Editor’s Note – Encouraging news about wrestling and the benefits for our county in having more college programs.
Donations can help the return of Joliet Junior College wrestling program | Morris Herald-News
By: DICK GOSS
About 21/2 years ago, Dan Catarello, a local chiropractor and former college wrestler, and Pat O’Connell, a longtime Joliet Township/Joliet Central wrestling coach, struck up a friendship. Almost immediately, their conversation swung toward their passion. The questions was posed: Why shouldn’t Joliet Junior College reinstate its once-renowned wrestling program? The program, which rose to national prominence during the tenure of Hall of Fame coach and administrator Henry Pillard, has been gone since 1987. Catarello and O’Connell decided to get to work on reinstatement. Rest of the story at http://www.morrisherald-news.com/2016/07/11/donations-can-help-the-return-of-joliet-junior-college-wrestling-program/avlggxa/?page=1
STILLWATER, Okla. — Former North Carolina wrestling captain and ACC champion Joe Galli was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as the organization’s Outstanding American. Full story at the Tar Heel’s web site — http://www.goheels.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPID=12984
The Reynolds Coliseum renovations are going well and the Wolfpack wrestling team is looking to return to competing there in the fall. Team members have been participating in the University Nationals and other competitions. The N.C. State has not been announced yet but fans can keep up with the team’s news at http://gopack.com/index.aspx?path=wrestling&
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College has named Michael Baxter as its head wrestling coach, Dr. Lynn Griffin, vice president of athletics and athletic facilities, announced today. Baxter becomes the second coach in program history. “We are very excited to have Michael join the Coker family,” said Griffin. “He brings a wealth of experience, passion and a proven record of success to Coker. We look forward to watching Michael build on the academic and athletic success that our wrestling program has earned over the last three years.” The rest the story at – http://cokercobras.com/sports/wrest/2015-16/releases/20160628ppsf0x?mc_cid=c085262fae&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel will host the 2017 and 2018 Southern Conference Wrestling Championship inside McAlister Field House, it was announced Tuesday.
The annual event has been conducted in Charleston seven times, most recently in 2009 when the Bulldogs took fourth place. Dating back to 1961, The Citadel has had 67 cadet-athletes earn individual championships in the tournament.
The SoCon Wrestling Championship had been held at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena in Asheville, North Carolina, in conjunction with the league’s basketball tournaments the last two seasons, but because of uncertainty over Kimmel’s availability going forward, the wrestling tournament was put back out to bid. Rest of the story at – http://citadelsports.com/news/2016/6/28/the-citadel-to-host-wrestling-championship.aspx?mc_cid=c085262fae&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
It is encouraging to see colleges to step forth and take the prudent and honorable step of adding a wrestling program. Such is the case with Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. A more complete story can be read at the following – http://www.news-leader.com/story/sports/2016/07/27/came-here-start-legacy-drury-wrestling/87532600/?mc_cid=46b4bab624&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
Having a conference sponsoring the sport seems to be a key factor in the growth of wrestling. (Example: Southeast Mega Football over everything Conference – the SEC)
Seven member institutions will vie for the inaugural GLVC Championship next February, including Bellarmine University, Drury University, University of Indianapolis, Maryville University, McKendree University, Truman State University and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Campbell Head Coach Cary Kolat has added three new assistant coaches to the Camels’ staff for the upcoming season. The head assistant, Scotti Sentes, coached at Cal-Poly after wrestling for Central Michigan. Garrett Kiley joins the staff from Iowa State. He also coached at Concordia (Nebr.), Wayland Baptist (Tx) and University of Nebraska. Evan Henderson will also be joining the staff. Henderson was an All-American and recent graduate of the University of North Carolina. More complete stories can be found on the Campbell team’s web site at – http://www.gocamels.com/sports/wrest/index
A big change in the college coaching scene in the Carolinas.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | NEWBERRY – Newberry College wrestling head coach Jason Valek has announced he will resign with the end of the 2015-16 season.
“As the founding coach for our wrestling program, coach Valek has made a lasting impact,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “The future success of the program will be built on the foundation he laid during his tenure at the College.” Valek has overseen the Wolves’ wrestling program since its inception in 2004 and led Newberry to eight Top 20 finishes at the NCAA Division II National Championships, including a 17th place finish in Sioux Falls, S.D., for the current season. Newberry was the NCAA Division II National Runner-Up in 2009.
More complete story at the school’s web site article at : http://www.newberrywolves.com/wr/news/2015-16/8903/newberry-college-wrestling-coach-jason-valek-resigns-as-head-coach/
Have been a bit behind in posting North Carolina wrestling news yet this recognition is well due and the full story can be read at http://www.hickoryrecord.com/life_entertainment/a-journey-to-the-national-wrestling-hall-of-fame/article_38f376ac-2102-11e6-9ce8-33995b32f059.html?mc_cid=0ee6124a58&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b