. Once, I
learned what I was doing, I really began to enjoy it and (my parents) didn't
have to push me as much, but they've done so much for me over the years."
That's a lesson and a decision that's paid dividends both
literally and figuratively.
The St. Clairsville senior signed his name on a National
Letter of Intent earlier this week to continue both his academic and wrestling
careers at West Virginia University.
"I thought West Virginia was the best place for me to
transition from high school to college wrestling," Prezzia said during a
ceremony inside the St. C. High School library.
Prezzia settled on the Mountaineers' up-and-coming program
over the likes of Virginia, Cornell, Ohio University, Kent State and Virginia
"I really liked the campus and the wrestling room is really
nice at WVU," Prezzia said. "There are about three full-sized mats in the
wrestling room. The weight program is really good down there, so it was a
really nice atmosphere for me."
During his official visit to the Mountaineers' program,
Prezzia was impressed with the coaching staff and he also got to know a few of
his future teammates.
"They've got really good coaches and I think there are four
guys who I know on the team who are really good and I get along with well,"
Prezzia, who's compiled a career mark of 120-13 at St. C.,
knows there's going to be an adjustment when he moves to the next level.
"College wrestling is a lot faster," Prezzia said. "You've
got to take more chances at that level."
The two-time all-Ohioan was recruited as a 157 pounder and
he'll enter the 152-pound weight class this season.
Having the collegiate decision out of the way prior to
beginning his quest for the elusive OVAC and state title was very important to
"I'm just able to focus on the season and it's nice to know
I'll be going somewhere to wrestle next year," Prezzia said. "I can't put into
words how much winning the OVAC and state title would mean to me. My first
priority is to win the OVAC and as it gets past that, I want to win a state
The biggest area where Prezzia thinks he needs to improve
both for this season and beyond is in the mental aspect of the sport.
"I feel like I'm capable of winning the big matches and I've
worked hard enough to win them, but it's a matter of preparing mentally to do
it," Prezzia admitted. "In the (practice) room, I wrestle really well, but
sometimes I get on the mat and I start thinking too much and don't wrestle my
match. I learned a lot over the summer about myself and what worked for me on
Prezzia made an immediate impact for the Red Devils,
finishing 36-8 as a freshman. He was a state qualifier. He finished second in
the OVAC, third in the sectional and fourth at the district.
He came back in 2008-09 to post a 37-3 record. He was he
champion at the sectional and district, settling for another silver medal at
the OVAC and he fell in the state semifinals and then in the consolation
Last year, Prezzia, who credits a lot of his success to
former Red Devils head coach Jay Michael, was coming off a national runnerup
finish in the Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, N.D. He carried the momentum into
the season and posted a 47-2 mark.
But, he lost to Beaver Local's Dylan Ice in the OVAC final
and then fell in the state semifinals again by a single point. He rallied and
finished as the bronze medalist.
This past summer, Prezzia went back to the Freestyle
Nationals, but admittedly didn't do as well.
"I was having a great camp and actually started to get my
looks from WVU because of that camp," Prezzia said. "When I got (to Fargo), I
wasn't really doing anything and lost to kids who got fourth and seventh. I
thought I should have been all-American."
After that tournament and reflecting on the past two seasons
at the state tournament, Prezzia changed his mentality.
"It was a really good learning experience," Prezzia said.
"It was nice to see the other side of things a little bit. I was always taught
to stay humble and I don't parade around much if I win a big match. I've
learned the difference between cocky and confidence and I feel I need to let
me emotions out a little more and not worry as much as I used to about what
people think because I work hard at (wrestling). I've learned that I am
allowed to enjoy doing well and I need to continue to learn that."
The Red Devils won the OVAC and Buckeye 8 titles last season
before finishing seventh in the Division II state meet.
"We're not as talented as we were last year, but we've got a
great bunch of guys who've got a lot of heart," Prezzia said. "We've got a lot
of different personalities on our team and I'm really enjoying them. We've got
a great group of guys who work as hard or harder than we did last year."
Prezzia has accepted the leadership role of the team and is
flourishing in the role.
Prezzia - despite being a talented athlete - elected to
focus his entire concentration the mats during his prep days.
