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  1. 2018 MACCABI USA UWW JUNIOR NATIONAL FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND JIM DAVEY LONG ISLAND JUNIOR OPEN FREESTYLE, GRECO & GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIPS Sunday September 30, 2018 – LIU Post, Old Brookville NY For Info & Registration Visit: www.maccabiusa.com Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018 Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: LIU Post 720 Northern Blvd. Old Brookville, NY 11548 United States Cost: $50 per tournament; $10 for entry into each additional tournament Age Groups: Maccabi USA Junior Nationals: UWW Juniors Jim Davey Long Island Junior FS/GR/Women’s: Grades 9-12 Registration: https://secure2.convio.net/musa/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=101422 Maccabi USA, the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games in Israel and other Maccabi competitions around the world is proud to announce that it will host the first National Freestyle Championships for Jewish athletes. Maccabi USA supports Jewish Athletic endeavors enhanced by cultural and educational opportunities at home, in Israel and throughout the Diaspora. The American wrestling team won a total of 19 medals, including seven gold at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2017 and has been one of the top medal producing nations in the sport of wrestling throughout the history of the Maccabiah Games. The purpose of the Maccabiah USA Junior National Freestyle Championships is to give Jewish athletes from across the country an opportunity to compete for a National title and to begin to identify top athletes for the 21st Maccabiah Games in 2021. It will use the ages and weights established by United World Wrestling for the Junior age group. At the same time as the Maccabi USA Junior Nationals will be the Jim Davey Long Island Junior Open tournament for Freestyle, Greco Roman, and Women. This tournament will be open to all Jewish wrestlers in grades 9-12 and use USA Wrestling’s weight classes. Since the Maccabi USA Junior National Championships is a USA Wrestling sanctioned event, all athletes must hold a USA Wrestling membership card. For more information regarding the tournament, please contact Maccabi USA Wrestling Chairman Chris Feder: feder@beatthestreetssf.org. Additionally, Maccabi USA will host a fall wrestling clinic on Saturday, September 29th from 2-6 PM at Long Island University Post featuring Olympic Champion Brandon Slay and World Maccabiah Games champion Nate Engel. Cost for the clinic is $40. Register for the clinic by going to: https://secure2.convio.net/musa/site/Ticketing;jsessionid=00000000.app262a?view=Tickets&id=101442&NONCE_TOKEN=CFCCFEE69146077CEEA639104B4C970C. All questions and concerns should be addressed to Maccabi USA Wrestling Chairman Chris Feder. More information regarding the Maccabi USA Junior Nationals/Jim Davey Long Island tournaments and the Brandon Slay/Nate Engel clinic as the date draws closer.
  2. So what you're saying is, the USA will lose a few matches but win on criteria?
  3. Born and raised in State College, PA. Went to my first Penn State matches when I was six or seven in the middle of the Rich Lorenzo era. Penn State class of 1996, so I was and will always be a Penn State fan. Lorenzo's teams got me into the sport; because of guys like NCAA champions Carl DeStafanis, Jimmy Martin, and Scott Lynch, and All-Americans John Hanrahan and Eric Brugel I got involved in wrestling. Fritz had some studs: Prescott, Abe, Sunderland, etc...Sunderland had some good guys, and now Cael has the program firing on all cylinders.
  4. I don't post often, but I want to extend an invitation to the greater wrestling community to read my novel "Near Fall" that is posted on the webiste Inkitt.com. Near Fall chronicles the final months of a trio of high school wrestlers' senior year. This has been a "pet project" of mine for a number of years; I'd love for "Near Fall" to get published. Using Inkitt.com can help with this: I need readers. More readers increases the book's popularity on the website and increases the chances of them publishing. We need a new, entertaining wrestling novel! For the last twenty years, I have worked as a health and physical education teacher and wrestling coach. Some of you may know me from my days on the mat. I grew up in Pennsylvania and now coach in Richmond, VA. I am still very active in USA Wrestling; I spent three weeks in Israel last summer as the assistant wrestling coach for the USA team that competed in the 20th World Maccabiah Games. "Near Fall" is an extremely easy read. Those who have finished the book tell me they really enjoyed reading and following the wrestlers' path to States. Please go to: http://inkitt.com/CoachPrebes to read "Near Fall". Thanks in advance!
