The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation has cancelled the 2020 Folkstyle series ( qualifiers and state championships) and the Freestyle & Greco-Roman Championships. We have been in regular communication with USA Wrestling and potential host facilities and made the decisions based on the safety and security of our members and their families. Our hope at this time is that wrestling will resume with local smaller tournaments across the state with potentially less participants and stay within restrictions and regulations of cities, counties and the state. In 2021, we hope that you will all be back and ready to participate with us again.
During the time that wrestling is postponed we will look back at matches involving WWF members and poll you on what matches are the most exciting. We have several matches from all different events that will make your decision very difficult!
Poll #3 is up now. 2019 Freestyle State 14U Matches
The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation is announcing the postponement of the State Freestyle and Greco-Roman State Tournament scheduled for May 2nd and 3rd.
On March 30, 2020 with unanimous support of the USA Wrestling COVID-19 Advisory Committee, USA Wrestling has suspended all sanctioned events and national events through May 10
This is an extension of a previous suspension of activities announced on March 16, which discontinued sanctioned events through April 6 and postponed or canceled national events through April 20.
For USA Wrestling, our number one priority is always the safety of our athletes and their families, all our members, our national staff and the entire U.S. wrestling community.
This decision aligns USA Wrestling with the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s guidance from March 16 that no gatherings of 50 or more people take place for the following eight weeks.
The USA Wrestling COVID-19 Advisory Committee includes Dr. Tom Price, a physician who is past U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and past member of Congress; Dr. Bernard Feldman, UWW Medical Commission member and Hall of Fame wrestling physician; and John Bardis, past U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, and a longtime USA Wrestling leader who has a successful career in the medical industry.
The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation will continue to comply with state and federal guidelines in hosting events. The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation has communicated with and has options on some venues for hosting our state tournaments. If the current restrictions are lifted we are hopeful for a Folkstyle and Freestyle/Greco-Roman State Tournaments.
We understand your concerns and frustration that COVID-19 has caused! With the unknown comes many questions. We wish we had answers to all your questions but the truth is no-one has those answers right now. We will continue to communicate with the medical professionals and government officials to stay informed and share that information with you.
For immediate release, April 20, 2020 – USA Wrestling postpones National and Regional events through July 1
Due to the nature of what it would entail to host a national or regional USA Wrestling competition, with the first priority being the health and safety of all participants involved, USA Wrestling has extended the postponement of its national and regional events through July 1.
In addition to the 10 national and regional events that USA Wrestling previously postponed through May 10, there are 10 additional events which have now been postponed:
· Western Regional Championships, Farmington, UT, May 14-16
· Northern Plains Regional Championships, Rochester, MN, May 15-17
· Central Regional Championships, Fort Wayne, IN, May 15-17
· Southeast Regional Championships, Wilmington, NC, May 22-24
· UWW U23 & Junior World Team Trials, Geneva, OH, May 29-31
· Southern Plains Regional Championships, Dodge City, KS, June 5-7
· 16U National Duals, Loves Park, IL, June 9-13
· 14U National Duals, Franklin, IN, June 10-14
· Junior National Duals, Tulsa, OK, June 16-20
· USA Wrestling Kids Nationals, Wisconsin Dells, WI, June 25-27
Working with its COVID-19 Advisory Committee and relying on current advice from health and government agencies, USA Wrestling is currently formulating the specific safety measures that must be put in place in order for the resumption of club practice and local or state competitions. Any such activity will only be possible when held under the guidelines set by local and state health authorities and in compliance with the safety measures being developed for the sport.
As this situation regarding this pandemic remains fluid and ever-evolving, USA Wrestling will continue to monitor its policies regarding National and Regional events, sanctioned events and club practices, and additional changes to these policies are possible.
As a benefit to all current members, USA Wrestling has extended its free online Copper and Bronze Certification courses indefinitely.
On March 21, USA Wrestling made these courses available for free through Sunday, April 5. Due to the overwhelming response from USA Wrestling members across the nation, and requests from USA Wrestling’s state leaders, USA Wrestling will continue providing this service to all members, as we all work together to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The numbers tell the story. Since March 21, there have been 3,367 USA Wrestling members who have checked out these coaches education course, including 2,085 starting the Bronze Course and 1,282 starting the Copper Course. In total, 1,681 courses have been completed by members, including 1,037 Bronze Courses and 644 Copper Courses.
