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Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:38 am

Get Rolling

I had a statewide meeting on Wed and Thurs so I missed practice.  Last night was the football awards presentation.  There are two Senior football players on the wrestling team, one Junior, 10 sophs and 6 freshmen.  The emphasis on lifting by the football coaches really hurts us.  That jump from soph to varsity is so important to these kids that they are willing to do whatever the coaches want to be able to play that Junior year.  They are so afraid they will lose weight or won't be seen in the weight room by the coaches that they don't stay out for wrestling.  I got to work on changing that mentality.

We have been working on wrist control and body position with the younger guys.  Some are learning.  I want to show lateral drops and headlocks from the knees but they need to learn what to do out of a tie up ie. head and arm spin, duck unders and slide by's.  9:30 am practice today.  Looking forward to a good teaching session.  I also need to incorporate a few drills to teach body position ie. no hands ride and scarecrow.   
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:38 am

Official Practice

I was really excited today before I got a call from my wife saying my Freshman hurt his back and had to go to the doc's.  I guess he bent over to pick upa book and he went to his knees.  Practice was pretty good.  Coach gave me the new guys and a few of the less experienced sophs.  I put them through their paces while Coach took some of the older kids and got their hydration and fat test out of the way.

We worked on the basics in the soph group.  I reviewed the blast double and broke it down into parts.  I finished it off with the half nelson.  In the drill, I made the kids finish every takedown with a half because the easiest time to turn a kid is right off the takedown.   I followed that with instruction and review on the sprawl.  I emphasized controlling the head and blocking the hips.  I need to do a better job of showing the crotch pry.

I think coach was pretty happy with the way I did things.  I want him to  be confident in turning those kids over to me.  I didn't get to see the Junior workout tonight and after practice he went straight to weightlifting.  The freshman came in and they are raw.  I covered the rules and scoring with them.  From there we did some blast doubles and worked on breakdowns, primarily far ankle /far knee and the half.  So much to do and so little time before the start of the season. 
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:38 am


Our Varsity 220 got in trouble at school and had an arguement with the dean.  I coached the kid in Junior High and he is really screwy.  Since coming to high school he is notorious for blowing off classes and not coming to school.  Coach is about fed up with him so I decided to take him aside.  The kid had a great football season but was overlooked for all conference which really bothered him and I think rightfully so.  Since he is a Senior I asked him for a commitment to the team and himself to stay out of trouble, come to school and come to practice.  He has the ability to be a state qualifier.  He's not good enough yet, but we can take care of that.  He is really dissappointed that the football season ended so quickly and badly.  I told him that wrestling will be the end of the road for him athletically and that he doesn't want to look back 20 years from now and wish he had given it his best.  He gave me his commitment, so I guess we'll see.  I hope I got through to him.  He finally figured it out in football after being a screw up for the last three years.  With any luck it will carry over into wrestling and his can finish out high school with some pride and satisfaction.

I'm in a position to help a lot of these kids.  Some have really screwed up home lives.  When I was younger I wouldn't have bothered, but now that I'm older I see the sport and my job as a coach as so much more than what's on the surface.  I want these kids to feel good about themselves.  I want them to strive for something better.  I want them to be confident and learn responsibility.  I want them to have fun.  I'm in a position to do that.  It's my real purpose here.  One more of these pre season practices and then the real stuff begins.  
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:11 pm

Good News and a reality check

Went to practice yesterday.  Got in a little early and was ready to go.  Seems like way too much warm up time but we got to some wrestling.  I worked with the inexperienced bunch on breakdowns.  All I went over was the far ankle and far knee block to the half.  These guys have terrible body position and I spent a great deal of time going over things like staying off your knees and getting perpendicular on your half nelson.  I think the kids picked it up pretty well.  I have a couple of athletes who will be ok once they learn the sport.

My oldest, the Junior was here for the first time since football.  It was good to see him out there.  He wrestled a couple of matches his 8th grade year and then broke his hand.  Wrestled his freshman year and did well at the underclass level.  He reinjured his shoulder (football injury) in his first match his sophomore year and missed the rest of the season after surgery for a torn labrum.  He has really been given an athletic build.  6' 2"  235lbs strong as a bull and fast.  He just doesn't know how to wrestle yet.  When he does watch out.  I did a few drills with him and he threw me around like a light weight.  He's a beast.  It's a hard thing to accept when your kid can probably whip you.  He doesn't know that though and I'll keep it that way.  I stuck around with him after practice to cover some breakdowns and ways to protect his shoulder.  When we were done he told me that the football coach had told him he was selected 1st team all conference.  Junior is a pretty subdued kid most of the time and doesn't enjoy the spotlight but this time he was really excited.  He picked me up in the air in a bear hug and almost crushed me.  He really deserved it.  He's good.  It validated all his hard work and was a personal goal he had accomplished.  I was filled with a tremndous amount of pride but we can't say anything until all the conference teams are out of the playoffs.  Pretty good day!!!! 
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:04 am

last night

Took off work early to get to practice.  I have a lot of enthusiasm for an old guy.  Coach was putting them through a three station drill for conditioning that I think is a poor use of time.  These kids don't know how to wrestle.  Conditioning is something that is necessary but only after you learn the sport.  Gotta keep my mouth shut and wait for Coach to get to know me better.

Coach had kids wrestle live.  No instruction today.  My wrestlers from kids club are so far above the others it isn't even funny.  Not bragging, just an observation.  There is so much work to do in this room.  Coach started them on the mat and then moved them to their feet.  That's different in that most guys always begin on their feet.  This may be a little insight into Coach's style and philosophy.  I need to file that away.

Football guys weren't there.  Still licking their wounds from the first round playoff loss.  Coach wasn't too happy but kids need a break sometimes.  Official practice is 11/7.  I'll worry about it then.     
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:55 am

short day

New to this blogging.  Will figure it out though.
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:15 pm

My First Blog

11/1/11  We are 6 days away from the official start of wrestling season and I look forward to it with great anticipation.  We have been getting a number of kids into the room early.  I've got a big job ahead of me.  My freshman son has been recruiting much to the dismay of the football program.  Many of these kids have never wrestled which is a problem as many of the incoming kids in the area have participated in youth wrestling.  It's hard not taking for granted that these kids would understand body position, scoring etc.  I took acouple of the new guys aside the last two days and showed them the basics of the match and how to keep score.  I then showed a basic stance and tried to explain some basic physics and bio mechanics to them.  After demonstrating a few body mechanics fundamentals I showed them a blast double and a sprawl.  A couple of them caught on but they need to understand the importance of drilling.  Not too worried about it right now as I will be getting more kids in and they might as well get the message together. 

Got to give it to my kid.  He has really got the numbers out.  It is a great opportunity to build a program.  I'm just the assistant so I have some limitations but I hope to get to know the Head guy and learn to work with him.  He is old school and so am I to some extent...but I am looking to enhance these kids experience as well as teach them about the sport.  There is so much to do.  The kids don't really know how to wrestle.    
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