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High School News (2021) – # 13

TDR Editor’s Notes ;
North Carolina High School Wrestling is back! Well after most states have completed their seasons and championships by last month North Carolina and a few other states are just starting to hold official team practices. Competition in officail meets will start two weeks later. No tournaments this year until Regionals in June. It has been a long 14 months since we last had interscholastic competition in North Carolina. Until those results come in there are many stories to catch up on from other states. Keep Wrestling On! Contact us by e-mail at the Editor’s office at martinkfleming@gmail.com
1 } – {Florida} A way of life: Wrestling in the Mills’ home keeps everyone sharp
Siblings Tyson, Jordan and Mariah cheer each other on
Some families call it roughhousing. Some call it training for college.
Tyson Mills, a junior at Matanzas High School, finished second in the region recently, in the 152-pound weight class. So did his younger brother Jordan, a freshman at Matanzas, in the 160-pound weight class. (Both also play for the high school football team.)
At home, Tyson said, “We’re constantly running into each other in the hallway and starting to wrestle. I’ll grab his wrist and try to do moves on him. If he’s doing homework, I’ll try sneak up from behind and twist his arm and get him in a headlock.” Does it work?
Jordan, who is the first Matanzas freshman ever to qualify for states, is younger, … rest of story at https://www.palmcoastobserver.com/article/a-way-of-life-wrestling-in-the-mills-home-keeps-everyone-sharp?mc_cid=b1fa7a1c33&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

2 } – {Colorado} Weld Central Asher Morelock – A Vision Impaired / blind wrestler take big steps in his high school career
When you are a rookie wrestler you are expected to take your lumps and losses. But when you come out for high school wrestling as a freshman and with no sports experience, can it be any harder. Asher Morelock is a freshman at Weld Central HS and is wrestling at 145 pounds on the varsity squad this season. This young wrestler is vision impaired / blind since birth with a genetic disorder (LCA). His younger brother Bryce is also vision impaired and is looking to start up wrestling in middle school this season. Asher came home in the fall and talked to his parents about going out for wrestling for the first time. “He has aways been interested in sports, just not as a participant.” His dad Michael Morelock stated. So, this is all new ground to us.  Around the middle of the high school wrestling season Asher would find himself with 4 forfeit wins and 14 loses (all being pinned in the first period). During this time Asher has made much progress with his wrestling skills and knowledge of the sport. As he has never seen a mat or a wrestling match. In practice every move / technique is broken down into steps and have to be felt by his hands and body. The coaches – head Coach Elliot Copeland and assistant coach Cody Munna at Weld Central have both learned new ways of teaching wrestling to this student / athlete.  A blind wrestler in this sport is not new as the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs has had a wrestling team in the past years. While in 2006 Marcus Hernandez wrestling for Pueblo South … rest of story at http://www.insidecoloradowrestling.com/index.php/16-high-school/1892-weld-central-asher-morelock-a-vision-impaired-blind-wrestler-take-big-steps-in-his-high-school-career?mc_cid=b1fa7a1c33&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

Due to the numerous postponements, changes and cancellations to the traditional high school season caused by the pandemic, USA Wrestling has developed a new series of competitions to give high school boys and girls from across the nation a chance to showcase their talents on a national level. The pinnacle of the series is the new USA Wrestling High School National Recruiting Showcase, which will be held the weekend of March 26-28. This event will be absolutely loaded with talent. … rest of story at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2021/January/13/High-School-National-Showcase-series-announcement?mc_cid=6b4820f7a2&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
Sign-ups continue to be strong among high school state champions or National Prep champions for the USA Wrestling High School National Recruiting Showcase, set for the Xtream Arena & GreenState Family Fieldhouse in Coralville, Iowa, March 25-27. Current and past state champions and National Prep champions (any year) in grades 9-12 automatically qualify for the High School National Recruiting Showcase. Last week, the deadline for state champions to register was extended, and numerous new state champions from across the nation registered online. So far, 163 state champions from 38 different states registered since online registration became available. That includes 84 girls and 79 boys. … rest of story at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2021/March/10/State-champions-so-far-for-HS-National-Recruiting-Showcase?mc_cid=2a2fd7a25b&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

4 } – Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic 2021 Announces Maryland All-Star Team … story and list at https://www.nwcaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Pittsburgh-Wrestling-Classic-2021-MD-All-Star-Team-v3-03-29-2021.jpg
Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic Releases USA All-Star Team … story and list at https://www.nwcaonline.com/pittsburgh-wrestling-classic-releases-usa-all-star-team/?mc_cid=1bb3332bd3&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