The Top 10 states utilizing this opportunity (by completion) are: 1. Illinois - 123, 2. Minnesota - 108, 3. Wisconsin - 107, 4. Virginia - 105, 5. Indiana - 103, 6. California - 92, 7. Texas - 74, 8. Washington - 61, 9. Wyoming - 60, 10. Missouri – 59.
Please remember that all current members are now able to take this course, including Wrestling Leader members and Athlete members. These courses provide a great educational opportunity for athletes, who seek to improve their performance on the mat as well as understand more about wrestling coaching.
In order to access the course, members simply need to log into their account at www.usawmembership.com and add the item to their cart. All courses are delivered immediately online once the member has completed the free purchase and are accessed through your MY COURSES tab.
A tutorial video on how to add the Bronze and/or Copper Certification courses to your cart can be found below.
Members of USA Wrestling who have previously completed Bronze and/or Copper Certification courses are encouraged to repeat the course(s) for enrichment. All completions will be tracked in real time through USA Wrestling’s membership system. Course materials for Bronze and Copper Certifications were updated in March 2015 and November 2017, respectively.
As part of the National Coaches Education Program (NCEP), the Copper Certification course is designed for coaches whose athletes are 12 years of age and younger, normally costs $50, and takes approximately 4 hours to complete. The Bronze Certification course is designed for coaches whose athletes are 13 years of age and older, regularly costs $80, and takes approximately 6 hours to complete.
In addition to the Copper and Bronze Certification courses, USA Wrestling has the HEADS Up Concussion in Youth Sports available to anyone through its membership system. This course, which was developed by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), is aimed to keep children and teen athletes safe by helping coaches and parents recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.
USA Wrestling truly appreciates all of its members, and thanks them for their involvement in the greatest sport on earth.
Here is Webcast message from the USA Wrestling COVID-19 Committee to discuss the latest news on the COVID-19 and how USA Wrestling is navigating through it's decisions.
WWF Coaches and Wisconsin RTC Athletes Nick Becker and Newton Smerchek will be holding a virtual wrestling conversation on Thursday April 9th at 5pm. All WWF Cadet and Junior wrestlers are encouraged to participate or at least listen in. We ask that wrestlers come prepared to ask questions about anything wrestling related. Some ideas include: training options during Covid-19 outbreak, nutrition, mental warfare, weight lifting programs, film breakdown, match strategy, etc.
Steps to join our virtual chat!
1. Download “Zoom” App on iTunes or Android store.
2. Send your email address to Coach Kluever or Nick Becker before April 8th at 11:59pm.
3. A zoom invitation email will be sent on April 9th at 4:50pm in order for you to join chat at 5pm
As a coaching staff we thought this would be a great way to get TEAM WISCONSIN together and hopefully find ways to make improvements during these difficult circumstances.
USAW Northern Plains Regional Tournament scheduled for May15-17 is Postponed due to MN College Schools where this tournament is held are shutdown through May. USA Wrestling is hoping to reschedule when possible
The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation has postponed all WWF Folkstyle Qualifiers scheduled for March 21st and the WWF State Folkstyle Championships scheduled for March 26th-27th. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in hopes of conducting these events at a later date. This decision is consistent with our number one priority being the health and safety of our members and with USA Wrestling’s recommendation to seek guidance from the local health department.
For immediate release, March 18, 2020
POSTPONED – The USMC U.S. Open in Las Vegas will be postponed, with plans to reschedule
USA Wrestling has postponed the 2020 U.S. Marine Corps U.S. Open, which was scheduled to take place at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 21-26.
The U.S. Open includes a number of major national-level competitions, including:
· UWW Junior Nationals (April 23-25)
· UWW Cadet Nationals (April 21-23)
· UWW U15 Nationals (April 21-23)
· UWW Futures Nationals (April 23-25)
· Masters Nationals (April 23-25):
Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada has asked local governments to enforce the CDC guidance that events with attendance of more than 50 persons be cancelled or postponed for eight weeks. Sisolak has also announced the closure of schools in the state through April 6. MGM Resorts (which includes 13 Las Vegas properties) has shut down its casinos, and numerous other Las Vegas hotels and businesses are either closed completely or have reduced activities.
This is consistent with USA Wrestling’s procedure to seek guidance from the local health department, as well as its number one priority being the health and safety of its members.
USA Wrestling is working on plans to reschedule the U.S. Open at a future date.
