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High School News (2021) – # 12

TDR Editor’s Notes ; With each story we have the state or the origin labeled at the left. While a particular state may not be of interest the details should be read as innovations, news, concerns and marks of achievement cross state lines in their interest and relevance. Keep Wrestling On!
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1 } – (Nebraska) Lincoln Southeast wrestling coach headed to Kearney
Kearney High School has hired Ryan Bauer to be its head wrestling coach, the school announced. Bauer has been Lincoln Southeast’s head coach since 2018. It’s a homecoming for Bauer, a Kearney native, Kearney High graduate and former Nebraska-Kearney wrestler on two Division II national championship teams (2012, ’13). “Bauer checked all the boxes that we needed in this hire,” said Kearney activities director Ryan Hogue. “I know he will continue the great tradition and culture we have in our wrestling program.”

Bauer said: “It’s an honor to be selected as the next head coach of the Kearney High wrestling program. I look forward to carrying on the tradition of excellence that Tom McCann and Ty Swarm have laid before me.” … rest of story at https://journalstar.com/sports/high-school/wrestling/lincoln-southeast-wrestling-coach-headed-to-kearney/article_1757d5f3-e968-5506-ac33-4c4c47776751.html?mc_cid=bd28fec561&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

2 } – (South Carolina) State wrestling tournament to move forward with no spectators, Executive Committee says
In a 7-6 vote, a motion to allow spectators for Saturday’s individual state wrestling tournament was defeated by the South Carolina High School League’s Executive Committee on Tuesday.  The event, scheduled for Saturday at Dreher High School, was the subject of a Tuesday morning meeting, as some members sought to find a way to include spectator attendance in plans for the tournament. 
There were no spectators allowed at last week’s Upper and Lower State finals, something that some Executive Committee members said they’d been unaware of. Tuesday’s meeting sought a solution that would allow that to change for the state finals. Committee member Dr. Darryl Owings, superintendent of Spartanburg County School District 6, proposed … rest of story at https://www.goupstate.com/story/sports/high-school/2021/03/02/schsl-vote-prohibits-spectators-saturday-wrestling-tournament/6883453002/?mc_cid=bd28fec561&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

3 } – (Arkansas) Layne Hatcher: ‘I play quarterback like I’m wrestling’
Layne Hatcher set all kinds of Arkansas high school football records. He’s also a four-time state wrestling champion. Find out how the Arkansas State star blends wrestling and football to be one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the nation. … rest of story at https://www.trackwrestling.com/PortalPlayer.jsp?TIM=1614803894669&twSessionId=jyimczeiha&videoId=1103919135&mc_cid=e764d9125d&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

And (Oklahoma) Collinsville Will Not Compete At Dual State
Collinsville, the 5A state champions and heavy favorites to win the dual state title this weekend in Enid, will not be participating at the dual state tournament this weekend. The updated 5A brackets now have Skiatook getting a buy to the semifinals where they will wrestle the winner of Coweta and El Reno. … rest of story at https://owrestle.com/collinsville-will-not-compete-at-dual-state/

4 } – (New Jersey) As high school season nears, where are N.J. wrestlers in national rankings?
By Bill Evans | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The high school wrestling season is on the horizon and there will be plenty of standouts ready to take the mat when the schedule kicks off on March 16. Those standouts received good news on Monday when the NJSIAA declared there were be an individual postseason culminating in a state wrestling championship.

So who are the top New Jersey wrestlers? Check out the list below with where the Garden State athletes are ranked in FloWrestling and TrackWrestling’s National rankings and how much they moved since last week. … rest of story and list at https://www.nj.com/highschoolsports/2021/03/as-high-school-season-nears-where-are-nj-wrestlers-in-national-rankings.html?mc_cid=e764d9125d&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

5 } – (Virginia) Great Bridge wrestling coach Matt Small stepping down after 10 seasons
CHESAPEAKE — Ten seasons, two state titles, nine individual champions. After rebuilding a proud and tradition-rich Great Bridge program back into a powerhouse, coach Matt Small is stepping down at the conclusion of the school year. “It has been such an honor to help rebuild something to carry on the legacy, the tradition, the pride,” said Small, a Great Bridge alum. “To be able to coach a second generation of kids – I’ve coached an Allred, a Basnight, a Jackson, a Curling, a Martin. I’ve coached second and third generation Wildcats.”