"I thought about playing other sports, but when you wrestle,
it's the only sport that gives back what you put into it," Prezzia pointed
out. "I really thought about other sports, but I didn't want to risk getting
hurt. When you want to be good at wrestling, it's tough to play another sport
and still be really good at wrestling."
Dom plans to major in exercise physiology in Morgantown.
Staskey can be reached at
Cooper Smith's 1st match!
Some good stuff!
Pitt-Johnstown 24, West
125: Dave Fogle (UPJ) tf. Aaron Majetich, 15-0
133: Ryan Link (UPJ) p. Kolten Stemen, 4:47
141: Dave Cawley (UPJ) d. Matt Cunningham, 9-0
149: Brian Leggett (WLU) d. Nathan Link, 7-3
157: Seth Phalen (WLU) p. Keith Ryan, 5:37
165: Gary Lantz (UPJ) d. Jarrod Shaw, 10-8 (OT)
174: Steve Makin (UPJ) d. Matt Littleton, 7-3
184: Andrew Brentzel (UPJ) d. Derrick Williams, 5-2
197: Mitch Knapp (WLU) d. Jonathan Moore, 8-1
285: J.D. Ramsey (WLU) d. Chris Dempsey, 3-1 (OT)
Washington & Jefferson College held its annual open
wrestling tournament this weekend. Plenty of local college wrestlers entered
since WVU, West Liberty, Pitt-Johnstown brought their varsity squads.
Aaron Majetich West Liberty 1-2
Preston Foster West Liberty-Na 1-2
Cody Wiltshire Mount Union 0-2
Art Hobley West Liberty-Na 1-2
Tevin Hall West Liberty-Na 2-2
Shane Foster Mercyhurst 1-2
Joel Paolo Pitt Johnstown-Na 1-2
Jarrod Shaw West Liberty 0-2
Jake Donley West Liberty 0-2
Derick Hesson Mount Union 3-1, 2nd place
Taylor Potts W&J 1-2
Fall Brawl Results
Nathan York Claysville PA
Trey Hoover Mingo OH
Kaden Jett Akron OH
Seth Wright Claysville PA
Conner Redinger Aliquippa PA
Giani Martini Washington PA
Bryce Puroue Shady Springs PA
Enzo Morcacci Apollo PA
Tyler Muldrew River
Nikko Martini Washington PA
Jackson Gray Pittsburgh PA
Brenden Severs Beaver Local OH
Billy Gooch Wheeling WV
Ryan Weinzen North Huntington
Nicholas Cendelare Burger PA
Isaac Smith Georgetown PA
Jacob Matthews Toronto OH
Anastasi Nelson Washington PA
Jackson Muldrew River OH
Jacob Ealy Hopewell PA
Zachary Todd Anderson IN
Caleb Haynes St Albans
Peyton Hall Oak Glen WV
Skylar Lasure Wellsville OH
Josh Humphreys St. Albans
Cameron Clark Pittsburgh PA
Gerri Nisenhuis Washington PA
Cody Klettheimer Franklin IN
Tim Wallace Pittbull
Caleb Haynes Mihandra
Ty Logston Oak Glen WV
Alex Lukart McKeesport PA
Matt Siszka Leachburgh VA
Jose Acosta Manitow
Lane Peters Claymont OH
Paul Konrath Mt. Vernon IN
Josh Humphreys Mihandra
Michael Mclam St, Albans
Jacob DeBee Oak Glen WV
Jim Marshall Mt. Vernon IN
Austin Bethel Mt. Vernon IN
Trey Harman St. Albans
Turner Gray Pittsburgh PA
Micah Kustress Quest
Dalton Hoover Mingo OH
Jake Adcock Carrolton
Andy Dobben Barberton
Anthony Latess Cranberry PA
Roger Fisher Steubenville OH
James Handwork Medina OH
Billy Bowlen Carmichael PA
Draven Smith Rockyman GA
Kevin Miller Youngstown OH
Jack Dawson Beaver Local OH
Damian Short Archbold
Niko Moray Steubenville OH
Casey Mawder John Marshall WV
Devon Brown Steubenville OH
Ryan Bennett Akron OH
Dewey Krueger Gillett WI
Jake Gromacki Erie PA
Brendan Price Cannonsburg PA
Dylan Alexander Edison
Ryan DeBee Oak Glen
Zac Carson Akron OH
Johnny Davis Wheeling WV
Alex McGumphy Wheeling WV
Tanner Westlake Steubenville OH
Matt Degroff Hartsville
Malachi Krenzecak Quest
Nick Steees Canton OH