The UWW Junior Nationals, the UWW Cadet Nationals and the UWW U15 Nationals are all in the qualifying series for U.S. age-group World Teams, and are thus are considered “essential events” by USA Wrestling. According to the USA Wrestling statement of March 12, “events and activities deemed essential will be conducted in a way that puts the health and safety of those involved as the primary focus, while still meeting the responsibilities of the organization.”
For immediate release, March 16, 2020
USA Wrestling to revoke all sanctions through April 6, and postpone all national events through April 20
March 16, 2020 – At USA Wrestling, our number one priority is always the safety of our athletes and their families, all our members, our national staff and the entire U.S. wrestling community.
With that in mind, USA Wrestling has made the decision to immediately enact the following:
· Discontinue all sanctioned events (local, state, regional or national) through April 6, 2020. Any event scheduled through April 6, 2020 will be notified. If any event was previously sanctioned with USA Wrestling, that sanction is now revoked.
· Postpone all regional and national events through April 20, 2020. This is to include the following events:
o Girls Folkstyle Nationals – Colorado Springs, CO – March 26-29, 2020
o Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier – Millersville, PA – March 27-28, 2020
o Northwest Regionals – Centralia, WA – March 28-29, 2020
o Olympic Trials Silver Coaches College – State College, PA – April 1-3, 2020
o Folkstyle Nationals – Cedar Falls, IA – April 3-5, 2020
o 2020 Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling – State College, PA – April 4-5, 2020
· USA Wrestling strongly encourages all chartered clubs and coaches to adhere to local government and/or school district guidelines and recommendations when deciding whether or not to host practice(s). In cases where clubs have wrestlers from multiple states and/or school districts, USA Wrestling strongly encourages club leaders to use the most aggressive action plans as the criteria for making decisions. If a club does host practice, USA Wrestling strongly recommends requiring all participants have their temperature taken and not to allow anyone to participate whose temperature is 100.4 or higher. Additionally, participation is discouraged for anyone who exhibits signs or symptoms of a respiratory illness, even if they do not have an elevated temperature.
USA Wrestling is monitoring this situation daily, and will rely on national and local government regulations and advice from medical experts, including the U.S. Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Please understand that this situation is fluid, and you should expect further updates that may well include extension of event moratoriums and/or additional cancellations. The health and welfare of all involved is our primary concern as we make event and practice-related decisions.
USA Wrestling has a page on its website solely devoted to COVID-19 at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2020/March/14/COVID-19-Special-Section. This page includes links to resources for the wrestling community, as well as lists of statements, press releases and articles that involve impact from COVID-19.
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WWF State Coach Scott Kluever started a new Podcast Series
Click Podcast in above Main Menu to see the links to all of them
Click on the links below to read about why wrestlers should wrestle Freestyle and Greco during the offseason
The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation is looking for Clubs to help work mat side scoring tables at WWF Kids Folkstyle State Championships March 27th and 28th at the Alliant Center Coliseum in Madison
We need 3 people to work each table at all times and the pay per table is $250 for both days. Six Volunteer Bands will be handed out to each club so workers can rotate in. Lunch will be provided both days with snacks and beverages available all day long.
Anyone interested please contact Jeff Jones at email@example.com
We all want to better understand the rules of Freestyle and Greco. I encourage you to go to Facebook and follow the United State Wrestling Oﬃcials Association! Each day they have a video and rule question of the day. Oﬃcials from throughout the world comment on these postings. It allows me to look at the situations diﬀerently after reading what others have commented on. Both the oﬃcials and coaches want correct calls but we as coaches need to continue to educate ourselves so we understand how the rules are to be applied. So please follow the USWOA so we can all work together to build wrestling!
WWF State Tournament Series web pages have all been updated. Please click the Tournaments tab above and select the tournament you would like to see information for.
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WWF Wrestling Wednesday
WWF Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Wintergreen Resort 60 North Gasser Road, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965.
Registration starts at 11:00am and the meeting starts at 12:30pm.
All USAW sanctioned clubs are invited.
If you have questions please contact Sandy Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-968-9542
Wrestling Wednesday Jr. Worlds: Kilty Silver | Howk 5th
U.S. women’s freestyle Junior World Team is loaded with talent and experience
BY Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | September 12, 2018
Photo: Kilty (right) photo by Martin Gabor, UWW. Heaton photo by Richard Immel.
The U.S. is sending several experienced women’s freestyle athletes to the 2018 Junior World Championships next week in Trnava, Slovakia.
The women’s squad features a pair of past Cadet World champions, including 2018 Cadet World champion Macey Kilty at 68 kg and 2015 Cadet World champion Ronna Heaton at 55 kg.