  5. Greco is not retarded and it is not dead; way too many people in the US do not take value in the sport because it seems so foreign to them. Part of the problem with Greco in the US is folkstyle. I am a strong advocate of eliminating American folkstyle in favor of freestyle and Greco, beginning with our youngest kids. I know this will never happen. Believe it or not, Greco is far more popular in the rest of the world than in the US. The US is getting better; our younger wrestlers need more international opportunities prior to competing in World Championships. I'd love to see more younger kids choose Greco as their style of wrestling early in their career and train to become a World/Olympic medalist now, instead of waiting to transition to Greco after college. I digress. I do agree with the idea that more points need to be scored in Greco. Unfortunately, in my opinion the top 10-15 guys in each weight class are so well trained and evenly matches that if we wrestled the World (or Olympic) Championships ten times, we'd probably ten different champions and medal winners. I'd like to see more points scored, but with things between the best wrestlers so even and not for a lack of effort on the part of the wrestlers, points are hard to come by. Here is what I would like to see integrated into Greco to help with the sport: 1. Two three-minute period matches with a ten point tech fall rule. Points for takedowns, throws, step outs, etc. are the same. 2. Three passivity cautions and you are disqualified. Get get banged for passivity three times, your match is over. 3. Forced par terre for passivity cautions. The US needs to work on its international par terre defense.
  6. Yes...because dumping a style that is more popular around the world than in the US makes perfect sense. There do need to be some changes in Greco- I like the idea of bringing forced par terre back after a passivity caution. The change that I would make is: disqualification after the third passivity. I think if wrestlers know that they will be disqualified from a match for passivity, they may be more inclined to score.
  7. The University of Pennsylvania's Palestra will be the host of the 20th World Maccabiah Games Wrestling Trials and Junior Nationals on April 2nd, 2017. Winners of the Trials will represent the USA in this summer's 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel: The World Maccabiah Games is the third largest multi-sport in the world behind the Olympic Games and the Pan American Games. All athletes competing in the Maccabiah Trials and Junior Nationals must be Jewish. To apply for the Trials, please go to: https://secure2.convio.net/musa/site/TRR/Games/General/312615740?pg=ptype&fr_id=1090. This is a USA Wrestling sanctioned event; all athletes must have a current USA Wrestling membership card. Please contact Head Coach Chris Feder at:feder@beatthestreetssf.org or Assistant Coach Rob Prebish at: Robinson_Prebish@ccpsnet.net with any questions or concerns.
  8. I agree with you House. Unfortunately, I think we would lose a huge fan base if we transitioned from folkstyle to freestyle and Greco. Too many fans that are rabid folkstyle only fans...and if we dare touch/change what we do in the US there will be hell to pay. It sucks. I cared more about watching the Olympics and following Junior Worlds more than watching the NCAA tournament. Like I said- I'm crazy.