5 } – {Oklahoma} – Two Broken Arrow Standouts Announce Their College Decisions
Within just a day of each other, two standout Broken Arrow Wrestlers announced their college destinations.
118 pounder Allison Hynes signed with Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. The Oklahoma state champ went on News 6 with Scott Pfeil to discuss the signing.
… rest of story at https://owrestle.com/two-broken-arrow-standouts-announce-their-college-decisions/

6 } – Ayala Named Bob Steenlage Iowa High School Wrestler of the Year
WATERLOO, Iowa – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum announced on Wednesday that Drake Ayala of Fort Dodge High School has been chosen as the 2021 recipient of the Bob Steenlage Iowa High School Wrestler of the Year award.
Ayala will be presented his award during the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa inductions on June 25 at the Prairie Links Golf & Event Center in Waverly, Iowa. For more information on the induction ceremony, please contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or dgmstaff@nwhof.org.
Named in honor of the first four-time Iowa high school state champion, the award is presented annually to the top high school senior wrestler in Iowa. Ayala was a three-time Iowa state high school champion and a four-time finalist with a career record of 171-3. … rest of story at https://nwhof.org/blog/ayala-named-bob-steenlage-iowa-high-school-wrestler-of-the-year/?mc_cid=2a2fd7a25b&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

7 } – {New Jersey} COVID precautions derail what could’ve been special Warren Hills wrestling season
What was a very promising wrestling season at Warren Hills now looks like a train wreck. A combination of COVID-19 protocols, bad timing, and the NJSIAA’s unusual individual postseason have combined to essentially wipe out the Blue Streaks’ girls season and severely impact the boys season.
On Monday night, the superintendent of the Warren Hills Regional School District, Earl C. Clymer III, sent an email to the community noting the high school and all activities would be shut down through April 7. … rest of story at https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/highschoolsports/2021/03/covid-precautions-derail-what-could-have-been-special-warren-hills-wrestling-season-commentary.html?mc_cid=1bb3332bd3&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

8 } – Blair Academy hires alumnus with New Jersey ties as new head wrestling coach
Blair Academy set the stage for Ross Gitomer’s decorated wrestling and coaching career, and now he’ll be returning to lead the next generation of wrestlers through the iconic school. The school announced Wednesday that the Flemington native, a national prep champion for Blair back in 2005, will take the reins of the program starting in July. “I think at Blair, at least for me when I was there, we had a really strong culture of brotherhood, and now sisterhood as well as brotherhood because there’s girls on the team, but that was sort of the main goal,” Gitomer said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “Indirectly, you’re going to help everyone individually if you’re super-focused on your team, helping each other and working really, really hard. “A lot of coaches and a lot of teachers say teaching kids to work hard, but teaching that takes time and it start with developing confidence in young people and making kids feel special and worthwhile. That’s a good starting point, and Blair has had that for many years.” … rest of story at https://www.njherald.com/story/sports/high-school/wrestling/2021/03/24/blair-wrestling-hires-alumnus-nj-native-new-coach-ross-gitomer/6981459002/?mc_cid=3727c6a762&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

9} – {Minnesota} – New Shakopee coach Marcus LeVesseur has top-ranked Sabers seeking three-peat
The highly accomplished wrestler took over for a coaching legend during a season altered by COVID-19. Plus a look at matchups to watch in the three-day state meet starting Thursday.
With everything Marcus LeVesseur has accomplished in his wrestling life — four Minnesota high school state championships, four NCAA Division III championships, an undefeated (155-0) college career, four-time Team USA selection, more than 30 victories as an MMA fighter — he admits to battling butterflies last fall before his first day as Shakopee wrestling coach. That’s how he knew he was ready for the job. LeVesseur was taking over for former coach Jim Jackson, the most successful wrestling coach in state history. Jackson stepped down last spring after shepherding the Sabers to back-to-back Class 3A state team championships, their first ever. Replacing a prep coaching legend such as Jackson at the preeminent large-school program in the state? … rest of story at https://www.mnwrestlinghub.com/news_article/show/1154321?mc_cid=3727c6a762&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
And Shakopee wins state wrestling team tournament in a 3-peat
St. Michael-Albertville’s line-up was stacked down below. Shakopee’s line-up beefed up in the upper weights. In the end, like a regular season match-up between two of the top teams in the state of Minnesota, the Sabers clinched a third consecutive state wrestling championship with bonus points, a 30-24 score in the Minnesota State High School League Class 3A State team tournament March 25 at St. Michael-Albertville High School. “It was a surreal feeling. We knew we had it in us. We knew we had to come together. Every person needed to fight for points. It took all 14 guys to win this title,” Shakopee senior Sam Treml said. … rest of story at https://www.swnewsmedia.com/shakopee_valley_news/news/sports/shakopee-wins-state-wrestling-team-tournament-in-a-3-peat/article_8c321694-49aa-53da-a94a-ffa6efaaf4de.html?mc_cid=e6e4e842ef&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
Also 2021 MWCA Awards
Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Award Winners for 2021
Complete Coaching, Scholarships, Academic Teams and award lists at https://theguillotine.com/2021/03/2021-mwca-awards/?mc_cid=3727c6a762&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b&doing_wp_cron=1617139179.0466210842132568359375