But Small feels like, “it’s time,” to move on after over a decade as a head coach. He also served as the coach at Grassfield and Cox, where he won the state title in 2010 and had two teams nationally ranked. Overall he’s coached 18 individual state champions who have won 24 state titles. “I’m at a point in life where I want to coach in a different capacity,” Small said. … rest of story at https://www.pilotonline.com/757teamz/vp-sp-matt-small-greatbridge-wrestling-20210303-gx22c7h6ljchxmbtzaahh6xhuq-story.html?mc_cid=e764d9125d&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

6 } – (New Jersey) There was one goal this N.J. wrestling season, and now it’s achievable
By Bill Evans | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
From the time it appeared likely that COVID-19 could create havoc with the wrestling season in 2020-2021, there has been an underlying message from almost everyone in the wrestling community.
Two messages actually.
Find a way to have a 2020-2021 wrestling season. And once you do find a way to hold an individual state tournament, whatever way possible. And so with Monday’s announcement by the NJSIAA there will be a modified state tournament in April, it will come to this. If the NJSIAA crowns 25 state champions – 14 for the boys, 11 for the girls – and a couple hundred state medals are handed out, this season will be a success. It will be especially successful if the top state contenders are able to make it to the finish line and don’t miss the postseason for COVID-19 related reasons. … rest of story at https://www.nj.com/highschoolsports/2021/03/there-was-one-goal-this-nj-wrestling-season-and-now-its-achievable.html?mc_cid=e764d9125d&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

7 } – (Michigan) MHSAA Announces Revised Format, Finals Site for 2021 Wrestling Tournaments
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan High School Athletic Association has revised its 2021 Wrestling Tournaments, scheduled for the final three weeks of March and first weekend of April, in an effort to reduce the mixing of communities and spread of COVID-19. The MHSAA also has selected Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo as this year’s host site for the Teams Finals on March 30 and Individual Finals to be wrestled April 2-3.

As in non-COVID seasons, the wrestling postseason will be divided into separate tournament tracks for teams and individuals, with competition at the District, Regional and Finals levels. Competition at the District and Regional levels for both the team and individual tournaments will follow the MHSAA’s traditional formats, which is possible due to the COVID-19 rapid testing required of each participating wrestler. Districts will be wrestled during the week of March 15, with Regionals the following week. However, a  number of changes for this season’s Finals have been put in place to provide the same experience for qualifying athletes but with more precautions to limit possible exposure to the virus.

Team Wrestling: Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals will be wrestled Tuesday, March 30 at Wings Event Center, with all rounds over one day instead of the traditional two. Two areas within Wings Event Center – the “Valley” and “Arena” – will host matches for Quarterfinals and Semifinals, with all four championship matches wrestled simultaneously in the Arena to conclude the event. Divisions 2 and 4 will compete in the Arena, and Divisions 1 and 3 in the Valley prior to the title matches.
Individual Wrestling: All rounds of the Individual Finals will be wrestled at Wings Event Center … rest of story at https://abc10up.com/2021/03/02/mhsaa-announces-revised-format-finals-site-for-2021-wrestling-tournaments/?mc_cid=e764d9125d&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

8 } – (Delaware) Dramatic finish, historic champs highlight DIAA wrestling
LEWES – The historic match had a historic finish. Smyrna senior Joey Natarcola lifted Nick Hall off his feet seconds into overtime, then dropped the Caravel junior for the takedown to win the first state final ever between two-time state champions, a fitting finale to the 65th DIAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Wednesday night at Cape Henlopen High School. “He started off a couple of inches off the ground, and I’m thinking, ‘I want to finish this. I want to get it done with,’” Natarcola said. “So I mustered all my strength, picked him up, put him back down to the mat and got two [points].”

The 6-4 decision made Natarcola the fourth three-time state champion crowned during the finals, pushing the all-time total of three-timers to 39. It also ended Hall’s chance of joining the list of just 10 four-time DIAA champs. “Nick Hall is an amazing opponent,” Natarcola said. “I’ve traveled all over the country with the kid. I’ve seen him since he was probably in the fifth or sixth grade. So to have the opportunity to have my last wrestling match against him and to end the way it did, it’s an amazing feeling.” … rest of story at https://www.delawareonline.com/story/sports/high-school/2021/03/04/dramatic-finish-historic-champs-highlight-diaa-wrestling/6908429002/?mc_cid=463361f6e9&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

9} – (Tennessee) Chattanooga’s success hosting state wrestling could bring tournaments back
The return of state championship high school wrestling to Chattanooga did not disappoint. Area athletes accounted for 17 individual titles, Baylor and Cleveland were the top teams in two of the three divisions — with Signal Mountain the runner-up in the other — and the TSSAA’s traditional tournaments had a smooth three-day run last week at the Chattanooga Convention Center. That last point mattered as much to the rest of the state as the Scenic City and the surrounding area.
“We knew from the beginning of the season it was going to be very challenging for our winter sports due to COVID-19,” said Mark Reeves, a TSSAA assistant executive director who oversees wrestling. “To be able to see those kids walk off the mat with smiles on their faces was everything. It was a glorious week to be had by all who love this sport. The support of the Chattanooga wrestling community as a whole was outstanding.”