  9. I have shied away from responding to all of the post-Olympic rhetoric regarding eliminating Greco, etc. Those who know me know I am Greco first, freestyle second, and folkstyle third in the way that I coach. Yes, folkstyle helps pay the bills (wait, I had to laugh at that, but I do get paid during the winter to coach at a high school), but my personal coaching style is reflective of my love and passion for Greco. Coming away from Junior Worlds with two bronze medals is a nice feeling after what many considered a "disastrous" showing in Rio. I'm more upset with the standard response: "We rassle folkstyle in 'Merica. Greco is boring. We suck at Greco. Greco is boring. Get rid of Greco from the "Limpics. The world needs to 'rassle folkstyle because it's what we do in 'Merica. And 'Merica is the best. Everybody should stop what they're doing and do what we do. Folkstyle!" Greco and freestyle are the INTERNATIONAL styles that 99% of the rest of the world does 100% of the time. That's why the rest of the world does better in the World Championships and Olympics and we're happy bringing home a handful of medals. Until we realize and embrace the idea that folkstyle really does not prepare our wrestlers for the absolute culminating events in wrestling (the World Championships and Olympics) they way it should, our country will continue to be barely above average, in terms of overall success. This is not to take away from the time and effort our outstanding coaches and athletes put in preparing for these events. It's more about changing the system. Folkstyle, while it may have areas that resemble or correlate to freestyle, is a style that is not conducive to overall success at the international level. The way Americans wrestle on their feet in folkstyle is similar to freestyle, except we tend to play the edge, use funk, and other things that are generally no-nos in freestyle. However, we cannot commit to simply ridding the US of folkstyle and immediately switching to freestyle and Greco. Think about how many coaches and wrestlers who only do folkstyle will stop wrestling. This will crash wrestling in the US because we are so tied into our folkstyle. It's a Catch 22. If we want to be the best in the world in freestyle and Greco, we need to stop wrestling folkstyle. If we stop wrestling folkstyle, much of wrestling as we know it will end. Do we kill wrestling in America for the sake of building World and Olympic glory? It's not an easy question to answer. But I think the women have it right by focusing on freestyle (their Olympic style) in college. It's a great start for building success, I applaud the women for realizing that if they want to win World and Olympic medals, they need to focus on the style where they will wrestle for World and Olympic medals. It makes sense. I wish there was a way for the men to do the same with freestyle and Greco. We are incredibly inexperienced internationally at the Cadet and Junior levels- especially in Greco. When I coached the Cadet World Greco team in 2014 this became incredibly apparent to me. Our first international experiences for Cadets and Juniors should not be at the World Championships! And I hate to say it, while it's great to win Pan Am medals, the wrestling at the Cadet (and to a lesser extent) and Juniors isn't that great at the Pan Ams. Our Cadets and Juniors need to train and compete with the best wrestlers in the world. Just as any high school coach would agree that to build their program to a higher level, they must train and compete at a higher level. We need to begin developing programs where freestyle and Greco minded Cadets and Juniors can begin to realize their World and Olympic dreams. Why should we ridicule a kid if he chooses to give up on winning high school state and NCAA championships to focus on developing their freestyle or Greco? It goes back to folkstyle being all about what we do in 'Merica. I would love to see a school (or schools) begin to use a Europen/Russian/Soviet model of bringing in Cadets and Juniors to train and compete in freestyle or Greco year round! I understand that this would require a ton of money and energy to educate, train, and compete groups of wrestlers. Why spend three months out of the year training for the international styles, when we can (and should) be spending twelve months out of the year for this? I know...I will get bashed. I will get laughed at. It's a radical idea. But maybe it is something to think about? I for one, am tired of seeing our best kids get talked out of wrestling Greco, focusing on a style that has no World terminus, and being "happy" with a few medals at Worlds every so often. I want our American wrestlers reaching the finals (and winning) the World Championships at EVERY level. Yes...I am that crazy.
  10. 1. Keep in good position at all times with a short neck and the ear down on the outside shoulder- NOT the chin on the traps. Keeping the chin on the traps is a sure fire signal to get headlocked. 2. If and when your opponent tries to headlock- stay out front. To successfully complete a headlock, your opponent needs to create an angle with a back step.Square up and stay in front will shut down the headlock. 3. If the headlock is inevitable, body-lock and roll through for a 4-2 scenario.