Kilty is fresh off of her World title performance, taking the 69 kg gold medal at the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, in July. Kilty breezed through the field, collecting two falls, one tech fall and a dominant decision, which came in the finals.
Kilty’s World title came one year after she fell short of making the Cadet World Team in 2017. In 2016, she made her international debut at the Cadet World Championships, where she won a bronze medal.
In addition to her World medals, the Wisconsin native owns gold medals from the 2017 Cadet Pan American Championships and Cadet Klippan Lady Open. Kilty is also a four-time Fargo champion, winning her most recent one in July, just one week after the 2018 Cadet Worlds.
Story from USA Wrestling, read entire article HERE
How to Use Fall Sports to Prepare for Wrestling Season
By Matt Krumrie | August 30, 2018
August Manz, head wrestling coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, expects all his wrestlers to participate in multiple sports and activities throughout the school year. In the fall, several Thomas Jefferson wrestlers participate in cross country, golf, and football.
Just being in a school activity has benefits that go beyond preparing for the wrestling season, Manz says.
“Participating in a fall sport is a great way for the wrestler to be involved within the school,” says Manz, who also serves as Southwest Region representative for Iowa-USA Wrestling. “They get a feeling of what it’s like being a contributor to a team and involved in an activity with other student-athletes from the start of the school year.”
While student athletes are physically active during a fall sport, it’s still a break from wrestling, and that's important.
“Participating in a fall sport gives the body the rest it needs from the wrestling all winter and spring,” Manz says. “It also allows the wrestler to learn how to compete outside their comfort zone. What I mean by this is our elite wrestlers feel comfortable on the mat, they carry confidence when they take the mat and know and expect to win the majority of the time.
“Now, take that same wrestler and put them on a cross-country course and see what they do when they are not the top dog. Does this wrestler give up and say ‘well those guys are distance runners so it’s okay that they beat me’ or does that wrestler go out and work at keeping up with that great distance runner? I am not saying win, but compete. Competing out of your comfort zone can help you take the next step in your wrestling goals for that season and beyond. As a coach I want wrestlers who are competitors, that's what life is all about.”
It’s no secret that football can benefit wrestlers, especially offensive and defensive linemen, who rely on footwork, balance, stance/technique, positioning, strength, and hand fighting to succeed. Those are all important skills crucial to success in wrestling.
“I want football players wrestling so we can fill our upper weights, but these larger guys bring in technique that they used all fall into the wrestling room and carry on these skills to perfection,” Manz says. “No other sport complements football more than wrestling.”
Leath has heard a consistent message from college recruiters throughout his time in sports. Recruiters consistently deliver the same message to coaches:
“I am looking for athletes, not specialists.”
In 2017, 87 percent of NFL draft picks were multi-sport athletes.
“Whether it is wrestling, football, soccer, lacrosse, cross country, volleyball, or any other sport, there are a lot of great reasons why a high school athlete should consider participation in other sports when their primary sport is out of season,” Leath says.
Leath offered three benefits of participating in a fall sport before wrestling season, see more of the article HERE at USA Wrestling
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WWF Annual Meeting Will Be Held on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Wintergreen Resort at 60 North Gasser Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.
Registration starts at 11:00am and the meeting starts at 12:30pm.
All USAW sanctioned clubs are invited
Any questions please contact Sandy Russell at email@example.com or 262-968-9542
Wisconsin Wrestling Federation State Coach, Scott Kluever and District 7 Director Matt Verbeten listen to speaker at USA Wrestling State Leaders Summit on August 10, 2018.
Jeff Jones (Racine, Wisconsin) was named 'USA Wrestling Pairer of the Year' at the recently completed USAW Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota.
Shilson & Kilty: Winning All Over The World | From Flowrestling
Shilson & Kilty: Winning All Over The World | From Flowrestling
Emily Shilson and Macey Kilty have become a tandem of domination.
After each of them claimed Cadet world titles, they went back to Fargo last week where their hands triumphantly continued to be raised in victory.
World champion Kilty won her fourth title. Her first title coming in the Cadet division in 2016 at 108 pounds before she placed third in the Junior division that same year. She came back the next year and not only claimed titles in both divisions but also took home both Outstanding Wrestler awards. This year she didn’t have a match make it past the two-minute mark as she shut out each of her opponents to win another title.