10 } – {Louisiana} – Jonathon Orillion named Jesuit wrestling head coach
Jesuit is proud to announce that Jonathon Orillion ’01, who recently returned to Jesuit as a faculty member and assistant wrestling coach for the 2020-21 academic year, has been named the head coach of the school’s storied and acclaimed wrestling program. “I am honored and humbled to be offered the chance to lead this historic program,” said Orillion. “It is important to me to be in a place that promotes and fosters the relentless pursuit of perfection. One of the biggest things I’ve taken away from my experience as a student and a coach in the wrestling program is the importance of its family atmosphere, and I hope to cultivate and grow that culture.”
With championships dating back 1951, the history of Jesuit wrestling is deeply interwoven with the larger history of the school itself.  … rest of story at https://crescentcitysports.com/jonathon-orillion-named-jesuit-wrestling-head-coach/?mc_cid=3727c6a762&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

And {California} – De La Salle High School Names Jonathan Clark Head Wrestling Coach
Concord, Calif. (March 24, 2021) – De La Salle High School Vice President for Athletics, Leo Lopoz ’94, announced on Wednesday that Jonathan Clark ’04 has been named the school’s new Head Varsity Wrestling Coach. “Coach Clark brings tremendous passion and love for the sport of wrestling but more importantly he is a De La Salle alumni that is committed to the Lasallian mission,” said Lopoz.
Previously, Clark had been the head junior varsity coach and a varsity assistant at De La Salle, beginning in 2016. Clark also serves on the faculty at De La Salle in the Science Department. Prior to coming to De La Salle, he served on the wrestling staff at both Deer Valley High School in Antioch and Redwood High School in Larkspur.  “I am honored and eager to carry on De La Salle’s tradition of excellence as head coach,” said Clark. … rest of story at https://dlsspartans.org/news/de-la-salle-high-school-names-jonathan-clark-head-wrestling-coach?mc_cid=3727c6a762&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

11 } – {Pennsylvania} – Central Dauphin, Boiling Springs advance to PIAA team wrestling semifinals
Both quarterfinal matches coming down to the final wrestler.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Just when you thought the high school wrestling season was over, think again. Wednesday night, two schools Central Dauphin and Boiling Springs wrestled in the PIAA team quarterfinals. We stop at the home of the Rams first as they host Bethlehem Catholic out of District 11 for the AAA PIAA team quarterfinals.
Rams need their big guns to come through with bonus points in this match. At 138 pounds, Josh Miller does just that. He gets the pin and that fired up the bench. The Rams lose the next 4 bouts and are down 23-17. That’s when Timmy Smith stepped in. He goes for bonus at 189.  Another fall for six team points and the match is tied. At heavy weight, Rams are down by three. … rest of story at https://www.fox43.com/article/sports/central-dauphin-boiling-springs-piaa-team-wrestling-semifinals/521-f4c367bc-82d2-4f91-ab1e-ae4a6852f0a1?mc_cid=e6e4e842ef&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

12 } – {Florida}- Gulf Coast Grappling brings in “droves” of wrestlers from all over the Panhandle
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The high school wrestling season has winded down, but that doesn’t mean grapplers all across the Panhandle aren’t still looking to compete. In downtown Panama City, wrestlers have found their home at Gulf Coast Grappling Academy. The sport of wrestling is on the incline.
The owner, Wesley Lumpkin, was a two time state champion wrestler in Georgia during his high school years, after his run in high school, he turned to coaching wrestling before getting more into Jiu Jitsu, which is where he found himself for the past ten years. It wasn’t until he started training North Bay Haven freshman, David Mercado, that he started to get back into coaching wresting. Mercado qualified for state in his first year competing in the sport, and Lumpkin figured he may have found his calling. “I’m a local subcontractor. I still have to work for a living other than here, but definitely, this is where I belong, on the mats, coaching and teaching all day long is where I belong,” said Lumpkin. The academy wasn’t always full. It wasn’t until, it was announced that they would be taking a few wrestlers to tournaments that students from all over piled onto the mats. “I didn’t realize that there was such a hunger for it in the area,” said Lumpkin. … rest of story at https://www.wjhg.com/2021/03/27/gulf-coast-grappling-brings-in-droves-of-wrestlers-from-all-over-the-panhandle/?mc_cid=6c27c8fabf&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

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