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  1. Two more: Dustin DeNunzio (thanks again to Wrestling Changed My Life podcast) Mark Munoz
  2. Hey fellow forum members, happy quarantine day whatever! I am hoping your collective knowledge can help me with something here. I am a kids' club coach and we take a different philosophy on the development of our wrestlers. In short, we develop our wrestlers at a far slower, more patient pace. That said, I love using examples of Div 1 all-Americans who did NOT start wrestling until high school. These athletes are excellent examples to use when trying to explain our club's philosophy to parents and athletes. If you know of any wrestlers, please respond to this thread and post their name, school, and year(s) when they became all-Americans. Feel free to tell a short story about them if you have one. Here are two to kick off the thread: Steve Marianetti began wrestling as a freshman in high school Brian Picklo began wrestling as a junior in high school (thank you to Wrestling Changed My Life podcast!) Altho he never became an all-American, I think what Jamill Kelly did in 2004 is an even better story.
  3. I have been coaching youth and high school wrestling for over 25 years. I have been a high school teacher for just as long. I've been a part of some amazing experiences as a competitor, brother, fan, and coach. I have had the opportunity to see and experience things 99% of wrestling parents probably never will. In short, wrestling is in my blood and it is a very large part of my life. As intense as I am about the sport, I am taking my 10 year old son EXTREMELY slow. Last year was his first year on a team and we did zero competitions and this year is his first year competing. He did 4 tournaments and a bunch of duals, which he and his teammates absolutely loved. I can easily write a book in response to your post. In short, pull him from all competitions immediately. Build him up physically, emotionally, mentally, and technically. I believe 10 and 11 years old are when kids should transition into actual 8-man bracket Sunday tournaments... the ones where there are random draws and any kid can run into a state qualifier/placer/champ. For the love of God, if any kid is crying DURING a match, they are not emotionally stable enough to handle the situation. And that's OK! No athlete should ever compete if they are not emotionally and mentally mature enough to handle the highs and lows. Teach them how to be emotionally stable and mentally tough... when it is clear that they are developing, put them into duals where your club coach can fairly match them up. Do this a bunch. Once your son has demonstrated growth, then introduce a new stimulus: Sunday tournaments. Don't put the cart before the horse. You will be shocked and proud at what type of competitor you son has become.
  4. I just called the BJC ticket office and they confirmed that the 2nd day, 2nd session will start at 8:00 pm. So if this start time stays at 8, how many mats will they use for the best of 3? I would hope only two so we don't miss matches since I can't watch all four mats at once, but then if they use only two mats, we won't get out of there until very late on Sunday night. I wanted to hang around to see the final team gather for their picture, etc. This late start time, on a Sunday night, is disappointing.
  5. The schedule that came with my OTT tickets has Day 2, Session 2 starting at 8:00 pm. This will be my 6th OTT in a row and I have never seen the final session start so late. If every best of 3 goes 3 matches, will we be there until midnight? Is anyone else surprised/disappointed that the final session will start so late?
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