Wisconsin Girls Juniors 4th overall at Fargo 2018
Two Cadet All-Americans:
138 - Jade Herzer, 4th
180 - Brianna Staebler, 5th
Eight Junior All-Americans:
117 - Gabby Skidmore, 3rd
122 - Ali Howk, 2nd
132 - Ashton Cadman, 4th
144 - Kiana Pugh, 4th
144 - Jayden Laurent, 1st
152 - Macey Kilty, 1st
164 - Natalie Kemp, 6th
225 - Kayla Henk, 7th
WWF/USAW Wisconsin Junior National All-Americans
Lucas Steldt, Wisconsin, named National Developmental Coach of the Year 2018
Tyler Hannah 2018 Cadet Greco National Champion at Fargo
WWF/USAW Wisconsin Junior National Greco Coaches 2018
Kevin Black named 2018 USA Wrestling Women’s Developmental Coach of the Year!
Laurent, Kilty USAW Jr. National Champs!
Macey Kilty and Jayden Laurent combined to with the 4th and 5th all-time Junior Women's Freestyle titles for the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation at the 2018 USMC/USAW Cadet & Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota July 17-18, 2018
144 Jayden Laurent (Wisconsin) TF Jerzie Estrada (Colorado) 13-3
152 Macey Kilty (Wisconsin) TF Kaylynn Albrect (Texas) 11-0
Results available at Flowrestling/Floarena
WWF Women's Junior Placewinners 2018 - FARGO
117lbs. Gabrielle Skidmore 3rd Place
122lbs. Alisha Howk 2nd Place
132lbs. Ashton Cadman 4th Place
144lbs. Jayden Laurent 1st Place
144lbs. Kiana Pugh 4th Place
152lbs. Macey Kilty 1st Place
164lbs. Natalie Kemp 6th Place
225lbs. Kayla Henk 7th Place
WWF Women's Cadet Placewinners 2018 - FARGO
138lbs. Jade Herzer 4th Place
180lbs. Brianna Staebler 5th Place
Barnett, O'toole USAW Freestyle Jr. National Champs (Photos: Bret Peterson)
Barnett, O’toole USAW Junior Freestyle National Champions
Eric Barnett (Hortonville High School) and Keegan O’toole (Arrowhead High School) each snared Junior Freestyle titles wrestling for the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation at the 2018 USMC/USAW Cadet & Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota.
120lbs. Eric Barnett (Wisconsin) ove Aden Reeves (Iowa), 2-0 1:32 First Place
138lbs. Keegan O’toole (Wisconsin) over Gabriel Tagg (Ohio), 11-6 First Place
Juniors also placing in freestyle for Wisconsin:
145LBS Drew Scharenbrock 5th Place
160LBS Tyler Dow 5th Place
170LBS Parker Keckeisen 3rd Place
195LBS Beau Yineman 5th Place
Full results on Florarena
Photos: Bret Peterson
Rivera captures Cadet Freestyle title at USAW Nationals at FARGO (Photo: Bret Peterson)
Kilty United World Wrestling Cadet Champion
Kilty United World Wrestling Cadet Champion
Macey Kilty (Stratford, Wisconsin) bested a field of 16 competitors from around the world to win the United World Wrestling Cadet National Championship at 69kg in Zagreb, Croatia today (Friday, July 6, 2018).
Championship Match - Macey Ellen Kilty (United States) won by decision over Julia Hanna Ellinor Fridlund (Sweden) Decision 9-3
Semifinal Match - Macey Ellen Kilty won by fall over Mengwei Zhang (CHINA) 1:40
Quarterfinal Match - Macey Ellen Kilty won by tech fall over Anastasiya Alpyeyeva (Ukraine) Tech Fall 12-1
Championship Round 1 - Macey Ellen Kilty won by fall over Sonika Hooda (India) 3:00
Congratulations to TEAM Wisconsin Women! Our wrestlers placed third out of twelve teams at Junior Duals in Tulsa, OK. They defeated Georgia 39-28 to place. Well done! Thank you Coach Rottier and Coach Koontz!
Coaches are required to present ID and USAW Credentials to coach 'on the floor'/'on the mat' at WWF State Events. This picture represents why it is necessry to check daily. Please be patient as safety and consistency are of utmost importance.
This coming weekend May 5th and 6th the WWF Freestyle and Greco-Roman State Championships will be wrestled at the Wisconsin Dells Center in Wisconsin Dells. Freestyle will be held on Saturday and Greco-Roman on Sunday. All the matches will be trackcasted on Trackwrestling. The Freestyle Semi-finals on Saturday for the Cadets and Juniors will start around noon and the finals matches around 1pm.