Zac Bobben Barberton OH
Trent Mays Steubenville OH
Jared Carlson Erie PA
Josh Lawrence Aurora OH
Tyree Spearman Erie
Myliak Green Bellaire OH
Drew Phipps Irwin PA
Matt Dixon Parkersburg South WV
Mitchell Wells Springfield OH
Seth Biacco Steubenville OH
Lance Hill Parkersburg South WV
Matt Beaman Brooke WV
Anthony Craig Steubenville OH
Jake Adcock Carrolton GA
Ricky Simonecci CVCA
Marcus Windsor Huber Heights
Anthony Panada Steubenville OH
Nick Borucki Boardman OH
Brandon Lewellyn Steubenville OH
Dylan Taylor Wheeling WV
Jonathan Roset Wheeling WV
Jake Alexander Edison
Justin Goode John Marshall WV
Jake Schwertteger Brooke WV
David Dedola Pittsburgh PA
Michael Leasure Cadiz
Ethan Kelley Steubenville OH
Jake Howarth Steubenville OH
Dan Colby Wheeling WV
Lewis Mason John Marshall WV
Mitchell Wells Springfield
Nathan Dawson Brooke
Craig Anderson South
Skippy Scurry Steubenville OH
Bobby Houyouse Carrolton
Daruis Hill Mingo
Scott Neuenschwander BPT
Lawrence Burgess Steubenville OH
OVAC Wrestling Tournament Program!
Full Page Team Photograph
Send Photo With Lineup To:
Richard Keith Wolf 934 May Street
East Liverpool, Oh. 43920
Make checks payable to:
Deadline January 3rd, 2011
Due to a scheduling conflict
George Washington will not be able to attend. We are looking for any team
that is interested in wrestling a quad
on Friday Dec. 3rd at Parkersburg South with
Midland and Buckhannon Upshur. Contact:
David Jeffrey at
Jon Bittenger BvL
Derick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) Mount Union Captain
Zack Jones Benefit
Zack is 14 yrs old and has been diagnosed with a rare cancer affecting his liver
and gall bladder. He is the son of Jon and Tina Jones - brother to Joelle & Cael
- grandson of John and Pauline Jones and Carolyn Davia. Zack is currently
undergoing treatments at Pittsburgh children's hospital and the benefit is to
help the family with expenses.
Zack is also a junior high wrestler for Union Local, and his dad Jon is a
wrestling coach and has also officiated.
Car cruise In, Antique Tractors, Auctions, Food & More
Saturday Oct. 23rd from 2-7 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds
550 Grant Street, Cadiz
---- Rain or Shine-----
Car Cruise In - 2-4, Antique tractor show, chicken BBQ, concession stand,
cornhole and horseshoes, live auction, silent auction, 50/50, Hay rides, pumpkin
patch, children's games, music and more.
Currently selling tickets for $5.00 - jewelry, whole hog w/ processing, Hoover
self propelled wind tunnel sweeper, $350 in taxidermy services, ten point
crossbow, TC Triumph bone Collector .50 caliber muzzleloader, Horton Vision
Some of the Auction Items - OSU items, 5 drawer Craftsman toolbox, concrete lawn
bench, Longaberger baskets, cornhole boards, Angel blanket, Kennel boarding,
Truckload of firewood, gift card tree, use of tractor and baler, baked goods,
farm implement toys, wood crafts, hunting supplies, baskets of Mary Kay, Avon,
scrap booking & much more.
Kevin Felton New Madonna Wrestling Coach
Former Brooke WV AAA champion and OVAC champion Kevin Felton will take over the
head wrestling coaching postion at Madonna. Kevin had been the top assistant for
Madonna the past two years, and will switch places with former Head Coach Mike
Nogay, who will remain as an assistant.