Tickets sold out rather quickly for all three days as nearly 2,000 people were in attendance over the course of the event, which had not been held in Chattanooga in more than a decade but, after a successful return, could be back again next season. Along with the Chattanooga Convention Center, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s McKenzie Arena and the Williamson County Ag Expo Park — which had settled into a longtime role as host but was being used as a COVID-19 testing center this winter — are all possible sites for next year’s competition. “We haven’t had two entities bidding for the wrestling tournament at the same time in my tenure,” Reeves said. “If that’s the case, then we will have to decide if we put that out for bid or do we select one. That will have to be decided pretty quickly because an event like this takes a lot of time to plan.” … rest of story at https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/sports/preps/story/2021/mar/04/chattanoogas-success-hosting-state-wrestling/542733/?mc_cid=463361f6e9&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

10 } – (Florida) Kissimmee Osceola wrestling celebrates 3 state champions
Kissimmee Osceola tied a school record Saturday night at the FHSAA State Wrestling Tournament with three state champions and five finalists. Cooper Haase, Jaekus Hines and Gunner Holland all won state titles for the Kowboys, with Anderson Heap and Nolin Eaddy finishing in second place to lead Osceola to a fourth-place team finish in Class 3A at Silver Spurs Arena. Hines, a senior who has committed to Appalachian State, rolled through the tournament and majored South Dade’s Alex Couto 18-5 in their 138-pound final for his second state title. “It really clicked for Jaekus after the Knockout Classic this season. He just dominated everybody the rest of the year,” Osceola coach Jim Bird said.

The sophomore Haase won his second title in two years for the Kowboys with a pin over Venice’s Bryce Taranto in the second period. Haase reached the final with a 7-6 win over SW Miami’s returning champion Daniel Martinez. Holland busted a lot of brackets to win at 152 pounds. The Kowboy freshman won all four of his matches by just a single point in each one, beating Palm Harbor University’s top-ranked Alek Chitty with a 3-2 win in overtime. “He just knows how to win,” Bird said of Holland. “He just believed in his self and got the job done.” … rest of story at https://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/highschool/wrestling/os-sp-hs-wrestling-state-tournament-0308-20210308-qbqki2ah6rb6bcpdqhrjlobk3a-story.html?mc_cid=3fad4ffad8&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

11 } – (Maine) Opinion: Maine didn’t need to skip high school wrestling season
I am writing this letter in the hopes of bringing clarity and transparency to the situation involving the recent cancellation of the competitive high school wrestling season in the State of Maine. A disclaimer: as a teacher, coach, father, husband, and son, I have been completely on board from day one regarding COVID restrictions. I am cognizant and sympathetic to the vast number of cases and deaths across our nation, and continue to take all precautions to stay socially distant and to be routinely tested in my community. I am a strong advocate for the vaccines, especially for our educators. That being said, I would like to offer a different perspective as a wrestling coach and parent.

Wrestling can be done safely, and in fact, is this winter in 41 of the 47 states that offer wrestling in our nation. … rest of story at https://www.seacoastonline.com/story/opinion/columns/2021/03/08/truth-maine-high-school-wrestling-season-opinion-piece-bryan-j-thompson-varsity-wrestling-coach-york/4608933001/?mc_cid=b1fa7a1c33&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

And (Connecticut) CIAC to allow full contact drills in practice and coaches to instruct this spring
With Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s decision last week to allow all youth, interscholastic and amateur sports to begin practicing and competing on Friday, March 19 and with positive guidance from the state Department of Health, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC)’s Board of Control voted on Wednesday for additional opportunities for high school wrestlers. The Board of Control voted to allow wrestling teams to engage in full contact workouts, if their respective schools agree, for the remainder of the winter season, which concludes on March 26.

High school teams won’t be able to compete in dual meets but can stage joint practices with another school, if they wish to do so. Teams could hold six practices from March 19-26. Wrestling coaches will also receive a one-time exemption this spring to coach their wrestlers outside of the normal winter season in non-school affiliated programs through May 28. That is similar to what the CIAC allowed spring coaches to do last summer after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the entire 2020 spring season. … rest of story at https://ctwrestling.com/2021/03/ciac-to-allow-full-contact-drills-in-practice-and-coaches-to-instruct-this-spring/3985/?mc_cid=2a2fd7a25b&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

12 } – (Montana) Days after mother’s death, Timber Richberg helps Kalispell Flathead win state wrestling title
KALISPELL — Timber Richberg seemingly had the entire crowd pulling for him Friday at the State AA wrestling tournament. The Kalispell Flathead senior fed off the cheers and his own internal drive as he pinned his first opponent in just 55 seconds. It was arguably the most inspirational performance of the tournament as Richberg was wrestling just days after his mother died. “I went to state last year, and it was a pretty big experience, but this year, actually winning a match, it was just insane. I’ve never felt that way,” the 17-year-old said. “I knew my mom was there with me the whole way. I just hope I made her proud and the team made her proud.”

They both surely did. Richberg won his first match at a state tournament in his second trip but then ran into eventual three-time state champ Ethan Deroche of Great Falls. He nearly bounced back from that loss with a second victory before losing out of the tournament in overtime to the eventual fifth-place finisher. Richberg’s first-round win at 285 pounds was pivotal in helping Flathead leave its home mat with its third team championship in five years. The Braves edged out Billings Senior by 7.5 points, the slimmest margin of victory at the tournament since 2000. … rest of story at https://helenair.com/sports/high-school/wrestling/days-after-mothers-death-timber-richberg-helps-kalispell-flathead-win-state-wrestling-title/article_2d25eaaa-7442-5263-bbb9-493ed6aad0dd.html?mc_cid=b1fa7a1c33&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

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