Preregistration has ended, but wrestlers can register at the door of any of the weigh-in sites Friday night.
It is a great time of year! Freestyle and Greco season is full steam ahead and we have plenty of opportunities for tournaments and training. Below is a list of sanctioned tournaments that local clubs will be running.
Please continue to check this link for updated information as more tournaments get added https://www.wiwrestlingfederation.com/page/show/981033-sanctioned-club-tournaments
WWF Tournaments and Training Opportunities
April 7 Kimberly Freestyle & Greco
April 7 Franklin Spring Classic
April 8 Westby Freestyle/ Greco
April 14 Sparta Freestyle & Greco
April 14 West Allis Freestyle & Greco
April 21 Mukwonago Freestyle and Greco
April 21 Iowa Grant Freestyle snd Greco
April 21 West Central 2-Style Challenge
April 22 Mauston Talons Freestyle & Greco
April 22 Benton/Cuba City Freestyle and Greco
April 28 Elkhorn Freestyle & Greco
For those looking for more training the WWF Training Team is now open for registration. Below are the dates and locations of the training and competitions.
14 Freestyle Practice UW La Crosse
14 Greco Practice X Factor
21 Greco Practice Combat
21 Freestyle Practice Wrightstown
5-6 WWF State Freestyle
12 Freestyle Practice DeForest
12 Greco Practice Merrill
19-20 Northern Plains Rochester, MN
25-27 Central Regional Ada, OH
31-June 3 UWW Cadet World Team Trials Akron, OH
There are lots of Freshman wrestling this weekend in the WIAA Sectionals all across the state! Sectionals are some of the most stressful matches for athletes and parents alike.
Are you a parent and unsure what to expect? We got you. USA Wrestling breaks it down. Good luck to all wrestlers this weekend! See you at the Kohl Center!
Kylie Welker, Franksville, Wisconsin, wins 48kg Pan Am Gold in Chile
Kylie Welker (Franksville, Wisconsin) became a two time Pan Am Games medalist for the USA team, taking the 48kg Gold medal in Santiago, Chile. Welker won a bronze medal in the 44 kg/96.8 lbs. class for USA at the 2016 Pan Ams in Colombia.
Read more HERE
Wisconsin Girls Fargo Junior and Cadet Teams Shine Bright
Girls | Wisconsin at USA Wrestling Nationals | 2017
Cadet Girls Freestyle –
The Wisconsin women battled to a 5th place team finish at the USMC Cadet Women's National Championships in Fargo, ND. Only two points separated the 3rd through 5th place teams. The most impressive feat of the tournament for Team Wisconsin was at the tough 127-pound weight bracket where two Wisconsin athletes met in the championship finals. Returning Cadet national champion and World Bronze Medalist Macey Kilty defeated teammate Ashton Cadman, 10-0. Cadman pinned Folkstyle National Champion Jessica Sanchez (California) in the semi-finals. Kilty was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Cadet tournament.
Natalie Kemp secured the second 'stop sign' for Team Wisconsin with a title at 180 pounds. Natalie swept the weight class this season as she also won Folkstyle Nationals in March. Kemp improved on her 3rd place finish as a Cadet one year ago.
Kiana Pugh breezed into the finals, but was stopped by Cadet World Team Member Kelani Corbett from Hawaii, 8-5. Pugh got out to a 4-0 early lead in the match, however, Corbett chipped away at the lead and secured the win.
Other All-Americans were Autumn Hohn (6th place, 100 pounds), Rose Ann Marshall (7th place, 106 pounds) and Rhiannon Kuske (8th place, 117 pounds). Hohn earned her second All-American honor as a Cadet. Marshall finished 2nd in 2016. Rose Annl earned the Cadet Pinning Award (most pins, least amount of time) as well.
Junior Girls Freestyle –
Team Wisconsin turned heads on the FargoDome floor with three individual national champions and a 2nd place team finish.
Alisha Howk won the 112-pound bracket with a thrilling 10-8 victory over Autumn Gordon from Ohio. Howk bested Arizona's first ever Cadet national champion Stefana Jelacic, 9-8 in the semi-finals.
Macey Kilty won her second Outstanding Wrestler award, coming away on top in the loaded 127-pound bracket. Kilty defeated three superstars, in the women's wrestling world, in consecutive matches. Macey took down Kaden Campbell (Colorado) 14-8, in the quarterfinals, returning national champion Brenda Reyna (Washington) 9-8 in the semi-finals and stunned World Champion Ronna Heaton in the gold medal match, 4-1.