Continuing as assistant wrestling coaches will be former Madonna state champion
Jeramie Nagy and former long-time Brooke assistant Roger Shaw. Coaches Felton
and Nagy were in the corner for recently-graduated Max Nogay when he won both of
his WV AA/A state championships and his OVAC championship, the first ever in
Madonna history. Mike Nogay was in the corner for Max when he lost in the state
finals as a sophomore.
From Sunday's Wheeling News-Register:
Former Bishops Coach Sansone To Guide St. C.
By KIM NORTH
ST. CLAIRSVILLE - St. Clairsville looked to one of its former standouts to take
hold of its wrestling program.
"I'm pretty pumped," Joel Sansone said. "I'm looking forward to the familiarity
of the wrestling room at St. Clairsville."
While in high school, Sansone was a 4-year lettermen and placed twice at the
Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Tournament. He finished eighth as a junior and
fourth as a senior.
For the past three seasons, Sansone has headed up the Bishop Donahue wrestling
program. He also serves as an assistant football coach at John Marshall High
School and track coach at Bishop Donahue.
The Red Devils' cupboard isn't bare, as state qualifiers Dominic Prezzia and
Dillon Nolte return. Prezzia, a senior, has been a 3-time qualifier and
"Dominic already has the tools to be an OVAC and state champion," the new coach
As far as goals, Sansone said he wants to win the Buckeye 8 championship, the
OVAC 3-A title and get as many guys to Columbus as possible.
Neuenschwander Assumes Reins at Bridgeport
BRIDGEPORT - After two years of assisting Ross Roskovich with the Bridgeport
wrestling program, Scott Neuenschwander will have total control of the program
The 2004 St. Clairsville High School and 2008 Ohio Northern University graduate
was a 4-year lettermen for the Red Devils and a 3-year lettermen for the Polar
"Coach Roskovich was a great influence on me," he said. "I learned a ton from
him in just two seasons, and I hope to continue what he started and what we've
been able to do here over the past couple of seasons."
Neuenschwander placed seventh in the 2003 OVAC Tournament at heavyweight during
his junior year, but improved that mark to a fourth-place finish his senior
season. He also finished fifth in the D-II state meet that year.
Stephen to Guide
BARNESVILLE - Barnesville's new wrestling coach is no stranger to the program.
Jayson Stephen was a Shamrocks grappler during his prep days. He was the junior
high head coach for 3 seasons before serving as the assistant to Luke Johnson
for the past 10 seasons.
"I'm very excited. It's a long time coming," Stephen said. "I definitely learned
a lot from Luke during my time with him."
The 34-year-old elementary school art teacher said he wants to continue the
tradition that Johnson has developed at Barnesville.
"We've always been able to get 1 or 2 kids to the state meet, and I want to keep
that going," he said. "We've got some younger kids that can step up.
"Luke was a good coach. A hard-nosed coach that really made the kids work hard,"
he continued. "I want to carry that on."
Cambridge will be hosting a Wrestling State Rules
Interpretation Meeting on Saturday, October 2, 10:00AM at Cambridge High School.
It was not listed on the OHSAA schedule, but will take place with Ray Anthony
leading the meeting.
Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan will help ZHS kick off its
first season in 30+ years when he attends the Zanesville Wrestling Open House on
Wednesday, October 6th. The event starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the
former Westview School, 2256 Dresden Road. This will be the Grand Opening of the
team's wrestling room in the renovated facility. Pizza and refreshments will be
Coach Ryan was the 2009 National Coach of the Year, after leading the Buckeyes
to a national runner-up spot in the NCAA Championships. He's also a two-time REV
coach of the year and seven-time conference coach of the year. As a collegiate
wrestler at Iowa, Ryan was an NCAA finalist and two-time All-America.
Hats off to new ZHS wrestling coach Jeff Lawless for scoring this coup to kick
off our re-established program!
From JJ Huddle
2010-11 NFHS Wrestling Rules Changes
4-5-7 Male and female contestants will now be required to wear a suitable
undergarment during weigh-ins.
5-20-5 NOTE; The NOTE to Rule 5-20-5 was deleted for the 2010-11 season.
5-20-9 The offensive starting position rule was revised.
7-1-5x (New) Rear-standing, double-knee kickback was added to the list of
8-2-4 Concussion rule revised.
