Thanks for putting your children in the wrestling program this year. Practice will be starting Monday October 28th at Weddington High School Aux Gym at 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM Mondays and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesdays. Your Wrestler will need headgear and wrestling shoes. You can find both items at most local sports stores. I have found the Academy sports in SC is the most reasonable for pricing. There are many options online also. If your Wrestler doesn't have the required gear the first week it will be ok but it will be enforced in the future. We will be participating in many AAU tournaments, SC tournaments, and other local scrimmages this year. They are always optional for your child to participate but it is encouraged for them to attend as many as possible. We believe the more mat time the wrestler gets the more comfortable they will become with the sport and gain key match experience to help them grow with the sport. North Carolina has done an outstanding job with the young wrestler ranks, the have created two divisions over the years. One being Rookie Division (1-2 Year experience) and the other Open Division (kids that have some more experience). The Rookie tournaments are a great way for the young wrestler to get to wrestle in tournaments without getting discouraged by the more experienced wrestler. For the local scrimmages, we will try and have some meets with local teams at which most kids will get 4-6 matches during the meets. If you have any questions during the season please reach out to myself or one of the coaches and we will be more than willing to help in whatever way possible.
The coaching staffs #1 priority is the wrestlers Health and Safety. That is why we will enforce the use of headgear and wrestling shoes. Please don't have your child wear the wrestling to and from wrestling practice, have them wear a different pair of shoes (crocs or slides) to practice then change into the shoes when at practice. This will help keep the mats clean. Second, after practices and events have your children bathe with anti-bacterial soap and wash their hair good. Third, we will be cleaning the mats before every practice to ensure our wrestlers are wrestling on clean mats. Fourth, we will not have excessive horse play at practice which kids could hurt other kids. We do have coaches around but as a parent please stop anything that you see outside or around the practice and let one of the coaches know. Last, we will never have your child wrestle a match that we feel your child could get hurt. I or any other coach will stop a match if we feel that your child is at risk to injury or could do him harm.
The wrestle schedule is a little more robust this year. We will be having Local meets with teams and participating in 5-7 AAU tournaments in the Charlotte area. Your child doesn't have to participate in all of the events put he is more than welcome to participate in whatever ones you feel needed. Most of the tournaments will be Rookie Tournaments. We will be attending the Open tournaments this season since we have some more experience wrestlers. Since we are participating in AAU tournaments you we need to go to the AAU website and sign your wrestler up in AAU and get a AAU wrestling card. I will be posting the tournament schedule to the team schedule of the WCWAA Wrestling team website but I will put the dates below so you can plan what events your wrestler would like to participate in. We will also have a Winter break from Dec. 21- Jan. 2 where no practices will be held. There is a tournament in Mocksville on Dec. 21st but I will not be attending. I put it on the schedule in case some other coaches might want to attend and open it up for the team to attend. We hope to fill the middle of February with local meets and possibly a NUway tournament. We will see as the season goes on and what track wrestling will have to offer. Track Wrestling is the website that most tournaments use to register and facilitate the tournaments.
OCT 28TH- PRACTICE STARTS
NOV 13th- Parkwood Scrimmage at Weddington High School
NOV 23RD- BUFORD, SC
NOV 30TH- NATION FORD, SC OR PARKWOOD
DEC 7TH & 8TH- COUGAR CLASSIC/ COUGAR CLASSIC ROOKIE
DEC 14TH- TROJAN WRESTLING CLUB
DEC 21ST- COMBAT CLASSIC- MOCKSVILLE- TENTATIVE
JAN 4TH- DENVER DRAGONS
JAN 11TH- SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP
JAN 18TH & 19TH- TROJAN WRESTLING/ TROJAN WRESTLING ROOKIE
JAN 25TH- ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP- TENTATIVE
FEB 1ST & 2ND- MOORESVILLE WRESTLING/ MOORESVILLE ROOKIE
FEB 8TH & 9TH- TBD
FEB 15TH & 16TH- TBD
FEB 22ND & 23RD- TBD
FEB 29TH- TROJAN WRESTLING CLUB
MARCH 7TH- ATLANTIC COAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP- TENTATIVE
MARCH 14TH- AAU NC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
*There might be changes to the schedule in the future but I will keep everybody informed.
I would also like to introduce the following coaches, thank you for volunteering.
We have had two individuals volunteer to be Team Managers this year and the coaching staff is very excited to have them aboard. They will be able to handle questions on logistics, roster information, tournament details, and everything else that makes the team run smooth. We really appreciate the help in this department.
Last, we will have singlets, shorts, and shirts for the kids this season. We have received the singlets and I have ordered the shirts and shorts which should be in shortly. Please feel free at any time to contact me if you have any questions and/or concerns with your wrestler or the program.
Thanks again for having your children in the program and can't wait for the season to start.
Coach Jason Sponsel