One year ago, Jayden Laurent was a Cadet National Champion and lost a close battle in the Junior finals. This year, however, Laurent dominated five matches to win the coveted Junior National title. On the stage, she defeated world team member Alara Boyd (Indiana) by technical fall, 10-0. (144lb.). In five matches, she outscored opponents 49-1.
Other Team Wisconsin members earning All-American honors were Kiana Pugh (3rd place, 152 pounds), Natalie Kemp (3rd place, 180 pounds), Hannah Ramos (5th place, 138 pounds), Gabby Skidmore (6th place, 112 pounds), and Ashton Cadman (7th place, 127 pounds). Pugh was successful in avenging a loss from earlier in the week in a re-match of the Cadet National finals with Kelani Corbett from Hawaii. Also of note, Skidmore defeated teammate Allie Grobarchik in the "blood round" (round of 12). Grobarchik won 3 consecutive matches before falling to teammates in the quarterfinals (Howk) and round of 12 (Skidmore).
Boys | Wisconsin at USA Wrestling Nationals | 2017
The 2017 USA Wrestling National Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota is always a site to be seen. A total of 45 states were represented this year in the Fargo Dome on the campus of North Dakota State University. Thousands of athletes competing on 24 mats, all looking to win a national title on the elevated center stage.
Wisconsin sent nearly 200 athletes westward to strut their stuff in the largest tournament in the world. Becoming an All-American is quite an accomplishment. Brackets are huge and filled with the best talent this great nation has to offer. Wrestlers must be in peak physical condition as the rest time between matches is limited to only 15 minutes. An athlete can finish a grueling match and then be called upon to compete again in what feels like only moments.
Cadet Boys Freestyle -
The Wisconsin Cadet Freestyle team showed up to compete! Battling in each round to take home a 10th Place finish in the national tournament with 4 All-Americans.
126 Keegan O’Toole 4th Place
132 Aidan Medora 2nd Place
152 Joshua Otto 4th Place
285 Logan Zschernitz 5th Place
Junior Boys Freestyle –
Our Wisconsin Junior Freestyle team represented very well, finishing in 11th Place with 3 All-Americans.
Tyler Dow had the match to behold in the Semifinal round. The time was running out in the second period; Tyler was down on points, something had to be done. Our Wisconsin Coaches were calm and collected in the corner. They threw the block to have the video reviewed. Just like they thought, the points didn’t add up. At the end of the review, Tyler was only down by a few points and addition time was placed on the clock. With a pure Wisconsin work ethic, Tyler set forth to get his job done! When the smoke cleared and the buzzer sounded; two monster throws by Dow were enough to move him into the national finals.
126 Aaron Schulist 6th Place
138 Jeremy Schoenherr 2nd Place
160 Tyler Dow 2nd Place
Greco | Wisconsin at USA Wrestling Nationals | 2017
Wisconsin has a fine tradition in Greco Roman wrestling. The 2017 Wisconsin Cadet and Junior Teams continued to carry that torch as they moved through the National Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota. The number you are looking for is 15! This is the number of Greco All-Americans coming home to Wisconsin!
Greco Roman wrestling may take a back seat to Freestyle when it comes to popularity, but the spectators in the stands love to watch the high scoring matches. The risk versus reward is so much higher in Greco. When you watch the chess match that is Freestyle, the small details may be lost on the average fan. Wrestlers compete for position and battle to scrape out a 3-2 match. In Greco, you let it fly! Our young men were very active to score big throws and lifts to receive big points. Greco matches can go back and forth with a high scoring result of 18-14. You risk the hold to be rewarded on the scoreboard.
Cadet Boys Greco –
The Wisconsin Cadet Greco Team battled to a 6th Place finish amongst the field with 7 All-Americans including a National Champion!
88 Payton Jacobson 4th Place
94 Blaine Brenner 6th Place
113 Hunter Lewis 1st Place
120 Aiden Nutter 5th Place
152 Gage Coppock 8th Place
170 Tyler Hannah 2nd Place
285 Logan Zschernitz 2nd Place
Junior Boys Greco-
The Wisconsin Junior Greco Team captured a 2nd Place finish with 8 All-Americans.