Editorial and Other Changes
1-3-1, 2; 3-1-10; 3-2-2a; 4-2-3, 4, 5; 4-3-1; 4-5-8; 5-1-3; 5-11-2i; 5-20-5;
5-21; 5-29-2, 3, 4; 6-4-4; 6-6-5b1; 6-7-1c6; 7-1-5g, u, v; 7-1-6; 7-2-1, 2, 4;
7-3-2; 7-5-1; 8-1-3; 8-2-2; 8-2-5; 8-2-6; 8-2-7; Penalty Chart – Note 1; 9-2-2a;
9-2-2m, n, o; Scoring Symbols; PHOTOS 6, 19, 26, 29, 30, 35, 38-40, 44, 54, 57,
62-63, 66, 70, 86 (New), 90-91, 99-100, 105 (New).
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 26, 2010) — A revision in the appropriate dress for
weigh-ins in high school wrestling was among four rules changes approved by the
National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules
Committee at its April 5-7 meeting in Indianapolis. The changes, which were
subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors, will take effect with the
“The committee felt the need to make very few changes because the sport of high
school wrestling is in good shape,” said Dale Pleimann, former assistant
executive director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association and
chair of the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee. “Two of the changes deal with
minimizing risk, one deals with privacy issues and the other change was clean-up
in a mechanics procedure instituted last year.”
Regarding weigh-ins, previously both male and female contestants had to weigh in
wearing “no more than a suitable undergarment.” Beginning next year, specific
language has been added regarding what constitutes a “suitable undergarment.”
Male and female contestants will be required to wear a suitable undergarment
that completely covers the buttocks and the groin area. In addition, for female
contestants the suitable undergarment must also cover the breasts.
Bob Colgate, assistant director of the NFHS and committee liaison, said the
change was made to consider privacy issues for all individuals involved with
The committee also addressed the process for an offensive wrestler assuming a
legal starting position. The following statement has been added to Rule 5-20-9:
“Once the offensive wrestler has assumed a legal starting position and is
stationary, the referee shall verbally say ‘set’ and then pause momentarily
before starting wrestling.”
“This rule change will eliminate either wrestler gaining an advantage by using a
rolling start,” Colgate said. “It also eliminates the need for the offensive
wrestler using a specific sequence when assuming a legal starting position,
including the optional offensive starting position.”
Effective with the 2010-11 high school wrestling season, any contestant who
shows signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be removed
immediately from the match and shall not return to competition until cleared by
an appropriate health-care professional.
The previous rule directed officials to remove an athlete from competition if
“apparently unconscious.” The previous rule also allowed for return to
competition based on written authorization by a medical doctor.
“Given that the vast majority of concussions do not include a loss of
consciousness, but that athletes often show obvious evidence of concussion, the
NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) strongly believes that referees
must continue to be empowered to remove these athletes from competition, thus
protecting them from further injury,” said Dr. Michael Koester, chair of the
SMAC. “Continued participation in any sport following a concussion can lead to
worsening concussion symptoms, as well as increased risk for further injury to
the brain and even death.
“The safety of the athlete is of paramount concern during any athletic contest.
Referees, coaches and administrators are being asked to make all efforts at
ensuring that concussed athletes do not continue to participate. Thus, coaches,
wrestlers and administrators should also be looking for signs of concussion in
all wrestlers and should immediately remove any suspected concussed wrestler
In addition to wrestling, the new concussion language is being placed in all
NFHS rules books for the 2010-11 season, as well as the “NFHS
Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussion.” (Editor's note: See also
WVSSAC Return to Play Protocol).
The Wrestling Rules Committee also added the “rear-standing, double-knee
kickback” to the list of illegal maneuvers. Colgate said this maneuver, which is
being used more frequently at the high school level, clearly puts the opposing
wrestler in a dangerous situation and at a high risk for injury.
Perhaps as significant as the changes approved by the committee was one that was
not. After much discussion, the committee voted against changing the wrestling
weight classes and will stay with the 14 weight classes currently in place in
the NFHS Wrestling Rules Book. Three proposals were considered by the committee
this year on changing the wrestling weight classes.