  11. Cary was an incredible wrestler- and still is. If you watch the technique videos he posts from Campbell you can see the strength and intensity is still there. I hope he is able to develop Campbell into a tough program. Here's a thought...who would win between Kolat and Ty Moore? Both were 4X PIAA State Champions and more or less "unbeatable", although Ty lost in the WPIAL finals his junior year on a slam. Having wrestled both Cary and Ty, this match would be a barn burner: two guys that can seemingly score at will, have an intense mean streak and like to hurt their opponents, and hate losing. Granted, Ty did not have the college career Cary had, I consider him one of the best ever. I think I would have to flip a coin in a match between these two. What do you think?
  12. Here is my take on the Junior Worlds: Not a bad showing at all by the freestyle team. We need work in Greco. Until the United States wrestling community places more value on the Olympics, we will continue to play catch up. The USA will have some glimmers of hope (Specer Lee, Burroughs, etc.) that can compete successfully at the World and Olympic championships, but that's about it. Folkstyle wrestling from day one hurts the USA internationally. I know folkstyle is "our" national form of wrestling, but I think it puts us way behind in terms of freestyle and Greco development. Obviously eliminating folkstyle from our wrestling is never going to happen, but if there was some way to add more freestyle and Greco opportunities to our young wrestlers we could cut the gap. The biggest problem with our Juniors and Cadets in both styles is experience. A Cadet's first international exposure should NOT be the World Championships. We need to get our best Juniors and Cadets over to Europe more than once before the Worlds to get them acclimated to how the rest of the world competes. I'm a Greco guy and I can tell you that how we wrestle Greco in the US is nowhere near how the rest of the world wrestles Greco. Our athletes do not lack anything other than experience. Additionally, the rest of the world focuses on two events annually: their Continental tournament (European Championships) and the Worlds. Everything else is more or less training. Unfortunately in the US, we train for the here and now. We get excited when one of our guys beats a World champ at the World Cup or whatever dual of the month. The rest of the world chalks that up to experience and moves on to prepare for the big events. It's great that our guys can beat the best in the world, but how about we focus on beating them when it counts: at the World or Olympic Championships? We have outstanding coaches and athletes in the system; I have enjoyed my time at the OTC with Frasier and Lindland. They are working hard with the world teams to change things up. If we could have this focus all the way down to Cadets, there might begin some hope to change the outcomes at the World Championships. I'm sure a lot of people will think what I wrote is absolute garbage and insanity and how dare I badmouth folkstyle. These are the same people who will complain if we don't do well in Vegas next month, blaming the coaches, the system, and how dumb freestyle and Greco are. Maybe we need to consider how dumb folkstyle is if we want to be successful at the world level. And no, making the rest of the world wrestle folkstyle is not a good choice. We need to stop thinking that our style is the best and only style of wrestling and look in the mirror. Until the focus of wrestling in the US changes towards freestyle and Greco, our teams will probably be in the middle of the pack at the Senior level, and our Juniors and Cadets will be in a crap shoot. Perhaps a long, hard look at our own system will make us realize that WE need to change and NOT the rest of the world.
  13. No...just many Americans. I'm guessing because it is so completely different that folkstyle...and we know in 'Merica that what we do is ALWAYS the best and everybody in the world should do what we do in 'Merica. I have also had conversations with people that want to see folkstyle in the Olympics- even though 'Merica is the only county in the world that does our folkstyle. So let's get rid of the national sport in many countries in favor of what we do in 'Merica.
  14. Funny how Greco is more popular just about everywhere than the US...Yet so many want it removed from the Olympics.
  15. Here is how I think passivity "should" be called in a senior level freestyle match: 30-45 seconds into the match if the score is 0-0, choose the more passive wrestler for his/her warning. If no scoring continues for another 20-30 seconds, give the other wrestler a warning. If no scoring continues for 30 seconds, give the first wrestler their caution for passivity and put them on the clock... The alternating of warnings and cautions from one wrestler to the other "balances" out passivity calls, hopefully promoting the wrestler to score instead of defend. A 0-0 bout should not go further than 45 seconds without a warning. The first period should never end 0-0 without any passivity warnings or cautions. If it does, the officiating crew needs to be removed.
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