113 Eric Barnett 4th Place
120 Brady Koontz 2nd Place
138 Alston Nutter 2nd Place
160 Tyler Dow 2nd Place
160 Hayden Krein 7th Place
170 Jose Acosta 8th Place
195 Dalton Hahn 2nd Place
220 Aric Bohn 3rd Place
These young men worked to put themselves amongst the best in the nation. Pulling together to make sure that everyone shared the load. The trait of a leader is one that climbs to the top and then turns around to help others achieve the same. I would say that Wisconsin Greco is not shy about giving a hand up!
Wrestling in Fargo, North Dakota is like going to see the Great and Powerful Oz. So many things hold your attention. So many things to focus on. So many shiny objects to draw your eye. The final product is a wondrous spectacle to behold. How many people have ever looked behind the curtain? How many people truly want to know the work that goes into making everything appear effortless?
This year was my first on staff with the Wisconsin National team. I was brought on staff to work behind this magical curtain, to assist our State Coach Scott Kluever. The amount of time and energy put in to make this event run smooth for our athletes and our coaches is absolutely amazing. The organization it takes to keep all our buses, athletes and coaches running on time and back and forth from River Falls to Fargo is a bit of wizardry.
A few of my duties to help the program were: our Junior Recruit portfolio, secure practice mats for our programs as they arrive in Fargo and for those wrestling both styles, mat assignments for all of our athletes and coaches, checking into the hotel for all athletes and coaches and a general schedule to insure we, as a state, remain on top of our game. Not to mention, I got to coach a few matches!
While in Fargo, I had the opportunity to attend several national meetings. These meeting are run after the last match of the day has completed and may run late pending the topic. Topics of the meetings I attended were: the general schedule of the National tournament, girls wrestling at national events and the spotlight on building state programs and the combination of all levels at a single location for the National Duals.
Of the three topics, the schedule seemed to move along the quickest and have the most agreement amongst state representatives. Most states were looking for a day of weigh in and an earlier finish to the final day. As we all progress with weight issues amongst our wrestlers, states agreed a day of weigh in would eliminate the big cuts and make our sport healthier. It was nice to see our leaders working together for progress.
The girls meeting was very well attended! The room was filled, with no empty seats and people spilling out onto the stairs and walkways. The meeting seemed to go back and forth as the crowd worked to vote in a new leader and give direction for future events. As a member of the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association, adding girls wrestling to the ‘cheese state’ is a priority of mine. It was a great opportunity for me to ask questions and seek out methods to limit the hurdles for inclusion.
The National Duals was an interesting meeting. I see so much written on our own forum about why our state does not attend. I see a lot of negative chatter regarding our leader’s vision and the grand scheme. What I witnessed was the Wisconsin State Coach leading the national discussion on combining the Cadet and Junior Duals into one event and moving the date as to give plenty of time to recover and develop before the run to the National Tournament. This would make the duals more affordable for all states to attend and give our wrestlers the added time to recover between events. There is a plan in place and soon it will grow fruit!
I learned so much as a coach during the camps leading up to the National Tournament. Having the opportunity to sit down with many of the best coaches in the state to share technique and philosophy was invaluable. If you do not continue to grow and learn, you get passed by. This is true with anything in life. If you truly want to achieve greatness, you need to evolve with our sport.
After being home with my family, I took time to reflect upon my travels. The bus rides, the van rides, the competition, the short naps between sessions, the snacks in my backpack. The amount of time I spent texting coaches should actually work in my favor if I choose to pursue a career in thumb wrestling. All the interaction with our athletes and many parents. Both were on a roller coaster of emotion. I appreciate the opportunities I am given and how this sport has taken me from a small town in Ohio to travel our great nation. All with a common goal. To be the best. The best wrestler, the best coach, the best. To finish my article with a Wizard of Oz theme, I do have a story about a magical pair of shoes. Feel free to walk up to me at any event throughout next season and ask. I am more than happy to share.
Head Wrestling Coach
West Allis Nathan Hale
The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation would like to thank the following coaches for their work with the 2017 WWF Training and National Teams. Several of these coaches began preparing the teams in April and traveled with teams to their competitions. These individuals are instrumental in the program’s success! We also thank the High School and Club coaches for all the work they do to prepare their wrestlers!
Women’s Cadet and Junior
Cadet and Junior National Team Practice
Schoolboy National Team Practice
2017 Wisconsin Goodwill Dual Team Picture
2017 WI & MN Goodwill Dual Teams
Wisconsin Wrestling Federation, guided by USA Wrestling, provides quality opportunities for its members to achieve their full human and athletic potential. Wisconsin Wrestling Federation will strive to be USA Wrestling’s best state organization.
WWF Annual Meeting | October 14