“The response from member state associations was divided equally between Option
B and making no change,” Pleimann said. “The committee, with no clear choice
from the membership, did not believe it was appropriate to make a change in the
weight classes just for the sake of change. However, the committee did request
the NFHS to conduct another survey on wrestling weight classes during the
Three “Points of Emphasis” were issued by the committee for the 2010-11 high
school wrestling season: Concussion Recognition and Management, Communicable
Disease and Fleeing the Mat.
Wrestling is the sixth-most popular sport for boys at the high school level with
267,378 participants in 10,254 schools during the 2008-09 season, according to
the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. In addition, 6,025 girls were involved
in wrestling in 1,034 high schools.
For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at
Tire Recycling Day
Where: one pickup spot is at 438 market street Steubenville, Ohio
(Sportatorium) and the other pick up spot is at Wes Banco Arena in Wheeling,
A $5 donation will be collected for each tire you bring in, if you bring in
more then 10 tires it will be a $4 donation per tire. This way we all know the
tires will be recycled and not found along side the road.
The following schools are involved CCHS, Steubenville High School, Indian
Creek, Toronto, Wellsville Peewee Wrestling, sportatorium, Edison Local High
Park High School.
The money collected will be dispersed accordingly:
50% goes to
10% goes to
Coats For Kids
40% gets divided up between
the schools involved.
Big Red Booster Texas Holdem Tournament
A portion of the proceeds will go to the
Angles for Autism Charity
Top 6 are in the money
Location: Froehlich's Classic Corner
501 Washington Street
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
Date: August 20,2010
Time: Doors open at 5PM
Texas Holdem Tournament begins at 6PM
Price: $55 for tournament and food
$25 dollars for food and festivity
Entertainment: Texas Holdem Tournament
Black Jack (Cash Table)
Very impressive resume! Good
luck as a Buckeye!
Darin Heavlin to the Ohio State!
As former OHSAA wrestling state qualifier in
2008, senior Darin Heavilin was expecting to have a stellar year. However, he
received a concussion during the first match of the year, and was only able to
compete in five matches. He attempted to resume wrestling at the Ohio Valley
Athletic Conference tournament. He won the first two matches by falls in a total
time of just one minute. During the quarterfinal match, Heavilin took a
commanding 8-0 lead and nearly pinned his opponent. Unfortunately, he received
another concussion, lost the match and had to withdraw from the tournament. He
missed the sectionals and was not able to compete for another state birth.
Needless to say, he and his family were disappointed, but everyone hoped that
Darin would have the opportunity to continue his wrestling career.
Last month, everyone’s wishes were granted as Darin learned that he is a member
of The Ohio State University 2010-2011 wrestling team. Ohio State is one of the
top teams in the country and finished as the #2 team in the NCAA tournament in
2008 and 2009. So Darin’s career will continue at one of the premier wrestling
programs in the United States.
During his high school career, Heavilin complied a record of 73-30, was a state
qualifier in 2008, two-time district qualifier and two-time OVAC place finisher.
He was member of the 2009 state dual team 5th place finish for Harrison Central,
where he was 3-0 on the day. He was also a member of the 2009 OVAC overall team
In addition, Heavilin was a three-year letter winner in football, captain his
senior year and was a member of Harrison Central’s first OHSAA playoff team.
Darin was a two-year member of the baseball team.
Even though Heavilin excelled on the mat and field, his true accomplishments
were in the classroom. He finished #1 in his class with a 4.0 gpa and class
valedictorian. He has won many awards and scholarships including the Ray Kroc
Award, Army Reserve Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, OVAC All Academic Team,
Buckeye 8 All Conference Team for three years, OHSAA Scholar Athlete of the Year
Award, Harrison Central Booster Club Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, Ruitan
Scholar all four years, 2008 Ohio Academic All State in wrestling, Lucas D.
Sedgmer Scholarship, Cadiz Alumni Scholarship, Ohio State Alumni Scholarship,
Ernie Hardwick Memorial Scholarship, Buckeye Boys State Delegate and Close-up
Foundation participant in Washington DC. Darin was a two-year member of the
National Honor Society and class president.
Darin will be pursuing a Computer Engineering degree. He and his family reside
in Bloomingdale. His parents are Darin and Jamie Heavilin and his siblings are
Morgan, Alexis and Anthony. Darin’s father attended the Ohio State University
and he was also a member of the wrestling team.